How ‘Dear White People’ Creator Justin Simien Found Success with Netflix

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September 4, 2018

TFW everyone else says no, but Netflix says yes.


It took Justin Simien seven years to turn Dear White People, his satirical PSA on race in America, into a critically acclaimed film—and three more to get it streaming on TV.


Simien initially used his tax refund to create a three-minute concept trailer and raised $25K in additional starting costs on Indiegogo.


His story proves that rejection doesn't stop the grind–it motivates it.

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