“I had this fear that if I graduated from college that I’d have to have a résumé, and then I’d have to go wait in line to get a job. So, by leaving, it forced me to never have a résumé (it was never going to be good enough, anyway) and never wait in line. I had to go out there and get my own nut. It turned out to be a wonderful thing.”
“Today, Milk is more of a content-based creative company. We make content; we
“There’s so many young people that work at Milk, it’s almost like a university or a college — or maybe even high school. It’s because every time you invest in young talent, it pays back a hundredfold. And we’ve mastered that, I think.
These kids learn, become better, and most of our alumni work in major companies. And they all said, ‘we learned so much there.’
That’s so powerful and, you know, to teach and foster. I mean, it’s what my parents, who were professors, did their whole lives. But, I mean, there’s an irony, right? I dropped out; I don’t have a college degree. But now, I don’t feel like I dropped out.”
Talking the Talk
“We have a lot of fun, even from a branding point of view. We’re always trying to not be so serious and not be so ‘luxury.’ We’re a little bit, ‘fuck you,’ but, at the same time, we can sit down with really big designers, high-end artists, or filmmakers and be able to talk on their level.”
“Milk still feels like an experiment to me. It still feels like there’s no way we should be here — that’s why I’m constantly pushing. When you don’t know how the hell you got somewhere in the first place, you develop this mentality where you feel you can risk it all again — because, really, what’s the worst that could happen?”