One thing which he highly recommend on our home page is that you carefully weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of becoming a celebrity personal assistant before you really set your heart on it. In this guide we’ve set out some of the most commonly cited pros and cons of working with the stars and discussed them to help make your decision that little bit easier.
Advantages of Being a Celebrity Personal Assistant
Working with Celebrities
Okay, so you’ve probably already figured this one out; becoming a celebrity personal assistant guarantees that you’re going to get to work with the rich and famous! It’s not just movie stars or pop stars that need personal assistants though, there are a whole range of clients which a celebrity personal assistant can work with:
- Directors and Producers
- Professional Athletes
- Family of the Rich and Famous
Anyone with enough money can hire a personal assistant; it’s just whether or not you’re going to define them as a celebrity as to what your job title is going to be!
As you might expect working directly with the rich and famous is likely to come with a very generous paycheque (although you might be thankful for this when you see some of the disadvantages you’ll have to deal with below).
Some celebrity personal assistants report to have been paid up to $100,000 a year although it is almost certain that some get more than this. At one time it was reported that Oprah Winfrey offered her assistant a onetime fee of one million dollars to prevent her from leaving her post! That must be one good personal assistant!
Celebrities live jetset lifestyles and as a celebrity personal assistant you’re going to have to be there with them. A personal assistant to a celebrity is going to be expected to organise travel, luggage, hotel bookings, meetings and destinations so you’re going to be especially needed when your celebrity is travelling the world!
This means that you’re going to get a chance to see some amazing places of the world. Even if you are working not everybody can say they have been all over the world paid for by someone else!
When you become a celebrity personal assistant you are instantly going to begin making new connections and we don’t just mean with the rich and famous. Your role will include meeting with lawyers, directors, producers, casting agents, make-up artists, hairdressers and more. The list goes on and on. When you leave your job as a celebrity personal assistant you’ll have more connections in and around the entertainment world than you’ll know what to do with!
As an extension of making new connections you are going to be extremely employable should you decide to move on from your job as an assistant to a celebrity. Not everyone can write on their resume that they’ve worked directly with someone rich and famous!
During your work as a personal assistant you’ll have to have impeccable time management and organisational skills. You’ll also have to manage and delegate to other members of the celebrity’s team. This will provide you with a skill set that is valuable to employers in every single industry.
Disadvantages of Being a Celebrity Personal Assistant
Long Working Hours
What, you thought celebrities just worked 9-5 like the rest of us? Celebrities working schedules can be erratic at the best of times. Early mornings to get to casting shoots, rehersalas and recordings paired with late nights to go to interviews, parties and award ceremonies can becoming extremely testing.
Not only that but one of the most frequently cited disadvantages of being a celebrity personal assistant is that you some employers will expect you to be at their beck and call 24/7. Literally! Your celebrity has an emergency (or has a craving for some ice cream) and you’ll be expected to be there within minutes.
You need to take into account that this can not only interfere with your sleeping pattern, but also with your social and family life.
Interference with Social & Family Life
As we’ve just mentioned working for a celebrity can become a big test for your social calendar and your family life. Being expected to drop what you’re doing to look after your client comes with the big wage packet.
If you’re married and have children to look after then this may not be the right career choice for you! Your relationships with friends or a partner may even become tested as you may be expected to make your celebrity the first priority no matter you are doing. Take this carefully into consideration before you apply for or take a job!
High Demands and Expectations
A celebrity personal assistant will be expected to have a lot of duties and responsibilities, although they are certain to vary from employer to employer. Not only will you have to plan their meetings and events, look after appointments and contact their other employers but on top of this you might very well be asked to do their shopping or walk their dog too.
It can become very stressful being a celebrity personal assistant so make sure you feel you’re well suited to the job; as you’ll be expected to look good and keep your composure too!
It’s not as Glamorous as You Think!
Above all else we really want to enforce this! You’re the assistant of a celebrity you are not becoming a celebrity yourself! Long working hours, high expectations and lots of tasks to take care of means you’ll rarely have to time to chit-chat with famous people or enjoy VIP parties (even if you are invited).