Never Let Them Define Who You Are

“Sometimes in our industry, our professionalism, we get [put into] silos…it should be all of our goals to break out of those silos. The more you work, the more people want to put you in a silo so they can define who you are by their terms. Our job is to never let anyone define who we are…”

John Jay–W+K’s Global Executive Creative Director–on creativity and breaking out of silos. There’s a lot to learn from these 2 minutes.

The above video, plus stills for a Fast Company assignment shot by Matthew Furman. Check him out here.]

28 Responses to Never Let Them Define Who You Are

  1. jacob August 11, 2011 at 9:06 am #

    The truth it’s hard to find people you think about soul in industry…..but that’s a good thing for the professionals.

    • jacob August 11, 2011 at 9:08 am #

      it’s who think about soul

  2. Alex Maragos August 11, 2011 at 9:06 am #

    Very important words Chase, very important. Great post.

  3. AJ August 11, 2011 at 9:11 am #

    This is natural coming from a person of Asian origin. I would like to see more Western artist also think this way.

  4. CallumW August 11, 2011 at 9:58 am #

    Doesn’t play on mobile :(

    What’s the URL?


    • Chase August 11, 2011 at 11:53 am #

      Callum – if I’m not mistaken you seem to occasionally pine at not being able to watch stuff on mobile – yet this is freakin YouTube, broseph. Can you help us out by sharing mobile device doesn’t play that? thanks!

      • Callum Winton October 8, 2011 at 5:37 am #

        Hey Chase.
        First time I’ve said it bud :)
        It’s a Win7 phone. It plays Youtube vids, but not always.

        Haven’t yet figured why it doesn’t play them all the time, but I suspect it’s when they’re embedded into a webpage in a certain way.

        If I have a link then I can watch it directly from the YT pages

        Hope that helps

      • CallumW October 21, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

        Wee update.
        I recently updated my phone OS to 7.1 (mango) and the embedded videos now play :)


  5. Erin Wilson August 11, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    Hell yeah!

  6. Diala Chinedu August 11, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    So true…I’m sharing this link

  7. Anonymous August 11, 2011 at 11:05 am #

    Kunst ieder ziet er zijn dimensie in

  8. London Portrait Photographer August 11, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

    Getting out of your comfort zone is kind of a truism but I really liked the idea of getting out of your cultural comfort zone. That makes a whole lot of sense.

  9. Eduardo Tejeda August 11, 2011 at 2:14 pm #


  10. Barbara Bell August 11, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

    Great advice to get out into a culture that is not yours – to hang out with people you normally wouldn’t. It feels so uncomfortable that we are forced to adapt. What happens as a result is often inspiring.

  11. Yuto Watanabe August 11, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

    Great video, thanks for sharing Chase! This is one of the reasons why I love traveling so much – you get to see different cultures, talk to random people, and explore.

  12. Laurent Egli August 12, 2011 at 2:57 am #

    Great insight, thanks. Here is an idea, how about to make a video database where every photographer would submit his strongest advice on photography business in 15 seconds or so. It would make a great edit of all these advice cramped up in a few minutes or accessible one by one. What do you think?

  13. WL August 12, 2011 at 4:15 am #

    @AJ “This is natural coming from a person of Asian origin…”

    What does that mean? Are you saying that people of Asian origin shouldn’t be defined as people of Asian origin?

  14. fas August 12, 2011 at 5:26 am #

    Wonderful video. Makes me wanna get creative, but is it possible :p

  15. Chirag August 12, 2011 at 6:13 am #

    Very well said. Thanks for sharing, Chase!

  16. Marlon - Bolsos de Cuero August 12, 2011 at 8:07 am #

    Great video. is very deep and intense.

  17. Gary Meyer August 12, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    I’m sharing this with my friends at school. We are in the College of Design at NC State University studying everything from Graphic Design to Architecture to Industrial Design (my major). This video is an excellent message to everyone in a creative profession. Thanks for the excellent content.

  18. Leif Eliasson August 14, 2011 at 6:18 am #

    So true – good post as always

  19. Andy R. Garcia August 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    Just got my mind blow all over the goddamn room!! This was great =]

  20. Callum Winton October 8, 2011 at 5:45 am #

    Really liking that music.
    Reminds me of the Shawshank Redemption :)


  21. Din August 17, 2012 at 5:39 am #

    Thank you, inspiring.

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