How This 24-Year-Old Bodyguard Protects Our Hollywood Stars

Published on August 22, 2019

From boxing champion Floyd Mayweather to Jersey Shore personality Vinny Guadagnino, Adriano “Bubba” Almony, 24, has served and continues to serve as the security detail for numerous Hollywood stars.

Grit Daily spoke with Bubba about how the 24-year-old’s resume continues to grow, working for individuals such as Sean “Diddy” Combs’ children and top eyewear designer Corey Woods.

Meet Bubba Almony

Nicknamed “Bubba” by his mother when he was young, Almony always imagined he would be a police officer or some type of bodyguard. Only 24-years-old, Bubba is using his rapid upward trajectory in the executive production field to uplift others.

GD: How did you get your start in private, professional security detail?

BA: I started my first security job at seventeen, working the Dew Tour in Ocean City, Maryland—a major BMX and Concert venue. Immediately after that I knew this was my passion, purpose and calling in life. I continued to build my resume, extensively training and striving to become a better person each day. Ultimately, I connected with the right people, while working hard and making many sacrifices to be considered and respected as one of the top professionals in the bodyguard industry.

Passion, Purpose, and a Higher Calling

Growing up in Hanover, Pennsylvania, Bubba’s memories and character can all be attributed to his Catholic upbringing. As a student at Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic school in McSherrystown, Pennsylvania, Bubba has developed a strong sense of morals, reminding himself to keep his faith close.

Grit Daily: What would you say is the most fulfilling aspect of being in the bodyguard/security industry?

Bubba Almony: Making connections/relationships that can last a life time! Being able to travel and do what I truly love while giving back along the way. Down the road, if I’m only remembered as serving as a great bodyguard, then I haven’t truly fulfilled my God-given purpose on this Earth. People’s lives are tied into my purpose in many ways.

GD: If you could recall a particular event that you were working, which one would that be and why?

BA: One of the most meaningful details that I worked was the 9/11 Memorial Detail in NYC. I have body-guarded and or still bodyguard—Demarjay Smith, Corey Woods, Samaya Clark-Gabriel, Tru Life, Vinny Guadagnino, Neon Hitch, Joslyn James, Brodie Fresh, while on tour with Chris Webby, Christian and Justin Combs P Diddy’s sons, Z Moneeey, SwiftOnDemand, Tony Sunshine from Terror Squad, Leon Sewell “SpaceJam” Harlem Wizards, people on Forbes list, World leaders, Liz Gaspari and many more.

Debunking ‘Bigger Is Always Better’

 In the security space, Bubba and I agreed that the commonly-perceived notion of ‘bigger is always better,’ needed to be debunked.

“The ideology that ‘bigger is always better,’ is a major misconception,” Almony explained to us. “I’ll take a person who possesses a high level of training, has exceptional character, and who can legally carry a firearm anywhere in the U.S. any day, over someone who is just respectfully big, but lacks necessary training and can’t handle most situations properly when needed.”

GD: What is something most people don’t know about you and this job?

BA: The high-level of danger bodyguards are faced with everyday being front-line it’s the sacrifice we pay to do what we love and what God has blessed us to do. Always stay prayed up and constantly evolve in your training each day. I have an extensive martial arts background, with training in numerous forms.

His Instagram account, which has more than 22,000 followers, includes testimonials from the likes of NBA star Dwight Howard and Grammy nominated record producer James Worthy. He has accompanied stars to top nightclubs and New York Fashion Week.

Andrew "Drew" Rossow is a former contract editor at Grit Daily.

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