How to Work for a Famous Person

Written by melinda gaines
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Many people dream of becoming famous, or at least meeting someone who is famous. One way to break into the world of celebrities is to work for one. While it may seem like an unrealistic fantasy, it is possible to have a career working closely with famous people. Potential jobs working for celebrities range from agents to personal assistants; regardless of your skill set, there are opportunities for you to work for a famous person.

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    Become a publicist within the entertainment industry, but choose a niche. For example, you can handle public relations for musicians, actresses or artists. You do not need any special certification or education to become a publicist, but you must be able to handle working around the clock, have excellent writing skills and be a creative thinker.

    The exception is if you want to work for an established celebrity PR firm, in which case you will be expected to have a degree in business, communications or public relations.

    To work as a freelance celebrity publicist or open your own firm, start with local celebrities and work your way up. Find an up and coming musician or actor and take them on as a client. If they already have a name for themselves but want a publicist, it would be worth it to work with them for free up to a year--the experience and contacts you will gain just by association will pay off.

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    Get a job as a personal assistant to a celebrity or someone that works with celebrities such as stylists, hair dressers or film directors. Though you won't be working with famous people directly, you will still work with them in close proximity.

    Being a celebrity's personal assistant does not require special training, but you will be expected to be on-call for your employer and will likely travel with them where ever they go.

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    Start a business that caters to celebrities such as personal fitness training, a personal chef service for production sets or event planning for high profile events. If you go this route, ensure that you are able to provide a high calibre of service, and that you work to maintain a stellar reputation.

    The amount your business will earn greatly depends upon where you live, the service you provide, and what famous people you're working for.

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    Work as a sports agent--many athletes are seen as celebrities and even work outside of their chosen sport as spokespersons or actors. You could also work in other areas of sports such as sales, marketing or financial management.

    To work with a sports team, a degree is required for most positions, especially those in sales and marketing. To become a sports agent, most sports leagues will require that you take their certification test before you can sign clients.

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    Train to become a make-up artist. Make-up artists are essential in just about all areas of entertainment and can work with many types of famous people, from news reporters to rock stars. Work settings for make-up artists range from the sets of photo shoots to backstage at some of the world's most prestigious fashion shows.

    When making up celebrities, it is helpful to know how to airbrush--this is especially useful if you want to work in television.

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