Personal assistants may look forward to an uninterrupted weekend — most say they work from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. but are on call 24/7 — but in reality celebrity bosses are constantly calling on them to make dinner reservations or send gifts when spur-of-the-moment events arise.
And while personal assistants often accompany their celeb bosses to film premieres and award shows, it's not all glitz and glam.
John Murphy, 28, is the personal assistant to an unnamed A-list daytime talk show host and says most of his duties are pretty mundane. Most days are spent tending to household issues and taking care of the host's wife and children.
"It's not all glamorous," said Murphy. "Yesterday I was crawling under the house because there was a problem with the air conditioning."
Celebrity personal assistants may be responsible for some boring, mundane tasks, but they get paid pretty well. The average annual income for a celebrity personal assistant is almost $62,000, according to a survey conducted by the Association of Celebrity Personal Assistants, an agency that networks personal assistants with one another as well as acts as a resource for celebrities who are in the market for a new assistant.
Many of the celebrity personal assistants interviewed reported making more, and said that their end-of-the-year bonuses often equaled their annual salary.
Carol Burnett's assistant was even luckier. She received a brand-new Range Rover from her boss, according to Jonathon Holiff, ACPA founder who says he was treated to worldwide travel opportunities and tickets to events like Mike Tyson's fight in Las Vegas when he worked for stars like "Growing Pains'" Alan Thicke and Faye Dunaway.
Perks and pay aside, being a celebrity's personal assistant is described by veterans as "hard work" and "exhausting." While the new Rover is certainly an incentive, a chance to touch the dream can be priceless.