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How do I become an executive assistant for celebrities?

I see all these celebs with executive assistants and their assistant's jobs look very interesting to me as a career. ....But how do I get into that business? How degree do I get and how can I network my way to the top dogs? #executiveassistant #celeb #degree #executive-assistant #networking

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Lisa’s Answer

Education, experience and access are key. Starting at a community college or university with an administrative or business degree is a good plan. Sometimes you can get work study at your college in an office setting, this is a good springboard to working as an assistant once you get your degree. As far as capturing a position working for a celebrity, I would imagine you would have to be in an area where they congregate, maybe California? I would also do a little research into personal assistant vs. executive assistant. In any such role confidentiality, project management, event management, and attention to detail will be key. Best of luck to you!

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Michelle’s Answer

HI Krista,

As many have mentioned well rounded education and work experience are key to the skills. not all jobs need degrees, but educating oneself on essential skills is.

Options for experience are customer service, office manager, administrative assistant, executive assistant, these being mostly office jobs but will defiantly provide experience and skills to be a celeb assistant.

You can look at job boards to see what skills are being listed as required/ preferred also for positions you are interested in.

Suggesting to get you foot in the door, looking at were celebs congregate and find a customer service/ entry level position somewhere to work up and gain experience.
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Marwa’s Answer

You need to have a degree because its an industry standard, then you need to start somewhere so entry level jobs would eventually take you up the ladder. Once you master the EA job with a private office, a corporate company etc.. you should have meanwhile tried to connect and speak to people in the industry, apply for the jobs if they are posted, find a way into this specific field and speak to the right people. Build your CV and be prepared to show off your skills by then. Keep positive and know you'll get where you want one day.. but its not a one step ladder so it may take just a few years.
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Shad’s Answer

Hi Krista, that can be a challenging role and sometimes feel a little siloed but if you like the idea of being someone's dependable right-hand it can be rewarding. I would lock in your Bachelors degree for sure, the fun part here is that wide ranging fields would help you land one of these roles: Communications, Labor Studies, Accounting, or more; you really could apply learning lessons to this role from multiple levels of study. Next, I would seek out part time situations while in school where you'd gain the chance to learn in real-life situations that require diligent planning. Even volunteering at the Animal Shelter or helping a coat drive would help provide experience illustrating how you are able to help and facilitate matters on behalf of others. Once these ideas and experiences fill up your resume, definitely shop your resume at agencies known for hiring celebrity assistants or types. Alternatively, apply for roles at national or local production companies creating content. I've known assistants who have supported many different types of celebrity, so do keep that in mind too as you explore your options because the work is very different for actors, musicians, authors, celebrity philanthropists, public television hosts, ... or some combo of the above.
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Christina’s Answer

My recommendation would be to start with an entry level admin/exec assistant job in a fast paced, ever-changing environment and see how you like it. Even more specific, look for a personal assistant job. Just remember that a personal assistant is around the clock and if you're hoping to be an assistant to a celebrity, you will most likely never sleep! The goal is to make a name for myself in the assistant world by getting really good at your job and branching out connecting to other assistants via LinkedIn, Slack, Etc. Good luck!
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Saquib’s Answer

Start talking to anyone you know who has a job related to the entertainment industry. Tell them you're looking for a job as a celebrity personal assistant and ask if they know anyone you should talk to. Talk up your people skills and event-planning background.
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Mona’s Answer

You actually don't always need a degree to be an executive assistant. Check on Linked-In for entry-level administrative support roles at smaller companies (mainly in tech startups), or office management roles. Gain exposure and experience for a few years and you will soon find you have built skills that can be applied to Executive Assistant roles for C-level execs, celebrities, etc. Also, join an EA career group and network with other EAs :-) reach out to current celeb EAs on LinkedIn and see if they are willing to mentor you.
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