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August 27, 2007

Jennifer Justice: More Than a Pretty Face


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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 prosecutor’s 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 you’re not at shows, what are you doing?
A: I’m at listening parties or in studios hearing samples. In Hollywood, it’s 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: What’s 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. I’m like, Now what? He says, “I’m getting calls from people saying you’re a real hard-ass to work with.” And I was like, Uh-oh, I’m in trouble. Then he goes, “Ha! Ha! That’s why I like you!” Because at the end of the day, I’m the hard-ass he pays to look out for him.

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