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An interview with David Helfant, Founding Partner, Helfant Law

David speaks about encouraging his clients to get involved with charitable organizations to build their brand and give back to their communities. David always asks his clients how they want people to remember them. Do they want to be remembered as someone who makes money, or do they want to be remembered as someone who changed the world? When David’s clients think about these questions, they tend to understand that wealth has a broader definition. David is blessed; he goes to work every day and loves what he does. Later, David speaks about how the American entertainment industry shapes the rest of the world, observations about conscious leadership in the entertainment industry, and surviving cancer.

In This Episode:

  • [1:30] Meet David Helfant
  • [5:40] The merger between art and commerce. How do you have a brand while making a positive impact on the world? 
  • [12:30] The American entertainment industry shapes the rest of the world. How much does the industry own how it shapes the world? People are looking for programming that tells the side of a story that isn’t mainstream. 
  • [20:00] Observations about conscious leadership in the entertainment industry. David talks about his personal journey with the Guitar Center Music Foundation. 
  • [27:25] About David’s healing process and surviving cancer. He realized he spent way too much time working and not enough time with his family.  
  • [30:50] Mentoring is a valuable asset. We can shortcut other people’s paths by cutting out mistakes. David speaks about his mentoring journey. 
  • [44:45] Songs get embedded into our memories and become shared moments. Leaders help create these shared moments.  

Key Takeaways:

  • Educate people on the direction they take their creative careers. 
  • Have a charitable contribution plan to help the world, the community and your brand.  
  • People are looking for programming that tells the side of the story that isn’t necessarily public. 
  • Wealth isn’t about money; wealth is about what feeds your soul. 
  • Prioritize what’s important to you in your life. As long as you can pay your bills, use your time and resources to help others.

Meet David Helfant

For over 38 years, David has been practicing as an entertainment attorney specializing in music, motion picture, television and video production and distribution. He’s also a Cancer Survivor and shares how he encourages his clients to get involved in charitable organizations to build their entertainment while also making an impact in the world. 

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