After you get to know Jay, meet our Graphic Designer, Emily Zirimis, our Digital Director, Kate Barnett, our Managing Editor, Elizabeth Tamkin, our Audio Engineer, “Quazzy,” the woman who founded this website, Leandra Medine, our photographer, Krista Lewis, senior writer Amelia Diamond, our Social Media Editor, Harling Ross and our Content Strategist, Yvonne.
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, how this place runs, whose soothing voice has the capability to give Oh Boy listeners ASMR chills and who has a beard. Man. Those last two descriptors sound an awful lot like Jay Buim, MR’s man in a cowboy hat about town.
I try to convince people to let me make things for/with them.
Where were you before this?
I mean thats a deep question, how much time do you have?
None. What did you go to school for?
I went to film school which is a great place to make mistakes.
How did you get involved with Man Repeller?
I met Leandra when she contacted me about making a video for Man Repeller [Adventures in Beauty Vlogging]. Kate made a comment about flash photography during porn films. It was awkward and I loved it.
When we showed up [to set] with our production van full of gear, everyone was outside ready to help our small crew get everything set up. I had respect for their gumption and amazing sense of humor. I felt like I was with kindred spirits and have been lucky enough to have continued to make things with MR.
Favorite part of your job?
Three or so months after a project is done, you can watch it with some distance, allowing yourself the ability to enjoy it.
Least favorite part of your job?
Taxes. Do you remember that scene in Broad City where Ilana mails a box of receipts and nonsense to her mom? I still 100% do that.
What’s one thing that surprised you in your path up until now?
If I tried to explain to someone my experience from first starting out to being where I am now, no one would believe me.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
A master pasta chef where we have a little restaurant that’s only open on Sundays for dinner.
What’s one piece of advice you can offer to someone who wants a job like yours?
Don’t make excuses to not make things, figure it out or convince the people around you that you have it figured out
What’s your advice to someone who has no clue what they want to do?
Write a bunch of jobs on note cards and tape them to a wall. Put a blindfold on and throw a dart at the wall. Whatever it lands on, that’s what you have to do. Repeat as many times as necessary.
What’s one weird/fun fact about you?
I can beat Mario Bros 2 in 18 minutes and I have the world’s biggest collection of vintage Epcot t-shirts.
Anything else you’d like to add?
I had all the ideas for Star Wars.
Photographed by Krista Anna Lewis.