Behind the Door - Kristen Higgins
- BY: TEREZA BERKEMEIER
- Jan. 15, 2019
Behind the Door is a series that goes behind the scenes with Miro Door teams, exploring the many ways in which we help connect people with opportunities within the fashion and creative industries. For the start of 2019, we have the privilege of catching up with Kristen Higgins with a brief Q&A.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background?
I’m currently a student at university, as I am about to start my first year of Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles at UTS. This past year I have been studying photography, and have been gaining experience in the fashion industry through Miro Door combined with a internship with Rebecca Vallance for six months. I am passionate about many things including the freedom of creativity and expression in fashion, film, photography, music (anything dark and intriguing) and travel. Exploring the world is a very important ambition of mine, as it is one of the most valuable learning experiences we can gain, and throughout my teenage years I have travelled to Canada, Japan, Nepal, Bhutan and completed a 5 month exchange to France.
What opportunities have you experienced through Miro Door?
Over the past year I have experienced a wide variety of opportunities, these including a private Chanel runway show, MBFWA, MYER roadshow, BAZAAR in Bloom, and Gigi x Reebok event. Each have been their own individual and exciting opportunity, with new things to learn at each event.
What have been your roles with Miro Door and what has been a highlight?
Each event required either back of house or front of house assistance. Back of house roles include preparing garments and shoes, assisting the managers with small tasks, and dressing models. Front of house roles include preparing gift bags, sets, and ushering people to their designated seats. There have been a countless amount of highlights, but there a few things I always take from each opportunity; gaining valuable insight into the industry that cannot be taught, meeting people in the industry, and catching up with other volunteers who inspire me through their shared passion.
What is your ultimate career goal? Has Miro Door helped with any steps towards this goal?
I don’t have a concrete career goal at the moment, as I believe there are so many roles in the fashion industry that many people aren’t even aware of. However, I do have aspirations in either being a designer/creative director for a fashion house, or being the artistic director behind an avant-garde magazine that explores interesting fashion. Eventually I would also love to involve some kind of environmental help into my work, as there’s a lot to be changed in the relationship between fashion and ethics. Miro Door has been extremely helpful, as I now am aware of how the industry legitimately functions. It has also given me the confidence and inspiration to continually work hard and put myself out there.
Based on your experiences what advice or tips would you have for Miro Door members who are starting out?
I would advise them to jump into every opportunity that presents itself! Don’t be intimidated or put off, even if you don’t think you’ll get the job – apply for it anyway, because its most likely that you will get it. Just be confident, positive and willing to do the work, and you will be rewarded with a great experience. You will be surrounded by many other great people, so make sure to get to know the other volunteers as you will create great friendships and can help each other out. Nobody expects you to know everything, so if you make a mistake don’t worry and just keep doing the job!. And of course, enjoy yourself. It’s always so much fun being surrounded by the high energy and excitement.