How to become a Celebrity Personal Assistant - can you cut the celebrity mustard?

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Based on the Guide to Become a Celebrity Personal Assistant, by John C. Havens and Tag Goulet. The complete guide offers detailed information about how you can break into this exciting career and get hired as a celebrity personal assistant. The guide is available online here.

As a celebrity personal assistant you can earn up to $100,000 per year, and enjoy an incredible lifestyle that most people can only dream about. In return for screening fan mail, answering phones, and planning parties, celebrity personal assistants are allowed to enter an exclusive world and live like a star.

After all, celebrities need to buy groceries and schedule doctor's appointments just like everyone else, but unlike everyone else they also have movie shoots, important meetings, and volumes of phone calls to make. The personal assistant makes sure that everything gets done, allowing the celebrity to enjoy a semi-private life. A good celebrity personal assistant (CPA) functions as coordinator, friend, and just about anything else that a famous person might require. They offer organization and peace of mind to those who need it the most.

Perks of the job may include tickets to sold out concerts, first-class air travel, expensive gifts, and great gossip about what other celebrities are really like. Does this sound like a great day at work to you? If so, here are 10 steps to breaking into this fabulous job, based on the Guide to Become a Celebrity Personal Assistant

1. Choose a Type of Celebrity

Actors and rock stars are not the only ones who need personal assistants. You could decide to assist a professional athlete, politician, movie director, best-selling author, motivational speakers, model, millionaireÖ basically anyone with enough money can hire someone to be a personal assistant. 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. Potential employers will find you more appealing as a new hire.

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2. Develop Your Skills

CPAs need to know a little bit about everything, and know where to find out more. Celebrities are currently looking for internet-savvy, technologically competent employees who can show them how to transfer information from their palm pilot to the computer, send an e-greeting to Mom, or keep track of their personal finances.

Many celebrities are also interested in your etiquette knowledge, household management skills, and party planning or gift buying ability. Above all, celebrities need to know that you will not reveal their intimate secrets to the tabloids, so make sure you practice the art of discretion as well.

3. Get Some Training

There is currently no formal long-term education program to become a personal assistant, but you can develop many of the necessary skills in related programs, such as computer courses, household management courses (for butlers and household managers) and event planning courses offered by community colleges. 

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4. Get Some Experience

One great way to learn the skills of being a celebrity personal assistant is to be a non-celebrity PA first. You may even discover that being a personal assistant to a non-celebrity is more your speed if you really enjoy organizing but donít like the stress of the celebrity lifestyle.

5. Find a Job Opening

Networking is an important first step: let everyone know that you are a personal assistant who is looking for work. Think about all of the people you know, family and friends alike. In that vast network, is there anyone who is closer to a celebrity than you are? You can also meet celebrities through volunteering, working as a production assistant on a movie set, and job listings.

6. Contact a Celebrity

There are many books and web sites that list addresses and contact information for celebrities. Although you may not speak with the celebrities themselves, you can usually get in touch with their publicist, agent or even their current personal assistant. Even if they aren't looking for an assistant immediately, they may have an opening in the future or know someone who does.

7. Avoid Common Mistakes

It would be great if you could just strike up a conversation with someone like an agent and get an immediate referral to a celebrity. However, most people who are starting out donít find it easy to say the right things off the top of their head. This is when having a script (or outline of what you want to say) can be a big help. To sound like a professional avoid disclosing too much personal information about yourself, sounding too eager, or mentioning that you are hoping to launch your own showbiz career. Instead, focus on the skills you have to offer the celebrity.

8. Join an Agency

Most CPAs agree that this is a great inroad into the industry. A few employment agencies that specialize in hiring employees for celebrities and other wealthy people. Once youíve located an agency, send a brief email query asking who you should contact about becoming a CPA for one of their clients. Definitely post your CV/Resume in this siteís Staff Database (itís free!)

9. Ace the Interview

According to Jonathan Holiff, founder of the Association of Celebrity Personal Assistants, "Assuming you have the skills and the temperament, it really comes down to a personality match." You will more than likely have to go through a number of interviews before you get to meet your celebrity. Donít let it faze you; just be honest and direct with everyone you meet. And when you meet your celebrity? Don't gush. Concentrate on being professional and establishing an immediate rapport with them.

10. Join Professional Organizations

There are professional organizations that assist celebrity personal assistants with their career development. Once you start working as a CPA, you will be able to join these organizations and they will become an invaluable source of support and information.

Based on the Guide to Become a Celebrity Personal Assistant, by John C. Havens and Tag Goulet. The complete guide offers detailed information about how you can break into this exciting career and get hired as a celebrity personal assistant.

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