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Blind bargain

Which one of “the world’s leading classical singers” is currently seeking a personal assistant to perform the following tasks: maintain the calendar; handle contracts, visas, taxes and royalties; coordinate relationships with agents, publicists, lawyers and accountants; manage correspondence, websites and social media; and, oh yes, “manage all financial aspects of Artist’s career under supervision of Artist?” The position is 9-5, five days a week, with some evening and weekend work, some international travel, and no overtime paid on the base salary of $48,000 a year—which, you must admit, ain’t much for all that work.

72 comments

  • iknowthings says:

    Why is an item “blind” if the job description obviously had the artist in question’s initials in the “reply to” email address.

    It’s Thomas Hampson. And this is old. It was on NYFA weeks ago (and is no longer).

  • louannd says:

    Regarding Thomas Hampson -- from an interview two years ago at http://tinyurl.com/9z9dvyo

    Hampson is an artist not difficult to research. He has an impressive and comprehensive website, immaculately presented and meticulously organised (his webmistress is his step-daughter, a talented designer). I ask him if it reflects his personality but he laughs the suggestion off, saying that, despite the appearance of order, his life is chaotic. It’s a response not uncommon in perfectionists.

    “I’m a complete lazy sod,” he claims, “I live in a permanent state of anarchy, looking for organisation. When I work and study, I like to build layers. I like mind-mapping software, those kind of connecting things. I guess I know most productivity software and use it to try and get on top of this complete mess.”

    “And I’m also always late,” he adds. He uses words like “methodical”, “rationality” and “methodology” and it sounds like a very ordered mind to me, despite the fact that he did indeed turn up slightly late for our meeting, having got the times mixed up.

    I wonder how much his stepdaughter was doing for him besides being webmistress -- now she might be much too busy with her husband’s career (Luca Pisaroni).

    • smarterthantheavgbear says:

      Catherine has been doing far more than her father’s or Mr. Pisaroni’s websites for quite a while. She has an entire business doing many, many websites that she takes on the road -- http://www.lennysstudio.com/

  • Don_Dano says:

    Oh well, I guess it is too late for me to make a wild guess of Ms. Margo Channing.

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  • Melot's Younger Brother says:

    How does one apply for a job as Signor Pisaroni’s assistant. Now that’s a position a guy could make sacrifices for.