Spotlight on Georgia Messinger

Meet Georgia Messinger: Georgia, a 19-year-old student activist from LA, is the Co-Founder and COO at Trill Project and the Co-Director of Events for Harvard Ventures.

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What were your ambitions when you were younger, and what are they now? How have they changed?

As a little kid, I always felt like I was one step behind my peers. While everyone else was swinging from the monkey bars and running around the yard, I just preferred to sit in a corner alone and read. So growing up I thought I'd be an author. I still love to write. With age though I've realized that startups are fiction to a certain degree, and to be an entrepreneur you have to be an amazing storyteller. Even though my career ambitions have changed slightly per say, I still hold onto the spirit of creating something new and fun as a core motivating force in my life. I try to do my younger introverted self proud by creating stories, projects, and movements that help people and make the world a more equitable and kind place.

What is the best piece of personal advice you’ve ever received? How about advice you’ve given?

"Balance longterm vision with short-term executions." - Kobie Fuller, Upfront Ventures

When I started off my founders journey with Trill Project, I often felt overwhelmed by the magnitude of our vision to make the internet (and world) a safer space. I was trapped in a cycle of imposter syndrome and constant anxiety. Now, however, I give the advice that getting started is the hardest part; motivation follows action. Breaking your to-dos down into manageable steps allows for you to not only stay sane but also to, ultimately, achieve success, coming one step closer to that larger vision for whatever you're building. As cliche as it sounds, balance is everything.

If you were to get a tattoo, what would it be and why?

I'd get the word "sunset". I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and my family is all here. My family means the world to me. My mom, dad, sister, aunt, uncle, two cousins, and I all live in one house together on Sunset Blvd. I have so much gratitude in my heart for the home I was raised in. Sunset Blvd. is one long street in Los Angeles, and for me it stretches across everything I know-- from Hollywood to the beach and back. Every important place form my childhood is either on or off of Sunset. And I also love watching the sunset (in the sky, not the boulevard).

Apple or PC: Is that a question? Apple all day every day
Best trip you ever took: Ios, Greece with my best friends from high school
Breakfast of Champions: Frozen chicken tacos from Trader Joes (because I skip straight to lunch ^_^)

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