Ladder to Success

Feature Interiview –
Healer of Money Disorders, Spending Bulimia and
Income Anorexia – Chellie Campbell

Interviewed by Maggie Lee Whether you’re looking for a dynamic public speaker to transform your audience, or you want to end your financial stress forever…

Award-winning speaker and author Chellie Campbell helps people become successful at producing more income, managing their money, eliminating debt, and having more time to enjoy life!

NewLadderToSuccess (NLTS): Dear Chellie, thank you for taking the time to speak to us. Please tell our readers a little about yourself.

Chellie Campbell (CC): I am a former musical comedy actress, past owner of a business management firm, and have been a professional speaker for over sixteen years. I hold a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara, am Past President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, and was the 1994 Los Angeles District Small Business Administration Women in Business Advocate. My book The Wealthy Spirit was a book-of-the-week on the Dr. Laura Schlessinger radio show and a GlobalNet book-of-the-month selection. I have been quoted in Good Housekeeping, Lifetime, Essence, Woman’s World and more than 15 popular books.

NLTS: From being a former musical comedy actress and an owner of a business management firm to a professional speaker, author and a financial expert? How did you make those transitions? What’s your secret to success?

CC: After graduating from college, I embarked on a professional acting career, taking secretarial jobs in between. One of the jobs was at a great company that kept promoting me, and I enjoyed the people and the work. Before I knew it, I was Office Manager, doing bookkeeping and had an assistant of my own. Eventually, I became the owner of a bookkeeping service and had 13 employees. I saw everyone handling money badly, and started coaching my clients. They said I should teach, so I started a workshop—and it quickly took over my life. I had found my passion! I laughingly say I’m still acting—I’m just doing a one-woman show on money. I wrote the books to get the information into people’s hands who couldn’t come to Los Angeles for my workshops.

The secret to success is to pay attention to what life is showing you, and follow your bliss. Make money, do good, and have fun!

NLTS: Please tell us about your two books — The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction and Zero to Zillionaire: 8 Foolproof Steps to Financial Peace of Mind. Who will benefit from reading them?

CC: I wrote The Wealthy Spirit first as a page-a-day book so people could get financial motivation and inspiration in a fun and user-friendly way that only took two minutes a day. It sold well, and my publisher called me and said, “We’re ready for your next book!” So I wrote Zero to Zillionaire as the complete step-by-step plan to financial peace and freedom. My definition of Zillionaire is not just about the money. If you have a zillion dollars but no friends and work that is profitable but isn’t fun, you’re not a Zillionaire. If you have great friends and fun work but no money, then you’re not a Zillionaire, either. My definition of Zillionaire is someone who has a zillion dreams of infinite possibility, is taking a zillion actions to make them come true, making as many zillions of dollars as possible, making a zillion friends, doing a zillion good deeds, taking a zillion naps and a zillion vacations, and having a zillion adventures in a long, fun-filled life!

NLTS: When did you start writing books? How much do you enjoy writing in comparison to… say public speaking?

CC: I started writing my first book when I was 50 and it was released when I was 54. Writing is something you can do any time at any age, which is a blessing. I love to write and amazing things flow from you that you wouldn’t have thought of before sitting down to create. Speaking is the same way – I am an intuitive speaker and just go with the flow. It’s all fun! I like the variety.

NLTS: Out of all your accomplishments in life, which one do you consider to be your greatest achievement?

CC: I love and celebrate every little win I get. There isn’t ever a most important thing—I like my list of things, each one with its own special quality and contribution to my life. I like winning prizes, I like getting applause, I treasure thank you notes from readers who have used my writings to accomplish their goals. I smile when I remember taking the time to sing “Oh what a Beautiful Morning” with the box-boy at the market. It’s all good!

NLTS: What challenges had you faced in life? How did you overcome them?

CC: None of us gets through this life without jumping over the hurdles in the road. My hurdles have included being a battered wife, being robbed at gunpoint, losing a $300,000 per year account and then filing bankruptcy, and losing my house to foreclosure. Drank too much over all of it and had to get sober in AA, which was one big turning point in my life. The other thing I noticed was that I was teaching great material but I wasn’t walking the talk. When I changed that, I changed everything.

NLTS: What projects are you currently working on? Is there anything else you would like to accomplish personally and/or professionally? What do you think it would take for you achieve it?

CC: I am working on an online subscription Dolphin Club so I can communicate directly with all of my readers, and give them new products and writings as I develop them. I have several other books I’m interested in writing, and I want to do one of my workshops on a cruise ship. I’d also like to win the World Series of Poker and some other big tournaments (poker is my hobby). Achieving these things is just about “sending out ships” every day so that one day they will show up at your dock laden with treasure. Just being in action on your goals is an achievement—that’s where the fun of life is.

NLTS: What is one thing people don’t know about you but will be surprised to find out?

CC: Well, I write very intimately about everything in my life, so there aren’t many surprises left! But people are usually surprised the first time they hear that I play poker. It’s actually quite entertaining, figuring out strategies and what other people are doing, and trying to win the competition.

NLTS: Is there any other information you would like to share with us? Do you have any advice for women in general?

CC: Please feel free to visit my web site at and sign up for my free newsletter. You can read past newsletters filled with positive information about how to make more money and have more time off for fun. There are also some interesting magazine articles and feature stories about my books and workshops, testimonials, and upcoming appearances that are scheduled. Watch for the cruise announcement!

NLTS: Thank you so much for your inspirational story!