These side gigs will help you pay for beer, chips-and maybe even rent.
Become a stylish server
It’s not an easy job, donning a dress made of 200 napkins and wordlessly allowing partygoers to pluck them off of you, but someone has to do it. At Redmoon For Hire—the catering and party-planning wing of Redmoon Theater (1463 W Hubbard St, 312-850-8440)—that someone is Judith Lesser. To supplement her starving-artist income as an actress, Lesser, 25, works with a company of performers (each earning about $125 for 90 minutes of work) to bring Redmoon’s phantasmagorical touch to food service—guests snag appetizers from her Victorian dress that doubles as a table, entrées from stilted performers with skirts made of sculpted steel trays and dessert from a bicycle with ten spinning sweets trays. “In the beginning of the evening people are like, ‘I don’t want to pull napkins off of your dress,’ and it’s fun to watch them warm up to us,” Lesser says. “People get really excited about moving art pieces.”