Kandi Burruss Serves The Real On Reality TV & Why She Lives Below Her Means

January 24, 2014  |  

Reality TV shows come a dime a dozen these days, so it’s not completely shocking that most realty stars aren’t swimming in cash from their TV salaries alone. During a recent interview with The Hot 97 Morning Show, “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kandi Burruss opened up about the financial realities of being a reality star, noting that it’s not nearly as glamorous or lucrative as it appears.

“On a new reality show they’re not making anything,” Kandi revealed. “If they are getting anything, it may be like $2,500 per episode to $5,000, at the most. Most times, like say for instance the women who started out on our show, in the beginning they didn’t get anything for that first year. They got like $5,000 for the whole season just for the use of their house. When I first came on they didn’t really hardly pay me anything either. A lot of those shows do not pay a lot of money.”

Kandi went on to say that she always advises reality TV hopefuls not to go on reality shows without something to sell or promote.

“This is what I always tell people: Don’t go on the show thinking you’re going to make a big lick off of the salary. Think of it more so as your infomercial. How are you going to make this show sell your business or your product. If not, you’re just going on there to make a a** of yourself.”

Speaking of finances, we all know Kandi plays no games when it comes to conserving her cash and embarking on new business ventures. The “Let Them Love” singer also shared that she maintains a healthy bank account by “living below” her means.

“I am pro live below your means,” Kandi revealed. “I was looking at financial books and everything since I was a teenager because my mom was always, ‘Don’t put your eggs in one basket.’ And I didn’t go to college, so you get kind of scared like, ‘Okay, I’m getting all of this money right now, but what I am gonna do now?’ I didn’t want to put myself in a position where I was living so expensively that if something happened next year or two years from now and I wasn’t making the same money, I couldn’t afford my lifestyle. So that’s the first thing, you gotta live below your means.”

“Let’s say for instance if you’re just starting out, it’s some people who can afford $1,000 apartment and go get a $1,000 apartment. That would not be me. If I can afford a $1,000 apartment, I’m going to try to find a $600 apartment and save the $400 towards something I want to invest in. A lot of people handicap themselves from being able to go after their dreams because of the kind of lifestyle they  become accustomed to.”

We ain’t mad you, Kandi.

Watch her full interview on the next page. Thoughts?

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