Burning Questions

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

Oct 1, 2012

Kerri Lisa

Bravotv.com: What’s going on with you now? Did you choose your internship or did you focus on your full time job?
Kerri Lisa:
I decided to go back to my full time job at Four Hundred. My internship was an amazing learning experience and I am so thankful I met Sharon and she allowed me to intern for her for a few months. As much as I would have loved to do the internship for even longer, it was difficult to juggle both and I didn't want my performance at either job to suffer. I didn't want to take the chance of possibly losing my position at Four Hundred because I was so busy with everything else going on and just because I left the internship doesn't mean me being able to learn more about the art world is over.

I actually apply what I learned from the internship with Sharon to my full time job and other aspects of my life. I was promoted to Director of Travel and Art at Four Hundred, which is very exciting. I am now able to learn even more about the design process and art elements that are changing the hospitality business. I also facilitate all of the art requests that come into the company like finding/locating a certain work, planning art functions and events such as Art Basel (we are now starting to plan our event for Art Basel 2012). Sharon and I still keep in great contact and she helps me when I have a question, puts me in touch with certain contacts in the art world that I need to take care of particular requests and I am so lucky to know that I can still learn from all that she knows.
In addition to working at Four Hundred, I am starting my own personal lifestyle blog that allows readers to learn more about the things that I love, know and enjoy such as art, culture, music, lifestyle, fashion, and travel. I am working on putting together content for this venture that will allow readers to learn and be aware of how art is playing a major role across all of these industries.
I am also having fun collaborating with a new website in New York City and group of creative minds called "Brightest Young Things" as they approached me to write features on what I find exciting and creative. A twist on music, art, culture, nightlife in New York.

Bravotv.com: Are you still in your same West Village apartment?
My lease on my apartment was actually just up and my landlord raised my rent A LOT so as much as I would have loved to stay in that apartment I thought it was smarter to move. I am currently in the process of finding a new apartment and looking for a roommate. I was so happy and proud of my West Village apartment but I realized that with my lifestyle and schedule it didn't make sense to live alone at this time in my life; it is extremely expensive and impractical being that I am hardly at the apartment to enjoy it. I also miss coming home after work and having a friend to hang out with, talk to, drink wine, confide in and enjoy my extra time with. I plan on staying in the downtown area hopefully West Village, SoHo, East Village, Tribeca. Stay tuned! Hopefully I'll be able to start saving some money to travel more!

Bravotv.com: Do you regret telling Sharon about Amy’s behavior now knowing it got her fired?
First and most importantly, I did not get Amy fired, Amy got herself fired by doing multiple things that would get any intern fired. Like being late, not taking care of the tasks given, and making up fake tasks to give your fellow intern to make yourself look better. I don't regret telling Sharon about Amy's behavior. I do internships to learn and I am going to ask the person I am interning for questions when certain things come my way that are confusing or that may interfere with my performance. Give me a break, anyone who has ever had a real job or real responsibilities would have done the same thing as me. I didn't go to Sharon to try to make Amy look bad, I was honestly confused with what Amy brought forward to me and wanted to make sure I was doing what I was supposed to be doing.

Bravotv.com: What surprised you most watching the show? How have people reacted to you after seeing the show?
Kerri Lisa:
I think I was most surprised by how catty a lot of the other girls are and were. I honestly do not judge people and give everyone the benefit of the doubt unless I have seen them honestly disrespect me or do something negative to me. I enjoyed getting to know the girls and for the most part thought they were all good and mature people. However, after watching the show and seeing/hearing some of the things they would say in their confessionals I was really surprised and also disappointed and sometimes hurt. How someone can be so nice to your face and then go behind your back and talk s--- about you behind your back for no good reason is still something i will never understand. I also was surprised at how well I kept my stress in control. I was EXTREMELY stressed during the month's we filmed the show when I was working full time at Four Hundred and interning for Sharon. I was getting less sleep than usual, my social life was pretty much non-existent, and I was just constantly running around; I look pretty composed in the show so I saw how well I did under pressure. I do wish I was able to have more fun during the process though so that more of my personality could have come through.
I have been receiving extremely positive feedback and reactions from people who have seen the show. Not only my friends and family, but strangers! There have been a few instances, one time I was on the subway and an older woman before getting off at her stop said "Keep up the great work! You are my favorite Gallery Girl!", that was a surprise! But it is really nice that other people see how hard I was working and got a sense of the kind of person I am.

Bravotv.com: Any advice for people wanting to break into the art world?
KL: Go out and network! Check to see what events are going on in your city and go to them! Don't let the art world or any industry that you are interested in for that matter intimidate you. More people than you would think are happy to share their knowledge and help point you in the direction you want to go to. There is no time like the present!