I would like: Michèle A’Court would have liked to know the stock markets earlier

After training as a journalist, writer/actress/comedian Michèle A’Court ventured into the entertainment industry and has worked in print, theatre, radio and television ever since, starting as a television presenter Children’s What Now in 1987.

She’s written books about raising strong girls and falling/staying in love, and performed in stand-up shows everywhere from the Laugh Factory in Las Vegas to the Mangawhai Tavern in Northland.

Somewhere along the way, she found time to marry fellow comedian, Jeremy Elwood, and they live in Hillcrest in Auckland.

Feminist and jazz fan, A’Court’s latest adventure faces new Trick/Set Power Money Security (PMS) podcast, all about women and financial well-being, which you can listen to now.

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I WISH, 10 YEARS AGO, I KNEW… About dry shampoo. Frankly.

I’ve spent my whole life washing and drying my hair every other day, but a good dry shampoo pushes that back to a whole week.

It saved me so much time that I could have had a second career, or another child. I also wish I had known more about money and investing years ago.

A friend of mine explained to me that the stock market is a bit like op-shopping, where you don’t buy cheap but look for good things at a bargain price. And I’m really good at op-shopping!

It took away my fear of buying stocks, so I really wish I had known how to play the stock market sooner. Money isn’t just for men in suits; the money is for all of us.

I WISH I CAN CHANGE MY LIFE WITH… A woman who owns a button shop that sells beautiful buttons that customers can put on their existing clothes to make them look even more spectacular.

Some people have jewelry boxes – I have button jars. I love them. And after coming home from the button shop, I’m secretly a crime novelist working under a pen name.

I come home at night, pour a glass of pinot noir, and write award-winning crime novels with a huge kill count.

I WISH, EVERY DAY I COULD EAT… Oysters. I would like to eat so many raw oysters that I can’t eat any more. I never managed to get there, even after eating dozens of them.

THE PERSON I WANT TO APPEAR ON A BANK NOTE IS… The Topp twins.

Jools and Lynda deserve to be on a banknote, and maybe they could replace Ernest Rutherford. One of my favorite Topps songs is an anti-nuclear protest song from the 1980s called I Only Hope That We Don’t Die from Radiation Burns. I think there would be some poetry in the Twins hitting the guy who split the atom from the $100 bill.

THE SOUND I WISH TO NEVER HEAR AGAIN IS… Leaf blowers.

Get your leaf blowers out of my neighborhood. They are ridiculous, loud and unnecessary at the same time. How about a leaf sucker, by the way? Is it just because guys don’t want to be seen vacuuming, even if it’s outside?

I WOULD LIKE TO SPEND A SUNDAY WITH… A few good women.

I want a b……s’ Sunday, with a bunch of women that I adore. I would love to have English writer Caitlin Moran there, and we would have lunch, and then my girlfriend Debbie Harwood would join us, and some other smart and funny b….., and we would carry on until late dinner, just talking and eat and drink.

I WISH NEW ZEALAND WAS MORE… Truly committed to equality.

There’s so much talk about giving people a fair chance, but we can’t even close the gender pay gap. Women, and especially women of color, are way behind in paying what is owed to them, something like 25%.

But if you invest in reducing the pay gap, it does good things for a country’s economy. The people in power talk about a big game to fix it one day, when the country can afford it, then nothing happens. It must one day be right now.

QUICK HITS:

CREDIT CARD or SAVINGS

MILES DAVIS or BILLIE HOLIDAYS

FEMINISM or PATRIARCHY

PLAYLIST or ENTIRE ALBUM

MUSEUM or ART GALLERY

FASHION WEEK or FESTIVAL OF ARTS

ROAD TRIP or CITY HOLIDAYS

NEW DRESS or OLD FAVORITE

TELLING A JOKE or HEAR A JOKE

SWIMMING POOL or OCEAN

SKI SLOPES or TROPICAL HOLIDAYS

NOVEL or SHORT STORIES

SLEEP IN or EARLY NIGHT

TV or RADIO

TO COOK or GARDEN

CALL or TEXT

AIRPLANE or TRAIN

CHOCOLATE or CHEESE

SPRING or AUTUMN

E-BOOK or COPY

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