Even the briefest glimpse into the lives of celebrities will confirm that there is an endless potential when it comes to managing celeb-centric events. From celebrity involvement in galas and award ceremonies (all types of industries and sectors), fundraisers, sporting challenges, and launch events, to private parties and milestone events such as weddings, birthdays and holiday events.
So there are lots of ways in: celebrities are often involved in events being run by others, and of course want to hold events of their own which reflect both their glamour, position, and vision: after all, event planning is about making client dreams into reality and celebrities do dream large!
A Day in the Life of a Celebrity Events Manager
If you have celebrity events in your sights then you’ll already realise there will be no such thing as a typical day ahead of you! Of course you’re likely to be faced with all of those regular tasks, such as communication, organisation and logistics, negotiation and marketing, but when it comes to working with or alongside celebrities, your event planning days will certainly involve enhanced levels of:
- People skills and communication;
- Security and risk assessment – always important, but celebrities and royalty often have their own security personnel, which involves lots of additional planning, scheduling and attention to detail;
- Marketing and publicity – often celebrity involvement in an event, for example charitable or awards, can be part of a celebrity’s own press opportunities. So, you’ll be expected to be hot on the PR and even work with the celebrity’s own team. Unless of course the event’s a highly private celebrity event!
- Confidentiality – there’s a high level of trust involved when a celebrity commissions an event manager or events agency staff – not only to manage a private event for them, such as a wedding or party for themselves or a family member, but also to behave appropriately with their guests (such as not commandeering them for selfies)! Working with celebrities in this way is a real privilege and those event managers who prove themselves to be trustworthy and highly professional, as well as creative, are the ones with the greatest potential to be in demand!
All our lecturers are event professionals and have plenty more advice on what’s involved in the day to day, as well as how to make your way in this highly competitive industry.
How to Get into Celebrity Event Management
Like many event roles, getting into celebrity event management relies heavily on the amount of experience you have. But sometimes this can be hard to get, especially at the ‘private’ end of celebrity events – you can’t just rock up as a volunteer and expect to have access to Elton or Beyonce in the hope of them asking you to organise their next party!
However, there are ways to increase your experience and chances of success:
- Volunteer at general events which have celebrity involvement, such as charity awards and sports tournaments. Charities welcome volunteers as it helps them to keep overall costs low and maximise fundraising, and it can mean you gain some great experience and opportunities to network.
- Volunteer at industry events which naturally involve celebrities. For instance, our students and alumni have the chance to volunteer for the event team at The Brits: making a real difference to the smooth running of the event itself and to their own CVs and experience! Read more about what some of our students said about having this opportunity through Event Academy.
- Taking an industry respected, CIM-accredited events qualification which offers access to volunteering, hands-on experience and maybe even a work placement in this area of event management. It really doesn’t matter what point of life you’re at: whether you’ve just left school or college; you’re switching careers or looking to refresh your current event management skills, we have courses which can fit flexibly with what you need. There’s an online study option or full or part-time live learning here with us in London. You can also study at whichever level suits you:
- Foundation – an intensive, level 3 qualification to introduce you to the events industry.
- Diploma – a level 4 certified qualification covering everything you need to know about the fundamentals of event management – and then some!
- Postgraduate – a level 7 qualification with an initial 3 months of learning, volunteering and practice, followed by 3 months of work placement.
- Degree-alternative – progressing from level 3 to level 7, this combination of our Foundation, Diploma and Postgraduate courses is around a third of the cost and time of a traditional degree course and offers live event management, work placement and individual mentoring.
Celebrity Event Management Opportunities - from Exciting Roles to Big-Name Brands and Companies
So, an events role within many sectors such as charitable and corporate can offer the chance to work with celebrities, whilst working with event agencies can also boost your opportunity to focus on the world of celebrity events.
And of course, for talented freelancers with an eye for event management in the celebrity sphere, setting up your own event company is also possible – once you’ve got a proven track record of success and the respect of your clients.
Working with PR agencies is another way into events which may be media, brand-development and entertainment based – with any and all of this offering celebrity-centred potential. If you can gain a volunteer role or work placement (such as part of our Postgraduate course) working on a PR agency event, then this could be an excellent boost to your CV and a chance to glimpse what’s involved when working with celebrities and associated brands!
Celebrity Event Management - Our Expert Lecturers
At Event Academy, we’re all about learning through experience – and we don’t just mean your own! All our lecturers are event industry experts, delivering live events as well as lecturing for us, so you can learn through their experiences too.
Our lecturers also offer their own areas of expertise – so if you’re energised by the glitz, glamour and excitement of celebrity events, then you’ll have the chance to learn from experts who have a successful track record in planning and delivery in this highly-demanding sector:
- Justine Kane – our course director is also an award-winning entertainment and arts industry expert and a star lecturer across our Diploma and Postgraduate courses. Her event management career has included working alongside VIPs, royalty and celebrities across many high-profile events.
- Laura Carter – Celebrity Event Manager Laura brings her wealth of experience in high-end event concept and delivery, VIP involvement and not just how to manage events successful, but to be a successful professional in this very competitive events career.
And about those lectures: in his Postgraduate course, Maarten De Ruyck found the lectures to be perfectly pitched to help support learning, understanding and experience of all aspects of event management.
“The lecturers are really professional and engaged, and bring a real positive energy to their lectures and to the students.”
And of course, our lecturers don’t just stand up and tell you all about it, many also involve you, with on-site visits to in-progress events they’re working on, something which has a real impact on both your learning and your professional experience.
Our courses readily include this level of immersion with the work of professional event managers, because our aim is simple: this experiential basis for all of our learning content should really enhance your own knowledge, practice, network, opportunities and prospects when it comes to celebrity event roles.