Talking shop with celebrity bodyguards — The personal security men of Justin Timberlake, Beyonce and Ashlee Simpson show us a side we haven’t seen.
It’s the “Photo Issue” so it’s a bit of a light read, but great exposure for the guys in our industry. Special mention to Hassan and Big Shorty both of whom I know personally and have had the pleasure of working side by side with.
When you think of outfitting yourself for a career as a bodyguard what’s on your essential must-have list?
- Semi-Automatic Handgun? (With appropriate license to carry)
- Bulletproof Vest?
- How about one of those cool–talk into your hand–microphones?
It’s true, at some point and time there is probably a place for all of that. However, one of the biggest assets to someone doing this line of work for any length of time is something so obvious it really gets overlooked:
Yep, a good, COMFORTABLE, pair of shoes will make a world of difference for the bodyguard. Just ask any agent who’s worked a detail where he has to stand for 12 hours plus, or walked 3 miles on an overseas sight-seeing trip with a VIP (on unpaved roads!) I’ve done all those things and I’ll tell you, wear the wrong shoes and the unpleasantness factor goes up dramatically.
Behind the Bodyguard Business existed previously as version 1.0 on Myspace. If your interested in what makes the people in our profession do what we do, or if your an insider just looking for a good read, there are a lot of great post archived there. Feel free to take a vist by clicking here.