“Be passionate and move forward with gusto every single hour of every single day until you reach your goal.”

Ava DuVernay


what does sticking it out mean for the director? It can mean continuing to make short films when you haven’t yet attracted the attention of an agent or manager. It can mean working for years to raise financing for a documentary you’re shooting. It can mean rolling with the punches when your film is ready to go into preproduction but falls through at the last minute—multiple times over the course of years. It can mean taking meeting after meeting, pitching your take on films but never landing the gigs.

In any business, persevering is a necessary building block to success. But in the film ...

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