‘Masters Of Sex’ Creator Michelle Ashford: ‘I Had Every Horrible Job Imaginable’

And now a word from a writer who knows a few, um, words.

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What does it take to get to the top — without losing your center? Our “Making It Work” series profiles successful, dynamic women who are standouts in their fields, peeling back the “hows” of their work and their life, taking away lessons we can all apply to our own.

Michelle Ashford, an Emmy-nominated writer for the HBO miniseries “The Pacific,”does not consider herself successful — at least not according to her definition: “having felt that what you did mattered, that it had meaning.”

“I think my children matter, and they have great meaning. And I have fantastic friends, and I think that has meaning,” Ashford explains. “But in terms of my career, I don’t think that I’m there yet, no. But I have my eye on that.”

Ashford is taking another step toward that goal as creator of the new Showtime series“Masters of Sex,” about famed sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson,which premieres on September 29.

Why do you do the work you do?
What I love so much about writing is it’s like you’re a perpetual student. You have 30 books on your desk, and it’s like going back to school. For example, I didn’t really know anything about Masters and Johnson, just vaguely, and then I read Thom Maier’s biography and I thought,“Wow, what a fascinating world.” So now I’m immersed in that. It’s like traveling without having to leave your desk.

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