In honor of career month at Man Repeller, we’re profiling the team so that you can get a better sense of who does what and how this place runs. Oh, and it runs all right. Fast. Today we introduce you to the woman who keeps its running shoes tied so that no one trips: Elizabeth Tamkin, MR’s Managing Editor and Leandra’s assistant, who has frequently called her out as “the glue that holds this place together” every time we assemble for office drinks.
What does “Managing Editor” Mean?
I manage the website’s schedule. I ensure that all elements for every story are ironed out and meet our 48-hour deadline. I also wear a lot of hats. I help style photo shoots, coordinate talent for Oh Boy and subjects for our various shoots (like the Couples project) and prop style along with Krista and Emily.
As Leandra’s assistant, I manage her schedule, which is my heaviest task during fashion months.
I also do a portion of the collages for the site along with many of the runway slideshows. I am the mouse who links to product in our posts (so you know where to get the goods!). I make sure the office is running smoothly and that no pie is left out over night — a critical responsibility, believe me.
Where were you before this?
DANNIJO. I also freelance graphic designed and was a stylist assistant, too.
What did you go to school for?
I got my BFA from New York University for Studio Art with a concentration in painting and drawing. I began making clothes my final year and started Mangle NYC, my tiny clothing line that’s still in its baby stages. I have a confirmed 9 samples done, but am aiming to get together a collection of 16. I wore a lot in my first Office Apropos.
How did you get started at Man Repeller?
I was a ginormous fan, especially during my first year in college. I did my freshman year at Bucknell University and was very, very depressed. Man Repeller was a creative outlet for me and I thought (and still think) that Leandra’s way of expressing herself through her outfit concoctions was so inspiring and self-expressive. I first met Leandra when she was visiting the DANNIJO designers, Jodie and Danielle Snyder, and was later reintroduced to her for this job.
Favorite part of your job?
It’s never boring. I like that I get to see content created from its embryonic stage to its full-blown boss stage. It grows and I help nurture it.
Least favorite part of your job?
When I wake up in the middle of the night freaking out about whether I forgot to do something. That’s pretty much on me though, because I am type-triple-A to the tenth power.
What’s one thing that surprised you in your path up until now?
How capable I am. That I can build something, whether it’s a photoshoot, a post on Man Repeller, a fashion week presentation or an event. That I am able to help make someone else’s life easier. (At least, that’s what I try to do!)
What do you want to be when you grow up?
The Queen of America should it ever become an aristocracy. Or a designer. TBD.
What’s one piece of advice you can offer to anyone who wants a job similar to yours?
Don’t take shortcuts, listen closely, be able to take criticism and always go the next step. And never sleep (just kidding).
Advice for those who have no clue what they want to do?
Ask yourself, What do I enjoy? What am I good at? Who inspires me? Looking to someone else who inspires you is a huge part of getting to know yourself.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Tell me something weird about yourself.
Sometimes (every night) I play Candy Crush Saga or Bubble Witch into the early hours of the morning.
Photographed by Krista Anna Lewis.