Los Angeles: 'Selma' director Ava DuVernay's advice on how to get ahead in Hollywood is to follow the 'white guys'.

The 42-year-old director, who was at the 2015 BlogHer conference, held at the Hilton in New York City, asked the audience to take away "the bad stuff" and use only interesting stuff from the industry where she finds herself a minority, said The Hollywood Reporter.

"You gotta follow the white guys. Truly. They've got this thing wired. "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," she said.

DuVernay, who became the first black female director to have a film nominated for the Academy Award for her Martin Luther King Jr biopic "Selma", asked female bloggers to "diversify" in their fields.

"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 colour. It's historic, and it's unfortunate and has somehow become part of our DNA. But that time has passed," she said.