Z. Weiss on the SCENE
BY: Vanessa Salman By day he is your average SU student, but by night he is the Society Editor for SCENE Magazine, a publication geared toward the upper echelon of New York City. Zach Weiss has accomplished a lot for just 21 years old. He’s more more than your average Joe. From chilling with the Dalai Lama, to going to elite parties; he’s been there, done that.
Q: Where are you from?
A: Avon, Connecticut.
Q: What is SCENE Magazine?
A: It's the New York Observer's monthly publication. It distributes 40,000 issues every month to newsstands and high-income apartments and offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Q: What is your role at the magazine?
A: I'm the society editor, which means I get sent to parties for my monthly column we named FETEration. I also write features about random stuff that interests me.
Q: What are the perks of your job?
A: The press trip to Colombia definitely didn't suck. I got sent on a last-minute press trip to Cartagena and Bogota, Colombia to check out a few hotels and restaurants for the magazine. It definitely made for a good weekend getaway from Syracuse.
Q: Favorite club?
A: Does Lucy's count?
Q: Drink of choice?
A: Bourbon. Neat.
Q: Most incredible person you've met?
A: The Dalai Lama.
Q: Most embarrassing moment?
A: Sarah Jessica Parker patting my head like a 3-year-old. I interviewed Sarah Jessica Parker a while ago at the Gordon Parks Centennial Gala at The MoMA. For some reason she caught on to the fact that I was younger than everyone else there, and started calling me "Mister Young Writer" and finished off our conversation with a pat on my head.
Q: If you could be any celebrity for a day, who would it be?
A: Leonardo DiCaprio. He's got undeniable talent and an appetite for models.
Q: What do you want to do once you graduate from SU?
A: Your guess is as good as mine.