Former child actor and KC resident has become a financial adviser
Everybody has some debt, right? While, it’s true that some people are just better with money than others, it’s also true that sometimes, life spins out of control and no matter how hard you work to keep up, it just isn’t enough. With the way the economy has been for the last couple of years, filing for bankruptcy has become more and more common for people trying to dig their way out of debt. When you need help, its good to know there is someone out there for you, who has also been through the same things.
Former ‘Eight is Enough’ and ‘Charles in Charge’ actor Willie Aames is no stranger to the same financial woes that affect the rest of us. Aames, who currently resides in the Kansas City area, has twice filed for bankruptcy. He even held a public garage sale in March of 2009 at his home in Olathe and was part of a VH-1 series, ‘Broke and Famous’, which aired in November of ’09.
“I didn’t like it,” he told Entertainment Tonight at the time, “I didn’t want the whole world in my front yard hauling through my memories. “I thought I was going to lose my dignity.” Aames ended up making over $5,400 during the sale.
Aames is most known for his roles as Tommy Bradford on ‘Eight is Enough’, which ran 1977 to 1981, as well as ‘Charles in Charge’ playing Buddy Lembeck from 1984 to 1990. When things were good, Aames says his annual income was over $1.5 million per year. That’s pretty small for a TV star these days but is proof that no matter how much money you’re making, it’s important to keep your financial situation under control. After a while, Aames wasn’t landing any acting jobs and the money stopped flowing. Aames knew he’d hit bottom when he was sleeping in parking garages and in bushes.
Nearly a year after his money problems became public, Aames has worked himself into a better place in life. He has his life under control and has even become a licensed financial adviser and is hoping to soon open his own financial planning practice so that he can take what he’s learned through his own ordeals and help others not just get out of debt, but avoid debt altogether. Yesterday, Aames met with prospective clients in Overland Park with a message to not give up hope.
“Give up…it’s time to quit, I don’t think I’ve ever really accepted those kinds of words in my life or vocabulary,” Aames said during yesterdays meeting.
Sources: KMBC, Entertainment Tonight, V-H1
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