Saturday, June 21, 2014

How Do I Make Money If I'm just a kid? 21 Ways Kids Can Make Money for Acting Classes.

Wendy Alane Wright is a Hollywood talent manager and the president of WAW Entertainment. Her clients have appeared on television networks such as ABC, NBC, TNT, CBS, Comedy Central, BIO, Lifetime, and more. They have booked TV shows including “Modern Family,” “Blackish,” “Extant,” “The Colony,” “Animal Kingdom,” “My Haunted House,” "Nightshift," "Walk The Prank," and “Henry Danger,” as well as hundreds of commercials for major spots including Shutterfly, Mercedes, Visa, Taco Bell, Honda, Legos, Hot Wheels, and many more. Prior to being a manager and a talent agent at Burn Down Entertainment, Wright assisted many high profile managers, agents, and publicists. For 20 years she was a recording artist, actor, and music producer, and is now the author of five books called, “Secrets of a Hollywood Talent Manager.” Wright teaches the business of acting all over the country and is on the faculty of the New York Studio for Stage and Screen in North Carolina For years she has appeared in numerous magazines, and on radio shows and talk shows including “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Wendy is also a Recording Artist, Actress, Author and Music Producer all  giving her a 360-degree perspective of the industry.

How Do I Make Money If I'm just a kid? 21 Ways Kids Can Make Money for Acting Classes.

Often kids say to me I don't have the money for acting classes or there is nothing I can do. WRONG! I have good news for you kids. There are LOTS of things you can do. The first thing is to stop waiting for your parents to do things for you. Successful people figure out how to do things for themselves. There are plenty of ways hard working kids can make money so they can afford acting classes and headshots. ALWAYS CHECK WITH (YOUR PARENTS FIRST TO BE SAFE AND MAKE SURE THEY ARE INVOLVED!!

Here is a list of 22 great job ideas for Kids and Tweens:

  1. Tutoring
  2. Babysitting
  3. Dog Sitting
  4. Dog Walking
  5. Shoveling
  6. Raking Leaves
  7. Create a Landscaping service
  8. Swimming Lessons
  9. Web design
  10. House Cleaning
  11. Teach Guitar or Piano
12. Create and hand out fliers around your neighborhood, offering you to do things such as gardening, yard work, filing, babysitting, cleaning -- anything you are good at and willing to do. 

Ask your school principal to hand out letters to parents around your school, or post them somewhere you know is safe, so that you know your customers are trustworthy.

13. Arts and crafts maker? You may be able to make money selling your items at craft shows or consignment stores. Jewelry, Christmas Ornaments. What could YOU make?

14. Learn calligraphy so that you can provide handwritten invitations and thank you notes to prospective wedding parties, birthday celebrations, etc. Seek out clients through wedding planners at nearby churches and temples. A starter calligraphy kit usually runs around $20 and anyone can easily pick up this skill. The going rate is usually $1 per hand addressed item. 

15. Personal Assistant
Would you like to run errands, do laundry, clean, and do odd tasks for a family? You might be able to find a busy mom needing some extra help. You might post a flier or two at a grocery store in the affluent part of town. You might type something such as "Needing help with laundry, errands or general housework? Reliable and Motivated Teen is Willing to Work For You!" You will need to set your own rates, it is probably best if you start your rate at minimum wage.
16. Lemonade stand
17. Bake sale
18. Car wash (in your driveway) and your neighbors cars
19. Yard sale
20. Selling your outgrown toys and video games on eBay or Craigslist

21. Put on a music concert in your back yard and charge an entrance fee. Gather a couple of your friends that play instruments. I am sure they would love an audience and you can split the profits.
22. Put on a Fashion Show and charge $5 per person to come see it.


Once you turn sixteen years old there are other jobs you can do to make money.

  1. Amusement park employee
  2. Fast food restaurant team member
  3. Grocery store cashier / bagger
  4. Lfeguard
  5. Summer camp
  6. Skating rinks 
  7. Surf shops / skate shops 
  8. Shoe shops 
  9. Butchers 
  10. Night packer at supermarkets 
  11. Check out dude (supermarkets, retail stores)
  12. Washing dishes in restaurant
  13. Mail room person in large business
  14. Porters in hotels
  15. Caddy at golf course
  16. Farm hand
  17. Receptionist or administrative assistant
  18. Movie theater attendant
  19. Parks and recreation departments
  20. Invent a product and sell it 
  21. Sell clothes on Poshmark
Go to the library and look at the book "100 Jobs for Kids & Young Adults" by Eva Marques  for some ideas.

Get it? Now you can get on with it YOUR goals. Make your OWN money.

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Wendy Alane Wright
Talent Manager, WAW Entertainment
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