Claims that North Korean celebrity defector Yeonmi Park earns an average of $41,000 per speaking engagement are ‘completely incorrect,’ the 21-year-old’s New York-based agent told NK News on Monday.
Park, who has been growing in international prominence as a result of high profile speeches about North Korea and human rights, earned between $39,625-$41,875 per speaking event, data from two reports published by Speakerpedia.com said.
But that data exaggerates the real figures, which will only begin to be charged for engagements conducted after the publication of Park’s forthcoming book, indicated her speaking agent Carlton S. Sedgeley, president of Royce Carlton, Inc.
“The initial fee structure is $12, 500 plus expenses for colleges, universities and regional non-profits and $17,500, plus expenses for corporations and national non-profits,” said Sedgeley, whose agency was hired by Park to maintain her diary.
“The fees that are quoted below are gross fees subject to a commission payable to Royce Carlton from each event negotiated and contracted by Royce Carlton,” said Sedgeley. “The expenses are in addition to the fee.”
Park has attracted both praise and criticism following her meteoric rise to international prominence.
On the one hand, Park has been lauded for her role in presenting the plight of North Koreans to a wider audience. On the other, some observers familiar with her background have noted discrepancies in her story, questioning why she has changed details about her life in North Korea.
To date, Royce Carlton have scheduled “a couple of engagements” for Park, but they will not be conducted until the publication of her forthcoming book.
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