Who Am I ?
July /August 2012
1: Who am I?
My name is Amber Vanderzee, and I’m a 25-year-old “young professional” living my dream and finding my way to fabulousity in New York City. I’m the face behind the fashion and event blog The Fauxcialite.
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
I am a graphic designer for one of the top fashion magazines in the world. In addition to that, I do freelance fashion blogging, event coverage, and professional shmoozing on the side. I am an expert at talking my way into things and getting into places I don’t necessarily belong. I like to call myself a “fauxcialite,” but the life-of-the-party kind, not a sleazy one. I’m hosting my first event this week: a boutique opening in SoHo!
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I was born and raised in the state few have ventured to: South Dakota. My high school graduating class had 50 students in it. I worked hard to build my resume and to network my way to the position I’m in today. I went to a tiny college in Oklahoma, with less than 2,500 people total, but I kept in touch with every professional connection I ever met, which is a big part of how I got to where I am today. I am going to be famous, I’m not sure for what, yet, but I’m working on making that happen. My next goal is to become a TV correspondent, preferably for entertainment news.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
God, of course, but in addition to that, my parents. I’m a good mix of both of them, but I am most like my dad. He always taught me to never take “no” for an answer. He’s a professional talker (seriously… he does voice-overs for TV & radio), and there was never a situation he couldn’t talk his way out of, a deal that couldn’t be made, or a place that we couldn’t get into. His favorite phrase growing up was, “We’ll only do this once, opportunities like this don’t happen every day” (I’m sure my mom appreciated that when he talked his way into the penthouse suite at the Ritz-Carlton on vacation one year… Just once, right?).
5: What book is your bible?
Well, the actual bible, but besides that, I honestly rarely read! I am glued to my phone! I am tweeting and using instagram constantly. So when I do have down time, when one would normally read, I’m constantly checking the major fashion blogs and E! Online. Book, shmook, I do all my reading on the Internet.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
I hate birds! Seagull, sparrow, Larry (kidding). And I of course had to move to the city of pigeons! I freak out if a bird comes within 10 feet of me. If you hear a blood-curdling scream over by Columbus Circle some afternoon, it’s totally me. A pigeon probably dive-bombed my lunch (And by that, I mean he walked by me, 20 feet away, eyeing me suspiciously). My friends think my completely rational fear is hilarious, so basically, I don’t have any true friends. I love being around people. I don’t have ADD, but I do have the attention span of a five-year-old. I have to be constantly entertained and constantly talking. I can’t sit and watch a movie without trying to talk to someone, or at least without texting everyone in my phone book. I think this is a big part of why I can talk my way into pretty much anything. I spend the majority of my time talking to people and learning how to read them. I can’t just stand still. Last week, my friend made me go to a concert with him at Brooklyn Bowl. I spent the entire time inventing games I could play during the show. I ended up playing “take a picture With that random guy” by myself. Totally unashamed. I was so bored.
7: What is your raison d’être?
To make witticisms all day: cleverly witty and sarcastic or ironic remarks. I mean, who else is going to tell that woman that she shouldn’t wear a t-shirt as her actual outfit for the day? If it was shot out of a cannon at a sporting event, just give it to the kid next to you and move on. You don’t need clothes that desperately.
8: What is your favorite color?
Post-It Blue. I painted my first studio apartment that color. All four walls. Then I spent my last month there bribing friends to help undo my moment of insanity. Worst mistake ever, but I loved it.
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
This is a tough one but probably Batman. Not really because of his superpowers, but because I grew up watching the old Adam West shows with my brother.
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
The rooftop of any building. I’m always reminded of why I love this city when I look down over the skyscrapers and the millions of people. Living here is worth both the hustle and the bustle. Also, any place that plays Lil’ Wayne music upon request.
11: What turns you on?
I’d never marry for money, but I’d definitely marry for funny. Oh, and salmon shorts never hurt anyone either.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
If you didn’t work in fashion blogging, what would you do for a job?
I would be working at a senior citizen care center. I have a huge passion for the elderly and have volunteered at a nursing home of some sort every year since I was in high school. I literally start to cry when I see an elderly person walk down the street (which is often, in this city). One of my favorite stories was when my friend and I were walking down Broadway one day, and we saw the most adorable elderly man walking quickly to catch up to his wife in front of him. My friend and I turned to each other and said, “Aw! He wants to walk next to her!” But as we were passing them, the elderly woman turned to her husband and yelled, “You stupid piece of crap! Why did you leave me back there!” Sappy moment over.
Amber Vanderzee is a 25-year-old South Dakotan, who worked her way onto the New York City social scene by being the girl who’s unafraid to do anything or talk to anyone. She loves her current job at one of the top fashion magazines in the world and would love to work in TV someday, preferably as an entertainment news correspondent. Until then, she’ll continue applying to be Kelly Ripa’s personal assistant and waiting for someone to appreciate her uncanny ability to use Chandler Bing’s sarcastic quotes in real-life situations: “Well aren’t you a treat?”
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Ceara Maria Burns
Photography by Leriam Gonzalez
Design by Jillian Mercado
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Amber Vanderzee, 2012, Photography by Leriam Gonzalez