Jennette McCurdy answers questions from fans who send in to Popstar Magazine. Below is the full article in which Jennette provides sound advice for a babysitting startup, what to say to parents about makeup, and clever gift ideas for a friend’s birthday:
My friends and I want to start a babysitting service like you have on Sam & Cat! What are your best tips for helping us spread the word? Thanks! ~Jessica
Awww, that’s the cutest thing I’ve ever heard. Think of a friend you know with younger siblings and babysit them first, so it’s someone you’re familiar with. Do an amazing job. No doubt those kids have some friends that need to be babysat at home point as well! Word of mouth is your best friend. Get lots of parents buzzing about what a great job you do. When I was 13, I wanted to start my own babysitting business (long before Sam & Cat haha). I took a babysitting course online just to make sure I felt qualified to do the job. I also took an American Heart Association online CPR course and learned how to make some basic meals in case that was asked of me. I never got any clients though, so who am I to give advice? Lol. ~Jennette
It’s my best friend’s Sweet 16 coming up and I want to get her an amazing git. I just don’t have the money! What are some cool things I can make or put together that will show her how much I care? ~Kelsey
Think of your friend and do something really specific to her liking. Cook her favorite meal, baker her 16 of her favorite desserts (16 cupcakes, 16 brownies, etc), make a scrapbook of your friendship together, use iPhoto and make a photo book for around $20, write her a song if you’re musically inclined, or offer to give her a mani/pedi. You could also think of your own thing, but I think my ideas were pretty great. :P ~Jennette
My parents won’t let me wear makeup yet, only lip gloss. It’s really embarassing because all my friends are allowed to wear it. What’s the best way to talk to my parents so they will change their minds? ~Callie
I didn’t start wearing a drop of makeup in real life until I was 16. I was not the norm, however, and now I totally love it, so I see where you’re coming from! Talk to your parents and let them know that you realize a little goes a long way when it comes to makeup. Ask if there’s a compromise. Maybe they’ll let you wear lip gloss and mascara. If not, respect their rules. Look through magazines and cut out pictures of makeup you’d love to try out when you are allowed to. Fashion Angels makes a really cool booklet where you can color makeup onto bare faces… take this time as an opportunity to try out mistakes on paper and instead of on your face! By the time you’re wearing makeup, you’ll be a pro with color coordination and application techniques.
Goo luck! ~Jennette