Personal Assistants to Celebrities & High Net Worth Families are in Demand

(Above) Arnold Schwarzenegger and his personal assistants.  Celebrity PAs often work on location with their employers, which usually requires very  long hours.
(Above) Arnold Schwarzenegger and his personal assistants. Celebrity PAs often work on location with their employers, which usually requires very long hours.

About the need for elite personal assistants

Never before in our nation's history has the demand for personal assistants been higher. This is driven by the explosion of the super rich. According to Forbes and CNBC news, the statistics on high net worth families in America are as follows:

  • There are now over 1,200 billionaires
  • About 9 million millionaires currently exist
  • 50,000 U.S. households have net worth between 50 and 500 million dollars

With so many celebrities and well-to-do families in the United States, PAs have become the ultimate status symbols that manage the personal and professional calendars of their high-profile employers.

The Devil Wears Prada was written by a former assistant. It's not uncommon for high-profile assistants to move on and start their own companies.
The Devil Wears Prada was written by a former assistant. It's not uncommon for high-profile assistants to move on and start their own companies.

Who do assistants work for and what do they actually do?

Celebrities aren't just Hollywood actors and directors, so assistants work for successful individuals in a number of fields: best-selling authors, athletes, sports team owners, philanthropists, CEOs and other types of high-profile entrepreneurs.

The personal assistant profession used to be nothing more than glorified secretarial work or errand running, but the position has evolved into a business manager of sorts. Personal assistants are responsible for itineraries, estate management and domestic staff -- just to name a few things.

When working for celebrities, the PAs will be the communication hub for agents, managers, publicity reps, lawyers, studio executives, stylists and fitness trainers -- so they sometimes spend more time with the celeb than the spouse does.

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Where to find personal assistant jobs

The good news is that aspiring candidates don't have to live in a major US city Los Angeles or New York City to work for the rich and famous. Between LA and NYC combined, for example, there are only about 100 billionaires, so high net worth families and celebrities live throughout the country and are always in need of trustworthy PAs.

While demand remains high, celebrities and high net worth families sometimes have trouble recruiting capable candidates because of the misconceptions that exist. For example, the mythology of celebrity personal assistant jobs is pervasive on the Web and in mainstream media outlets, so it deters qualified applicants.

But don’t believe the hype behind the abuse assistants face from their bosses. Most of the tabloid-like fodder involving “hamster funerals” and “hand-feeding ice cream to the family pet” is nonsense. Stories like that are invented strictly for entertainment purposes but do not represent the real-life scenarios most personal assistants face, working for a celebrity or not.

Take the Celebrity Personal Assistant Quiz

Take the celebrity personal assistant poll

What is the number one reason a celebrity personal assistant gets the job?

  • Because they have a college degree
  • Because they have "connections"
  • Because they have a positive "can-do" attitude
See results without voting

Lada Gaga and her personal assistant

Working as a celebrity PA to Hollywood stars will bring you around the world. Flying in private jets and living in 5-star hotels is the norm.
Working as a celebrity PA to Hollywood stars will bring you around the world. Flying in private jets and living in 5-star hotels is the norm.

Los Angeles is the epicenter of celebrity PA jobs

© 2010 Brian Daniel

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celebassistant 2 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Scoring a job working for a celebrity has nothing to do with luck. It's when planning and preparation meet timing.

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