A Reminder from Ava DuVernay: You Can Pivot at any Point in Life- Refinery29
I have a tendency to daydream about the various paths that life could've- or still could- take. A very strong tendency. I love stories coming from people who are, perhaps, wanderlust souls like my own that are willing to risk stability in order to pursue an alternative calling in their lives. People who blaze a trail in a nonlinear way. Ava DuVernay has one such story. She is a director, producer and screen writer for the highly-anticipated upcoming film "A Wrinkle in Time." And she is shining a bright light into the dreams and callings in the hearts of women and people of colour all around the world. From Refinery29:
A Reminder From Ava DuVernay: You Can Pivot At Any Point In Life
Speaking at the Refinery29 offices Thursday — International Women's Day, FYI — A Wrinkle In Time director Ava DuVernay impressed upon the crowd the fact that age shouldn't deter hopeful filmmakers — or hopeful anythings, for that matter.
"When people tell [my story], it's about race and gender, 'Black woman director,' but my story's also really about age, because I didn't pick up a camera until I was 32," she explained. Before directing, DuVernay worked in public relations. But, without having gone to film school, DuVernay launched herself into directing at 32, when she made her first short film.
"That's older in filmmaking years, like dog years," she said. "In comparison, Ryan Coogler is 31, and he's on his third film." Today, DuVernay is the first Black woman to helm a film with a budget of $100 million. That film is A Wrinkle in Time, which comes out March 9.
"For me to pick up a camera as a Black woman who did not go to film school — this is a testament to whatever path you're on right now is not necessarily the path you have to stay on," DuVernay said. "If you're on a path that's not the one that you want to be on, you can also pivot, and you can also move, and age doesn't make a difference, race, gender. It's about putting one step in front of another, about forward movement to where you wanna be."
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