If you’re between 45 and 50 or into movies, you’re probably familiar with the 1996 movie Swingers. If you’re within that age group and haven’t heard of it, shame on you. And it’s not about what some of you unfamiliar with the tale of struggling actors in L.A. might think. If you’re younger, check back. It’s a 7.2 on IMDB.
Trent (Vince Vaughn) is the best friend everyone needs, providing pep talks and support to his good friend Mike (Jon Favreau), consoling him after a break-up with a long-term girlfriend. The film has so many classic lines, not least ‘Vegas Baby, Vegas’ as they road trip to the city of sin, referenced in later films like The Hangover. The one that sticks in my mind, however, is the consolatory delivery of ‘You’re so money, and you don’t even know it’, implying that Mike needs to get it together and has everything going for him.
The truth is, YOU’RE so money and you don’t even know it. We all are. The case is true for pretty much anyone reading this. We live a dream life in Jersey. The term ‘Money’ in the film isn’t meant in a financial sense; it’s about the many positive characteristics of Mike, making him who he is. Your opportunity, your community, and your beautiful surroundings make you among the richest in the world in all regards. In the same way, our theme ‘Wealth’ is applicable to both financial and non-financial aspects of life on the island. In this edition, we have a Wealth Industry-focused edition of our Agenda business section (pg. 95) but the depth of content doesn’t stop there.
We’re fortunate enough to have a wealth of fashion, culture, and engaging articles in this edition. We have a Family Law special (pg.25), three fashion shoots (pg.50)and an interview with our Gallery Graphic Arts Award winners (pg.40). We also meet sailors, traders, artists, aesthetic experts, interior designers, and music store owners, all of whom followed their passions to gain a wealth of experience in their chosen disciplines, with accolades, portfoilos, and skills gained as a result.
Whatever you’re into, riches come from pursuing what you love, and financial rewards can be achieved as a result. Jon Favreau’s budget for Swingers was a meagre $200k, but it grossed $4.6 million at the box office. He was so ‘money’ that he went on to direct, produce, and act in the Iron Man movies and half the Marvel Universe along with producing, amongst other, The Mandalorian and the masterpiece Elf. So follow your dreams; you’re money. Know that.