I have a 13-year old orphaned character, who eventually ages into 16-17 years old, planning to run away from her guardian. She has tried to run away several times in the past, but she hadn't gone that far away before her guardian retrieved her.
After her failures, she decides to bide her time and run away after she has graduated from high school. I want the character to have a bit of cash to spend on after she'd run away, so I was wondering if there are any relatively high paying jobs for teens age 13-17. I was thinking of something in events planning, but I'm not quite sure if that's plausible, though if it's in any help, she's doesn't go into that until she's 15-16.
Feel free to share any experiences on such jobs (or even running away). Googling for stuff like this is difficult.
ETA: Whoops. Forgot. This is set in the US (but any experience in other countries is welcome), no definite state yet.
ETA2: Skill-wise, she's supposed to be part (and later in charge) of planning and events for the student council (but this is when she's 15-17). I'm not quite set on what her exact skills are, so I could still modify it. She is hardworking though, and doesn't flinch from more menial jobs (unless it involves bodily/animal wastes, which is just eww for her).
ETA3: Thank you so much for the overwhelming response. They've given me ideas on things I haven't even thought about. ^_^
August 22nd, 2007
I have a crime scene in my novel where someone has been paralysed with a poison and then had their throat slit. The murderer was a female, and I want my wunderkind forensic profiler to be able to tell that it was a female straight away.
Some of my google-fu has already uncovered this website at http://faculty.ncwc.edu/toconnor/428/428lect11.htm which has helped narrow down the most likely causes of murder (Poison! I added the slit throat myself), however I was wondering if there might be any other tell tale clues that he might pick up on. Is a female killer more likely to clean the body, or position it in a certain way? The victim was male but there was no sexual motive to the murder.
In addition, what might say about the murderesses lifestyle based on the modus operandi?
I've typed things like "Profile of female serial killers" and "Forensic profiling female serial killer" which is how I got the website. "profile slit throat" and "profile cut throat" got me deviant art and myspace accounts :-/ so that seems to be a dead end.
EDIT:Thanks to everyone who answered my question. I now know what I am going to do. You have all been a tremendous help, I appreciate it ^_^