Make a Declaration of Creativity

I just received a very inspiring email. I thought it was worth sharing. I’ve changed or left out some of the personal details to protect the privacy of the sender.

“Hey Chase,
It worked. Everything you said worked. I declared myself a photographer, got business cards, set up an LLC, pumped out shots and pimped them like mad. I DECIDED this is who I am, and it’s like the whole world conspired in my favor. The best part is that my Dad who always told me photography was a waste of time, now respects me and respects my art. My life has changed because you gave me the time of day. Thanks for everything!”

By declaring a commitment to your own creativity you can make big things happen. Simply by deciding, “I am a photographer,” “I am an artist,” “I am a writer,” and taking the action necessary (like making your business cards and forming an LLC) you can and will make make it happen. Whatever your it might be. These are massive mental shifts — and not easy to make by any means. But trust me, they will make all the difference. Just like the letter says, you might find that the ‘whole world’ will conspire to help you. When I hear these stories – they deeply inspire my own work. So thank YOU for the letter. And most of all, thank you for helping to make the world a more creative place.

75 Responses to Make a Declaration of Creativity

  1. nik June 12, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    well this is not at all inspiring ;-)

    • faisal June 13, 2012 at 5:15 am #

      It does inspire, depends on how u look at it.

  2. Pedro Cardoso June 12, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    You should get a ton of these letters everyday. Because it does work. I know.

    Thank you Chase. Thank you.

  3. Vishwa June 12, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    Not the only one that feels that way. You’ve always been a huge inspiration. Hopefully see you when your back in New York some time.


  4. Adam White June 12, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    Bravo!!!!! Tis should definitely been seen by every amateur photographer that aspires to be a pro no matter what they make. If they are doing this for a living and are happy and getting by. Then they have succeeded Once again, BRAVO!!!! Thank you for posting Chase.

  5. sweetandcoolval June 12, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    I love this because I know a lot of people who declare daily what they are not. I have to keep reminding them that if that’s where you put your energy, that’s where you will stay. Declare and focus and you’ll get where you want to go.

  6. Jim June 12, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

    Bravo…go getem Tiger.

  7. Paul Treacy June 13, 2012 at 1:29 am #

    I started shooting professionally back in 1992. However, I never quite grasped the fact that I was in business. I was a professional photographer all right just not a businessman. I’m still struggling with that.

    I was a stay at home dad for years too but now that I’m back at work I have decided that I am again a professional photographer and a businessman. Reading your blog, Chase, has encouraged me to be more assertive with myself and has forced upon me some essential realisations.

    What I need to do now is figure out how to sell my wares.


    Paul Treacy.

  8. Anne-Marie June 13, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

    Great post and Bravissimo!!! Just wondering…what’s LLC?

    • Anonymous June 25, 2012 at 3:17 pm #

      Limited liability corporation

  9. DanielKphoto June 13, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

    Beautiful, hope I’ll write you a similar letter once. I’m working on it :)

  10. Mark Dolby June 15, 2012 at 6:28 am #

    And the best thing for me is… that whilst I might not be where I want to be just yet, the journey seems so much shorter and achievable once you’ve made a start.

  11. Christy Harper June 15, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    Great post Chase, I never really thought it would be as tough being a photographer as it is! But your wonderful blog helps :)

  12. MikeC366 June 16, 2012 at 12:06 am #

    It has certainly stopped me in my tracks and made me think, can I do this?
    Thank you for sharing.

  13. Nick Girard June 16, 2012 at 6:34 am #

    At some point you need to pull the trigger and really commit to what you want to do. I am in the process of making my declaration of creativity and things seem to “conspiring” to help me and my business partner. But I can’t say that it isn’t scary making the plung into owning, investing and operating our own business.

    This blog, your work and the work that you share has been an inspiration for awhile now. Thanks!

    – Nick

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  15. David Salahi June 26, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    Thanks. This reminds me that I need to stop vacillating and make a commitment.

  16. Mark D. June 27, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    “I am” …

  17. MariusMarius Henning July 9, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    Hi Chase,
    What works for me is:-:

    I have have been sustaining ever since as a CREATIVe
    Thanks man
    Marius from South Africa
    “Shoot what you want to shoot -shoot your Vision”
    Chase Jarvis

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