Oh Boy Episode 25: Mattie Kahn

Amelia Diamond | March 29, 2016

If you want to be a writer — whether you’re in school or not — listen to this episode

Mattie Kahn has written for Man Repeller for a long time. Her name was all up in that byline area well before I began. Her name was all up in other publications’ bylines, too — Refinery29, Elle.com, VanityFair.com, Into The Gloss. She was still in college, and while talent and age rarely correlate, I was impressed.

Her writing is really good, yes. Mattie has a way of breaking down the complicated and the uncomfortable and making it digestible. From politics to feminist standpoints on pop culture to GIRLS recaps (especially GIRLS recaps, depending on the amount of Marnie in a given episode) this is no easy feat. But I was mostly impressed by her drive. Despite a serious collegiate workload, she always pitched, always met her deadlines, always worked harder. Kahn once emailed me with an updated version of her story nearly four seconds after she sent draft one, during finals!, because there was an “errant comma” wedged between one of her sentences that she hadn’t caught. That’s the kind of gumption that separates you from the pack.

In this episode of Oh Boy, host Jay Buim and Elle.com news writer Mattie Kahn discuss Kahn’s career path, how her initial dream of working in fashion led her to covering the 2016 presidential election, her detour into chef whites, Britney Spears and the wonders of cold emailing. It’s an entertaining listen, but it’s also one that just might light a fire under your butt if you’ve spent all of MR’s Career Month thinking to yourself, “I should really get going on this whole ‘what do I want to do'” thing.

And remember: no one really does. So you might as well get going on something you love.

mattie-kahn-man-repeller-oh-boy-kelly-shami-illustration Follow our girl and author Mattie on Twitter @mattiekahn. Be sure to follow our wonderful Oh Boy host Jay Buim on Instagram. Check his website out, too. Logo and feature illustration by Kelly Shami.

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  • http://bontobewildblog.com Bonnie

    “Kids think that hobby will go away when they figure out how to be a real person.” This couldn’t be more accurate. Only recently did I see writing, my long time hobby, as a feasible career. This was extremely inspiring!

    • Mattie Kahn

      it is, it is I swear! keep going!

      • Lauren Stephenson

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  • http://www.99percentlifestyle.com/ Conor Rees

    Loved listening to this podcast. I would love to start a podcast on my website one day. I’m always interviewing people and could start using the audio clips.
    http://www.99percentlifestyle.com/

  • Nicole L.

    Loved this. Though I’d love to hear more content about crazy admirable successful women who didn’t need to move to NYC to launch their careers! Mattie keep doing ya thang!

    • Chelsey

      Completely 100% agreed!!!

    • Catherine Gans

      When I looked at the draft of 6775 dollars, I have faith that brother of my friend was like really generating cash in his free time with his PC..yib His aunt’s neighbor has done this for only 11 months and by now repaid the loan on their home and bought a new Car.

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  • Chelsey

    She sounds like such a sweetie! The whole Real World 2012 thing made me feel very old…………….Real World San Diego 2004 baby woop woop!!

  • ave

    Enjoyed this podcast so, so much! Great subject matter: the journey of being 20something and finding yourself. Such good stuff. Thanks.