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Key Idea: Find Your Talent First

Linda Benjamin knew as a little girl that she would be in business.

Key Question:

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Talk to business owners first and only start in business if you have an idea that excites you.  Starting and growing a business is so hard that you will have to love the industry, the business and the stuff of your work.

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Do you know business owners who will give you advice?  Do you know what kind of business you want to start?  Do you have savings to cover your living expenses for six months to a year?  Are you willing to work long, hard hours?

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:
Legal

Year Founded: 1997

Find Your Talent First

LINDA: My first recorded business venture was when I was four and a half, and I went to raise money for muscular dystrophy, for the Jerry Lewis Telethon. I had a carnival for the neighborhood, and my net profit was 36 cents. And I have a letter actually framed in my office from the local hospital I donated the proceeds, and they wrote to thank me.

HATTIE: So you didn't just do a carnival. You did a carnival to raise money.

LINDA: I did a carnival to raise money. My whole life has been about raising money in some form or the other. But it's never been the real goal, frankly, for me. The goal has been to have independence and do what I want to do and to be happy and to make other people happy.

HATTIE: When did you fall in love with music?

LINDA: I started playing the piano when I was three, I started playing flute when I was four and I was an active professional musician by the time I was 15.

HATTIE: All right. So 15. What? You're in a band or what? Tell me about it.

LINDA: In a band.

HATTIE: Yeah. Did you start the band?

LINDA: Of course. I started the band. I had a vision of what I wanted my band to be like, and so I went out and found all the other musicians and put it together and started booking the dates and told everybody what we were going to play and how we were going to play it.

HATTIE: So you were in charge then.

LINDA: Yes.

HATTIE: Was it all girls?

LINDA: No. Actually, it was all guys. And I soon got tired of being referred to as the girl in the band, so I formed an all-girl band. And none of my girlfriends knew how to play instruments, so I taught them how to play all the instruments and went out and played some dates as this band.

HATTIE: OK. When did it click in your head that law might be a path you'd want to go down?

LINDA: I never even considered law school until I was in college. By the time I was a junior in college I had a roster of about 18 bands that I was booking and promoting and helping them find record deals and what have you.

HATTIE: And this was in Minnesota?

LINDA: It was in Minneapolis.

HATTIE: When did you know that you were not going to be the talent?

LINDA: I always knew I wasn't going to be the talent, and that's not really a painful question. I love playing music. I love writing. I love doing artistic things. But I'm not great at it. I've never been great at it. But that's not to say that I couldn't have been great at it. I never really focused my efforts that way.

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