Joshua Bassett has a busy schedule. Between her careers in film, TV and music, the 21-year-old ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ star doesn’t have much time to worry about her finances.
Speaking to CNBC Make It while promoting his third EP, Sad songs in a hotel roomBassett admitted he wasn’t sure how much Disney was paying him to play Ricky Bowen on the hit show, which is in its third season.
“I still don’t know how much money I make for ‘High School Musical’. It’s a true story,” Bassett says. “I will tell my business leaders, ‘I don’t want to know. If I need to worry, let me know.'”
This choice was influenced in part by past experiences broke, he tells Make It.
“I lived in my car with $1 negative in my bank account so I saw both sides of the coin and chose not to let that dictate my life,” the 21-year-old said. year.
Indeed, despite his “agents hating it,” Bassett has no problem turning down potentially lucrative opportunities if they don’t align with his values.
“If I’m offered a movie for something that’s been shooting for seven months but I don’t really believe in or support the message of that movie, I’m not going to waste my time doing it because I might spend seven months making music that I’m passionate about,” he says.
Part of that financial peace of mind comes from the fact that Bassett doesn’t lead a particularly expensive lifestyle. He bought a Honda Civic when he got “High School Musical”, and still drives the car three years later.
“I like how a Civic is unobtrusive. It’s super easy to drive. It doesn’t matter if you get a ding on it, nobody cares,” he says.
In addition to his modest automotive tastes, the singer-songwriter is no shopaholic and actually owns only one pair of shoes.
“I have Converse that’s black and white. And that’s the only pair of shoes I have, period,” he says. “I’m overwhelmed with choice and I’m very minimalist. I like to keep it simple.”
For now, Bassett is content to follow his music, film, and television careers in whatever direction his passions take him. What he won’t do, however, is let money influence his decisions.
“I was the happiest I’ve ever lived in my car on less than $1, so clearly money has no effect on happiness,” Bassett says. “Although obviously practically, yes, money can bring a lot of comfort and a lot of good things, in the end, peace depends on you.”
Sad songs in a hotel room will be released on September 23.
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