The first steps in a career are never easy, and even for those who are more established, the path to growth isn’t always straightforward. Software engineers, branding professionals, actors — we all have growing pains. In this series, we will explore the lives of creatives at different stages of their careers, how they have been developing their skills for the past few months, and what they see for their future. This series includes designers, entrepreneurs, models, and musicians.

This is part five.

Killeen | Seoul

Joland Hamlett is an artistic polymath. As of December 31, 2020, he has achieved international recognition as a model, published a novel, and written songs for musicians in multiple languages. It hasn’t been easy, though, and the path has never been straightforward.

In 2013, Joland was introduced to modeling after a lifetime of pursuing musical theater and sketching arts. The years that followed painted a picture of hardships, culminating in what looks to be a promising future for someone who has definitely worked hard for it.

Hi. My name is Joland Hamlett, and I am from Lynchburg…


The first steps in a career are never easy, and even for those who are more established, the path to growth isn’t always straightforward. Software engineers, branding professionals, actors — we all have growing pains. In this series, we will explore the lives of creatives at different stages of their careers, how they have been developing their skills for the past few months, and what they see for their future. This series includes designers, entrepreneurs, models, and musicians.

This is part four.

West Jordan

Preface: Of all the interviews I have posted so far, this is one that can speak for itself without much commentary. It will largely be a transcribed version of our conversation, which touches on the ambition and uncertainty of life that has been amplified for so many.

Hwang in a 2018 shoot.

For a 20 year old who’s been working half a decade, experience comes in lifetimes. Hwang Seong-Hyun (Jackson) took a deep dive into fashion as a teenager, often having to forge his own path to avoid those trying to take advantage of his youth and presumed lack of experience.

I started…


The first steps in a career are never easy, and even for those who are more established, the path to growth isn’t always straightforward. Software engineers, branding professionals, actors — we all have growing pains. In this series, we will explore the lives of creatives at different stages of their careers, how they have been developing their skills for the past few months, and what they see for their future. This series includes designers, entrepreneurs, models, and musicians.

This is part three.

New York City | Zino Haro
Oaxaca | Christian Cruz Godoy

Godoy wearing Columbia University graduation robes, next to the codebase for Uni-ke.

DACA. Drug War. Deportation. Death. Homelessness.
Forbes. Columbia University. Y Combinator. New York Fashion Week.

These are the collective experiences of two people.

These two people are among the original founders of Uni-ke.

In early 2017, Christian and Zino weren’t really on each other’s radar. Zino had just started as a student at the engineering school after nearly a year of homelessness and uncertainty, and the 2016 election results had caused a strong concern in the immigrant and DACA community, leading Christian to become the leader of a movement


The first steps in a career are never easy, and even for those who are more established, the path to growth isn’t always straightforward. Software engineers, branding professionals, actors — we all have growing pains. In this series, we will explore the lives of creatives at different stages of their careers, how they have been developing their skills for the past few months, and what they see for their future. This series includes designers, entrepreneurs, models, and musicians.

This is part two.

Seoul

Based in South Korea with roots in the American Midwest: dancer, musician, international model, lyricist.
Who is Collin Dean Harris?


The first steps in a career are never easy, and even for those who are more established, the path to growth isn’t always straightforward. Software engineers, branding professionals, actors — we all have growing pains. In this series, we will explore the lives of creatives at different stages of their careers, how they have been developing their skills for the past few months, and what they see for their future. This series includes designers, entrepreneurs, models, and musicians.

This is part one.

Upstate New York

How do you become an influential force in casinos and the bridal industry by the age of 21? Easy. Get rejected by your dream school. Twice.

2014 had Billboard topped by Pharrell, Lorde, Katy Perry. Dexter had become a fashion inspiration for L.L.Bean, and 17 year old Khang Le was finishing up high school in Frederick, Maryland.

Khang Le was president of Tuscarora High School’s fashion club. He had a portfolio. He was teaching his classmates how to sketch and design. Everyone and anyone you could possibly ask believed he would get into a top design school…


For the purpose of this writing, let’s assume that the world of Harry Potter is real. Maybe not necessarily the story of “the boy who lived” itself, but rather the history and world that surrounds it. …


Photo by Paul Bulai on Unsplash

The Mortality of a Flame

The edges of a flame are blurred. While we may think of a flame as a distinct object, defining it is a complicated task. The flame front is the visible part of the flame, the place where the chemical composition and temperature are adequate enough for it to be visible by humans, but this isn’t the entirety of a flame. There is a central fuel feed bubble that appears empty on sight and layers of outer rings where oxygen is taken in and heat is displaced. Depending on composition, the range of time and exposure…


Note: If you find any issues, please correct me. I am trying to learn as well.

“…like I said, until motherfuckers start going to prison over this shit, nothing will change. It’s just going to be this cat and mouse bullshit — and when they get caught, it will be some huge fine, a couple [of] headlines, and then business as usual. It’s horrible. And the problem, largely, are all the people that ‘don’t care.’”

Photo by ev on Unsplash

It is hardly our intention to begin with such a strong headline, but with the exception of research professionals, nearly everyone involved in privacy policy…


Photo by Ciaran O'Brien on Unsplash — “Our Vibes, Since 1996”

This essay will hardly present an argument in the traditional sense. I recognize that I cannot remove myself completely from my own perspective, and while I could attempt to make an omniscient response to the topics at hand, I would feel rather foolish pretending I understand all sides of the story. I have decided to take advantage of my own inconvenient perspective by accentuating it as much as I can in the hopes that this will help other generations better understand what is happening with my own generation. Why do we all seem to follow the same trends and understand…


CYBERWAR

Note: I really dislike the word “cyber” but I’m not sure what else to use, so it will have to do.

Something interesting has been popping up in security-oriented newsletters lately. From Wired to SANS and The Register, there seems to be a rising interest in cyber warfare and the soldiers that will participate in it. We have come a long way from the days of Stuxnet. Sophisticated cyber attacks are now an everyday occurrence, with many global powers (and other not-so-powers) taking part. At what point do we draw the line between national security or state-sponsored attacks and blatant…

J Haro

Designer, Musician, Hacker — Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2TsRI5M

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