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Vincent Gallo rich from self-actualizing work

Thanks to a reader for directing me to this real-estate report

Indie film director, writer, musician, actor and model Vincent Gallo [Vincent who? Sounds like a cheap wine.] has bought a one-bedroom condominium unit at 100 Eleventh Avenue, the New York Observer reported. Gallo purchased the apartment inside the Jean Nouvel-designed property for $2 million.

This demonstrates once again how you can become rich from doing self-actualizing work. I bet he’s glad he didn’t take the advice of some people on this forum and become a plumber or a roughneck.

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According to Wikipedia, Gallo is a Republican, and he has been seen hanging out with the Bush twins.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 25, 2013 at EDT pm

Posted in Bobos

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  1. Despite his being a Republican, he’s apparently still cool enough to show up in stuff like 2 Days in New York:

    Dain

    February 25, 2013 at EDT pm

  2. Too bad he never linked up with Breitbart.

    anonymous

    February 25, 2013 at EDT pm

  3. You should write a fact filled report on self actualizing work vs work to make ends meet, or work to make you rich. See which one is better, all things considered.

    Grand Mariner

    February 25, 2013 at EDT pm

  4. Gallo’s finances do amaze: one can become a millionaire through indie films that nobody watches, and various similarly obscure music projects and artsy endeavors? The man is definitely living the life, and probably laughs at suckers going to college to pursue dead end cubicle “careers” with no women and zero self actualization.

    Sanjuro

    February 25, 2013 at EDT pm

    • Did he just do indie films? Some directors do commercial work to (as in TV commercials).

      DaveinHackensack

      February 28, 2013 at EDT pm

  5. You’ve never seen Buffalo 66? It’s a cult classic. Gallo’s a pretty well known actor and director. Not surprised he’s rich.

    Jeff

    February 26, 2013 at EDT am

  6. More than likely he made the money flipping NY real estate and not just through acting/directing/modeling/writing/whatever. Not that Gallo isn’t talented. I liked Buffalo ’66.

    Most people are discouraged from self-actualizing *careers* because they don’t have the requisite ambition and talent. Self-actualization havens like NY, LA, Portland, etc. are full of young people who will never, ever become huge successes, but haven’t figured that out yet. There are armies of Lena Dunham look-alikes with far less talent and fewer connections. At least if you’re a plumber you can paint the Sistine Chapel in your free time not have to live like a sewer rat.

    Papa Smurf

    February 26, 2013 at EDT am

    • Please, do *not* encourage girls to “look-alike” Lena Dunham.

      Preston Bell

      February 26, 2013 at EDT pm

    • Please, do *not* encourage girls to “look-alike” Lena Dunham.

      It’s time to outlaw tattoos for women other than Home Depot bull-dykes. I’ve never seen a tattoo on any girl make her look better. The tattoo craze is even leading to prole-drift among elites like Lena Denham who are now lowering themselves to the level of the lumpen-urchins.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      February 26, 2013 at EDT pm

      • “I’ve never seen a tattoo on any girl make her look better.”

        I totally agree. This is a horrible fashion trend.

        John

        February 27, 2013 at EDT pm

  7. Yeah — Vincent Gallo, aka “the guy who filmed himself getting a real blowjob from Chloe Sevigny in one of his movies”. Helpful mnemonic.

    Allerious

    February 26, 2013 at EDT am

    • I’m amazed it’s been ten years since The Brown Bunny came out (a pretty terrible by the way). Has he made any films since? It doesn’t look like it.

      anonymous

      February 26, 2013 at EDT am

  8. How do you know he became rich from self-actualizing work? If he did become rich from self-actualizing work, how do you know it was due to his talent and effort rather than some other factor? If a person desires to become rich, or simply have some degree of finanial security, can you say with any degree of certainty it would be better to pursue self-actualizing work than not?

    Most people pursuing self-actualizing work are like the morons on “Girls” who we are supposed to find so fascinating.

    thrasymachus33308

    February 26, 2013 at EDT am

  9. He’s a Republican? ow does he pull that off in that field?

    map

    February 26, 2013 at EDT am

    • He owns it and doesn’t apologize, that’s how. And anyway, the film industry has more conservatives than anyone lets on. Not many self-identified “Republicans,” mind you, but plenty of people with broadly conservative bents. Some people will be public or semi-public about it (Patricia Heaton, Robert Downey Jr., Vince Vaughn, Adam Sandler, Bruce Willis, Jon Voight all come to mind) and others simply let their films do the talking (Coen Bros., Christopher Nolan, Jerry Bruckheimer, Stanley Kubrick, Michael Cimino, Ridley Scott, Clint Eastwood, though now he’s finally out in the open after the chair incident).

      SDL

      February 26, 2013 at EDT am

      • Adam Sandler, an Obamapologist and a Repub. noooooooh?

        Just Speculating

        February 26, 2013 at EDT pm

      • Clint Eastwood “finally coming out”? He was elected mayor of Carmel, CA as a Republican years ago. No secret.

        Being a Republican (albeit, more of a RINO) didn’t hurt Arnold either. And it hasn’t hurt David Mamet either.

        DaveinHackensack

        February 27, 2013 at EDT pm

    • Most Italian Americans embrace the right and are Republican, whether they are celebrities are not. Italians and Jews are polar opposites, and have very different viewpoints regarding race and social conciousness.

      Another Hollywood Republican would be Happy Days‘ Chachi boy – Scott Baio.

      Just Speculating

      February 26, 2013 at EDT pm

  10. What percent of indie film directors, writers, musicians, actors or models achieve this level of success? Probably the same percentage of roughnecks and plumbers.

    Al Snow

    February 26, 2013 at EDT am

    • Bingo.

      MC

      February 26, 2013 at EDT pm

    • Yeah, buy you’re hanging out with roughnecks and plumbers, without the ability to talk Chloë Sevigny into giving you a real blowie on screen (SFW) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Brown_Bunny#Sevigny.27s_response

      aki (@DSGNTD_PLYR)

      February 26, 2013 at EDT pm

      • Top, or even mediocre roughnecks and plumbers can get blowjobs from girls who look like Chloe Sevigny and likely even better looking than her. Alpha is alpha.

        anonymous

        February 27, 2013 at EDT am

    • Most of those people are derivative losers with nothing interesting to say and zero charisma or talent. They also don’t hustle. Vincent Gallo HUSTLES and has done so for the past 30 years. Supposedly, euphemistically as well, when he first showed up in Manhattan as a teenager, if you know what i meeeaaaaan. HINT HINT

      realmatt

      February 26, 2013 at EDT pm

  11. Your theme of “self-actualizing work” becomes muddled when you include people who come from modest backgrounds and make it in elite fields. I don’t think the Gallos of the world, those who strove to become actors, musicians, etc. were necessarily motivated by the same desires that a spoiled rich girl who goes to work at a non-profit might have. The latter could choose not to do anything at all and still lead a very comfortable life.

    chucho

    February 26, 2013 at EDT am

  12. Over $1500/sq. foot for that place!

    His monthly maintenance is probably $2000/month also.

    You could buy the Detroit home that Eminem lived in briefly for $500!:

    http://detroitfunk.com/?p=9378

    Yes, it’s in Detroit, but just think about all the vibrancy you’re getting at that price!

    Wade Nichols

    February 26, 2013 at EDT am

  13. He’s 51 years old. A $2 million real estate purchase at that age isn’t necessarily impressive for an artist with some lifelong success, and financial savvy. Perhaps he purchased other NYC properties when things were much cheaper and sold at a profit.

    islandmommy

    February 26, 2013 at EDT am

  14. A lot of people with a lot of talent end up struggling. There’s so much luck involved in getting the kind of breaks that Gallo has received. Most of his success has to do with the fact that he had a certain look for a certain time, which landed him a lot of modeling and acting gigs, which then got him “connected” into the business, at which point you can make really good money if you are willing to put in the work. Not saying he’s not a hard worker, but his looks and whatever “it” factor he’s got has given him a pretty good leg up on other artists, and that’s shit you’re born with for the most part.

    Donny

    February 26, 2013 at EDT pm

  15. Love it when Lion trolls his blog. Speaking of which, blogging is self-actualizing. Maybe those roughnecks should quit their six-figure jobs and blog.

    DaveinHackensack

    February 26, 2013 at EDT pm

    • I wonder what Lion thinks about dog walking as a self actualizing career. I do know of an individual who earns about $200k walking the dogs of multimillionaire executives in the city.

      Just Speculating

      February 27, 2013 at EDT pm

      • How is dog walking self-actualizing?

        DaveinHackensack

        February 28, 2013 at EDT pm

      • It’s self actualizing in the sense that you’ve immerse yourself in a passion, which also brings you a substantial amount of money. If you love dogs, and can have a high paying career walking them, then why not?

        We have been told many times to find a career you love, not realizing that money and passion don’t often go together.

        Self actualizing would be finding that connection.

        Just Speculating

        March 1, 2013 at EDT am

      • Dog Walking in NYC is a viable career. Like anything else in life which separates the prestigious and the non-prestigious, there are certain prerequisites you would need to fullfill, such as licenses and certifications.

        http://www.dogschoolny.com/homecareer.html

        Just Speculating

        March 1, 2013 at EDT am

  16. Speaking of self-actualizing, this freelance writer must do pretty well, considering he could afford a Tesla Model S (~100k well-equipped): http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1082524_my-2013-tesla-model-s-electric-sport-sedan-delivery-at-last

    DaveinHackensack

    February 26, 2013 at EDT pm

  17. My parents encouraged a sibling to enter STEM and constantly ridiculed and disparaged the choice not to much like you’d see here or on other blogs. Now this person attends a T-14 law school and has a paid internship lined up at a US Attorney’s office all at a very young age. I made sure this person read all your law school posts as they really underscored the importance of elite credentials. Thanks for the help “Lion”.

    Conquistador

    February 26, 2013 at EDT pm

    • Taking advantage of affirmative action, what a remarkable achievement

      anonymous

      February 27, 2013 at EDT am

      • Hiding behind an anonymous username. What a remarkable act of courage.

        Tell me if you can’t confront someone openly online how do you manage irl?

        Oh wait you don’t you’re a keyboard commando who talks about “being alpha”.

        Conquistador

        February 27, 2013 at EDT pm

  18. “Self-actualization havens like NY, LA, Portland, etc. are full of young people who will never, ever become huge successes, but haven’t figured that out yet.:

    Replace “Self-actualization havens….” with “Law schools, graduate schools, most colleges…” and you are correct.

    Also, if you’re a plumber you never have a chance of being successful…your deep in shit (literally) from the moment you begin your career.

    Chris P

    February 26, 2013 at EDT pm

  19. I recently read a Vanity Fair piece about “Pulp Fiction.” It said the actors were all paid $20K/week for up to 7 weeks of the shoot back in the early 90s. So if he gets anything close to that he makes 6-figures easy every year; he’s been in 33 movies, so 33*7*$20K= $4.62m.

    aki (@DSGNTD_PLYR)

    February 26, 2013 at EDT pm

  20. I bet he’s glad he didn’t take the advice of some people on this forum and become a plumber or a roughneck.

    Yes, he is probably glad. But one of the things I don’t understand about you, Lion, is that you don’t seem to realize that for a lot of people, blue-collar “prole” occupations are self-actualizing. I saw a patient in clinic this very day who is being managed by Worker’s Comp; they are re-training him after an accident to work at an office job – and he is miserable about it. He wants nothing more than to go back to his blue-collar trade, because that’s who he is.

    Samson J.

    February 26, 2013 at EDT pm

  21. BTW Gallo did in fact make money house flipping. He definitely flipped at least 1 of his homes for a nice price.

    Meanwhile, Julian Schnabel’s pink monstrosity sat on the market for years.

    realmatt

    February 26, 2013 at EDT pm

  22. The flaw with Maslow’s pyramid is that self-actualization is not an apex-prize once you get everything else you want. Rather, self-actualization is a byproduct of struggle. It’s interwoven along the entire pyramid.

    People who have everything they want tend to become depressed or worse, or they become playboys nobody takes seriously.

    PA

    February 26, 2013 at EDT pm

  23. Making it in arts and entertainment has such long odds no one should even try. Yet entertainment promotes itself as a viable career. This is an externality. What do you wanna be when you grow up Bobby? I wanna be an actor, athlete, etc. Never, I wanna be an engineer, an elevator mechanic, etc. But these people are the heroes. these are the mensches.

    Nicolai Yezhov

    February 26, 2013 at EDT pm

  24. Back in 2005 “Gallery of the absurd” did a nice bit of satire regarding Gallo’s attempts to sell his seed…

    http://www.galleryoftheabsurd.com/2005/11/vincent_gallos_.html

    Probably NSFW

    dbp

    February 27, 2013 at EDT am

  25. Speaking of real estate, can Lion comment on this couple in NY Times.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/24/realestate/the-hunt-come-sit-with-me-while-i-cook.html?ref=realestate

    This 29 year old couple is buying a condominium for 1.1M; they current rent at 4k/month. He works for an invesment bank and she works as an “admissions officer” for a greenwich nursery school. They wanted to stay away from greenwich village to avoid awkward encounters with the applicant’s parents lol.

    They went to Wake Forest, so he almost certainly doesn’t have a top IB position.

    AsianDude

    February 27, 2013 at EDT pm

    • $1M apartment in the Financial District or in Tribeca. Bleh! Staid neighborhoods to say the least. Geographically, being at the southern tip of Manhattan puts you at a disadvantage when you’re commuting to other places. Living in the East Village or Midtown puts in you at a geographical playing field. Traveling downtown or uptown, you’ve got it made, and there a lot more stores to boot.

      Wall St. Financeers make a lot of money, but they are boring as hell. He belongs there.

      Just Speculating

      February 27, 2013 at EDT pm

  26. Vincent Gallo could have just as easily drifted into retail hell and have ended up managing a Duane Reade.

    This is the life of the median actor. Only outliers like Gallo get on screen head from Jenny from Kids. The vast majority work shitty jobs and appear as extras once in a while.

    High Prole & Proud

    February 28, 2013 at EDT am

  27. Fortunately, this prolonged recession has slightly destigmatized prole jobs. It’s now more okay to not be a doctor or a moderately sucessful avante-garde actor/musician/artist. Since a higher percentage of cab drivers, plumbers and waiters have a bachelor’s or higher degree, it’s okay to do such jobs without experiencing a strong blow to the ego. We are decoupling ourselves from deriving much of our identity from our jobs.

    bobo

    February 28, 2013 at EDT am


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