E!: What can be your largest recommendation for girls who really feel that they are underpaid or they really feel that they deserve a promotion?
MK: I actually bought an attention-grabbing window into that after I turned an employer after I was hiring writers for my exhibits. And I all the time seen, and I believed this was so attention-grabbing, how the male writers and the male crew that I might have, their illustration would all the time be asking whether or not their contract was up or not, for a increase, for concessions, for perks. And the ladies who I labored for, they by no means had their reps—like if it wasn’t a 12 months the place their contract was up or something, they would not ask for something. They had been very a lot by the books, by the phrase of the contract and so they by no means felt that they need to have any additional perks. And also you simply discover that. You discover like, Oh, their reps aren’t advocating for them. I feel asking for a increase, being somebody who’s bold, however works exhausting after which want to be proven it—it does not all the time happen to people who find themselves employers to do this…Being your personal advocate in these methods—that is my largest piece of recommendation for girls.
E!: Have you ever gotten any profession recommendation out of your well-known colleagues that has caught with you?
MK: Ava [DuVernay] has given me quite a lot of recommendation. I feel the factor that I most take away although is her work ethic and her work demeanor on set. She simply wished the set to be a mirrored image of what she wished, like when it comes to it was extremely numerous and in departments the place you do not normally see it. And that simply turned a cornerstone of her firm, Array. That is their singular function is to make crews be extra crammed with range and with ladies in positions that do not usually get to have it.
E!: Have you ever ever struggled with imposter syndrome? And if that’s the case, how did you overcome it?
MK: I do not really feel imposter syndrome and the explanation I do not is that I work so exhausting. I really feel imposter syndrome occurs when individuals really feel unqualified for his or her jobs. Earlier than I bought my very own present, I put in eight years at The Workplace. I wrote 24 episodes of TV. I used to be an govt producer on the finish of it and I would been a workers author at the start. Then I did my present for six years, did 117 episodes. I really feel like I am an actual A-student. I really feel like I actually put together for my work. Once more, it isn’t all successes. Loads of occasions I failed, however I do really feel certified for my, you recognize, after I transfer up the ranks, like, ‘OK, I put in my time. I put in my, no matter it’s, 10,000 hours. I really feel certified to do that subsequent factor.’
E!: On social media these days, everybody’s lives look very seamless and shiny and every thing seems to be very simple, however what would you say is one thing that individuals do not see about your life or your work that’s essential to your success?
MK: I really feel like I actually determine with Elle Woods as a result of I really feel like I really like girly issues. I really like hair, make-up, vogue. I really like speaking in regards to the Met Gala and issues like that and since I try this, I feel that individuals discover it exhausting to imagine that I additionally am doing the exhausting, unglamorous work that it takes to put in writing exhibits, rent manufacturing workers, work logistically as an employer to create these TV exhibits that I work on and write these scripts. And I feel that you do not all the time get to see that course of, both on social media or in life, and so, I feel that is most likely, I feel, an even bigger false impression about the best way that I work.
(This interview has been edited and condensed for readability.)