Charter Kids

This is a selection from Humanly, Issue 03, which highlights the unexpected artists moving culture forward today.

In our last issue of Humanly, we looked at the 60 million young people that make up Gen Z. In this issue, we’ve honed in on just six. Meet the Charter Kids, six Zs we’ll follow for the next five years to document the good, the bad, and the ugly of figuring out school, career, and life in a world gone wild.


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78% of Gen Zs agree: “I grew up too fast.”

First of all, let’s just say that this group isn’t exactly a representative bunch: Four have their own companies, three have celebrity mentors, and two are on the Forbes “30 Under 30” list. One even has an asteroid named after her by NASA (take that, Zuckerberg). But they also aren’t complete anomalies. If one thing has stood out to us about Gen Zs, it’s just how many standouts there are among them—and this success streak isn’t simply beginner’s luck. Zs were born in an era of digital empowerment and cultural mayhem and as a result have been freed—and forced—to fast-track their lives, bypass the adolescent bubble, and just get on with it already. Put another way, they’re swinging for the fence because they have the tools to do it and, quite frankly, very little reason not to. Supposedly “tried-and-true” life paths fell by the wayside years ago; jobs don’t promise security; college degrees don’t promise jobs; and parents, well, they just don’t understand. “It’s scary as a parent because we know the way we came up, but we’re not sure about the way of the future,” said Tammy, the mother of Cody, 14. “We’re just preparing him to create his own future.” Another parent told us: “In my mind, it’s go to college. I’m not sure that’s true anymore, but I’m also not sure of what you do if you don’t go to college. It scares me.” And in Asheville, North Carolina, a teacher admitted: “I’m making college applications for seniors, and it’s $40,000 a year. And that’s state schools. This isn’t Harvard. I just don’t even know what to tell students.” In fact, 70% of Gen Zs say their parents have a hard time giving them advice about the future because traditional systems have been so significantly disrupted.

Interestingly, however, Zs seem to be embracing the unknown and the sovereignty that comes with it—even thriving on it. “This generation is not about fitting into a line but building your own structure,” says Larissa, 22, of New York City. “We’re the freelance generation,” explains Jaylen, an 18-year-old from St. Louis. “We’re expected to have a new job every one to two years or have our own business.” Shae, an 18-year-old from Charlotte, North Carolina, says, “When you’re self-made, you don’t owe anybody anything. And nobody can take anything from you because you established that yourself.” Growing up Z
means getting on your grind, putting skin in the game, and charting your own path—conventions be damned.

So that’s just what they’re doing: 78% of Gen Zs say traditional four-year degrees no longer make economic sense; 61% plan to start their own businesses or work independently within the next five years—up from 45% just last year; and 28% of Gen Z teens expect to “make it” before they hit 20 (23%), or say they are “already behind” (5%). This bootstraps approach to adolescence, education, and work is in stark contrast to the millennial generation, which was heavily coached by helicopter parents, checked off all the boxes (academics, athletics, arts, community service—you name it), and triple majored in college, just in case. If dropping out of an Ivy League school to develop an app with friends was renegade for millennials, opting out of high school to try your luck as a code-crushing freelancer is the equivalent for Zs (see Coded, Humanly Issue 2). When asked whether college—or even high school—degrees are still relevant, Patrick, a 20-year-old VC and high school opt-out from New York City, said, “I just think there are other options for my generation.”

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Meet the Charter Kids: (from top) Leah, Skyler, Keiana, (from bottom) Patrick, Larissa, Jaylen

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Top Five Characteristics Millennials and Zs Say Describe Them Best

Gen Zs

  1. Truth seeking
  2. Stressed out
  3. Different from my peers
  4. Positive
  5. Self-made

Millennials

  1. Truth seeking
  2. Positive
  3. Socially conscious
  4. Digitally savvy
  5. Optimistic about the future

And he’s right: 56% of Gen Z teens say they plan to charter their own DIY education, up from 50% last year. We reported on new models of higher education in Humanly Issue 2, including the Minerva Project—college untethered from a costly campus—and the Bay Area’s Make School, a two-year college alternative for programmers. This trend continues to evolve: MissionU is a new boot camp–style learning center that offers students a one-year tuition-free education in exchange for 15 percent of their income for the following three years. While students don’t receive a diploma, they’re connected with legit hiring partners, including Casper, Lyft, and Warby Parker. These alternative paths to the four-year degree are being dovetailed with equally alternative models of work. Working Nomads offers young professionals the opportunity to work remotely from their home or places around the world; Gigster is one of a growing crop of high-end temp agencies for engineers and coders; and universal basic income, touted by top VCs as the answer to an increasingly machine-automated workplace, is currently being tested out in a pilot program in Oakland—meaning that Zs may be the first generation not to have
to work at all.

Still, this isn’t to say Gen Zs have it all figured out. Every generation has its shortcomings—and insecurities. The slacker label haunted Generation Xers. Being entitled was millennials’ Achilles’ heel. For Zs, it’s figuring out what real success looks like in a world where everyone’s someone online. “My generation doesn’t understand that you can’t just post pictures on Instagram and say, ‘I’m an artist.’ You can’t just dress really stylishly and post pictures and say, ‘I’m a model,’” says Skyler, 16, an LA-based artist. “You have to actually go out and prove that’s what you are.”

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Skyler, 16, Los Angeles

Skyler sitting on a couch at home

Skyler

—The Artist

HUMANLY: Congratulations on being on the Forbes “30 Under 30” list. Are you the youngest person on it?

SKYLER: There’s one kid that’s 15, and I’m 16. I’m probably something like the second youngest in my category.

HUMANLY: How did you get involved in the art world?

SKYLER: I always did art. When I was younger, I went to therapy and was taught I could express my feelings through it. Drawing was my outlet after my mom passed away. When I was nine, my dad brought me to a gallery showing the artist Kehinde Wiley in Culver City. He took me around the gallery, and I just kept looking at this one large painting of a Brazilian kid with a vibrant background. The look on the kid’s face just dragged me into the painting. My dad walked up to me and asked if I liked it. I said I loved it. He asked me if that’s what I wanted to do and said, “If we start this, you know you can’t quit.”

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Skyler, 16, Los Angeles

I see myself being the representative of my generation. People will look to me.
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HUMANLY: And your dad’s your manager, right?

SKYLER: Right. We keep it in the fam. I love it, because it brings us together as father and son. We get to travel the world together and also get inspired by art together. I can trust him more than anyone. This is what sets me up for the future.

HUMANLY: You have a beautiful painting called Love, Father, and Child. Is that you and your dad?

SKYLER: Yes, that painting is actually the first I ever made. It shows the bond between my dad and me. It’s only been us since the beginning. It shows how much we love each other and how close we are as two individuals who grew up together.

HUMANLY: Can you describe your path to success?

SKYLER: It’s been a long road to where I am right now. My career really changed in 2013, when I had my first art show. A rapper named The Game reached out to me and said I inspired him and he wanted to buy a painting. He also told me to check my Instagram. He had given me a shout-out, and within minutes I went from 100 followers to 10,000 to 15,000 to 20,000 to 25,000. So when I had my first art show, more than 1,000 people showed up. A lot of people showed love—from Swizz Beatz to the boxer Andre Berto to P. Diddy and his family. I never knew that art could change my life in such a quick way.

My generation doesn’t understand that you can’t just post pictures on Instagram and say, ‘I’m an artist.’ You can’t just dress really stylishly and post pictures and say, ‘I’m a model.’ You have to actually go out and prove that’s what you are.

HUMANLY: What’s your schedule like during the day?

SKYLER: I wake up at 7 a.m. and go to school. Then I’m able to leave school at 12:30 p.m., because I’m a senior and my credits are there. When I get home, I get a snack, watch TV for 30 minutes, then start painting.

HUMANLY: Where do you see yourself in the future?

SKYLER: I see myself designing hotels. I see myself being the representative of my generation. People will look to me in the way they look up to Kanye West or Barack Obama. I’m going to make art cool again. Back in the day, Basquiat used to kick it with Run-D.M.C. Andy Warhol used to kick it with Madonna. Music and arts were together. I plan on bringing them back together—that’s why I put high fashion into my paintings.

HUMANLY: If you were to become a representative of your generation, what do you think would be an important message?

SKYLER: I want people to know that they don’t have to be the next football or basketball player to become famous. You can be yourself.

HUMANLY: Do you think that belief is stronger with your generation?

SKYLER: Yes, I think it’s really strong. But my generation doesn’t understand that you can’t just post pictures on Instagram and say, “I’m an artist.” You can’t just dress really stylishly and post pictures and say, “I’m a model.” You have to actually go out and prove that’s what you are.

HUMANLY: And when you think about building your business, what kind of workplace would you want to create?

SKYLER: The mind-set of the whole operation is positivity and happiness. One of my favorite TV shows is Entourage. I like how the main character, Vinnie Chase, takes his friends and he basically says: “Look, I can’t help you get a job in your field, but you can definitely work for me.” So his best friend is his driver, his brother is his cook, and his other best friend is his manager. I want to have my group of friends and bring them in. And I’ll live with them in this gigantic house.

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Keiana, 18, Ann Arbor, MI

I definitely want to be a pioneer in changing people’s mind-sets: we can use chemistry and science to solve really big issues.

Keiana

—The Scientist

HUMANLY: You’re only 18, but you’re working on a major project. Can you tell us about it?

Keiana: Near the end of my sophomore year of high school, I started doing the research. I had this idea based on watching the news after the BP oil spill. They just kept talking about how they were using this oil dispersion to physically get the oil off the water, but I just thought: What is actually happening is in the seawater itself. No one seemed
to be addressing that.

My friend suggested that I take my research idea to the University of New Orleans. The head of its chemical engineering department ended up training me until I could spearhead the project myself. That’s how it all started. When I came back from working in that lab, my biology teacher suggested I enter the local science fair. I ended up winning—I still don’t know how—and they sent me to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. I was sitting at the awards ceremony thinking: These people are so lucky. They’re geniuses. Their lives are going to be set up after this. And then I started scrolling through Facebook because the ceremony is really long, and all of a sudden I heard my name: “Keiana from New Orleans.” That’s when I realized, people actually care about my research.

HUMANLY: And you just started your company recently. Is that doing oil spill detection as well?

Keiana: Yes, the original research was basically about identifying the constants in oil spills and proving
that they’re actually harmful. After
that, I worked in another lab, where
we were able to show that these toxins kill good bacteria in the water in relatively short periods of time. Once I had that validation, I went on to the MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, and that’s where we developed a molecule that is essentially the solution to the whole problem.

A lot of people are telling me that I’ve been successful, but I’m honestly not satisfied with what I’ve done yet.

HUMANLY: What does the company look like now? Do you run it out of your dorm room?

Keiana: Basically, yes. But a lot is on pause right now because my first semester was really rough—a start-up literally takes over your life. I struggled to find a balance between my academics and running the company.

HUMANLY: Do you have employees?

Keiana: Yes. When we had our final pitch at MIT, some Chevron executives in the audience said they wanted to fund all my research. I jumped at the opportunity and started a research
lab here in Michigan.

HUMANLY: What do you envision for your company in five to 10 years?

Keiana: This molecule that was developed for oil spills should be completed in the next two years. After that, I want to turn the company into something that doesn’t just focus on oil spills but uses chemistry to solve really big issues.

HUMANLY: How do you think your approach to work differs from that of previous generations?

Keiana: Right now, I’m looking for internships—and one of the biggest deciding factors is whether the company will allow me to have my own ideas and implement them. There was one company where the interviewer said: “You seem like you have a very entrepreneurial mind-set. I doubt that you would do very well here. There is a hierarchy.”

HUMANLY: What is your biggest moti-vation now in continuing this work?

Keiana: I definitely want to be a pioneer in changing people’s mind-sets: We can use chemistry and science to solve really big issues.

HUMANLY: You’re on the Forbes “30 Under 30” list. How do you define success?

Keiana: I’m not sure. Right now, I hear a lot of people telling me that I’ve been successful, but I’m honestly not satisfied with what I’ve done yet.

HUMANLY: Do you feel pressure from your family?

Keiana: I am a first-generation college student, so in my parents’ eyes, college is my only chance at getting a good-paying job and having a long career. There is a lot of pressure to conform.

HUMANLY: Do they understand how impressive this is? Everything you’ve done thus far is much more impressive than graduating from college.

Keiana: They congratulate me whenever something cool happens. But they always go back to saying, “Now you need to work on your academics.” When we found out about the Forbes article, all my mentors—the people who helped me realize that I wanted to go to Michigan, the administrators here—said, “Wow, congratulations. You can celebrate for a day. But now it’s time to focus on school again.” So that’s the response that I have been getting since all of this started. There’s pressure to get the grades.

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Jaylen, 18, St Louis

We’re the freelance generation. We’re expected to have a new job every one to two years or have our own business.

Jaylen

—The Community Leader

HUMANLY: You’re a renaissance man—part investor, part motivational speaker, and the founder of Bledsoe Technologies. When did you officially start your business?

Jaylen: I started when I was 12 by filing an LLC online for seven dollars. I went to a bank to open a business account and after signing paperwork for an hour and a half, the banker asked for my ID. I’m like, “Does my middle school ID count?” He told me I wasted his time and never to come back to his office.

HUMANLY: That sounds defeating. What did you do from there?

Jaylen: I Googled “St. Louis business attorney.” I called the first one I saw and said, “I have an idea for a business, but I can’t afford you. Can you help me out?” I ended up fixing computers and printers in his office and maintaining his website in exchange for legal services. For a year we met pretty much every Saturday to outline my business.

HUMANLY: What did your parents think at the time?

Jaylen: No one really knew what it was. My parents had me at ages 16 and 17. I lived in a single-parent household for 13 years. I saw struggle. That’s what this entire journey has been about.

HUMANLY: What do your parents think about your business today?

Jaylen: They love it. It comes with benefits: I have a platform, and I travel. But they also love the fact that they know what I came from. I’m not here because I looked to become a millionaire. I wanted to get out of the struggle.

HUMANLY: You’re a teenager and the CEO of a $3.5 million organization. Do you consider that to be success?

Jaylen: Success is not defined by money. If I’m frowning at my desk and doing it just for the money, that’s not success. That’s slavery right there. It’s important to utilize my platform to go back and invest in other people, to help other people in my community and around this country have better opportunities than what I was afforded when I was a kid.

HUMANLY: What are some of the ways that you give back?

Jaylen: I put myself out there so that I can reach people. Last year, I spoke to 65,000 students. With my TV appearances, my interviews reached more than 5 million views. This reach is amazing. And I’m never talking about my money. It’s all about how someone can listen to this interview and do what I’ve done. “How can I take your word and be motivated by it?” I also offer the Young Entrepreneur University, a program in which I invest in students’ lives. I help them launch businesses, beyond just
the theory.

HUMANLY: Do you think young people starting businesses is the new norm?

Jaylen: We’re the freelance generation. We don’t have typical jobs. Look at our grandparents. They worked at General Motors or Ford for 50 to 60 years and retired there. My generation is expected to have a new job every one to two years or have our own business.

HUMANLY: With all your accomplishments, what’s next?

Jaylen: I plan to move out of my parents’ house this year, but I’m in no rush. Living with them is a big piece of comfort, and it allows me to go out and be risky.

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Leah, 19, New York City

58% of Gen Zs are already doing some form of freelance work, up from 41% last year.
My mom wanted to boost my confidence. She framed this picture of me in a beauty pageant and put it in the living room. I was like, ‘Mom, I look like a brown Tinker Bell.’

Leah

—The YouTube Star

HUMANLY: Tell us how you got your start on YouTube.

Leah: When I was 11 or 12, my cousin made a channel called Two Queens Show. We just recorded things like iCarly would. iCarly was a big thing back then for kids. Then I saw a video to “I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas and I was like, “This is so cool! I want to do this.” So I started making music videos lip-synching. I uploaded one video, and I think it got almost 200,000 views. I was like, “Oh, I’ll just continue because—why not? It’s fun.” I was like, “Wow, I can make this a job, which is pretty cool.”

HUMANLY: You’re so natural in your videos.

Leah: Thank you. You get used to it eventually. You grow up in front of the camera.

HUMANLY: Have you ever thought about being in front of the camera professionally—acting?

Leah: I would, yes, in the future. I’m kind of shy about it. My mom put me into Broadway acting classes when I was younger, and I actually got into the movie Twelve Years a Slave. This lady pulled my mom aside and said, “We want to take your daughter to New Orleans.” But I was like 13 or 14. I was like, “Mom, I have school. I can’t go.” I didn’t realize that was the movie! So I ended up not doing it.

HUMANLY: So you weren’t in it?

Leah: No, I ended up not doing it. I think about it all the time.

HUMANLY: Did your mom encourage you to do other auditions?

Leah: She always pushed me to do things. I did pageants also. Here’s a picture of me in a pageant of girls of different colors and weights, the National American Miss. My mom wanted to boost my confidence. She framed this picture and put it in the living room. I was like, “Mom, I look like a brown Tinker Bell. This is dumb. This is not me.”

HUMANLY: Okay, brown Tinker Bell aside, a lot of your followers are young women of color. Do you think that WOC are still underrepresented in beauty and lifestyle branding?

Leah: I think so. A lot of times I’m scrolling through a makeup company’s Instagram and they do not post WOC or curly hair. They don’t show how a lipstick or a blush would look on a darker person. It really gets me mad. It makes me not want to use their products.

HUMANLY: So this is a focus of yours?

Leah: Exactly. My hair became curly once I got older. My family members would always say, “You look better with straight hair.” When I started to leave it curly, I just did it because it was easier for me. I didn’t do it because I wanted to prove something. Then I started to realize that people are really insecure about their curly hair. I started to embrace my hair more and worked to make my platform a place where I can inspire girls to feel confident in their curly and natural hair. If you have a platform, you might as well use it in the right way.

HUMANLY: You have a particularly close relationship with your followers. Have you met some of them in person?

Leah: I had a meet-up last year for the first time. It was a great feeling. It was scary at first, but I saw how happy and excited they were, which made me excited. One girl started crying, and I was like, “Why are you crying? I’m crying. Why are you crying?” She made me a letter and a friendship bracelet and everything. It felt like I was talking to close friends.

HUMANLY: Do you think you’ll continue your YouTube show?

Leah: Of course, yes. I feel like I’m still so young. Imagine how much more you can grow. I see YouTubers writing books, in movies. I saw two of my favorite YouTubers, who I’ve been watching since I was 10 years old, in a Madea movie. That’s crazy. So YouTube can amount to anything.

HUMANLY: So, where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Leah: Hopefully I’m married and starting a family. I want to be living in a house. Hopefully I have a degree. Hopefully I’m big on YouTube so I can provide for myself and my family.

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Patrick, 20, New York City

Everyone was talking about millennials, and I was like, ‘Wait, but I’m Gen Z. Why is no one talking about us?’

Patrick

—The Venture Capitalist

HUMANLY: At 20, you are already pioneering a career as a venture capitalist. How did you get your start?

Patrick: I always had a drive to be successful. Growing up, instead of having Sports Illustrated models on my wall, I had billionaires—the Warren Buffetts and David Geffens of the world. At age 12, I was raising money for Obama. By 16, I was building websites and Facebook pages. I turned that into a $100,000-a-year business.

HUMANLY: What happened next?

Patrick: I started a mobile news website for teenagers called World Stage, and I ended up dropping out of high school to pursue it. I applied for start-up accelerators, and I got into one in Portland, Oregon. I was given money, coaching, and mentorship and was there for about three months. But then my cofounder went back to Salesforce, and I moved to New York City.

HUMANLY: What did your parents think of all this?

Patrick: They didn’t like it when I dropped out of high school. But now they really can’t say anything, and they’re proud.

HUMANLY: How did your experience with your own company transition into raising money for other, young start-ups?

Patrick: I had a drive to continue being a businessman, and I found myself interested in this whole idea of Gen Z. Everyone was talking about millennials, and I was like, “Wait, but I’m Gen Z. Why is no one talking about us?” I started surrounding myself with Gen Z influencers and talent. Slowly but surely, I built a really interesting network of both older and younger executives, celebrities, and others. I raised money for 10 or so deals. And then I got approached to be a venture capitalist.

HUMANLY: What are some of the start-ups your fund is investing in?

Patrick: Consumer-facing companies. We’re investing in Dirty Lemon, Monkey, Teyana Taylor’s Fade 2 Fit.

HUMANLY: So mostly Gen Z–led and young millennial–led companies.

Patrick: Yes. So many VCs don’t really do anything beyond investing. The whole idea of my fund is that my partners and I reach 100 million people online collectively. So we can also help the companies we invest in with their social media presence.

Everyone has opportunity now. Whether you’re gay, black, trans, from the poorest of the poor or the richest of the rich—it doesn’t matter.

HUMANLY: As a Gen Z and as someone who invests in this generation, how would you describe it?

Patrick: Ambitious, high expectations, transparent, wildly insecure.

HUMANLY: Why wildly insecure?

Patrick: Social media is a great thing, but it also turns us into a different persona. As I’m walking around, I’m not thinking: What do I look like now? I’m thinking: What will I look like when I take a photo for Instagram? Ten years ago, you didn’t think like that.

HUMANLY: How do being ambitious and wildly insecure coexist?

Patrick: Part of being ambitious is winning. The way you avoid feeling insecure is to keep striving and accomplishing insane goals.

HUMANLY: What do you think the workforce will look like once Gen Zs enter it?

Patrick: Back in the day, even if you were a mediocre employee, when you reached a certain level you could just coast. Now you can’t get away with that. If you’re not doing your job, there’s someone else out there who will.

HUMANLY: What will companies look like in the future?

Patrick: In 20 years, the C-suite won’t be an all-boys club. Everyone has opportunity now. Whether you’re gay, black, trans, from the poorest of the poor or the richest of the rich—it doesn’t matter.

HUMANLY: What’s next for you?

Patrick: I just want to kill it. I want to deploy the capital we’re raising with this fund and launch a much larger fund in 18 months. Right now, I deal with a lot of young kids, but I don’t know everyone. I don’t know Kylie Jenner. I don’t know Jaden Smith. But I believe I’ll be doing business with them in the short term.

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Larissa, 22, Brooklyn

There are a lot of people around me, peers, who seem to still be searching for this thing, waiting for it to come. Like, ‘Oh in five years I will be this.’ It took me a while to realize it, but every day is that thing—and you create it. Larissa, 22, Brooklyn

Larissa

—The Brand Strategist

HUMANLY: Tell us a little bit about your work—how you got started and your path to entrepreneurship.

Larissa: I’ve always been an entre-preneur. It’s in your blood. I had my first business card when I was 10 years old.

HUMANLY: How did that happen?

Larissa: Well, I wanted to be a baby-sitter but I was too young, so I was a mother’s helper. I made the cards on Vistaprint. They had rubber ducks on them, and my value proposition was that Iwould bring a different craft every time I babysat. I was always trying to start things.

HUMANLY: Is your family entrepreneurial?

Larissa: Oh, no way—really conservative. I was totally the black sheep. No one in my family was a creative entrepreneur. I’ve always been extremely curious. I remember reading a dictionary for fun as a kid, because I wanted to learn new words. But when I went to college, at Vanderbilt University, I felt like I was going through the motions. So the summer after freshman year, I decided I was going to Los Angeles to do an internship. I got one at a PR firm there. I didn’t know anyone. I didn’t have a car.

HUMANLY: In Los Angeles?

Larissa: In Los Angeles! I had a junky bike, and its chain would fall off every day. In addition to the PR firm, I got two other internships: one with Sincerely Jules, a huge fashion blogger, and one with Hood By Air, which is now a huge fashion brand. I didn’t know anyone in Los Angeles, so I used social media and my blog to connect with other artists my age. I would find blogger meet-ups and walk into shops and be like, “Hey, I’m a blogger. Can I shoot some of your clothes?”

HUMANLY: What are your projects right now?

Larissa: I work on social media strategy, digital creative direction, and production in the fashion, tech, and lifestyle spaces. This year, when I got to New York, I rebranded all the social media for the company Fashion Tech Forum. I also worked on a project for Spring, a mobile-shopping app, which was really interesting. I take different meetings every day. I want to work with the best people. We are partnering with Arianna Huffington and completely redoing the Thrive Global website to make it a global publication and a way for people to tell stories through social media authentically.

I don’t believe in work/life balance. I believe in work/life harmony.

HUMANLY: And these are all freelance gigs?

Larissa: Basically, yes. I’m building a team now so that when I meet with companies, I can go, “Yes, I’ll do social media,” but I am not actually sitting there every day and doing it. I’m trying to present myself as different from a consultant or a freelancer and be more of a business.

HUMANLY: As you build this business, how do you envision yourself being a boss?

Larissa: Part of the reason I can’t work at a full-time job is because I am most productive from 5:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. So if someone is like, “Hey, I need to work out at 12 p.m. because that’s best for me,” I’m totally cool with that. This new generation is not about fitting into a line but building your own structure so that you can be most effective. And maybe that’s not from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Maybe that’s from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

HUMANLY: How do you maintain a work/life balance?

Larissa: I don’t believe in work/life balance. I believe in work/life harmony. You need to have your side hustle. Our generation has to find purpose in order to recharge, but I don’t think that recharging means watching television. It means: Let’s go create something, build something, give something to a community.

HUMANLY: What drives you the most?

Larissa: Ultimately, my tag line is: I like to help cool people do cool things.

This new generation is not about fitting into a line but building your own structure so that you can be most effective.

The ZNA of a Charter Kid

  • They weren’t raised on promises, they were live-streamed reality.
  • Failure is a prerequisite; four-year degrees are optional.
  • They’re leapfrogging adolescence; milking it is for millennials.
  • They’re bringing scrappy back, and they know how to hustle.
  • They’re wildly insecure­— but still go for it.

This is a selection from Humanly, Issue 03, which highlights the unexpected artists moving culture foward today.

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