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Life in the celebrity fast lane looks like fun. But unless you're getting ready to star in the next summer blockbuster or have a hit single hidden away, stardom isn't in the cards for most of us.
That doesn't mean there aren't ways to feel like part of the action and earn a living at the same time. From nannies to stylists to party planners, it takes a big staff to keep a star's life running smoothly – and many have consequently built successful businesses by working with celebrities.
Here are 10 careers that could land you a gig working for an A-lister.
With more celebrities choosing to start a family in the midst of their career, the demand for nannies to watch over the next Suri Cruise or Blue Ivy Carter is in high demand. Nannies provide the day-to-day care for the children, freeing up their parents' time to work on other things. While specific tasks are determined by each family, they could include preparing meals for the children, getting them dressed doing their laundry and playing.
The Sandra Taylor Agency has made a successful career out of caring for celebrity children. The Beverly Hills-based agency has worked with members of royal families, celebrities, athletes and business owners since being founded in 1967.
As former rich-turned-bankrupt celebrities like M.C. Hammer and Kim Basinger can attest, the need for a good financial planner is critical for any big star. Financial advisers are there to help celebrities spend their money wisely, while also saving enough for the future when their stardom potentially fizzles out.
One such adviser is California's Jeffrey Fishman, who founded JSF Financial in 1996. His client list features a number of Hollywood bigwigs, including actors, agents and studio heads.
Few like to party more than celebrities, and with that passion comes the need to throw the biggest and best parties of their own. Whether it's weddings, birthday bashes, baby showers or another event, party planners are there to make sure every detail, from food to music to décor, is handled smashingly.
Mindy Weiss has been in the celebrity party-planning business for more than 20 years. Her well-known client list includes the likes of Sting, Pink, Josh Duhamel, Ellen DeGeneres, Katy Perry, Russell Brand, Heidi Klum, Ashlee Simpson, Nicole Richie, Jennifer Lopez, Denise Richards and Brooke Shields.
Whether the need is promoting the good or trying to hide the bad, a good publicist is essential for celebrities. Publicists are there to handle interview requests and book media and event appearances. When a crisis arises, publicists help put out the fires and turn the story into a nonstory. With offices in Los Angeles, New York and London, ID has been providing publicity for celebrities since 1993. Founded by Kelly Bush, the public relations firm has more than 400 clients, including Stephen Colbert, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Tobey Maguire, Sean Penn, Natalie Portman, Paul Simon, Ben Stiller, Rachel Weisz and Robin Williams.
Celebrities don't have the luxury of rolling out of bed and heading to the mall in pajamas like the rest of us. Every time they leave the house, they run the risk of being photographed and having their picture plastered on the cover of every gossip magazine on the rack. They always need to look their best, making makeup artist a key part of celebrities' daily life. Makeup artists ensure faces are flawless every time the celebrity is in front of a camera. Troy Jensen is one such stylist to the stars. As a professional makeup artist for more than two decades, Jensen has amassed a star-studded client list, including Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Bjork, Salma Hayek and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Staying in shape is a must for celebrities looking to avoid public ridicule. Jessica Simpson and Kirstie Alley know firsthand how ruthless the media can be when they spot a star that appears to have packed on a few pounds. Looking to avoid embarrassment and keep their looks up to par, celebrities spend hours each week working with personal trainers who are charged with making sure their bodies look perfect.
For the past 25 years, Michael George has been sculpting the physiques of Hollywood celebrities. His A-list clients include Reese Witherspoon, Toby Maguire, Julianne Moore, James Spader, Meg Ryan, Christian Slater, Sela Ward, Matt Dillon, Slash and Dennis Quaid.
Eating healthy is part of the formula for keeping celebrities' physiques trim. Since celebrities areoften on the go, many employ personal chefs to cook their meals and make sure they are eating right. In addition to taking care of daily dietary needs, personal chefs can also provide food for any parties the celebrities are bound to have.
For the past 15 years, Richard Florczak has been preparing menus for Hollywood's elite.
He spent nine years as the full-time exclusive chef for Mel Gibson and recently began working with Jennifer Garner part-time.
For actors and actresses, life is filled with days away from home either on set or on tour. Often, they take their family along, making private tutors a must for the kids. Private tutors make sure the educational needs of a child, whether it’s a child actor or the kids of a celebrity, are being met.
Founded in 1982, On Location Education offers complete on-set education services for film, television and theater productions, as well as for young athletes, recording artists, circus performers and children of celebrities. The company has provided on-set teachers for those involved with a number of movies and television shows, including "Gladiator," "The School of Rock," "Spiderman 2," "Law & Order" and "The Cosby Show."
Unfortunately, there often can be strangers who want to get a little too close for a celebrity's liking. That's why many celebrities don't leave home without a little personal security close by. Bodyguards help keep adoring — or creepy — fans at an arm’s length so the star doesn’t feel threatened.
Kris Herzog has been a personal bodyguard for 25 years. He founded The Body Guard Group of Beverly Hills in 1967 and has since protected A-list stars including Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Jessica Alba.
Behind every successful celebrity is a hardworking personal assistant taking care of the details. Personal assistants handle all the things the rest of a celebrity's staff doesn't cover. From paying bills and running errands to shopping for gifts and returning phone calls and emails, the personal assistant makes sure no part of a star's life falls through the cracks.
Celebrity Staffing Services has provided celebrities with personal assistants for more than 15 years. The company also provides the rich and famous with a host of other household staff members, including housekeepers, waitstaff and estate mangers. Their clients have included Will and Jada Smith, Drew Barrymore and Kendra Wilkinson.
Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance business and technology writer who has worked in public relations and spent 10 years as a newspaper reporter. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @cbrooks76.