For years we have been seeing television shows and magazine articles about personal assistant jobs with celebrities and other famous personalities. The private jets and fast cars with million-dollar price tags always dazzle and amaze, but just how does someone land a gig like that? Most dismiss fantasies of having the dream job as something that happens to someone else. The actual truth is that it is not as hard as you may think to land your dream job as a PA to an affluent family.
To get a good personal assistant job, one must be resourceful and cunning. Most jobs of that sort will not be advertised on a job board. They are usually handled through exclusive personal assistant agencies; PA headhunters, if you will.
One such elite employment agency is The Celebrity Personal Assistant Network, founded by Brian Daniel – who has worked with Hollywood A-list, millionaires, billionaires, and even royalty. The demand for high-end assistants has never been higher. Over the past 50 years, the rich have only become richer, so they need “lifestyle managers” to handle all aspects of their lives. The role has evolved to that of a de facto business manager of sorts.
In this new Gilded Age, the “conspicuous consumption” of yesteryear is in full force. Having mega-mansions and other palatial estates is the norm – and the more, the better. Having a whole fleet of exotic cars: Rolls Royce, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Jaguar, Lotus, and BMW may seem excessive, but it is everyday life for the uber rich. So the personal assistants of today get to reap all the benefits of the billionaire lifestyle without having to shell out all the money.
The jet set are always traveling to wonderland locations like Paris, London, and Rome; usually by private jet. It is the personal assistant’s job to handle all the logistics: 5-star hotel accommodations, drivers, and security personnel. Getting to eat at the world’s best restaurants is also a benefit, so getting to taste a $10,000 bottle of wine or eat a $500 Kobe steak is certainly a Cinderella-like story.
The hours for high-end personal assistants to the rich and famous can be very hard. It is not uncommon to have to work 60 or 80 hours a week, so there are pros and cons to the job. Being able to think quickly on your feet and take criticism is all part of the job; but for those who can hack it, the job is the stuff dreams are made of. The pay scale is certainly one consideration for taking so much stress because the jobs can pay $150,000 to $250,000 if you’re working for a Fortune 500 billionaire.
Written for assistants and estate managers working for celebrities, CEOs, UHNW families, billionaires and royalty