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Would you really want a celebrity boss?

The dream of pseudo-celebrity
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The dream of pseudo-celebrity

Do you dream of joining a celebrity entourage, perhaps to parade Jennifer Lopez down the red carpet or prepare a midnight snack for Tom Cruise?

Be very careful what you wish for.

"Many people come into this thinking that it's very glamorous," says Teresa Leigh, who worked in personal service for 28 years before opening her eponymous New York household placement firm. "There's nothing glamorous about having a 20-hour day."

Like Leigh, April Berube, owner of The Wellington Agency in Palm Beach, Fla., places personal assistants, or PAs, drivers, bodyguards, trainers and private chefs for the rich and famous from Los Angeles to London. She looks for applicants who are road-tested; the star-struck need not apply.

"Celebrities can be very, very nice or extremely difficult to work for," she says. "It can be thrilling, fast-paced, and some people thrive on that. For others, it's like they just sold their soul to the devil."

Whatever position you chose, there's one word you'll need to remove from your vocabulary.

"You don't say 'no.' That's why they're paying you," says Leigh.

Let's see if you have what it takes (and like what you'll make) to roll with a celebrity entourage.


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