Few filmmakers have had such a diverse and interesting rise as Ava DuVernay. She came to filmmaking later in life and has since made an indelible mark on documentary, TV, and feature films. She was the first black woman to win the best directing achievement at the Sundance Film Festival, and her career has included numerous accolades since. 

Throughout all these career highs she's also endured some lows. A Wrinkle In Time failed to perform at the box office, Tarantino insinuated Selma was a TV movie, and she's had to deal with close-minded fanboys in the media and on Twitter. 

Despite this, DuVernay has become a bastion for representation and parity in film and television. 

Her television show, Queen Sugar, employed all female directors. And she's constantly trying to uplift the voices around her. 

In November of 2017, DuVernay took to Twitter to share some advice for emerging filmmakers. 



We thought this advice would resonate with a lot or our readers. We created this fun infographic that encapsulates DuVernay's advice for people trying to break into the business. 

We hope it helps you chase your dreams! 


What advice would you give to people trying to break into the business? 

What are some things you struggle with as you try to get your work on the big and small screen? 

Let us know in the comments!