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Key Idea: Ask for Advice

A mentor suggested that Linda go to law school.

Key Question:

A: 

When Linda knew she didn't have the talent to be a performer, she called a person who has been around Hollywood for years

Q: Who did she call?

A: She didn't tell us the name of the person but she said, "I was a senior in college and I called a person I had enormous respect for. He doesn't know who I am. He was a big celebrity. He was somebody who had huge success in the music business. I got his private phone number, and I called him at about 8:00 one night. I said, `Hi. You don't know who I am. This is what I am and this is what I'm thinking of doing. What do you suggest?' He said, `Go to law school.' So I decided to go to law school and then I came to California."

Q: In addition to being a college student when she made the call, what was she doing to pay for her education?

A: She was booking bands. The person she called could hear that she was already working in the music business, although on a small scale. He could hear her enthusiasm and could tell that she is bright.

Linda doesn't even want to think about her life had she not made that phone call. Set your sights on what you want to do, find out who's already succeeded at it and then ask for advice. Most successful people are very willing to help the person who simply asks. 

Think about it

Do you know what you do best?  Do you have a mentor?  Do you think you are doing the right kind of work?  Where could you go to for advice?

Clip from: Garvin, Davis, Benjamin

Los Angeles:  In this episode of the show we take you behind the scenes of the entertainment business into the back rooms.  Where there are deals to be made and contracts to sign, you will usually find an attorney. Though all members of the American Bar Association, you will learn what takes to be an attorney within the 21st century entertainment industry.

This legal practice is global because entertainment is global; and as a result, they use technology aggressively.

Thomas Garvin is the Senior (meaning the oldest) of the three partners. Thomas Garvin, Allen Davis and Linda Benjamin, all specialists in entertainment law;  they are global, connected, and current. The actors, composers, musicians, producers and agents who flow through the halls are confident of their work although in this office you find no law library. It is in cyberspace -- it's global, current, easier to access, and cheaper to store.

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Garvin, Davis & Benjamin (LB)

Linda Benjamin, Founder

9200 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90069
310 278 7300

Office: 310 278 7300

Business Classification:
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Year Founded: 1997

Ask for Advice

HATTIE: So did you go into law school knowing you would do entertainment law?

LINDA: Absolutely.

I absolutely did. I called somebody when I was a senior in college I had enormous respect for. He doesn't know who I am. He was a big celebrity. He was somebody who had so much success in the music business. And I got his private phone number, and I called him at about 8:00 one night. I said, `Hi. You don't know who I am. This is what I am and this is what I'm thinking of doing. What do you suggest?' He said, `Go to law school.' So I decided to go to law school.

HATTIE: The role of mentors or advisers, that's been really important to you.

LINDA: It's been really important to me throughout my entire life. That was a critical phone call for me because here's somebody who'd been enormously successful in the entertainment business, and here I am saying I'm the 20-year-old female. I have some experience in the music business. This is where I am. I don't know really where I want to go with it. He said, `Go to law school.' Education is critical, and education is power.

Man #1: When I need a decision, like if I'm thinking, `Should I go with this guy? Should I not go with this guy? Is this guy going to screw me over? Is it going to work? Is it a dead end? Am I, you know, flogging myself to death?' I'll ask Linda because Linda is ultimately and infinitely fair and will, like, talk you through every avenue. And it's like somebody shedding a different light on it.

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