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These young adults don’t clean up leftovers or fold clothes for a living. Naomi Russo talked to some under 25s about being young and having a job that actually looks good on your resume.

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Sam Attwood runs Your Friend’s House.

SAMDescribe a normal day/night/hour at work.Wake up and go for a run­— creativity comes easier after some endorphins. Then I go to the Edge, a great initiative in Brisbane for creatives. Not having a day-to-day office can be taxing, but changing environments also tends to benefit people in creative fields.

 Where do you see yourself in ten years?I’d like to see Your Friends House evolve into something a little more multifaceted… The value of a good brand is massive in the modern day, and when you’re using the Internet as your foundations, the sky is the limit. A financially viable office with a swag of like-minded people would be my dream, and that’s not too far off apparently.

What’s been your biggest hurdle?
Paying rent.

Biggest perks and irks of the job?
Perks would have to be accommodating work hours and location. Irks would have to be the instability of running your own business. From the outside it may look appealing, but I swear it’s taking a hefty toll on my blood pressure.

Worst advice you ever received about your job or success?
“Do it for yourself” — it’s cool and cliché and all that shit, but doing something for yourself will never get you a noteworthy level of success.

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Aidan Hirn is a freelance makeup artist.

Describe a normal day/night/hour at work.
Working like crazy for one or two hours then being on hand to make sure everything stays perfect!

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Who or what inspires you?
I treat makeup like an art form so I get inspired by all the things other artist get inspired by. Colours, shapes, music; stuff I see and hear everyday. I’m also incredibly inspired by drag. It’s really a performance art on another level and it’s a makeup I love to do.

What has been your biggest hurdle?
Definitely having the confidence to step out of the comfort of makeup school and into the industry. I was basically thrown into the film industry and I just pretended like I knew what I was doing and eventually I didn’t have to pretend anymore.

Worst advice you ever received about your job or success?
Probably just people putting limitations on what you can do in makeup. When I first started telling people I was getting into makeup the response was usually “Oh cute so you want to work for Napoleon or something?” Makeup is so much more than just beauty; there are no limitations in the industry. It’s amazing once you get started and realise that.

 Check his work out here!

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Nina Oyama is a comedienne.  

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Describe a normal day/night/hour at work.
Get on stage, make people laugh, get off stage.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Hopefully still doing comedy and writing for TV. I’d love to be living in a big city overseas, preferably in an apartment or house… Being homeless would definitely have a negative impact on my stand-up career.

Who or what inspires you?
Lena Dunham and Tina Fey. They both have brilliant work ethics, they’re pretty much self-made and they’re brilliant, intelligent comediennes.

I say success, you say…
I think success is doing what you love for a living. You don’t even have to be a CEO, you could work at Coles and if you had a passion for stacking shelves, you would be successful.

What’s been your biggest hurdle?
Learning to be professional. It doesn’t matter what room you are playing in comedy, or even how good your comedy is: if you’re not professional about it, you won’t get booked. You need to be aware that people are constantly judging you for what you’re doing both on and off stage.

Worst advice you ever received about your job or success?
Don’t talk about ‘insert polarising topic here’ on stage. I am a firm believer that you can talk about anything as long as it’s funny.

 Follow her on twitter here!

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Dara Hayes is DJ Tigerlily.dara

Describe a normal day/night/hour at work.
Amazing music, fake eyelashes, vodka-lime soda, serious fist-pumping and lots of smiles! 

Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Hopefully still playing music all over the world and writing the kind of music I love. I’m honestly living the dream at the moment; I’d just love to be doing it on a bigger scale in 10 years time! 

I say success, you say…
Determination. It’s the only way to achieve your goals and ultimately gain that success you want.

What’s been your biggest hurdle?
I think for me the biggest hurdle comes on a daily basis and that is balancing every aspect of my life whether it be music, study, partying.

 Biggest perks and irks?
Perks are definitely being able to work with some of the most inspirational and intelligent people. Also being a form of inspiration to others and being able to positively impact the lives of others is definitely a perk. My biggest irk would be waking up at 1am after a power nap and having to put on a full face of makeup. This is made 10 times worse when it’s cold and raining outside.

 Listen to her mixes here!

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Thom Woodroofe is a foreign affairs analyst.  

thomDescribe a normal day/night/hour at work.
‘Normal’— now there is a concept! I spend a lot of time overseas travelling for different things, but I could equally be working from the couch at home on an article or having lots of Melbourne latte meetings on a project I am working on.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?
As Hillary’s trusted foreign policy advisor in The White House, of course! In all seriousness, I hope to be working on developing the diplomatic capacity of many smaller countries; particularly to be able to influence key issues that inherently will impact them the most such as climate change.

I say success, you say…
There is always more to do, learn and explore!

Biggest perks and irks of the job?
They are one and the same! I get to travel lots overseas, but this also means regular jetlag, time away from home and missing the simple things like birthdays and friends even bothering to see if you are free for coffee.

Worst advice you ever received about your job or success?
Follow the pack! Most people my age are in graduate jobs and while they might be earning more than me, I really enjoy the dynamic cross-sectoral nature of what I do, and the freedom it gives me to explore and learn new things.

Best advice?
Harness the audacity of youth! Being young means you will discriminated against by some, but it also means you can have an excusable cheekiness in how you approach things. Be ambitious and never be afraid to pursue a crazy idea or get in touch with anyone in the world for help. You might just be surprised. Oh and read lots: the world is a complicated place!

 Check out some of his work here!

 Cover image via wacky stuff, all other images thanks to our stunning under 25s!