Wednesday 16 October 2019

'Never worry about money. It will come from somewhere'


Kim Sheehan: ‘Never worry about money. It will come from somewhere’
Kim Sheehan: ‘Never worry about money. It will come from somewhere’

Kim Sheehan

Kim Sheehan is a London-based soprano who is from Cork. She has sung in Germany, Switzerland, the UK and Ireland, working with companies including the Royal Opera House, London; Zürich Opera House and Wexford Festival Opera.

She will be singing in the Cork Proms - which takes place at the Cork Opera House as part of Cork Midsummer Festival from June 21 to June 23. Visit for more information.

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

Know your worth.

What's your favourite song about money?

Money by Pink Floyd.

The most expensive thing about being a parent?

Booking flights. My husband and I travel for work and we bring the kids with us on most occasions - the cost of flights, taxis, car rental and accommodation all add up.

What's the most expensive country you have ever visited?

Switzerland. When I lived there, a coffee was the equivalent of €6.

What's the most you've ever spent on a piece of music?

A Richard Strauss score for £60.

What's your favourite coin?

The old Irish 50 pence piece because it's the same shape as my family home.

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

Blue patent Dior heels for my wedding party - which were then stolen when our house was burgled.

What was your worst job?

A last-minute job working for the cats and dogs home - calling door-to-door to ask if people had a licence for their dog.

I was often shouted at to get off their property and then they'd send their dog after me. I lasted three days.

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

Build my own yoga, music studio and wellness centre.

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

My mum told me: "Never worry about money. It will always come from somewhere." For me, this has always been the case - by being resourceful or just by putting in the hours. I think worrying obsessively about money can harm health and mental well-being.

What was the last thing you bought online?

A score of The Pirates of Penzance.

Would you buy property now?

Perhaps - if it was in a good spot, for a good price and for the right reason.

Do you ever haggle?

Yes, it's fun as long as you're respectful to the vendor. One of the best deals I got was when I bought the most beautiful hand-carved gilt wooden tissue box for the equivalent of €10 in Morocco.

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

Clarins antiperspirant, vitamins, and Elizabeth Arden eight-hour lip protectant.

What's the best - or worst - thing financially about living in London?

The best thing is the many free galleries and museums. The worst thing is that good groceries are very expensive.

Are you a materialistic person?

No I'm not. Between significantly decreasing the clutter in my life over the last five years and having being burgled, a lot of my stuff is gone and I have no plan on replacing it all. I'm also acutely aware that I can't take it with me when I die.

If you could design your own bank note, what would you put on it?

Perhaps something like: "If you don't need me, then please give me to someone who might."

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