F**k it Friday: Ava DuVernay
Find out why Ava DuVernay is our "f**k it!" Friday champ this week!
HI THERE. Welcome back to F**k It Friday - a weekly feature from MTV Breaks that’s all about saying a big “f**k yeah” to the most excellent people who’ve said “f**k it!” (probably) and taken a leap of faith to make big things happen.
Cos it’s not about just having ideas – it’s about working hard, seizing opportunity, believing in yourself, and 100% following them through!
So who’s next up in the FIF roll call of honour? Drumroll… it’s Ava DuVernay! Ava’s a woman with no weaknesses. She’s a writer, director, producer and distributor, and most famously directed the moving Martin Luther King film ‘Selma’ that was nominated for two Academy Awards and four Golden Globes. And get this - she was the first African American woman to receive a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director, EVER.
How did she do it? OBVS she said “f**k it!” (probably) and did things her way instead of seeking approval from others. ‘Selma’ was not called ‘King’ after it’s protagonist because Ava believed that Martin Luther King was “a leader of people so you have to show the people to understand the greatness of his leadership”, and she showed this through the event in Selma that had such a huge impact on the move towards racial equality - where everyone came together under King’s leadership to fight for the cause. It was her vision and she pursued it, despite how others thought Martin Luther King should be represented.
And Ava continues to make her own rules. As she’s helped out on many productions where she felt ignored and brushed aside, she makes sure everyone feels appreciated on her sets, because she believes it’s all a big team effort. She chose to use all women directors for her TV series ‘Queen Sugar’, commenting that the fact that this was seen as a big deal, “speaks to the disparity of opportunities behind the camera for women in Hollywood”.
Need we say more? Basically Ava is a bad-ass creative force that is taking the TV/film industry by storm, nailing life as a powerful career woman while fighting for equal opportunities and racial equality along the way. And we couldn’t think of anyone more deserving to sit on high as our “f**k it!” Queen this week.
We’ll leave you with some of her wise words: ““who are we asking for permission to do what we want to do? That should be eradicated”, and, “if your dream only includes you it’s too small”. Urgh, marry us already!
HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!