Nicholas Antonian looks like a young businessman; a partner in the making with polished shirt and tailored pants. But there’s an aspect to the 28-year-old audit manager’s job outside of number crunching. Antonian spends most of his work week looking up the skirts of entertainment and apparel companies, including Paul Frank, True Religion, Michael Stars and James Perse.

Antonian got his start interning as a file clerk for Stonefield Josephson at 18, while working toward a Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Corporate Finance at USC. Antonian had his sights set on auditing exclusive clientele. Every company needs an auditor, and Antonian eagerly jumped on board with his trend-setting clients.

His job weds the stability of a business career with the social and unpredictable elements of the entertainment and apparel industry.

“Part of the reason I love my job is not only because of what I’ve learned and the things I can do, but the people I know and the enjoyment I get out of it,” he explains.

And the job has its perks.

“We get to go to a lot of their events and mingle on a level that’s not just a work level,” Antonian notes.

But having to review the records of companies you’ve come to know on a social level is a downside, and an auditor must always be aware of the line.

“Although you interact with your client and enjoy their success, there is a line between the auditor and client relationship that you always keep in mind because you’re not their friend. You are their outside professional and you have your rules and regulations to live by.”