Maude-Isabelle is a talent agent, executive producer and lawyer specialized in the cultural sector and the entertainment industry. She answers questions related to specific needs in intellectual property, business and entertainment law. She also offers strategic counselling on a complete and adapted line of legal needs for individuals, established and growing enterprises in the following sectors: television and film; new medias; theatre, humour and live performances; publishing and radio; and advertising and merchandising.
Let’s start with the basics. Did you always imagine yourself going to law school? Yes. And I also wanted to study Film Production at Concordia before doing so.
What did the journey from big law to your lawfully uncommon career look like? Very natural. Law was always meant to be a tool to help me do what I wanted that is to accompany creators, writers, scriptwriters, directors and producers.
What got your juices flowing or tickled your fancy while at law school? The social and historical aspects of law making. Nicholas Kasirer was my favorite teacher.
What made your blood boil or made you snooze while at law school? Group projects. Doesn’t bring the best out of certain people…
Do you still see law all around you? Yes.
You are at a coffee house speaking to a first-year law student. What advice would you give them? Thrive at being yourself and not what others want you to be.
What does a day in your life look like? Give us the rundown! Each day I meet with clients at my office, in cafes or restaurants. I also have to negotiate contracts for them on the phone or in person. I have to attend book launch, premieres of films, plays and a lot ( lots in fact…) of additional social events.
If you were given the blessing and curse of an extra hour every day to do whatever you wanted, what would it be? Spend more time with my kids and do volunteer work.
Any regrets? (Yeah, we are retrospective like that). None. I leave in the present.