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GABRIELLE UNION CONFESSES SHE USED THIS TRICK TO NEGOTIATE

March 3, 2018

The star of Being Mary Jane is sick of not being herself!

Gabrielle Union recently did an interview with Elle Canada where she advocated for equal pay.

She confessed to using a special voice to appear likable in production negotiations. She describes it “as “special voice” and a tone women (in particular, women of col­our) have to use in order to not sound aggressive during such moments. (You know the one—where you speak with the inflection of a question and raise your eyebrows so you look less threatening.)”

Gabrielle Union spoke of a time where she let that special voice go.

“I was tired. My eye was twitching. They took too long to circle back to my opinion, and I lost it. I spoke my truth, but I was sure I really blew it and lost that deal.”

To her surprise, she got what she wanted.

“When I spoke in my most authentic voice, I got what I wanted—I got what I deserved and I’m 45. I think I’ve been in this business 22 years using that dumb-ass voice that I thought was helping me, and I’m sure it did at certain times. But I wonder how my career could have been different if I had let that real voice out.”

Are you guilty of using a “special voice”?

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