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Exploring Life & Business with Trina Rozen of Writers Room CPA

Today we’d like to introduce you to Trina Rozen.

Hi Trina, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Working as a Director of Accounting for CBS Studios, a large entertainment corporation, for a decade was a great way for me to begin my career as a CPA, but I began to feel removed from people. I wanted to create a more personal relationship with clients and build a community where I could have more of an impact on individual lives. Following my passion for working one-on-one with people, I started a side tax business. When that grew too large for me to handle and keep my corporate job, I took the leap and went all-in on my own private practice. I know it might be hard for someone who doesn’t love numbers to imagine but tax compliance is near and dear to my heart! And helping my clients navigate that with their personal and business finances is very rewarding for me.

Since starting my own company ten years ago, I’ve attracted a clientele that appreciates an empathetic CPA. I began my practice by serving the LGBTQ community and it has been beyond rewarding. And in 2019, I started a division called Writers’ Room CPA to serve the many professional writers who were coming to me with specific needs. I have loved watching these creatives take charge of their finances so they are free of worry and can do more of what they love.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I believe entrepreneurship, inherently, is a tough and brave endeavor. It involves saying good buy to one’s comfort zone, becoming best friends with risk and uncertainty, constantly practicing delayed gratification, and throwing away work-life balance. Did I mention not having a social life and lots and lots of sacrifice?

The biggest risk for me was leaving a comfortable corporate job of more than ten years with excellent benefits and starting out on my own with a book of about 200 clients I bought from a retiring CPA. If I knew of all the adversities and how hard it was going to be my first few years, I would never have left my job! I would have talked myself out of starting my own practice. But that’s the beauty about taking risk — you don’t know what you don’t know, and then you just have to deal with and make it work once you are in it.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
Writer’s Room CPA is Accounting & Tax Services Firm designed specifically for Writers.

As entertainment accountant with more than 20 years of industry experience, I understand the unique financial needs and challenges Writers face. Along the way, I made note of the many costly mistakes that creatives make and I vowed then to help them navigate the ins and outs of accounting and tax compliance.

At Writer’s Room CPA, we offer wider range of professional accounting and tax services designed specifically for creative professionals.

We help our Writer Clients with:
Comprehensive Monthly Bookkeeping
Full-Service Payroll
Manual Payroll Calculations
Tax Planning
City Business License Filing
State Compliance Filing
Establishing IRS-qualified Solo – 401K
Establishing profit-sharing plan
Tax planning for annual retirement contributions
Tax planning for screenwriters with long term projects

We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
Covid-19 Crisis was definitely an eye-opening event personally and professionally. The biggest challenge we faced as a firm was how to effectively help our clients deal with financial uncertainty brought on by the Global Pandemic. We quickly learned ever-evolving aid packages created by Federal and Local Authorities and helped our clients navigate the application and qualification maze for all of them. It was a lot of hard work, but I believe we emerged stronger as a company, individuals, and citizens of our community.

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