Working as a personal assistant to a rock musician can be a fun, exciting and glamorous career. It's also hard work. You don't punch in at 8 in the morning and punch out at 5 in the afternoon like many jobs. Instead, you will be expected to work long hours and will likely be on call around the clock.
The Nature of the Job
A job as an assistant to a rock star is essentially a job as a celebrity personal assistant. As an assistant you are responsible for taking care of all the details of your boss' professional life so he can focus most of his energy on what he does best -- making rock music. Your duties as a personal assistant might include keeping your boss on schedule, arranging childcare for his kids, looking after his pets and ordering meals. Anything that makes your boss’s life run smoothly may be in your job description.
Requirements for the Job
Personal assistants to rock musicians are required to be discreet. You'll likely be asked to sign a nondisclosure form that means you are bound to secrecy about his personal life. Sharing stories about your employer with unauthorized people could not only lead to termination, it might also land you in legal trouble. Assistants are also required to be flexible, resourceful, highly organized and strong communicators. According to the Association of Celebrity Personal Assistants, the best preparation for the job is to gain experience as an administrative assistant and work your way up to the executive level. Working for a CEO can give you a preview into what working for a celebrity might be like. The association also recommends that you watch "The Devil Wears Prada" to get an idea of the pressures you may have to endure as a celebrity personal assistant.
How to Find the Jobs
Working in public relations, or for talent and casting agencies, are good ways to hear about job openings for personal assistants to rock stars and other celebrities. If you meet the basic qualifications to work as a personal assistant, register with an employment agency that specializes in celebrity personal assistant jobs. Because of the need to maintain privacy, the job listings may be somewhat vague. For example, a prospective employer may be listed as a “Grammy-winning rock star” whose identity you will not learn unless you are selected for an interview.
Salary and Perks
According to an October 2014 article on the "The Hollywood Reporter" website, celebrity personal assistants average around $80,000 per year. However, salaries vary widely, and because most sign celebrity assistants sign nondisclosure agreements, the data are underreported. For some assistants, the benefits of the job are what really make the work rewarding. According to a 2007 article on the ABC News website, some assistants report receiving year-end bonuses equal to their salary as well as high-dollar gifts such as new cars. The opportunity to travel the world and have a front-row seat to the celebrity lifestyle are attractive perks as well.
- Business Insider: Entertainment: The 11 Assistants Who Run Hollywood
- ABC News: For a Taste of Fame be a Celebrity Personal Assistant
- Association of Celebrity Personal Assistants
- The Celebrity Personal Assistant Network: Jobs: Personal Assistant for a Grammy-Winning Rock Star in LA
- The Hollywood Reporter: Hollywood Salaries Revealed, From Movie Stars to Agents (and Even Their Assistants)
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