Brandy | 22 | New York City

Brandy in New York City

Photo credit: Tiffany Clark

What do you wish you would have known about money when you were younger?
Don’t attach feelings to it—there’s really no reason. Now that I’m older, I see that it really can control somebody if you’re not thinking enough. I learned how to control money instead of money controlling me.

Was there a specific experience that changed your mind?
I used to just love money when I was younger, and I was usually the only one in my family who had money. So after I got to really understand how money works throughout the whole world, I kept my feelings away from it. I stopped loving money and started to do the things I want to do—and the money just comes.

Are you going to school?
No, I’m starting my own business.

What kind of business?
A record label. And a bunch of other stuff—animation, comic books.

Do you live in New York?
Yeah, I live in Queens.

Are you from here?
Born in Brooklyn.

You think you’ll always be in New York?
No. I’m going to have a house here, but as soon as I’m finished with my own business I’m going to live in another country.

Where would you want to go?
I’m not sure yet. I’m about to start traveling soon. I know [I want] a place where I can have all the space that I want. I don’t like being crowded and cluttered, like New York is.

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