Jennifer Justice: More Than a Pretty Face
By Julia Savacool
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Q: What made you choose this career?
A: Grunge music was big when I was at the University of Washington and working in the prosecutors office in Seattle. I would go listen to the bands, and I loved it! There were always female lawyers at the shows who were representing the bands, and I thought that would be such a great job.
Q: When youre not at shows, what are you doing?
A: Im at listening parties or in studios hearing samples. In Hollywood, its the agent who gets the actor the gig. In music, lawyers play that role. I have a bunch of baby bands, as we call them groups starting out that I shop around, trying to get them a record deal.
Q: Whats it like being in business with Jay-Z?
A: I remember when we were working on The Black Album. It was a high-stress environment there was a time crunch, and I was dealing with some difficult personalities. It was Friday night, and I was exhausted, unwinding at dinner with a friend. Suddenly, I get a text message from Jay-Z. Im like, Now what? He says, Im getting calls from people saying youre a real hard-ass to work with. And I was like, Uh-oh, Im in trouble. Then he goes, Ha! Ha! Thats why I like you! Because at the end of the day, Im the hard-ass he pays to look out for him.