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  • Sonali Chandra

Finances or Feelings?

One of the BEST pieces of career advice I ever received: "No one will offer you what is rightfully yours", was taught to me by actress Audrey Moore of Audrey Helps Actors. Today, I actually experienced this theory.


While discussing the terms of an entertainment project I have been hired for, I learn that the producer wants me to do more (B) than was initially required (A). Being the career woman I am, I negotiate higher compensation. The producer then just tells me to do (A), and the compensation remained the same.


As the viritual meeting ended (in the age of COVID-19), I FELT glad that I had stood up for myself, and had demanded fair FINANCIAL compensation. How dare production think they can exploit talent in 2020, in the United States of America.


I was not born into family money or connections; I grew up in a middle-class Indian home in New Jersey, and my parents are hardworking immigrants who instilled a strong work ethic in me. I have been working since age 14 (my first job was at McDonalds!), and every achievement of mine is a result of networking.


After earning a Finance degree from #Rutgers University (the state university of New Jersey), I started living/working in Manhattan, after which I moved to LA. In both NYC and LA, my network is a result of my own effort; not because I am someone's daughter, girlfriend, or wife. I am grateful to Audrey Moore for being so candid and helpful as I navigate the #entertainment industry. Thank you Audrey. #womenhelpingwomen #womenempowerment #selfmadewoman