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Meet Jehan “J” Carter of Innovative Artists in West Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jehan “J” Carter.

Jehan “J”, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My whole life, I have been told that I would have to choose between being a lawyer and creative. After many years, I have finally learned how to exist in both worlds.

I am a graduate of New York Law School and owner of Carter Law Group, an business and entertainment law practice in DC. After the sudden passing of my father and doing years of work as a multimedia journalist with CBS online as well as premiering my first documentary film (about the Obamas), I set my eyes on Los Angeles to pursue a second career as a TV and Film producer.

After spending money on publicists and managers, I didn’t need and a production deal that fell through for my first docuseries project I almost gave up. I also was emptying out my bank account flying back and forth trying to do business on both coasts.

Then 2018 came and my life really came to a hault. While walking across the street, I was hit by a car and was almost killed. I had to learn had to walk again and was in hospital and rehab for months. Financially, I took a hit and so did my personal relationship that also ended that year. So to say I was waiting for 2018 to end and for 2019 to begin was an understatement (lol).

At the top of 2019, I took a contract in Los Angeles and hit the ground running looking for not just a production company for my projects but also an agent. I realized I couldn’t do this by myself anymore. Fate would have it that my gameshow concept would get picked up by a production company that actually led me to my agent at Innovative Artists. This agent I had ironically crossed paths with when I first came to LA because she represented a talent I wanted to secure for my docuseries project. With her help and chance encounter with a major network seeking new content, I signed my second production company deal. Later this same year, I ran into an A list tv and film actor that so happen to be also represented by my same agency at an Emmys party. I pitched him my film idea based on a true story on the spot and he offered to help develop it and introduce me to the dream director and writer I wanted. All of these things happened in 2019 alone! Let this be a lesson that the right timing but also the right people is when you will have success. However, even with the right timing and right people, if I had not actually had worked for years in packaging my concepts and sharpening my ideas and skillsets would I have had anything to offer. So yeah, there’s no skipping hard work as the major ingredient for success!

While 2020 has unexpectedly turned for the worse with the Coronavirus just like when I was hit by a car, I have had to pivot. While development on my projects are paused, I refused to waste this time or become financially ruined by it. I am finishing my research for my feature film project, I am coaching creatives and entrepreneurs with my company who seek to launch their own businesses and create their own projects, I have been pitched by a legal tv show to partner in advertising to increase audience engagement with my various social media communities online and lastly, my legal practice has seen a boost in TV show clients needing contract and intellectual property assistance.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Being hit by a car, a personal breakup with one of my best friends and advisors and now a global pandemic are the highlights of my struggle just to name a

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
In 2019, I became represented by Innovative Artists as an on air talent and producer.

I am also the creator and co-founder of two popular online communities and resource platforms (one exclusively for lawyers and law students @lawyerbaes and the other catered to professional women @iamlegallyfab).

I have been the principal attorney of the Carter Law Group based in Washington, D.C. since 2014 that has been featured on TMZ, Daily UK, iHeart Radio and has a popular YouTube show “AskCarterLaw” that is the only hot topic show with celebrity news from a legal perspective.

Lastly, my agency Innovative Artists also represents one of my sheroes Phylicia Rashad aka Claire Huxtable who is one of my inspirations to become an attorney! Talk about full circle!

What were you like growing up?
I am the daughter of two top government employees (Capitol Hill and Central Intelligence) in a town run by politics and the law. So I was bound to end up in politics or law. Although I chose the law very early on (I won my first mock trial in elementary school), I also had a passion for creating. My mom cultivated my creative side by putting me in music (flute and violin) and dance (I am an alumni of Dance Theatre of Harlem Residency program). But she insists that she only put me in these things so I would be cultured and get a husband not for me to make a career out of it! She much prefers I stick with corporate law instead of entertainment but I just can’t help it! I am also the middle child and so I have been a natural mediator my whole life which helped with my legal career.


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