How to Become a Personal Assistant to the Stars

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Have you ever dreamed of working in the entertainment field, but you don't know how to act, can't sing, and don't play an instrument? Are you a jack-of-all trades? Then, consider a career as a personal assistant to the stars, also known as, a celebrity personal assistant. Stars have busy lives and require personal assistants to perform daily activities and routine chores that their busy schedules don't allow time for. Read on for further tips on how to pursue this exciting career.

Choose which type of celebrity you would prefer to work for. Would you like to be a personal assistant for an actor, athlete, musician or a politician? According to the StudentNow website, " It's probably best to work for someone in a field you're interested in, because the more you know, the more you have to offer."

A personal assistant to the stars must be versed in a variety of skills. Your job may entail scheduling doctor's appointments, organizing parties, sending birthday gifts, finding household items and more. Courses in event planning and office administration can be invaluable to helping you perform the tasks for this career. You also can take a personal assistant course. Websites such as www.learningannex.com and www.celebritypersonalassistants.com periodically offer online courses on how to become a celebrity personal assistant.

One way to find a job is through an employment agency such as Celebrity Personal Assistants Inc. Another option is to work as a production assistant on a movie set, where you will be able to network with the stars. You also can contact the star's agent or publicist to let them know that you are looking for a job. You could try contacting the stars directly. Some websites that provide this information include www.contactvip.com and www.contactanycelebrity.com. These websites charge a fee.

To keep up on current trends in your profession and to network with others in your field, join a professional organization such as the Association of Celebrity Personal Assistants, whose annual membership fees start at $150. In addition, if you live in New York, you may join New York Celebrity Assistants.

Personal assistants to the stars can make a competitive salary. According to ABC News, celebrity personal assistants can make an average of $62,000 annually. In addition, other perks of the job include tickets to exclusive events, gifts and free air travel.

Tip

This job is not a typical 9-to-5 job. You may be on-call for long hours. Most personal assistants to the stars jobs require that you sign a nondisclosure agreement to keep all private details confidential.

About the Author

Dee Ferguson has been writing professionally since 1989. Her specialties include arts, business, finance, music publicity and travel. Ferguson's work has been featured on Artistopia.com and various other websites. She has previously worked as a marketing assistant for two major nonprofit organizations. Ferguson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.

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