Sunday 16 June 2019

'I love haggling - I got five quid off a fake gold chain

Cian Kinsella
Cian Kinsella

Cian Kinsella - known as SeanTastic on stage - is one half of the comedy dance act Lords of Strut. The other half is Cormac Mohally - whose stage name is Famous Seamus. The duo, well-known for their live shows and TV appearances, made it to the semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent in summer 2017.

Their new Irish tour, Lords of Strut: Absolute Legends, kicks-off in mid-October and runs until late November. Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster.ie.

What's the most important lesson about money which your career as a comedian has taught you?

I don't worry about money too much because something will always come up. Maybe I'm not the best person to take money advice from though, because I have almost no savings or long-term plan.

What's the most expensive country you ever visited?

The Seychelles. A sandwich in the hotel cost $28. Luckily, I wasn't paying.

What's your favourite Irish coin?

The old 50 pence - because it was massive.

Apart from property, what's the most expensive thing you have ever bought?

I recently missed a flight and the new flight I had to buy cost more than my laptop. So that flight would be the most expensive thing I've ever bought. Before that, it was my laptop.

What was your worst job?

Stocking freezer shelves in a supermarket in 1998 with no gloves for £2.70 an hour. It was the run-up to Christmas and that piped Christmas music sure gets repetitive.

What was your biggest financial mistake?

Becoming an artist.

Are you better off than your parents?

Financially, no way - they have the upper hand on that as they have very stable jobs.

If you won the Euromillions, what would you do with the money?

Buy a massive piece of land, make a nature reserve and use it for environmental education. I would also throw a tremendous party and start a fashion label.

Your favourite song or tune about money?

Private Dancer by Tina Turner. It gets me going.

Have you ever made an insurance claim?

No, I did start a claim with travel insurance - to get back medical expenses for when I was on a tour. However, it was way too much paperwork so I stopped.

iTunes or Spotify?

Neither. I use SoundCloud and Mixcloud.

What was the last thing you bought online?

Some music by Psychemagik.

Would you buy Irish property now?

Yes, I would - if I thought it was a fair price. But there is no way I could buy a house now anywhere I would want to live.

Do you ever haggle?

Yes, I love haggling. I just got five quid off a fake gold chain. It's always worth asking if someone has a better price.

What's the best advice you ever got about money?

My accountant said to start a limited company. I can't exactly remember what the reason was, but she was very convincing.

What three things would you not be able to do without if you were tightening your belt?

Internet. Going out with friends. Flying.

Are you a spender or saver?

I am a spender. I think we are often just wired either way. However, I have a confidence in my capacity to earn money if that's the thing I need.

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