I would like some information about the general work schedule of an entertainment lawyers and the steps needed to take to get to that place(i.e., undergrad, law school, etc.). It would also be SUPER helpful if information about how the job treats you is included. Thank you.
There are quite few books on attorney career planning. You should read a few: http://goo.gl/QQXlA And then speak with a few local intellectual property attorneys in your area.
Two quick points: First, "the work schedule" of any attorney [or any professional] is a function of the drive and ambition of the person. The job has no defined schedule or even borders. Second, "the job" does not treat the person -- the person treats the job.
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Getting through college and law school and passing the bar exam are all things you have to do before being able to practice law, and none of these things is easy to do, so asking about work schedule and how the job treats you aren't good signs.
If you're not closely related to an entertainer or good friends with one, this is not a career you can just find yourself in. You pretty m uch have to live in LA or NY or maybe Nashville,and ite it takes a lot of work and a lot of hustling, so don't even think about it if you're not extremely connected and/or extremely motivated.
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I practice in this area--and this is a 24 hour/7 days a week job. If you want to be successful, you will have to hustle, work hard, and put up with crazy and sometimes irrational actors, musicians, singers and artists, most of whom blame you if their recent song is not a hit, or if you can't get them a major concert tour. Be prepared to answer the phone and e-mails at all hours of the day and night, and be prepared for the fact that there are many unscrupulous characters who purport to practice entertainment law or serve as agents for celebrities. And if you want to be an entertainment lawyer, you better be well educated in intellectual property law, contract law, commercial litigation, and criminal law---you will be surprised to know how often you end up in courtrooms dealing with criminal law issues.
It's true that being an Entertainment Attorney is a challenging profession to get into and maintain. However, I think it can certainly be accomplished if you have the tenacity and ability to build a career. First, be a great lawyer. You need to really understand general business principals because entertainment is a business. You need to have a thorough understanding of corporate law, intellectual property and finance. You need to be an excellent writer and negotiator. You especially need the ability to build relationships as this is a critical part of the entertainment industry. Next, go to industry functions and meet people. Ask questions and listen to the answers. Don't try to impress people with how smart you are. Impress them by being humble and learning from them. Finally, be patient and persistent, but not pushy. Show up every day and do your best, and your time will come. Hang in there, have fun and work hard.
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