Music Makes Money

Some of the most successful businesses today are based on someone’s talent (or talents) – an example being an artist selling paintings – and these businesses can be easily tapped into by young people today. Many teens (or even kids) are musically gifted, or can learn to be, and many actually use that to their advantage. There’s a general rule in life (which applies to business quite well, actually, though not always accurate, but that’s another story): if you’re good, then you’re paid for it. That means that if you’re a good musician, then people want to hear it (and pay for it!) Here are a few examples where you can make some nifty cash.

Band/Solo Artist – Make sure you can make some good music though, before you plan on making some money out of it. Ask yourself: “Would I buy my music”? If so, record some demos (you can do it quite for quite cheap now, or even for free), and send them out to talent agencies or promoters. This demo could also be an album; sell your album to other people in real life, or even online (my friend sells his album on iTunes). This is a great way to make an easy $10 – $20/album. A great step would be to look for open-microphone nights, competitions (or talent shows), or jams – they all give some wonderful publicity, and usually have some juicy cash prizes. You could even ask a café, restaurant, or recreation center if they’d be interested in having some live musicians – they might pay $10+/hour, or maybe $50 a night. You could even be a busker on the street (go to your municipal hall and apply for a license, first), and make $20 or more an hour!

Pianist – Making money from being a pianist applies mostly to those who are really good, so you’ll have to be very experienced before you plan to make some moolah. Try asking hotels if they’d like a “live ambient artist” (someone who provides background music), or talk to event planning services, because they often need pianists. Like a solo-artist, you could compose and record your own songs and sell them. Talent agents are often at competitions, and if you can impress them, they can help promote you too.

DJ – Being a DJ is a fun, entertaining, and often high-paying job (if you’re a good one). Contrary to popular belief, it’s not an age-limiting job: I’ve heard of 9 year olds rocking bars. DJ’s can be paid sometimes upwards of $50/hour for a wedding. Though it is usually very expensive to get into, anywhere from $700 to $5000 (for truly high-end, state-of-the-art stuff), if you are determined, you can work that off. Again, make demo mixes (or if you’re a mobile DJ, record videos of yourself), give them to promoters or clubs or bars (look for ones that sell food, because they can often let minors in if they do) or even your school! DJing your school dances are great – commercial school dance DJ’s charge far too much, and you could undercut them a bit, and clean up quite nicely. If you have any other questions about this in particular, email me, because I’m a DJ myself!

How to Write An Amazing Resumé

It’s rare that you would walk into a store and be hired on the spot. For employers, it takes time to sieve out the potential candidates. In order to make sure that you’re the best, you need a resumé that shines! Here’s how to make that multi-format resumé that’ll get you hired.

Name & Contact Info

First thing you want to do is have your name (usually in large capital or bold letters), your address, phone number (be sure to include both cell and home), and email.


Quickly make a note of:

2 or 3 goals that you want to achieve
Why you want to work there
You’ll then combine these into what’s called “objectives”. For example, my objectives on my resume are:

To provide a useful service while interacting positively with others
To gain work experience
To achieve my financial goal to pursue University and other activities
These are pretty clear objectives.


On my resumé, I’ve listed “Education” as one of the first things, because I value a good education more than anything. Education helps to establish your background, and what your work habits are. I generally like a chronological order here, where I’ll have the most recent education first and the earliest meaningful (you probably don’t need to include where you went to pre-school) one last. For example:

2007 – 2009: Some High School (don’t put city if you still go there), 5.0 (you could put A+/A/B+/B average if you want) overall average (just put something close to what you get), Grade 11
2001 – 2007: Some Junior School, Some Town Some Province, A Averages, various awards (see awards & recognition), prefect leadership position
February 2008: Food Handling Certification (put other education after schooling)
Awards & Recognition

This is the part where you make yourself shine! Awards and recognition show who you are: if you’re a humanitarian, you may have gotten some citizenship awards; if your musical, you may have gotten some band awards, et cetera. Don’t worry, even if you don’t have many awards, put em’ in there anyway (it doesn’t hurt)! Say, if you’ve been interviewed by a newspaper, or been featured somewhere, this is the place where this goes too. I like to do this part chronologically, too.

Volunteer Experience

This is where you make yourself shine again! Any volunteer experience is good – make sure you list anything and everything that you’ve done. It will take a while for you to remember, because you probably haven’t made a list over the years. You may say: “Well, I didn’t do much with this, and I wasn’t actively involved in that”. The truth is, it doesn’t matter! If you were a part of something, list it! A ton of my friends resumés are very naked, though they’ve done so much. Again, I do this chronologically.

Work Experience

Now I like to list work experience. Put down everything you’ve done where it involves making money from an employer. It doesn’t have to be formal jobs – it could be babysitting, a summer landscaping job, a movie extra, a garage-sale organizer, a garden-carer, or even a lemonade stand-runner (I put it in there because we did quite well, which shows business-skills). I generally don’t do this chronologically, unless it’s a formal/more job.

Various Interests

This is a section I like to add, just because it gives your resumé a nice friendly touch. You can put anything you like in there, like any sports you do, what subject interests you a lot, etc. Make it a list, not a proper paragraph.

That’s about the general construction for an effective resumé, but there are a few things that you want to avoid.

Do not lie – if you get a C+ average, use that. Don’t say that you have a B, because it’ll show later.
Don’t rely solely on your resumé. When delivering a resumé, make sure the employer gets a good impression about you: be mature, outspoken, polite.
Always say that you would welcome an interview! A great resumé followed by a good interview is one killer combination.
Keep a lookout for the other parts about getting a job!

How To Avoid Being Late To Work

You know the deal: you get to work 5 minutes late, and your boss harasses you. You wonder what you did at home that made you late, but you can’t think of anything because your boss is yelling in your face. Here’s how to avoid that nasty encounter, and stay on your boss’ good list.
There’s always a point where you feel that you need to go to your job, but you could just do one more thing before you zip off. Well, that “one more thing” turns into two more things, then three; and before you know it, you’re three minutes from work time when it takes ten minutes to get there.

Step One: Set An Alarm

Alarms are a good way of getting somewhere, because it means that something other than you is reminding you. Set it at least 5 minutes more than the time you should leave to get there, because it always takes at least 5 minutes to get ready. If you’re always watching TV, or you’re hanging with friends, set an alarm on your cell-phone or iPod (to be safe, set it at least 10 minutes faster because friends are the most distracting). If you’re always at home, busy on Facebook on your computer, set your alarm clock to go off.

Step Two: Remove Distractions

It’s the distractions that always get to you, right? Remove them from the possibility of you engaging them. If you’re with friends, but you work soon after school, I recommend just staying at school and getting a start on your homework, or hanging with friends there. If you watch TV and get distracted, put a sticky note somewhere visible in your room reminding you not to watch TV. In my opinion, watching two-thirds of a TV show isn’t worth it; you could be done your math homework by then, and you wouldn’t have to do it when you’re tired after work! If you’re always on your computer, put a sticky note there, or shut it off.

Step Three: Find Someone To Remind You

This is sort of like setting an alarm, but with more meaning. People (if nice enough) won’t have a problem telling you to get to work. For an added bonus, tell them to really “yell” at you and nag you to get to work – annoying brothers and sisters will think is fun!

Step Four: Move Fast

If you’re going to get to work anyways, why not move fast? Then, if there’s a disturbance along the way, you’ve got extra time to get passed it. If you get to work early, you can get a coffee or buy a snack.

Step Five: Collect The Rewards!

Look at it this way: you’re happy with yourself getting to work on time, your boss is happy with you, you’ve got yourself a coffee, you’ve almost finished your homework, and you have time after work to do whatever you want without the pressure of having to get to work!

Family Intervention Specialist

Company Overview

Youth Villages has been a national leader in the implementation of research-based treatment philosophies in the field of children’s mental and behavioral health. Our commitment to helping troubled children and their families find success spans 20+ years and includes a comprehensive array of programs and services. If you are looking for a positive career move where you are meeting the challenges of life and striving to make a positive difference, then Youth Villages is the place for you. We are looking for people with a strong sense of purpose and focus to continually build confidence in yourself and our organization.

Program Overview

Our Intercept program serves a broad population of youth, including those involved with multiple child-serving systems and those at high risk of removal from their families.  The program specializes in diverting youth from out of home placements by helping their families safely maintain youth in their home environment. This position is responsible for providing intensive home-based therapy to families.

Position Overview

Carry small caseload of 4-6 families Hold family sessions with each family 3 times a week scheduled at the convenience of the families 3 supervision meetings a week Web-based documentation (voice recognition technology in most locations) Provide on-call availability to families during the week, one weekend each month Drive up to 60-80 miles to meet with families in the home, Counselors provide treatment in individual families’ homes in a wide array of settings and communities

Additional Information

Schedule is non-traditional, but flexible and based around clients’ availability. Since counselors are heavily involved with each family, long hours may be required.Counselors must have their own vehicle to use for work purposes as well as have liability insurance. Counselors are reimbursed for mileage.