“Elijah, I’m glad you choose me for the assignment, just so you know I have to be home on the 15th as my son has his little league try-outs.” I’ll have to be honest and say, if the assignment extends past the 15th, I’m likely going to use someone else from the outset. Why? Because VIP clients appreciate familiarity but the rotation of celebrity protection agents does not project stability, instead, it implies just the opposite.
An Introduction to Celebrity Protection and Touring, is a new book by Circuit Editor, Elijah Shaw and regular contributor, Dale June. The book offers a peek behind the scenes of the close protection industry, more commonly known as the bodyguard business.
Firearms still have a role even in the world of private security. A tool we hope we never have to call upon but is there if needed.
A stable career in Corporate Executive Protection, more often than not with standard hours, reasonable expectations and a healthy benefits package, or the wild and unpredictable world of Celebrity Protection with its Long hours, temperamental clients, and a job description that includes pretty much everything but the kitchen sink.
While no security measures are 100%, these are good guiding principles to minimize the potential for an unwelcome encounter with your celebrity principal during their show.
We need to understand several things in order to make the relationship between protector and venue security a success. We need to know who we are connecting with, what their mindset is and what their purpose is. We need to know how to connect with them, how we can get them to do what it is that we desire and how to get them on the same page, OUR page.
Managing the Green Room means creating an environment where the principals are able to prepare, relax, and focus on providing whatever entertainment has brought them to that specific venue.
Fans are the lifeblood of the entertainment industry but how important are they? What drives a fan to be faithful to a certain artist, band, or group? How does the fan contribute to the overall successes of artists? And more importantly, how well do you as a protector understand the dynamics of a fan to keep your client safe?
We have all heard the old saying, “Pictures are worth a thousand words,” so who wants an autograph, when a photo with your favorite celebrity conveys much more perceived authenticity? This also has value in the arena of SOCIAL capital.
Interview With: Elijah Shaw Elijah Shaw is one of the USA’s top bodyguards. He has protected most of the biggest names in Hollywood. As CEO of Icon Services Corporation, a U.S. based security agency which provides Executive Protection services, Elijah Shaw is one of the more recognizable “bodyguard to the stars”. […]