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Published:May 3rd, 2007 05:14 EST
The Life of a Business Manager

The Life of a Business Manager

By Libby Block

Have you ever wondered about accountants and what they do? I have so I decided to"take"some action on"that thought. I figured it would be fun to interview one. I did. I interviewed Steven Shapiro of Steven L. Shapiro & Company, Inc.

Steven Shapiro is a special kind of accountant" one who works with only famous and rich people. He is called a "business manager." I thought this job sounded fascinating so I decided to learn more. These are the questions that I asked and the results that I got.

Q: What are some words describing your job?

A: Exciting, stressful, demanding, and rewarding.

Q: What`s the most fun part about your job?

A: It`s fun to get bonuses like special seats at events, being recognized or mentioned on T.V., and other things you wouldn`t get unless you were or knew someone famous.

Q: What`s it like working for someone famous?

A: The grass is greener on the other side meaning it`s less fun than you think.

Q: What`s the hardest part about your job?

A: The hardest part is when you make a mistake. It`s mostly scary because your client can fire you for an error.

Q: How do you describe yourself to a kid?

A: I describe myself to a kid that I`m a "financial babysitter" but called a business manager.

Q: What skills are needed to be a business manager?

A: You need to have knowledge of tax, accounting, finance and general business. You have to be confidential about what you say to others because the information that you see is very private. You also have to be resourceful.

Q: What has been the best part about being a business manager so far?

A: Going to fancy meals with celebrities, and meeting new celebrities.

Q: Who are some people you have done work for?

A: I have done work for Drake Bell, Pamela Anderson, Paula Abdul, Brooke Shields, Liza Minnelli, Weird Al Yankovic, Cathy Griffin, Pete Sampras, and Shaquille O`Neil.

Steven Shapiro is a very lucky man to work for all those famous people. His job is more complicated than just being a business manager. Steven has to be serious but I also found him to be fun and entertaining to learn about.

If you liked learning about a business manager, then you will like reading my next interview. Tune in next time and keep in touch.

Libby Block is a gifted 5th grade writer who has already published her first book. The second book is in production and the third is being "dreamt up" right now.

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