We had the good fortune of connecting with Tyler Garber and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tyler, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I started The Hood Elle Woods because creatives need legal representation and management that cares about their well-being as a human, and they need to feel comfortable enough to talk to their representatives candidly. In my opinion, the best way to foster that relationship with your clients is to actually take the time to get to know them, and be interested in them. Often times in this industry, artists make legal and management relationships based on notoriety and reputation; however, the artist and representation often are not on the same page because they don’t have a relationship that extends from the work itself. I get to know my clients, talk to my clients and try to be as accessible as possible, and all because I remember that folks just want someone to talk to who has their back and they know has their best interest in mind.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
The Hood Elle Woods is the moniker that I’ve adopted in my business as an artist manager and entertainment attorney. As a native of Inglewood, California, I pride myself on vigorously advocating for my clients, and educating them along the way. I have a particular interest in representing clients from the inner city and BIPOC communities. As a former middle school and high school math teacher, it is a core value of mine to be able to break down complicated legal terms and strategies so that my clients are empowered to make better decisions for their businesses. My practice encompasses a wide range of transactional matters in music and entertainment, including deals with major film studios, record labels, and publishing companies.
In starting my legal practice, I am most proud of my willingness to challenge myself and take on more roles that interest me in the entertainment industry. As I’ve grown as a lawyer and in my relationships with my clients, I have discovered that I love aspects of music management, and my legal knowledge gives me a unique position and advantages my clients as I advocate for them not only legally, but also in their music business at large. I pride myself on helping folks whenever I can, and to be a dot connector for good business and strong relationships. I’ve learned that treating others as human beings, being as emotionally attune with others as possible, and maintaining a positive perspective helps me make the best decisions in my practice and for my clients.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I have friends that come visit me from the South and the East Coast, so I always take them to Leimert Park on Sundays to shop the vendors and get some locally made goods from small, black-owned businesses. I’d make sure to hit up Simply Wholesome off of Slauson for a Simply Heaven smoothie and a patty on the way to the beach, or Earle’s on Crenshaw for a vegan chili cheese dog. We’d stay at the beach and walk the pier, probably Redondo Beach because that was my go-to spot in high school. Then, we’d make sure to go for a night drive near Lake Hollywood to see a dope view of the city at night. During the day it makes for a great hike.
Other food spots I’d make sure to take them to are Paco’s Taco’s in Culver City, Tito’s Tacos in Culver City, and Karuba’s in Inglewood. I’d also make sure to take them to Koreatown to Wi Spa and Downtown’s Santee Alley.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Aside from my network of family and friends, there are many folks and organizations that have helped guide my path. From Kiddie Kollege and Calvary Christian School in Inglewood, California, that supported my elementary years and taught me who I was as a young, black girl growing up in Inglewood… to College Match founded by Harley Frankel and Environmental Charter High School in my high school years that expanded my possibilities and experiences in ways I could never have imagined. I have been blessed to have caring teachers, mentors, and supporters who have loved on me and encouraged me to be my best self. Shout out to my Mawrters at Bryn Mawr College, my professors and mentors at University of Pennsylvania and Southwestern Law School, and my students at Master Prep Middle School and Gratz High School in North Philly. I have a loving support network that was built during each stage of my journey.
Yamarie Mayol p/k/a Yams – @GotShotByHer on Instagram