My big break: 7 top producers on the moment that changed it all

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Stephen Shapiro started in apartment leasing when he arrived in L.A. from Philadelphia in the 1970s. Early on, he found a niche leasing property to celebrities including Al Pacino and Mick Jagger in Beverly Hills. Selling agents didn’t think it was worth their while to get into property leasing, so this space was all his.