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Would You Want to Be a Personal Assistant to Hollywood?

The Princeton Review praises being a 'Personal Assistant to Someone Famous' in their book, The Best Entry-Level Jobs. This surprises me a little — maybe I'm just cynical because of what I observed watching sparse moments of Hey Paula?

According to The Princeton Review, "It's a great job for people who want a glimpse at how the truly fabulous live. It's also a great way to break into glamour professions because of the many of the contacts you make—not the dry cleaner, necessarily, but many of the others—will be invaluable."

I imagine the hard-working assistants to celebs will be working overtime getting their bosses prepared for the Oscars on Sunday. The excerpt from The Princeton Review's book says that the jobs are generally more about the experience and other perks above the pay, to expect lots of extra hours, and the connections you establish can lead to jobs more suited to your talents (in fashion, styling, etc.).

It also points out that being a personal assistant to anyone, and especially to someone famous, is challenging because it usually involves "a volatile combination of extreme intimacy and extreme subservience." Do you think the job would be worth the connections?


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Marci Marci 9 years
You do make some great connections, but you also have absolutely no life of your own since it's all about their life. That is 24/7 literally, not loosely. And they don't pay a lot considering you're giving everything up. My cousin was a PA for a high celebrity and we never saw her for the 3 years she worked for her. She'd plan on coming for Christmas then have to cancel. It did help her get another job in entertainment, but it's not like it's the greatest job that she probably could've gotten otherwise.
DoctaJones DoctaJones 9 years
After years working in a coffee shop I know my tolerance for demanding people. It's about 3 minutes, the amount of time it takes an order, ring it up and make the drink. No amount of contacts will ever tempt me to serve—I mean "assist"—anyone ever again.
cvandoorn cvandoorn 9 years
I was a PA to a crazy Hollywood celebrity interior designer/actress b*tch for a week. It was horrible. She was high maintenance, bi-polar, yelled all the time, her house was always full of RANDOM people. She treated her dogs much better than she did us. She was only nice to one PA because that PA also happened to be writing her biography. Everybody in that business seems to be shady!
Advah Advah 9 years
I'm already acting as some sort of PA to a lot of my colleagues even though it's not my job :/ I'd grab anything that pays better than what I have at the moment.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
It would depend on who...
vmruby vmruby 9 years
asisstant is another word for lap thanks!
Sweet-as-Sugar Sweet-as-Sugar 9 years
I would hate to be anyone's assistant. Celebrity or not.
tee0206 tee0206 9 years
I could barely stand to be an administrative assistant when I did that as a temp job for two months, so I highly doubt I could handle being a personal assistant!
sfbutterfly24 sfbutterfly24 9 years
SO I work at a 5 star hotel & also a 5 star restaurant now and this is as far as I will go with being someone b$#*h. Rich people/celebrities are some of the most horrible people you can ever deal with when things do not go as they want. Th word no can make them explode and you have to love the classic line " Do you know who I am!!!" yes Sir/Madame I do but I just cannot build another room/table for you on a sold out night.
sophia_HL sophia_HL 9 years
No... to be perfectly honest, I've got a teensy little baby pinch of diva in me :)
hshs1 hshs1 9 years
hmm, let me think, do I wanna be kissing someone's ass 24/7? No thank you.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
Yeah I could do it. I did it before for my cousin who's a movie producer and his producer wife. I simply did what they asked then always went one step further to insure my butt was covered. You want me to pick up dinner at Spago (this was back in the early 90's)- sure I'll hit Spago and pick up a variety of entrees then hit one more top-notch restaurant just in case. And I'll go to the grocery store to make sure there's plenty of food for the personal chef to make what you really want when you decide that you really wanted a hot dog. The check was so good that I could ignore the ego and tantrums.
lorenzo lorenzo 9 years
it can be a great networking gig, but you're SO busy with your celeb's tasks you don't have time to do your own...and you're prob not going to as many parties as you DOES def all depend on the gig tho. sometimes you get really lucky and get lots of goodies and face time with important beeyawches.
chancleta chancleta 9 years
he *double hockey sticks* NO! torture!
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
No thanks, I have watched Kimora Lee's show and she is a b*tch and is terrible to her assistants and i wouldn't want to deal with her or her snotty kids or anyone that acted like that.
juju4 juju4 9 years
9 times out of 10, these people are way high maintenance and the pay is not what it should be. I know people who have held these positions, and also know some firms that staff for these positions, and they are INCREDIBLY difficult to fill because you are not expected to have a life. I know of people who felt it was a rough combination of having that up close view of the good life while at the same time not being able to actually have any of it for yourself. The example that comes to mind was a friend that traveled to a fabulous destination for New Year's Eve, but wasn't allowed to go out herself. She made all the arrangements for her employer, but had to stay in the hotel to make sure the kids were taken care of and that the driver was on time, etc.
DreaAST DreaAST 9 years
Oh yeah. I would LOVE to do this job. So would my step daughter. She is 13 and would kill for this job in the future!
sugoionna09 sugoionna09 9 years
I would do it in a second. I love doing stuff for people and I think Id be pretty good at doing this job. Now if only I had an in to that job.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I hate taking orders form people and getting bossed around so I would probably hate it haha!
emalove emalove 9 years
I would NEVER be a personal assistant. To anyone.
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 9 years
Heck no. I hate being treated like I am less of a human.
erratic-assassin erratic-assassin 9 years
trust me, it aint all pretty. the incentives are awesome!!!! hell yeah they are. But being someone's bitch IS a bitch!
Swen Swen 9 years
I wouldn't want to do it because I think I deserve better treatment from a job. But I think I'd be really good at it. I'm just really good at pretending I think someone is superior to me, and I'm good at anticipating what people will want and getting it for them. I'd rather be a nanny for a celebrity's kid though. I've dealt with some crazy parents before, so I think I could handle it. Plus, most of the time you're with the kid alone, who hopefully isn't spoiled rotten yet.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i always thought that it would be a great job to be someone's personal assistant. think of all the traveling that you get to do, and the places you get to go. i think that you'd need to luck out on who you worked for though - we've all heard the horror stories
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