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Everyone wants something from your boss: protecting your employer from too much "love".

Everyone wants something--and when you work for a celebrity, you'll find that everyone wants something from your boss. Celebrity equals dollars in our culture, which is why so many organizations seek to attach a celebrity's name to their charitable endeavors. However, just as many requests come from individuals in search of their 15 minutes of fame. These queries can be super small or over the top, and it is your job to prioritize them. It is impossible to respond to every entreaty, but most celebrities try to give back what they can to their loyal fans.

Typical requests to Hollywood's elite are for autographed items, such as pictures, posters, books, screenplays, and DVDs. Invitations to attend or make presentations at high-ticket charity events are also in high demand. These types of solicitations are routine, but every once in a while you'll field an entreaty for something truly bizarre.

A famous older actress I worked for received requests from all over the world. Most people wanted her autograph on posters and photographs from movies in which she'd starred. One day a large envelope arrived, and inside was a politely-written note requesting an autograph on the enclosed drawing. I pulled out a piece of torn-off cardboard bearing a De Kooning-esque drawing of my boss in a scene from one of her movies ... stark naked. It went straight into the potential stalker file, a grim reminder that crazy people watch movies, too.

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

Another celebrity employer received--in his undisclosed home mailbox--a note written on a napkin from a fan requesting they get together for a drink. Nothing says "I'm really nutty" like letting a celebrity know you have cleverly figured out where he lives.

Someone else I worked for was asked to write a foreword in a book about baseball. My boss was an actor and had never displayed any interest in the sport, either on- or off-screen. Propositions just seemed to pour in, whether they applied to my boss's life or not.

I have had bosses who invested in small business ventures for their housekeepers, gave large gifts to long-lost nieces and nephews, and who bought cars for their employees. It's not just the outside world that wants something from your boss; sometimes the worst of it comes from people on the inside. Many times family members leech off the success of their "loved one" until their borrowed attempts at fame fall through. Then, inevitably they come back asking for help, as if they are owed.

And in the inner circle, assistants and crew members on a movie or TV series are often wannabe actors who pounce on your boss and ask for walk-ons and speaking parts. It seems nobody is beyond asking for the on-screen opportunity that a celebrity can provide. When I was an assistant to an executive producer, occasionally he received unsolicited scripts from the relatives of deceased aspiring screenwriters. The accompanying letters were heart-wrenching; the bereaved family pleaded for us to keep their late relative's spirit alive as a screenplay credit on celluloid. Unfortunately, usually the scripts were of dubious merit. Plenty of people want to cash in on someone else's celebrity to fix their problems or brighten up their lives--which brings us to one of the rules in assisting: Be the one person who doesn't want anything from your boss except a job and a paycheck.

Mandie Green has several years experience working as a personal assistant in Hollywood and knows all the ins and outs of personal assisting. Her tips and stories about her life are a must-read.
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Title Annotation:PA JOURNAL
Author:Green, Mandie
Publication:Celeb Staff Magazine
Date:Jul 1, 2008
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