How To Become A Celebrity Personal Assistant
Its not easy to become a celebrity personal assistant, but by golly it's worth it. The pay is great. You travel with the celebrity; and you get all the perks without the cameras being stuffed in your face. But how do you get to be in that position?
- Move to either New York or Los Angeles. It's a sad fact of the industry, but if you want to be involved with celebrities, you have to move to the cities where they work, live and play. Make sure you have a job lined up, or know someone there. You don't have to have the fanciest digs, you'll get those once you get the big job.
- Get a Job. More precisely, get a job as an assistant, receptionist or concierge. Why? You've got to have the skills that pay the bills. Enthusiasm is one thing, but a proven track record of being helpful and professional. If you have three contacts that say "So and so went to the ends of the earth for me, and did it wearing a smile", you're on your way to landing your gig as a celebrity personal assistant.
- Do your research. Figure out what industry you want to work in. Its a whole different game if you want to work for a movie star, a famous writer or a pro athlete. Each has their own sets of qualifications, their own insider track and their own "Dos and don'ts". Find a blog of a celebrity personal assistant or read a the biography of a key player in your field.
- Network. If you cannot network, you are probably never going to be a celebrity personal assistant. Have you ever seen a classified ad for one? No. The way you get that job is by meeting someone who knows that there is an opening for an assistant. If you have done your homework, you will know the clubs that the celebrities attend. You don't necessarily need to meet the celebrity, but you need to schmooze with someone who knows her. Let them know that you are a personal assistant, and that you are looking for an upgrade. Even if they don't hook you up with that celebrity, they may be likely to let you know when you hear of a position open. If you are staying in more than three nights a week, then you are doing it wrong.
- Use the Internet. Don't over think this, a lot of celebrities maintain Twitter feeds or blogs, and may announce an open position through these mediums. Keep your ear to the ground. Don't get bogged down in celebrity gossip forums, those are mostly hearsay. Being in the right place in the right time is the one key to becoming a celebrity personal assistant.