Whether you’re in town for a week or for the duration of a feature film, your’e going to need help running your temporary abode. The staffing scene in Atlanta is a bit different that in New York or LA. Families tend to have long-term family assistants who wear many hats from housekeeper, to nanny, cook and driver. There’s not a huge pool of available staff, and few of those are house managers, chefs, drivers, or PA’s. If you’re not traveling with staff, you’ll want to enlist the help of a local agency. They will have the largest list of potential candidates and will most likely have known and worked with them for years. In addition to a standard domestic placement agency to source your temporary staff, there’s also a high end concierge and housekeeping staff company called SOSH. They provide staff short or longer term for everything from an event to PA’s and housekeeping for the duration of your stay. More on SOSH here.
Be prepared to be specific with your request. The Hollywood version of household roles may not translate directly in another market. It’s best to prepare a detailed job description in advance of engaging an agency. Think through your every-day tasks and several examples of unexpected events or happening that have come up in the past for which a candidate should have the skills and demeanor to handle. I often leave off the job title at this stage and work with the agent to understand how the type of person I’m looking for is referred to in the new city. In many cases, I ‘hire up’ in a smaller market; a House Manager is really doing what I think an Executive Housekeeper does and the EH is fulfilling the role of lead maid etc… You should also be prepared to do a bit of hands-on training and supervision. Everyone I have worked with has been flexible and open to making small changes to ensure our principal is comfortable and satisfied.
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Currently serving the sports and entertainment industry working on the east coast, Kimberly’s focus is expert management of ‘on-location’ and transitional experiences for these high profile individuals. Working with Production Coordinators, Estate Managers, Agents, and Personal Assistants, she strives to make the relocation process, whether long term or short term, as painless as possible.
For those who chose to add a property to their portfolio, Kimberly serve as an owner’s representative in the design and renovation process and then can map out a successful management plan and put in place experienced staff to facilitate the new systems. Recent projects include a significant portfolio of historic and newly constricted estate properties ranging from 6,000 to 33,000 square feet, often with multiple support structures and extensive grounds.
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