Episode 79: From Freelance to Freedom with Vincent Pugliese

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My Guest on the Show…


Vincent Pugliese rose to fame among the photography world when he became one of the best sports photographers in the world. During his career he has filmed Superbowls, World Series, Stanley Cup finals, multiple Presidents of the United States, and many of the defining moments in history we are all familiar with.

Vincent was one of the very best in his field, but there was only one problem. He was making $30k/year and there wasn’t much room for him to make more in his field of work. In addition, he was facing $140k in debt with a new baby to take care of.

“Vincent, you have a skill, but you’re not using it correctly.”

These was the words of his father which would have a lasting impact on him and change his life forever.

Vincent didn’t leave the world of photography but instead made a pivot of the way he would use his skills to generate income.

That pivot allowed him to go from making $30k in a year to literally $30k in a day which eventually led him to become fully debt-free…he even paid off the mortgage!

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Show Notes

How Chris and Vincent got connected [1:11]

Who is Vincent Pugliese [2:08]

How he got into sports photography [5:07]

Building a portfolio and getting a job [11:18]

Making $32K as an award-winning photographer [18:35]

Life changing advice from dad [21:08]

The business goes up and the debt goes down [26:38]

“We learned that we didn’t need that much to live.” [30:12]

Making $32K in one day [34:13]


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Chris Petrie

Chris (Peach) Petrie is a personal finance expert, money coach, speaker and podcaster.

In 2011, Chris and his family were exhausted from living paycheck-to-paycheck and facing a mountain of debt. They started going against the society standards of misbehaving with money and made the decision to take back control of their lives and money. Within seven months they paid off $52,000, started saving like crazy and began building real wealth.

The word spread fast and Chris started showing friends how to create a budget over dinner. Soon after he started showing their friends how to do the same and eventually Chris started teaching personal finance classes around the community. As the need for the classes grew, Chris launched Money Peach in 2015.

Money Peach was created to help everyday people remove the stress and fear of money by showing them how to save more, make more, and keep more of their money.

Chris Peach has been featured in places like Business Insider, The Huffington Post, Elite Daily, and CheddarTV.

When Chris isn’t at “work” he can be found at the Crossfit gym or riding on the fire truck — Chris is also a full-time firefighter in Phoenix, Arizona.

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