Alumni Profile – Rebecca McIntyre (2015)
My favourite memory from my time at SMC was the Visual Arts Tour I completed in Year 12. This tour sparked a passion in me for travel, a passion that is with me today and drove me to finish my university degree overseas. It was the most inspiring and fulfilling period of my Santa Maria education.
I chose to take the ATAR pathway in Years 11 and 12. I started out with six ATAR subjects but soon found that I just did not like Chemistry in the slightest. Being a stubborn teenager I decided to change this subject, much to the disapproval of my mum. I took up Textiles in the first few weeks of Year 11 and five years on I am still so grateful for that decision.
After graduating at Santa I applied directly to the Costume course at WAAPA and got in. I started my degree with units such as Millinery, Art Finishing, Theatre Studies, Pattern Drafting, Construction Samples and Drawing. This was a whirlwind of a year producing garment after garment, assignment after assignment, and discovering the trials of uni life. This was also the year I decided to move out of home.
The second year was tough with 40 contact hours a week plus homework, assignments, a part-time job and living out of home. It was also the year I produced the most work and am incredibly grateful for all that it taught me.
Third year taught self-discipline, time management and precision in my quality of work. I made my first tailored suit and discovered a new love of menswear. It was the year I started to take my future seriously, developing a website and client base in the Perth performance world.
In November 2018 I began work with the Freedom Fairies, one of Perth’s leading children’s entertainment companies, to create and run their costume department. It was a wonderful and challenging experience that helped solidify my confidence as a costume practitioner. This job gave me the stability I needed while preparing for my last unit at university, a work placement at a performing arts company.
Now, I am so incredibly fortunate that I have been accepted into the Cirque du Soleil wardrobe team as an intern for their Singapore tour of the show Kurios. It is so rewarding to be finishing off my university degree working for the company that I wrote my entrance essay about.
My goal is to try all areas of costuming and travel the world with different shows. My main goal is to be constantly learning, growing and developing my skills.
All roads come with bumps, and you just have to get up and keep going. Nobody is going to stop for you. The biggest challenges I have faced are when the workload, be it studies or employment, take over your life, leaving no time or energy for recovery. It is in these moments that mistakes are made and decisions feel like life or death. Self-care during such stressful times is incredibly important as it allows you to stay calm and gain a more universal perspective of situations you are dealing with.
My path diverted in Year 11 when I chose the arts, instead of following my family into the world of science. This threw me into the flow of performing arts, a constantly changing and growing industry of passionate people doing wonderful things. I hope my path is always changing!
There are so many things that I am passionate about. Plants, cooking, family, art, sewing, costume construction, people, animals, children, yoga. But the thing that links all of these areas is learning. I am so incredibly passionate about learning, and letting people met and situations encountered become teachers in themselves.
I don’t know yet what life’s biggest lesson is, and I am quite content in admitting that. Maybe that in itself is a lesson; be humble in the knowledge that you will never know everything and there is always more to discover.
My advice for students is to find the things that make you want to work hard, and then work hard at them. If you don’t know what those things are, then try out all the things that make you happy, slowly narrowing them down to what gives you drive. Work hard and make the opportunities you want to take, don’t sit back and hope they come to you.
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