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Profiling Jackie Lagratta, Bethenny Frankel’s Amaze Assistant

May 28th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Celeb Assistants, Success tips, Traveling

 

It’s no wonder why Bethenny Frankel is so successful. This entrepreneur knows one of the secret’s is to hire GREAT people.

Stepping into Julie Plake’s shoes {Jessica Simpson ones, as they are one  of her fav’s} would be hard to do….& Jackie Lagratta has done just that, beautifully.

On a personal note, I would like to mention both Jackie & Julie have been an absolute joy in communicating with, are ridiculously quick to respond & are truly  just NICE gals.

So a big THANK you to them both & Bethenny is one lucky lady{& just plain smart} to have them.

Image Credit: BravoTV

Meet Jackie, Bethenny’s new  AMAZE assistant:

LH:  How did you get your current position & did you have any prior experience assisting?

{Note}: Jackie is one smart cookie~Did you know she studied Industrial Engineering at Mercer University?

Jackie: This is my first job out of college! I was Julie & Bethenny’s intern for a summer and worked part-time for 6 months pick up all that I could learn about this fast pace job.

LH:  Balancing full-time assisting & a personal life can be challenging. Do you have a system in place for spending time with everyone {Girls night out on Tuesdays & date night Friday, etc.} or just find time when you can?

Jackie: This is definitely something I’m still working on juggling. The perfect balance between work and personal life is hard to achieve.

I love working, I’ve always been driven to keep busy through work, but keeping in touch with my family, friends and loved ones is also a priority. I really take the weekends to hang out with my boyfriend of 4 years, my 18 month old nephew, chocolate lab and my dear friends. Bethenny takes the weekends to be with her family as well. She’s very respectful of family time.

I love being outdoors, so most of the time I’ll do things like hike, bike, walk or run. I also use the weekends to try new restaurants and wine taste. I like to keep it simple on the weekends!

LH:  Finding your way around not only NYC but unfamiliar places when you travel can be tricky . Have you found a certain app you like or use the traditional methods {google maps, mapquest, etc.}?My friend recently told me about the app “waze” for getting directions….it’s super updated, great layout, user friendly AND even shows where current accidents & traffic jams are! ~LOVE~

 

Jackie: I like to just walk around and find new places. I’ll take the long way on purpose so that I can check out new places. Its so different walking New York than being in a car or taking the subway. You realize how small it is. I also take restaurant recommendations from my friends or Bethenny (she’s never steered me wrong).

LH:  You’ve traveled recently to many places so far like Aspen, Cabo, LA, Miami, etc. Which place was your favorite & what ONE thing or place should a visitor do or go while there?

Jackie: I was obsessed with Aspen. I love the snow and being able to play in it. The air in Aspen was so fresh and crisp, so different from New York winters. I’m grateful that I get to travel with my job, but as you may have seen in Aspen, I was on the mountain emailing off my blackberry!

LH: What 3 items have you found you need in your traveling kit? Mine  are scissors, a travel sewing kit & a travel extension cord power strip.

Jackie: Well there are 2 different “traveling kits”. There is the kit I travel with when I’m with Bethenny, which always includes:

-Double sided stick tape (I’m an emergency stylist for her!)
-Skinnygirl Daily Cleanse & Restore packet (she’ll add one to a bottle of water because we travel so much, she likes to make sure she gets enough greens in her diet)
-Red sharpie (for the her to sign with when she meets fans in unexpected places!)

Credit Image: Skinnygirl

My travel kits always includes:
-extra blackberry battery (sometimes you need the extra juice!)
-hand sanitizer (i’m a bit of a germaphobe)
-Mentos pure fresh gum mints (I can’t stand bad breath!)

 

~Thank YOU Jackie~

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