Happiness In the Eyes of Avan Jogia

Avan Jogia

Outfit by Givenchy

Miss Tiger: You’re in competition with yourself?
Avan Jogia: It’s the healthiest person to be in competition with. You don’t compare yourself or achievements to other people. It’s about someone always being better than themselves and being inspired by other people instead of being terrified of them. I’ve had dreams and aspirations since I was a kid. I want to get things done and achieved.

Miss Tiger: Is it about drive or talent?
Avan Jogia: It’s the drive that we should teach instead of focusing on the talent.

Avan Jogia

shirt by Junya Watanabe Comme Des Garçons Man, pants by Alexander Wang

Miss Tiger: When I meet creative and successful people, there is an appreciation for people who have a lot of things going on. You’ve said that you admire people for their vocation and hobbies. Tell me a little about that.
Avan Jogia: You have to have something that’s real and tangible. We live in a world where most of our jobs are essentially e-mails. You can’t get the satisfaction of looking at an e-mail and saying, “I made that. I was a part of that.” That’s why you have to have an art form such as woodworking, painting, pottery or whatever you’re into. Without these things, you don’t have anything to show for all your work other than emails…

Miss Tiger: Speaking of you being a part of something, I’m looking forward to the release of “Paper Year.” The film is written and directed by Rebecca Addelman and stars yourself, Eve Hewson along with Andie MacDowell and Hamish Linklater. What do you love about this film?
Avan Jogia: What I love about this film is that it’s a smart and elegant observation of what serious commitment is like at a very young age. It’s well-structured and Rebecca is awesome. It is a film about two people who get married and the first day of the marriage is the happiest day. Slowly but surely throughout the plot the marriage starts to fall apart.

Avan Jogia

Jacket by Wonders

Miss Tiger: Do they find closure or happiness at some point?
Avan Jogia: It asks the question about if the timing of love is right, and if you need to be a complete person before you give yourself to someone. It’s not a silly love story with a bow wrapped on it at the end. It talks about loose ends that life inevitably has.

Miss Tiger: You believe that there are things people can wake up each day and do that makes them happy. What are you doing today that makes you happy?
Avan Jogia: Today I am drinking wine with friends and cooking salmon. It can’t always be about creative output. It’s got to be about moments that are intangible as well. I think we get so bogged down in being results-orientated, we feel like unless some product is being made, you’re not productive. I always tell myself that cooking and drinking wine with friends is never a waste of an afternoon or, indeed, a lifetime!

Photography Mitchell Nguyen McCormack
Styling Lauren Larocca
Interviewer  Miss Tiger
Grooming Grace Phillips at State Artists Management using GOA Skincare
Fashion Assistant Courtney Leday
Special thanks to Moji at Helping Hand Thrift Store

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