Are You Paid What You’re Worth?

Michelle Ashford is the creator of Masters of Sex, a new show on Showtime starring Lizzy Caplan <3 <3. Lori Fradkin interviewed her for HuffPo. It’s a good interview, lots about career and choices and working. This question is especially interesting:

Are you paid what you’re worth?
That’s a very tricky question because people in the entertainment business tend to be paid a lot, and if you compare what I do to a woman exactly my age who is teaching in a public school and trying her damnedest to give kids the best shot at a good life, no, I’m overpaid. She should be taking some of my money. But it is what the market will bear, and so I don’t send my checks back and I’m grateful for them. And when you’re in the thick of it, you think, “My god, they should double my salary.” But in the bigger picture, I think people in entertainment and sports are overpaid.

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