Filmmaker Jasmine Higgins wants to shift narrow minded perspectives

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Jasmine Higgins

WHAT DO YOU DO?


I’m a filmmaker and feminist. I’m currently preparing to release my first short film ‘We Share The Language Of Rhythm’, which is a documentary on the Female DJ community in Sydney.

FAVOURITE BAND?

Red Hot Chilli Peppers

FAVOURITE SONG?

Get Shaky - Ian Carey Project. Oldie but a goodie.

FAVOURITE FEMALE ARTIST AND WHY?


At the moment it has to be Lady Gaga. Not only is she a dynamic and extremely talented musical artist, but throughout her career she’s constantly promoted the importance of being authentic and being comfortable in your own skin. She’s touched such a diverse range of fans with her music and her words. She’s honest, raw, genuine and unapologetically herself...and those qualities especially in the entertainment industry, but also in general as a woman can sometimes be hard to stay true to when there are many people out there attempting to change you and fit you into a certain type of box. After watching a few of her interviews I really admire her humility and how passionate she is about her art.

 A shot from Jasmine’s film ‘We Share The Language Of Rhythm’

A shot from Jasmine’s film ‘We Share The Language Of Rhythm’

HOW CAN WOMEN BEST SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER?

I think to support each other we need to practise empathy and listen to one another. Sitting back and understanding where other women have come from and hearing their stories will allow one to grasp a better idea of how to be as supportive as possible. We need to ensure women of all types of cultural and social backgrounds are being supported and that their voices are being heard. And you can only do that by initiating conversation and gaining perspectives that are different to your own. Be open minded!

Another important thing - cut the girl vs. girl mentality that’s been so deeply embedded and promoted in our society. I think we’ve been heavily conditioned to see each other as fierce competition. Let’s stop this asap. Seeing each other as threats is damaging to everyones self esteem and confidence, we need to be lifting each other up.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR ADVICE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF?

Stop fixating on what everyone else is doing or saying or thinking around you. You will never have the control of knowing what people truly think of you, so why bother fussing over it? Trying to please other people and adjusting yourself or dulling yourself down without considering your own happiness and fulfilment is a futile practise. You end up getting emotionally exhausted and you find yourself in friendships/relationships where the other persons’ happiness is always put before your own. Focus on your world and your own passions and you will go far, trust me.

WHAT MAKES YOU WANT TO GIVE UP? HOW DO YOU BOUNCE BACK?

Self criticism is a big one. Making this documentary has really tested how I treat myself when mistakes are made or when deadlines are missed. I had times where I was up at 3am in the morning editing wanting to throw my goddamn laptop across the room because I wasn’t happy with what I was creating. But in those moments when you are extremely hard on yourself, you need to take a step back and breathe. And after that, reflect on the thought process that you just experienced. Learn how to feed yourself more kindness and forgiveness when things don’t go your way because punishing yourself is not a healthy way to cope. I think people can sometimes get confused between pushing yourself and punishing yourself. It’s absolutely okay to have a strong drive and be a perfectionist but you need to allow yourself a bit of room for potential failures. You’re only human.

WHAT WOMEN DO YOU LOOK UP TO?

I look up to women like Malala Yousafzai and Oprah Winfrey, women who aren’t afraid to stand up for what they believe in. Women who care about what’s going on in the world, and calling out injustice. In terms of women who I am surrounded by in my everyday life, my close friend Maria Boyadgis who is an incredible photographer is someone who I admire. She always puts 110% into her work and is absolutely killing the game while being humble and down to earth about it. She is always supporting me and giving me reassurance. I hope to one day develop a similar work ethic and be as successful as her.


IF YOU COULD CHANGE ANYTHING IN THE WORLD, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I’d change the perspectives of each and every person in the world who holds the belief that one type or group of human being(s) is more valuable and important than another. Obviously to change every single bigoted, racist, ableist, homophobic etc. person’s worldview is not possible, but it’d be one of the greatest accomplishments in my life if I could change at least some people's views to be more accepting and open towards the incredible and colourful world we live in. I’m hoping to use filmmaking as a tool to try and shift the perspectives of those who are narrow minded.


‘We Share The Language Of Rhythm’ will be released on social media this Sunday. Follow Jasmine
on Instagram.