When it comes to movie making there's a certain truth to the saying:
"It's not what you know, it's who you know."
"It's not who you know, it's who knows you."
That makes all the difference when it comes to getting hired, creating opportunities and catching that 'lucky break' you've actually worked for years to secure.
But what I found inspiring about this recent episode of NPR's superb How I Built This podcast is that director Ava DuVernay forged her own path to filmmaking success through the usual mix of tenacity, self-belief and divine intervention.
But she's also used her own success and business acumen to build a platform for other filmmakers to find there way into the industry too.
This issue of Cut/daily is part of a week long 'Holiday Schedule' featuring an inspiring talk and a look back to a previous issue of Cut/daily from the archive.