"I knew I never really wanted to die with a bunch of money in the bank," says Alex Pardoe.
Young people who entered Britain's labor market amid the 2008 financial crisis are still "scarred" by its impact on their employment and earnings potential, researchers found.
"I don't have to worry about my bills. I'm never like, 'Am I going to be able to pay rent?'"
"I started as a bartender making about $30 a night," says Emilio Dominguez. "I wasn't supporting the family on that."
Millennials are being squeezed out of the world's middle class as incomes stagnate and costs rise, according to research by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
"Dancing is my true passion in life, but serving pays the bills," says Fallon Schwurack.
"I often feel like I have this creative current running through me, almost like a fire running through me, and I have to get things out."
"I called my bank to be, like, 'Can my account hold this?'"
"I'm actually a really terrible employee," says Trevor Klee, but he's great at being his own boss.
"People assumed that because I was working in entertainment I was just, like, a millionaire," says Gaby Dunn. "That couldn't have been further from the truth."
"I've definitely learned that I care more about my quality of life than the quality of my bank account."