If you watch “Kell On Earth,” you probably like Stefanie Skinner. In a world that sees clients, employees and interns dropping like flies, Skinner is die hard.
She spoke to us about the recent employee exodus, her nervous breakdowns and the misconceptions viewers may have about the gal that keeps the “Revolution” rolling.
In the last episode, lots of viewers were shocked to see Stephanie Vorhees leave. We knew she was going at some point, but not this soon. Why do you think Vorhees didn’t work out?
People’s Revolution is not one of those places that’s going to hold your hand. Half of it is common sense. Like the one time I stepped out of the office, she’s calling me 20 times and text messaging me. Then, I finally picked up my phone and was like, ‘did you even look? This is common sense. You know where everything is.’ I think a lot of it was that she wanted to be given all of the direction, instead of taking initiative. At People’s Revolution, you kind of know within the first month whether you’re going to make it there. Spelling a client’s name correctly on a press release? That just takes common sense.
Several times, she had a hard time stamping invites. How hard can that be?
Anybody could have done it. We could have had three-year-olds doing it. It’s not brain surgery.
In the last episode, not only did Vorhees leave, but so did Elide and then Andrew hired the “Mad Twitterer,” as we call her, who basically tweeted herself out of a job. Is it really that hard to find good help?
It is hard to find good help. I see some of these kids and I joke around with the interns half the day saying, ‘you guys must be playing tricks on me.’ They’ll like forward calls and not get all the information. I mean, ‘it’s not your first time answering the phone and you’ve been here for two months. What are you guys doing?’ Sometimes I sit there and wonder how did these people cross the street this morning. It’s basic. You’re going into a professional environment. Yeah, I’m on Twitter. Yeah, I’m on Facebook and, yeah, I blog, but it’s not like when I first started at People’s Revolution or any profession.
To a certain extent someone should be able to express their excitement at getting a new job. What was the line that the “Mad Twitterer” crossed?
When she started talking about being on-camera and being a part of the team. She was talking as if she got the job before she even got into the elevator. When you’re told in your interview do not tweet, do not blog, that’s building a bridge of trust. We do deal with a lot of confidential information. She also mentioned she was part of the cast. She wasn’t really there to work. She thought she was there to be a TV star.
In the last episode, Vorhees and Elide were gone and the senior staff left for London and the office was a ghost town, then you and Andrew [Mukamal] started freaking out. What was that like?
There was a moment when Andrew and I looked at each other and said, ‘oh f***. Like what the f*** are we going to do?’ It was like all the big kids were out. I have been in the office when everyone was gone, but this was literally the first time I said, ‘oh f***, we’re really alone.’ So, I really just took the moment to try and be proactive and do my best in running an office that usually operates with more than two people.
In the promos for the next episode, it looks like you’re having a rough time. What was going on?
Pretty much jumping off the ledge? At that moment in time, I was really stressed out. We were really understaffed. I was doing all the Fashion Week wrap reports and all the follow up press. Aside from all that, I was doing all the showroom appointments, so my workload really quadrupled. So, when they came back from London they were like, ‘where’s this, where’s that.’ Meanwhile, I was also picking up all the pieces of what the Stephanie Vorhees disaster created. So, at that moment when they came back from London and Emily [Bungert] was asking where all the stuff is, and I’m like, ‘listen, I’m the only person here.’ It was just kind of the way it was approached. I literally felt I was being attacked by every single person in that office. I saw the previews, too, and I was like, holy s***. Looking back on it, I can’t believe I was so upset.
Our readers are really worried about your stress level. Kelly told us that you had been making cries for help for a while. How long was it before people realized you were really stressed out?
Not until after we stopped filming. Like people didn’t get it. I would sit there like, ‘I’m going to have a nervous breakdown. I’m one person and I’m literally doing the job of five people.’ And they would be like, ‘give me those labels’ or ‘where’s this report.’ Kelly and I laugh about it now. I’ve never felt that stressed out before. I’ve been learning to delegate a little bit better. I’ve really taken the last couple months as a big growing point for my career. I’m learning to deal a little less with the emotions and dealing with getting the results.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learned while working with Kelly?
The best thing I’ve taken away from working with Kelly is just if you try your hardest and you’re dedicated, it’s going to get you somewhere. There’s a lot of people who say they work in fashion, but they get to work at nine and they’re out by five. If you’re willing to go that extra mile, the rewards you’re going to receive from that will be so much more worth it.
Are there any misconceptions about you that you want to dispel?
There are some misconceptions. I read on a blog that I don’t want people to show me up, which really isn’t true at all. I’m really a team player and that kind of upsets me. It’s not true. At the end of the day, I’m really here to do a job. It’s not about getting the gold stars at the end of the day. It’s just about proving myself in an industry that’s really hard to break into. I work that hard, because I’m showing them this is why you picked me. And then there’s, ‘oh raccoon eyes’ and ‘Stefanie doesn’t eat,’ which is not true at all.
Well, you proved that one wrong in the last episode with all the stress eating you did.
I really ate those ten cookies.
“Kell on Earth” airs Mondays at 10 PM on Bravo.