Ava Duvernay Advises Women To Stop Asking Permission And “Follow The White Guys” In Hollywood
Ava droppin’ jewels…
Ava DuVernay is never short on advice to Hollywood hopefuls and during the 2015 BlogHer Annual Conference, the Selma director was blunt about how to get ahead in Hollywood.
“You gotta follow the white guys. Truly. They’ve got this thing wired,” DuVernay advised. “Too often, we live within their games, so why would you not study what works? Take away the bad stuff — because there’s a lot — and use the savvy interesting stuff and figure out how they can apply. It’s a good one for the ladies.”
DuVernay continued by telling attendees that as women, they need to stop asking permission and go after what they want.
“Women have been trained in our culture and society to ask for what we want instead of taking what we want. We’ve been really indoctrinated with this culture of permission. I think it’s true for women, and I think it’s true for people of color. It’s historic, and it’s unfortunate and has somehow become part of our DNA. But that time has passed,” DuVernay stated.
Wise words from a decent woman.
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