Marie Claire Interviews HUMANITAS Trustee Shonda Rhimes
What's it like being TV's maestro of melodrama? Shonda Rhimes, the executive producer of ABC's 'Scandal', 'Grey's Anatomy', and this month's 'How to Get Away with Murder', reveals what's not on her résumé.
THE FIRST DOLLAR I EARNED: I was 16 and had been volunteering at the local hospital. One day, I wanted a miniskirt and a hot-pink, off-the-shoulder top (it was the '80s, and I wanted to look like Madonna). My mother told me that I could wear trashy clothes when I had my own money. So I got a job scooping ice cream at Baskin-Robbins.
BEST CAREER ADVICE: My father told me that the only limits to your success are in your own imagination.
BEST FINANCIAL ADVICE: Never enter a negotiation that you are not willing to walk away from.
EARLY IN MY CAREER, I WISH SOMEONE HAD TOLD ME: That relaxing my hair was a bad idea.
I STILL GET NERVOUS WHEN: I pitch a new TV show.
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