MKIADear Miss Know-It-All,

I work for a movie star and my friends are always pestering me for autographs or insider tips on what my boss is doing. Frankly, I’m getting tired of them and just want to do my job without all that commotion. How do I get my friends to stop hassling me?

Bugged in Hollywood

Dear Bugged,

Working for a celebrity is a two-edged sword, isn’t it? On the one hand, you probably like to be regarded as the one brilliant human being (out of all the people on the planet) that was chosen to work for this star. This, of course, makes you extra desirable as a friend. I mean, just standing next to you is an honor and a privilege. And if you can toss a cool story or two your friends’ way, eureka!

Okay, that’s laying it on a little thick. But that is part of the appeal of the job: both for you and for the “outsiders.” The other edge of the sword is that you have to actually live your life. Suddenly your quiet existence is topsy-turvy. But it doesn’t have to be.

The key is for you to be straightforward with your friends. You need to let them know that keeping your integrity on the job is more important than their friendship. If they are true friends, they’ll understand.

Just tell yourself: I have wonderful friends who support me in all areas of my life.

Miss Know-It-All