Paradigm’s Jennifer Tolman

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Tolman, raised in Calabasas, Calif., and a psych grad from Arizona State, spent her mid-20s getting firsthand experience working with music-industry clients. She toured with then-rising stars Nicki Minaj and Drake. “Growing up, I always wanted to be able to work with artists before they were famous,” she says. “The music industry was in my blood.” Small wonder, since Tolman’s father was the late Gerry Tolman, longtime manager for Crosby, Stills & Nash. Then, checking that dream off her bucket list, she headed to a more stationary job at Paradigm in May 2010. Under Sara Ramaker, she’s worked with Bruno Mars, the Black-Eyed Peas and others on projects such as getting a role in “Rio” and scoring choreographer Laurieann Gibson two reality shows. “Sara really gives me opportunities to go to concerts and shows and make introductions,” says Tolman, who hopes to one day become an agent. “I feel really lucky to have worked under and learned from successful women. (Also) it’s important to me to develop close, trustworthy relationships. … I want to make sure the clients feel comfortable. The best is when I can make them think of something they hadn’t considered in their careers.”

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