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Saturday, June 21, 2014

How Do I Make Money If I'm just a kid?

Wendy Alane Wright is a Hollywood Talent Manager with WAW Entertainment. Her clients have appeared in numerous national commercials, movies, webisodes, short films, and on television networks such as ABC, NBC, Comedy Central, BIO, Lifetime, plus many more. Previous to being a Manager and a Talent Agent at Burn Down Entertainment, she assisted many high profile Managers, Agents and Publicists in the careers of Neil Patrick Harris, Johnny Galecki, Sarah Michelle Geller, The Four Tops, The Bee Gees, Meatloaf, Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Guttenberg, The Cranberries Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Kenny Rogers, and Neil Diamond. Wendy is also a Recording Artist, Actress, Author and Music Producer all  giving her a 360-degree perspective of the industry.

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. Here is a list of job ideas for kids:

  • Tutoring
  • Babysitting
  • Dog Sitting
  • Dog Walking
  • Shoveling
  • Raking Leaves
  • Create a Landscaping service
  • Swimming Lessons
  • Web design
  • House Cleaning
  • Teach Guitar or Piano

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.

Arts and crafts maker? You may be able to make money selling your items at craft shows or consignment stores.

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. 

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.

  • Lemonade stand
  • Bake sale
  • Car wash (in your driveway)
  • Yard sale
  • Selling their outgrown toys and video games on eBay or Craigslist
Put on a music concert in your back yard and charge an entrance fee.

amusement park employee
fast food restaurant team member
grocery store cashier / bagger
summer camp
skating rinks
surf shops / skate shops
shoe shops
night packer at supermarkets
check out dude (supermarkets, retail stores
washing dishes in restaurant
mail room person in large business
porters in hotels
caddy at golf course
farm hand
receptionist or administrative assistant
movie theater attendant
parks and recreation departments
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.

Wendy Alane Wright
The Hollywood Talent Manager