Michaela Coel Turning Down A $1 Million Netflix Deal Is A Prime Example Of Knowing Your Self-Worth

Looking to salvage the deal before completely giving it the axe, Michaela tried to bargain with Netflix to at least retain five percent of her rights — eventually asking for as little as two percent.

There was just silence on the phone. And she said, “It’s not how we do things here. Nobody does that, it’s not a big deal.” I said, “If it’s not a big deal, then I’d really like to have 5 percent of my rights.”  The woman said she’d have to run it up the chain. Then she paused and said, “Michaela? I just want you to know I’m really proud of you. You’re doing the right thing.” And she hung up.

She said those words to me and I finally realized — I’m not crazy. This is crazy.

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