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Seven Truths About Becoming a Celebrity Assistant


Hollywood insiders explain the highs and lows of the job.

Editor's Note: This is a companion piece to our Celebrity Boss package. Click here to view this feature.

Think you'd like to play the supporting role in a celebrity household? Here's what some insiders think you should know:

1. You can make a lot of money.

Celebrity assistants are always in demand. "We're busy, even in this economy," says Rachel Zaslansky Sheer, co-founder of the Grapevine Agency, an L.A.-based staffing company that matches assistants to high net worth individuals and celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, Arianna Huffington, Jennifer Aniston, and George Clooney. "People won't give up their personal assistants in a recession. They have such big careers and lives, it's too much," she says.

And if you can tough it out on a 24/7 schedule, you'll be handsomely rewarded. "You can make up to $200,000 a year if you're an assistant who literally travels on tour with someone and never goes home," says Zaslansky Sheer.

(Then again, some of the assistants we spoke to were making $15 an hour and working long days. Read about Lisa Rinna's assistant.)

2. You may have to relocate to another continent on a moment's notice.

It's unrealistic to plan for any kind of life of your own when you work for a star, say the experts. Some celebrities don't know where they'll be in the next 12 hours, and the same goes for their personal assistants.

"You have to be prepared for literally everything and anything," Zaslansky Sheer emphasizes. "One assistant I placed had to pop on a plane going to Europe at midnight that day, and stay in Europe for three months, with no advance notice," she recalls. That assistant had been called to work on the set of a movie for her employer, a popular, young singer.

3. Not everyone is as nice as George Clooney.

George Clooney is famously beloved by fans, and the same is true of the staff that caters to his every whim. According to Zaslansky Sheer, "George Clooney is the one person every single celebrity person assistant wants to work for. His last assistant was so happy that she stayed was with him for eight years.

"There is this long time rumor that he once bought his assistant a house, but it's not exactly true. Still, everyone and their mother wants that job," she adds, "At least once a week I get someone asking, 'Is the George Clooney job open?' "

Two other coveted positions are those with Sarah Jessica Parker and Angelina Jolie, according to Lilit Marcus, New York-based author of the blog Save the Assistants and a soon-to-be-released book by the same name.

"Sarah Jessica Parker is said to be one of the nicest and easiest people get along with," she reports. "She gave her assistant so much credit for keeping things organized during the first Sex and the City movie that her assistant actually got an associate producer credit."

Jolie is also known for "taking good care of her assistants," says Marcus, who says the superstar is especially close to one woman. "They were pregnant at the same time and in Cannes, they were photographed together."
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