Chase Jarvis CURRENT: The Consequences of Creativity

I was recently invited to speak to the Art Director’s Club of Denver and the ASMP about creativity, and subsequently delivered that keynote two weeks ago. This video is a recording of that talk. Hope it strikes a chord with you.

I had a blast connecting with some of the creative community in Denver/Boulder while I was in town, and it was also a great honor to judge your annual advertising awards show with some rather distinguished ad gurus from around the country. Thanks to the ADCD for being such gracious hosts.

Additionally, the video should be downloadable via my iTunes podcast within the next 24-48 hours.

Related Posts/Videos:
[Consequences Of Creativity: ADCD Teaser #1]
[Consequences of Social Media: ADCD Teaser #2]
[Consequences of Creative Vision: ADCD Teaser #3]

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60 Responses to Chase Jarvis CURRENT: The Consequences of Creativity

  1. Aaron July 1, 2009 at 11:28 pm #

    Starting it now.

  2. Jim Goldstein July 1, 2009 at 11:40 pm #

    No audio playing in the background while you talk? :) Listening now… would have loved to have been there.

  3. Christopher Lo July 2, 2009 at 12:23 am #

    Hey Chase. You've inspired me in so many ways. You truly are a role model for me and thousands of other photographers out there!

    Great talk by the way.

    It's people like you who are sharing the road to success that inspire young "creatives" like myself to push the limits in the pursuit of innovation and creativity!

    Hell I even started a blog the other day because of you!

    Hope all is well.

    -Christopher Lo

  4. Shelby White July 2, 2009 at 12:35 am #

    Nailed it. Wish I could've made it down to the event.

    Seattle event soon?

  5. Ellis July 2, 2009 at 12:39 am #

    Thanks for being so candid, Chase. The *sustain* part really struck a chord.

  6. Alex DiFiori July 2, 2009 at 12:41 am #

    Nice talk Chase

    I really dug the create-share-sustain model.
    It's totally common sense, yet enable so much.

    Nothing like a good old 9-5 to keep the creative batteries charged.

  7. Aaron July 2, 2009 at 12:44 am #

    "What happens when you decide what you create? You create cooler stuff." -Chase Jarvis (27:28 in the talk)

  8. Adam July 2, 2009 at 12:50 am #

    I'm not sure if it's the PBR talkin' or what, but my sorry hiney just spent sixty-six minutes on an internet video. (I had a word here, but deleted it:)
    It's 12:44.
    I'm in a spot of redefining myself…this is inspiring. I was a designer by default, then photographer by choice, (not well paid), now photography teacher. Funny how fate deals. I've found that I love working with teenagers, and now have a summer to do anything I want. I love photography and have always been a creative at heart. Sweet. Seriously good stuff here…keep on rockin' the free world.

  9. priphotography July 2, 2009 at 1:00 am #

    great source, great video, great inspiration! i am stocked to be able to watch it again and to see how you really did share ours (myself and other people's that went on stage) links on your video! i am speechless… thank you so much jarvis and wonderful crew! you all rock my world! : )

    and here is the word that i kept from all this: ENERGY!

  10. Craig Ferguson July 2, 2009 at 1:02 am #

    It's interesting that just as I was typing the last sentence on a 2000+ word article on creative vision and photography, your tweet announces this video bounced in my twitter.

    So now 60+ minutes later, I've finished watching and being inspired. Great work and many thanks for sharing.

  11. Adman July 2, 2009 at 1:28 am #

    Thanks for sharing this. Very inspiring stuff.

    It's got me motivated to get a few projects started that have for far to long just been ideas.

    Cheers for that

  12. Adam Trevillian July 2, 2009 at 1:31 am #

    Hey Chase, great talk, definitely one I'll bookmark and watch again. I was really excited when you started talking about your Seattle 100 project. I did a very similar project in the city of Savannah, GA – where I attend school. I only had a month to do the project, so I couldn't meet as many people as you did, but I still had a great time doing it. My project also focused on the stories that these people had to share. Here is the link to my project, I hope you take a peek and would love an email back with some feedback!:

    Thanks for the inspiration, Chase.


  13. Ian Sheh July 2, 2009 at 1:49 am #

    thank-you so much for sharing your talk with all of us. definitely inspiring!

    you motivated me to started taking & posting daily iPhone pictures. the best camera is the one that's with you. thanks.

  14. Anonymous July 2, 2009 at 2:03 am #

    Great presentation. It really hits home and makes me want to go out and create something. I'm just getting back into photography as a hobby after 20 years and your videos have really motivated me. My first DSLR arrived today and I'm so excited to start re-learning how to shoot. Digital is a whole new world but I'm really looking forward to learning.

    I love your videos and they really do inspire me. I get all pumped up watching them. They make me want to pick up a camera and start shooting.

    Oh yeah, you mentioned in the video the large bandwidth bill on the D90 video – I'm probably partially to blame. I must have watched it 100 times. For whatever reason, that video is what got me wanting to start shooting again.


  15. horineru July 2, 2009 at 2:10 am #

    hey chase
    iv only just started an rss feed to your blog im very glad i did, you never fail to inspire, with his video kinda reminds me to just enjoy what creatives i do.

    thanks for that dude.

  16. Paul Baarn July 2, 2009 at 2:15 am #

    Very inspirational. I do have to get over the belief that it's only worth it if you have a decent audience. That's in the back of my mind, even though I know I should do it for me first. Your talk inspires me to go do something for me first (Create) and share later. Thanks.
    By the way, love the eating and drinking project.

  17. SolarCreed July 2, 2009 at 4:48 am #

    What a thunderous applause!!

    Any chance of coming to Ireland?? I'd settle for london either!

  18. Indian Car Blog July 2, 2009 at 6:32 am #

    That is big and quite entertaining, thanks for sharing.

  19. Neil Corman July 2, 2009 at 6:57 am #

    Thanks for posting this Chase. It was a great talk and now I can share it with others who were unable to attend and wish they could. I have mentioned some of the topics you talked about to them, but having it in the video lets them reinforce those items as I can as well.

    Good to meet and chat with Mikal, Scott and yourself in Boulder the night before as well as in Denver.

  20. Scott July 2, 2009 at 7:26 am #

    I was wondering how this went.
    I'm off work for about a month (successful surgery), so I've been intently studying photography.
    I'm dreading going back to work–But y'know–sustaining, at least for now.
    This is inspirational beyond words.

  21. Chris Mulready July 2, 2009 at 8:44 am #

    Thanks for sharing, that was awesome. You have inspired me to get out there and share more.

    You should come out to Boston and give a talk here.

  22. Zach July 2, 2009 at 10:26 am #

    Fantastic and inspirational! Thank you!

  23. Rocko Bitterman July 2, 2009 at 11:46 am #

    I attended this talk, and I got to say it helped motivate me to get off my butt and push a bit harder at my objectives. Of course now I'm drowning in project, but I'm busy.

  24. RVDS July 2, 2009 at 11:51 am #

    Thanks for sharing this dude. Very inspiring work your doing. Is it OTT to say it's life changing?!

  25. DaveMPhoto July 2, 2009 at 1:25 pm #

    Chase, great presentation. It's interesting what you had to say because I was starting down a similar path. I was an AD for a local station and I kept trying to be innovative, creative and push our creative in a more positive and collaborative way. I got a lot of resistance. I guess they preferred a more "Can i take your order and would you like fries with that order" kind of approach.

    I was frustrated and turned to photography as my creative outlet even doing some assignments for free just to gain some experience. At the end of last year, I was informed my contract would not be renewed and have found myself like many others unemployed. However the attitude to do more and be creative was noticed by others and has provided me with some paid work including photography and web design. Areas that I had no experience in until this year.

    I was lucky in that I was able to put money away, so that now I have some freedom to devote more time to photography and yes, sometimes do work for free. I don't give my work for free, but rather find individuals that may be in a similar situation that may need a headshot or a model just starting to get into the business and needs some help. It may turn into something and then again it may not. I've also started a photography blog, inspired by yourself and folks like David Hobby, Zack Arias & Joe McNally.

    Pretty soon, I will have to take a job in retail or something for sustenance. Although I have no steady job or income, I have never felt the kind of freedom that I'm enjoying right now. I've never been happier.

    Your talk not only inspired me but confirmed what I'd already been feeling. Photography and the creative instinct inside me, helps keep me positive during these tough times. Thanks for your words and inspiration.


  26. Julian July 2, 2009 at 2:03 pm #

    I waited for that video to appear here since the first teaser. It's great to see you sharing your experience with so many people.

    Your work is full of inspiration for me… Time to "start the chase". *haha*

    Thank you so much!

  27. July 2, 2009 at 2:38 pm #

    One of the best posts yet.

    I dig the model of sustainability.

    More ideas later! It's 5:38am where I'm at.

  28. Paul Charette July 2, 2009 at 4:14 pm #

    Though it's been said in various ways like 28 times already – awesome talk, very inspiring.

    Great stuff Chase.

  29. Richard July 2, 2009 at 9:31 pm #

    Oh you dirty dirty tease you…

    I wanted to see that music video. I guess I'll just have to wait.

    Good talk (finger guns).

  30. Kati Debelic July 2, 2009 at 10:21 pm #

    Thanks a bunch for sharing your thoughts and creativity to us other creatives out there- It's interesting to see how one's creativity generate creative juices for someone else and keeps the wheel turning. It's very inspiring and like Aaron said (your first comment from this post): starting it now!

    Right on!

  31. Diego Lorenzo Jose July 3, 2009 at 4:51 am #

    Thanks for sharing chase, most awesome :)

  32. Thamer Al-Tassan July 3, 2009 at 5:41 am #

    Very inspirational talk! thanks a lot Chase…

  33. Brian July 3, 2009 at 1:44 pm #

    The message here is fantastic, and absolutely inspiring. The catch is that all of the more introverted photographers (myself included) can never hope to make this work for them. You need a confidence and ambition some of us simply don't have. Being creative =/= Being confident. This system requires that though.

    To those that have those things , take this advice seriously and get it done. Fantastic talk.

  34. Randy July 3, 2009 at 8:05 pm #

    I really enjoyed your presentation to the ADCD. Watched it on iTunes. Quite inspiring, even to a middle-aged guy!.

  35. Mark Yager July 3, 2009 at 10:53 pm #


    Thanks for posting this (and hopefully not incurring a $5000 download fee for it!). You inspired me to explore more. I signed up for a Sandy Puc seminar in Vancouver in late August. I'm also finding out that my 9yr old daughter is teaching me lessons about creative shooting (when I trust her with my "L" glass!).

    Keep it up. Let me know if you're ever in Victoria (BC).

  36. Tommyka July 4, 2009 at 12:29 pm #

    I was extremly inspired and could see parallels to my dayjob as a Flash Developer and my interrest in Photography.

    The job as a developer is very strikt and solution based, and then i have photography as a Creative outlet. at the moment iam happy with the seperation of technical work and creative sparetime.

    i kinda lost track of what i was saying.


    Tommy Andersen (Denmark)

  37. Daniele Zedda July 6, 2009 at 6:29 am #

    this is awesome!!!!
    Love your blog, your way of thought is amazing.

  38. Alvinus July 7, 2009 at 7:09 am #

    Chase, you are inspirational. I started looking at this video because I am interested in becoming a pro photographer. By the end of the video I was thinking about my poetry. I literally have tons of them just lying around and I am currently doing nothing about them (even though I had won awards for them). It's now time to put them out there. I stopped spending so much time on poetry a few years ago when I realized I could not make money off it and it was taking so much of my time. Now I realized a part of me was dead for a few years. You've given me a great idea of how to put my poetry out there. Thanks for sharing, man.

  39. Isaac July 7, 2009 at 10:49 am #

    Good meeting you at the event Chase. It was a nice kick in the pants to get back into creating things I love.

    I'll send you the shot of you in front of the screen from the Art House Project.


  40. Mike July 7, 2009 at 5:58 pm #


    Thanks for posting that. Gives people who didn't have the opportunity to go, a view of the presentation. I liked it a lot. I would love to see more of this.


    PS – what kind of shirt is that?

  41. brentmanke July 8, 2009 at 10:17 am #

    inspiring talk!

    a couple friends and i have recorded some music videos in the "takeaway show" style (one take, live recording). it's been refreshing for all of us to do creative products purely for fun.

    check em out at

  42. Jeffrey Lui July 9, 2009 at 11:40 pm #

    Your talk is very inspiring to a lot of photographers out there. And it reminded of a project I just recently concluded.

    My batchmates and I embarked on a photographic journey to take beautiful pictures of me and my batchmates, wherever we were, and this meant going around 2 countries in 6 different cities/provinces.

    It tooks us 6 months to shoot and 3 months of post-processing (we were busy with our dayjobs) the images building the three collages and getting everyone's approval, editing and re-editing the video, implementing new ideas, and having fun all the way.

    Please do check it out at:

    PS. A little trivia, on the video you can see me rigging a rain umbrella to an old tripod. I didn't have much gear when we started this.

  43. Brian July 11, 2009 at 8:59 pm #

    Great presentation – very creative – nice short bullet points!

    It's also great to see the camera man got a little "creative" with the camera angles as well! Those segments made the video much more interesting! I've _rarely_ seen the shot from behind the speaker/over shoulder looking back to the audience!

  44. Jarrod July 17, 2009 at 7:52 pm #

    Thanks for coming out to Denver. After we spoke at the event, I was successful at creating something personal every day of my vacation. And still going strong. Thank You.

  45. Chris Mills July 18, 2009 at 1:20 pm #

    Being slaves to strategy affords us the freedom to be creative.

  46. Downtown Imagery July 18, 2009 at 8:16 pm #

    This was a great video. Thanks for posting it Chase. It will get the double watch for sure.


  47. T Sinnett July 19, 2009 at 6:01 pm #

    Hey Chase. I just set aside my work for an hour to watch your talk. Very inspirational. Thank you.

  48. Mark Stevens Photography July 31, 2009 at 2:21 am #

    Hey Chase,
    Thanks for coming here to give an inspiring talk. I wanted to share a little success story that I attribute to your encouragement and Howard Schatz's reminder to shoot to "delight and amuse" yourself and his reminder that "work brings work."
    I recently undertook a project photographing classic cars for the rather base reason that I like how they look and thought it would be fun. I'm working on getting the stuff out there and I'm thrilled that the work that I'm doing for me, for fun, just landed me an exciting gig! thanks for the motivation!
    I found one of the 20 or so people I need to impress. here's to the other 19!


    the cars –

  49. hedward August 11, 2009 at 6:57 am #

    And now you can also ponder the Consequences of Creativity Under Water!

    No more leaving the iPhone in a dry place while taking a bath. It opens up a whole new wet world of creative possibilities!


  50. Nauman Abdul Hafeez November 14, 2009 at 3:56 am #

    Hey this talk was amazing and make me feel to to do something new and creative. Having said that i was inspired by the way the presentation is being done and specially how people came up in front and show their courage on what they are doing

  51. Bernie February 17, 2010 at 6:48 pm #

    Thank-you so much for giving the talk and sharing the video. I saw at least two of the teasers but didn't realize the actual event would be available. I only found out today from Scott Kelby's blog.

    I've been a subscriber to your blog for at least a year and liked a lot of what you put out but this video takes the fruit and nut!

    Without actually articulating it thoroughly I have been thinking similar thoughts to the model you explain in the talk. But at the same time I've been reading a lot of other stuff from a marketing point of view that appeared to contradict it. As a result I was in a kind of confusion as to the way to go.

    I have just re-started my career in photography after a 25 year break. Just about a month ago in fact. But I can already see this model as being the plan to follow. I shall be blogging about it tomorrow. I already have a bunch of ideas.

    Thanks again.

  52. Nick Girard August 31, 2010 at 7:18 pm #

    Very inspiring. Def. strikes a chord with they way I have been feeling recently.

    I just want to CREATE COOL STUFF and I don’t even care if I am getting paid to do it.

    here is an example of something I made this past spring:

    love iit.

    – Nick

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