Donna trained as an actor at the renowned Italia Conti Academy graduating in 1991 and performed in various plays and musicals for the following six years. As work wasn’t coming through as fast and furious as she hoped she decided to get a ‘proper’ job, this came in the form of working for an artiste’s agent where she stayed for the next four years. Little did she know that this would become the foundation training for the career she now has…
With her new found knowledge of contracts, riders and clauses she thought the movie world was ready for her and started working for a film production company. However, without investigating the job correctly it comprised of typing deals and memo’s for three months and not skipping from trailer to trailer on a movie set so she moved on. Next as the production secretary on ‘The Graduate’ which had just opened in the West End, exciting as it was to be part of a hit show Donna still felt unfulfilled and literally ‘made up’ the job of a freelance PA to actors whether based here in the UK or from overseas and working here and contacted all of the top agents in London.
Fortunately, timing was on her side and her first client (who she is still with) was Helena Bonham Carter, soon to be followed by Rachel Weisz, Sir Derek Jacobi and many others. Now over ten years on she has still maintained her original client list and that list continues to grow.
Donna is known as an expert in her field and has made many television appearances as a Celebrity Personal Assistant including:
I’m with the Band – Channel 4 – finding Lee Ryan from Blue an assistant
Pete Burns’ PA – Living TV – 10 episodes helping Pete Burns hire an assistant
And she is seen regularly as guest presenter for the knitwear line ‘Cashmasoft’ and has guest presented for Lulu Guinness both for QVC.
This year she was asked speak and appear on a Q+A panel for the Office* show at Earls Court – a professional trade show for PA’s, ran a seminar for Presenters at Spotlight, was a guest speaker and presenter for the awards at Hays PA of the Year at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel and a judge and guest speaker and presenter at the Mayfair PA of the Year at the Mayfair Hotel.
She has had features written on her and her work in various publications including: Easy Living Magazine, Executive PA Magazine, Executary News, PA Life Magazine and the Mayfair Times.
Donna has her own website www.beyourownpa.com she is writing her first book ‘Be Your Own PA’.
If you would like to book Donna for an event please get in contact at email@example.com or alternatively call us on 0845 389 26 26.
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