Celebrity Protection Deep Dive | Anton Kalaydjian

Celebrity protection may be the most iconic form of physical protection but is it also the most challenging? Today, we’re taking a deep dive into this often-misrepresented area of security. We’re going behind the scenes with two of the most prominent celebrity protection experts to debunk myths and paint a picture of what it’s like to operate at the highest level in this field.

On the show this week, Phelim is joined by Elijah Shaw and guest, Anton Kalaydjian, CEO and founder of Guardian Security. By the end of this episode, you’ll be left in no doubt as to what it takes to be a celebrity protector and what’s required to carve out a successful career in this specialized sector.

Join us as we go behind the scenes of celebrity protection and we discuss:

  • Is celebrity protection the most challenging form of protection and why does it get such a rap?
  • Comparing celebrity protection to the corporate environment, what are the biggest differences that transitioning agents need to know?
  • Is there a problem with agent vetting in the sector and what are reputable agencies doing to combat this?
  • Social media has created the ‘Insta-guard’ phenomena. Why is this so prevalent in Celebrity Protection and is it harmful to the industry?

In a single line, Anton paints a picture of working this field that many listeners will relate to…

“Not knowing what tomorrow brings is what I’ve been doing my whole career.”

More about Anton:

Anton Kalaydjian has over 25 years of security experience providing top-rated security for the world elite, executives, celebrities, and talent across more than 60 countries. Anton built a 5-division operation from the ground up and drove the firm to the largest celebrity protection agency in the Eastern U.S. Guardian Professional Security’s divisions include Executive Protection, Celebrity Protection, Residential Security, Commercial Security and Concert/Event Security. Anton is recognized as one of the top Personal Protection Specialists in the world, he stays active in speaking engagements, close protection conferences and security seminars nationwide.

Anton founded Guardian Professional Security in 2005. Since inception the company has reported consistent increased growth, with each consecutive year surpassing its prior. It is now a multimillion-dollar security agency with over 350 employees with offices in FL, GA, IL, and CA. Guardian is an accredited business and has earned a continuous A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau every year consecutively since 2010.


Guardian Professional Security

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