Burning Questions

See how Amy Poliakoff, Maggie Schaffer, Liz Margulies, Angela Pham, and Claudia Martinez Reardon are doing post-show.

Oct 1, 2012

Maggie Schaffer

Bravotv.com: What’s going on with you now? Did you find a job
Maggie Schaffer: I took the summer off because I needed, and still, need to figure out if I want to be involved with the art world any more. I don't know if this shady, every man for themselves environment is too much for me. This process has opened my eyes to how naive I was and really tarnished my love for the art world. I'll be the first to say I don't know if I'm cut out for it and it breaks my heart to think that.

Bravotv.com: What’s the status with you and Eli? Are you on good terms?
MS: Eli and I are not in bad terms, but we currently don't speak. I know that Eli can sometimes let power go to his head and isn't always the most diplomatic person, but none of us can deny his success as a gallery owner. I think, at times, Eli is a great person and I'm happy for his successes. However, I didn't agree with the way he treated me (as you saw) and it was very upsetting to watch at times.

Bravotv.com: What surprised you most watching the show? How have people reacted to you after seeing the show?
MS:I was most surprised by the Miami Meltdown between Liz and me. While I fully acknowledge that what happened at Moaki was wrong and that Ryan and myself are partially responsible, I didn't think at the time that it would be friendship ending. After I saw how Liz dragged Ryan through the mud, calling him disgusting, cheap, and suggesting that he using me, I knew the friendship was over. I made a conscious effort to not talk about her boyfriend in a negative light and it was a sobering moment. I finally learned who the real Liz is.

Bravotv.com: Any advice for people wanting to break into the art world?
MS: I think anyone who wants to break in the art world should really think about it. You have to devote so much effort to getting a limited number of jobs. In college I drove from Pennsylvania to New York City three days a week, stayed in hotels and spent countless hours on a bus, just to do internships. I thought with all that effort I would find a job right away. Don't come into it over confident, it's a real struggle.