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Are You CRUSHING Your Creativity?


You guys have heard me talking about my early lifelong love of activity and sports like skateboarding, skiing, football, and even going to college on a soccer scholarship. Coming from an athletic background, I always considered myself pretty active. Yet, the truth is, once I started building my photography career in action sports I put my entire focus in that and the majority of my movement came from my work.

Even though my career is based in action sports photography — I climbed mountains on several continents, was up early, to bed late and generally active when shooting — only a very small portion of the work of photographers requires us to be shooting. There’s a lot of time spent in travel, post production, in client meetings, retouching images, or developing new concepts at a desk. Even when I was on location, what we’re doing is hardly ergonomic. I was bracing the Nikon D–whatever top of the line camera with a long lens out in front of me for about 10 years. Imagine the toll.

The result? As much as I visualize myself being bulletproof and battle-hardened, the reality is that I’ve broken many bones, had several surgeries, etc etc, and overall – from bad mechanics — earned screwed up neck, back and, shoulders that I’m working to unwind to this day. Don’t get me wrong – I’m healthy and athletic – but compromised. And what I’ve learned is daily choices in moving, standing, and body work (i.e. stretching, massage, etc) can make a huge difference every day. Simply standing while working, taking the stairs vs. elevator, walking instead of riding are just a few examples can significantly improve your body’s positioning which leads to better health which leads to better creativity.

So, in short, YES – MOVING MY BODY is a key part of my morning routine and daily habits. But in this episode of #cjRAW we dig in a bit deeper and I give you 4 changes you can make in your life today.

I’ve also got a guest star in this video…a guru of sorts… Introducing Dr. Kelly Starrett. And of course his new book…. DESKBOUND.


What’s Covered

On the move [0:32]
The Problem [1:09]
Body Mechanics [1:38]
What we can change [2:46]
The Solution [3:34]
Kelly & Juliet Starrett’s Deskbound [4:15]
Four things you can do [5:54]
Maintaining Your Body with Kelly Starrett [7:01]

Links from the Episode

My Morning Routine
My Daily Habits
Deskbound

Create Long Lasting Health & Mobility with Kelly Starrett

Find Kelly Starrett at:
Mobility WOD Facebook
Mobility WOD Twitter
Mobility WOD Instagram

Music From:
“You Can Have It” by Fresh Espresso: https://www.facebook.com/FreshEspresso
“NewYorican” by Máscara vs. Máscara: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Mscaras

People Mentioned

Kelly Starrett

Here’s How I GET SHIT DONE! (hint: BUSY isn’t success, it’s a lack of priority)


“Busy” isn’t success. Busy is a lack of priority.

For a long time I thought the following about “busy” people:
-they were important
-they were cool
-that had it so rough – poor them! They need sympathy!

Then, after bailing on a career in soccer, dodging medical school and quitting half-way through getting a PhD in Philosophy – I went to work for myself. That’s when being “busy” doing all that busy work ACTUALLY got real for me. It went from “ho hum…” to “YIKES I’m so busy because I need to figure out my life, this new career I want to start – becoming a pro photographer, and I’ve got to pay my rent and put food on the table for my family.” Busy quickly went from a cute thing that felt good to “holy shit, how am I going to get all this done – there’s literally not enough hours in the day.”

That “busy” was real – but mostly because I didn’t have my shit together. That kind of busy is ok, but only temporarily.

And so I rode that line for a while… When I started talking about being busy, people asked, “well what are you doing?” and I got to talk about all the cool stuff I was doing. I got to make that stuff sound important. And I got to cook up that feeling that all the work I was doing was super duper important. And after all, so was I! Busy shifted from a temporary state i was struggling with to a proud label (but still didn’t know it was dumb).

I didn’t have systems for anything. Systems weren’t “creative” – those were things that 9-5 people had. Those were for paper pushers and DAMMIT I’M SELF EMPLOYED NOW SO I DON’T NEED ANY SYSTEMS!

And then I realized that most of what I was doing was just noise…all bark no bite. Lots of action, but few results.

THAT’s when I took a close look at how I was ACTUALLY spending my time. What was I doing that was moving the needle I needed to move? Learning, making great work, getting clients, promoting my work, closing sales. For all those things…the things that MATTERED – it turned out that if I created systems around those things that helped me spend my time on those things more wisely – that my professional OUTCOMES (ie the shit I wanted to get done!) started dramatically accelerating, and – miraculously – I also had so much more personal success as well. In relationships, health, with family, etc. The simple act of putting some basic systems in place made me less “busy” (as in just flailing) and made me way more effective at getting what I wanted out of life. In short – the classic “busy” of important people was a fraud.

So I stopped. Not stopped DOING stuff. Just stopped doing stupid stuff that fronted a false sense of being successful and focused on being effective. It made all the difference. Sure I was living a very full life – from dawn to dusk – but that wasn’t “busy” in the lame sense of the word. I was effective and on point. Not “busy”. And you know what I’ve found out in all my travels and hoity toity elbow rubbing? I’ve found that the most very bad-ass people I know…people who are the best in the world at their craft – whatever it may be – are mostly algined around this principle. Sure there’ some hefty schedules and plenty of jet setting. But no one is running around saying how busy they are.

So can we PLEASE stop celebrating being “so busy”?! Again. Busy isn’t’ a sign of success, it’s a lack of priority.

THAT’s how I came up with structuring my day like I do now.

Enter Tony Schwarz who helped usher in the strategy of “strategic renewal” — the idea that you have moments of intense focus mixed with short scheduled breaks that can rejuvenate you physically and mentally throughout the day – thereby boosting your productivity. I’ve slowly adapted to Tony’s idea.

One of my popular blog posts on the topic was actually the inspiration behind this week’s episode of cjRAW. In the middle of this vlog – ironically where my schedule is getting blown up – I get on the topic of effective schedules and I share a simple, yet crucial, process I’ve lived by for the past several years … breaking down the 100’s of to-dos on the list into like items and then placing those like items into 90 minute work chunks. And whether those chunks are solid blocks dedicated to solving big problems … working on big goals, OR small tactical shit like phone calls and meetings, I can orient my day toward successful chunking of the stuff I want to get done – and voila, I’m 10x more productive than I’ve ever been.

Think I’m crazy or right? Let me know.

In the meantime, here’s a few other things I would add to the above rant:

  • REMINDER! – I freakishly protect the first 90 minute block of my day for my morning routine. It’s the one thing I know can make a HUGE difference in the success of my day, week, and life. Sometimes this requires some modifications, but I generally go way beyond reason to keep this block intact.
  • I prioritize the next 90 minute block as the most important stuff I need to get done that day — by knocking out the important stuff first, it’s easier to sleep knowing you’ve made great progress.
  • I use lunch as either an “eating meeting” or “walking meeting” (sometimes both together) – but generally time to get some headspace before the next 90 minute chunk.

But the video really says it all. So watch that again. And then let me know what you think. Hope this helps you fine tune your day. If you’ve developed some strategies to pump up your productivity, do share in the comments below or somewhere on the web where I can find it.


What’s Covered

Wake up call [0:07]
Flight’s delayed [0:55]
Meet up with Alex [2:06]
CreativeLive San Francisco [2:29]
DETAILS ON HOW I (LITERALLY) STRUCTURE MY DAY [2:44]

Links from the Episode

If you’re looking for more resources, here are two classes worth checking out:
The Art of Less Doing and Time Management 101

My Morning Routine
Do Less = Do More. The Art of Being Creative + Productive

Music From:
“You Can Have It” by Fresh Espresso: https://www.facebook.com/FreshEspresso
“Something Elated” by Broke for Free: http://brokeforfree.com/
“Big Because” by Minden: https://soundcloud.com/minden-band
“Viper” by Ray Rude: https://soundcloud.com/rayrudemusic

People Mentioned

Evan Carmichael
Tony Schwartz
Chris Burkhard

Time for some CHANGES around here!


We’re into the new year and everyone’s talking about resolutions and goals… lose weight, quit drinking, teach yourself some new skills. Yet something like 1 in 3 folks give up before the end of the first month. What gives?

I’m cutting to the punchline on this one: ‘Change’ by itself sounds so big and ominous. But it’s not. At its core, change is just making the ‘right’ decision toward the outcome you want enough time that it becomes a natural occurrence…a HABIT so that you no longer have to think about it as ‘change’. It becomes NORMAL.

Case in point: whenever I have a change I want to accomplish in my life, I first break it down into small behaviors I can do every day. See if you follow me. What if I want to lose 15 lbs? I immediately shift gears AWAY from 15lbs and to the following 3 behaviors.

1. Eat paleo / slow carb every day
2. Move my body in some fashion every day + lift heavy weights 3x per week
3. Get descent sleep.

…and bam. There’s literlly no way I CANT hit my goal in 30+ days if I do these 3 behaviors every day.

And I’ve found the same is true for almost everything in my life….namely, that there is some subset of behaviors that, if I do them enough –ie turn them into HABITS — that I will definitely achieve the change I want to see.

Sound too easy? It is. It’s a bit of a psychological mind f*ck, but it works. Any change, no matter how big, is just a change in behavior.

The example I give in today’s #cjRAW is an expansion of My Morning Routine, into larger context of what I do for my personal health everyday. To track my daily habits, I use an app on my phone called Habit List ($3.99). Unfortunate for some of you, this app is only available on iPhone. If you’re an android user, try “7 Weeks“. Of course you don’t need to have an app on your phone, you can use a calendar, or whatever is easiest for you to keep track of your daily progress – just sharing what I personally use.

So what ARE the 10 things I personally track daily that help me be my best creative, boss, friend, husband outgoing awesome self? Watch the above vid to find out. And of course – report back! Let me know if any of this helped at all.

[and finally, as you start thinking about habits, start slow. Avoid going from zero to ten habits all at once. I developed my habit list over about a year to help me understand what’s going to make me my best self. I’d recommend setting 1-2 habits every couple of weeks or months for the best results, then tracking those habits daily. And remember -this set of habits is for a particular outcome of health and vitality for ME. Want a different outcome – you’ll have to figure out what the right behaviors are for you to gain the outcome that matters most to you.]

That’s it

Of course – if you have some habits you’re doing to help make a productive life, do tell.


What’s Covered

Daily Habits are critical for change [0:28]
Habit List 2 second lesson [1:34]
My habits [2:14]
Recommendations for creating habits [4:45]
The Power of Habits [6:11]

Links from the Episode

Habit List
7Weeks
My Morning Routine
Play It Away by Charlie Hoehn
MoveSkill
The Power of Habits on CreativeLive

People Mentioned

Tim Ferriss
Dave Werner
Charlie Hoehn

Stealing Golf Carts + Other Creative Life Lessons [#cjRAW VLOG]


I live by hard work + hustle — they are some of the key elements to my success and the successes of so many of my peers… but so is recovery. One cannot live at 100mph. One cannot ALWAYS be on a diet, be in peak performance. Rest is mandatory. We either choose to find it in appropriate doses OR our bodies an our lives will choose it for us (crash and burn, get sick, cancer, etc etc). It’s literally impossible to be completely “ON” all the time at a full run. When we give ourselves a little headspace, we gain new opportunities for clarity, creativity, problem solving, and dreams. Creating daily play & creative time can help avoid burn out or getting stuck. It’s all about the long game. Stamina wins. Recovery is essential to health and longevity in love, life, and business.

I don’t often talk about recovery – because in truth I’m not very good at it – but that’s why I wanted to share this video today. I’m working on recovering quickly while still living the full life that I crave.. I know I will always go hard, it’s in my DNA. But how can I optimize the recharging of my batteries? What do I need to do? I made progress on this in 2015, but it’s a big part of my 2016 too. How do I charge hard AND recover quickly, with play time, down time, family time, friend time, quiet time, etc. You get the point. So there it is… I said it ;)

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What ways do you recover and is there anything you’re thinking of changing in 2016?


Links from the Episode

cjRAW: My Morning Routine
CreativeLive – Award winning online education. Check it out for education on Photography, Design, Audio, Crafts and Money/Life classes.

What’s Covered

My morning routine [0:16]
My secret surprise [0:36]
Pool time [1:09]
Brunch Rushin’ [1:54]
She got bonus points [3:15]
Grocery Shopping Confessions [3:57]
Riding It Like I Stole It [4:37]
2015 Reflection [5:02]
The Daily Lesson [6:46]

People Mentioned

Music By:
Adult Napper
Broke for Free
Graz Core
Kevin MacLeod

The TIPPING POINT — How You Know When You’ve “Arrived” [ + answers to 9 other questions you asked me]


Hi friends, back atcha here with another #cjRAW.

You might remember in Episode 10, I asked for you to tag your questions #heychase and I’d answer those questions? Well, you did your part, and now I’ll do mine.

In this episode I answer the following questions from this community. I go deep on some, quick on others, but tell me in the comments below or on social that I’m adding value… And of course feel free to pepper me with the next round of #HeyChase anytime, anywhere. I’m on it.

Q1: #HeyChase can u advise, should one specialize at the early stage in a photography career when the goal is diversifying?

Q2: Hi Chase! Can creativity be taught? Or is it something that you have/are?

Q3: Do you ever invoke a lucid dream to enhance your creative way of thinking?

Q4: When did feel that your career were on to something? When did u finally realize you’ve arrived?

Q5: What are your best practices for getting a project off the ground.

Q6: What’s the tipping point when a hair brained idea becomes a project you start?

Q7: Do you think film has a future?

Q8: How to I move from semi pro to pro photographer?

Q9: How many days a week do you have off work??

Q10: What’s your strategy for good networking?

Thanks again. Reminder to pepper me with YOUR questions, and tag them now with #HeyChase in social so I can snag them and get ‘em answered for the next #heychase episode. Cheers


Links from the Episode

Money + Business for Creatives with Ramit Sethi

What’s Covered

Should one specialize at the early stage in a photography career when the goal is diversifying? [1:09]
Can creativity be taught? [2:26]
Using lucid dream to enhance your creative way of thinking [3:17]
When I realized I finally arrived [3:49]
Best practices for getting a project off the ground [5:25]
What’s the tipping point when a hair brained idea becomes a project you start? [6:18]
Does film have a future? [7:09]
Going semi pro to pro [8:03]
My days off. [9:11]
Good networking strategies [10:12]

People Mentioned

Ramit Sethi

Answers To 4 Good Questions, Including Why I LOVE/HATE Coffee [#cjRAW 10, #HeyChase]


Hey friends – Time is flying. We’re already at episode 10 of the new #cjRAW, and frankly speaking, I’m just getting warmed up.

Boom.

Onto this week’s episode where I’m AGAIN answering YOUR questions, just like Episode 02..AAAAANNNNDD…. While selecting questions for this episode, I noticed more and more questions coming in were starting with “Hey Chase”… So that got me thinking … what if you/everyone just tags their questions with #HeyChase it’ll be easier for me to find YOUR questions to answer them in future episodes. So, starting today, if you have questions, please use the hashtag #HeyChase and that’ll help me pull them for future episodes!. Ok then. Without further ado, let’s get to those questions:

Q: How did you get over the fear of taking street portraits without being too intrusive?

Thing #1 - Previously on the blog, I wrote a 5-step guide to street photography, and there’s a bunch of goodness there. So check that out first and foremost.

Thing #2 - Smile when you’re on the street. Not a creepy, stalky smile, but a warm one. Simply having your camera out and giving a nod and a smile gesturing that you’d like to take a photo is a great early step regardless of the language.

Thing #3 - If you are in a place where you speak the language, a short, tight, dialog like … Hi, my name is _______ and I’m doing a project on _______ (or I’m an aspiring photographer) Can I borrow 20 seconds to take your picture? This is a technique my pal Brandon Stanton uses for his project Humans of New York. We chat a bit about it on an episode of cjLIVE. The main thing is, don’t be a creepy stalker person that takes a photo and then acts weird when someone notices. Start with a smile, and that will go a long way.

Q: What do you think about coffee?

So first thing is first. I love coffee. Love it. I can even say that I think I have abused it at different times in my life. But…when a few of you asked this question from episode 07 on my morning routine I did not mention it. Why no mention? I did not mention it because here’s the real deal: I don’t think it should ever be a daily requirement. Keeping in mind that “should” can sometimes be wishful. Personally coffee is my preferred morning beverage (in addition to water), but I sometimes I have tea, and sometimes I have nothing BUT water…and say I get that same buzz from exercise and without the caffeine. I’m not trying to sound saintly here, but I know from personal experience, research, and others around me that coffee as a must have (anything for that matter as a must have) is not desirable.

Q: Can you talk about a time where you realized you could not fly solo and needed to hire a team?

First, if you’re an individual / independent artist, hiring people as full time crew is a huge step. I look at it as being personally responsible for the income of another and their family, so look at it carefully to make sure you REALLY need that person and if there is the income & flow to support that long term. If not, hiring crew members on a per project basis is a really great way to go. You can budget rates into your projects, see how it is working with them, and start learning to collaborate as a team.

If you do have the ability to keep someone busy full time, then make sure you’ve connected with the right resources to make sure you understand the various nuggets in payroll, taxes, and other rules & regulations. Sounds lame, but those rules are there for a reason. Once you’ve done that, create a job description to set clear idea of what you’re looking for. Source people you trust by using your network, narrow down candidates to those who align with you & your business values, and have gone through an interview process that demonstrates they are competent to do the job & are one the same page as you.

Q: What tools are you using for being productive, keeping ideas, and inspirations?

Thing #1 - I LOVE, love, love Evernote. It’s an everything digital file cabinet that’s always synced to the cloud. You can take a picture, take a screenshot, record something and tag it. I’ve been using it for YEARS, almost since the beginning of time. It’s a great tool that I carry with me on my computer and phone. You can type notes, upload photos, and it even turn graphic documents into searchable type. For example, you can take a picture of a business card and the text becomes searchable. I use it for notes, reflections on mtgs, agendas the next mtg, notes from the shoot, brand ideas from something I saw, etc. I use it 10x per day minimum. Everyday.

Thing #2 -- I still love a great notebook. Moleskin, Field Notes or similar. Something I can carry around to sketch in and draw.

OK friends. There you have it. Links and other goodness from this Episode are below. Cheers.


Links from the Episode

Money + Business for Creatives with Ramit Sethi
Evernote
Humans of New York
cjLIVE
cjRAW EP07 – My Morning Routine

What’s Covered

Tag your questions #HeyChase [0:29]
How do you overcome the fear of [0:53]
What I think about coffee [2:56]
Transitioning from a solo artist to building a team [4:57]
Tools I use for being productive [10:48]

People Mentioned

Brandon Stanton
Kelly Starrett
Michael Bierut
Ramit Sethi
Tim Ferriss

How To Get UN-STUCK From Anything in Life That’s Got You Down [with Lewis Howes]


Ever felt STUCK with something in your life? Blocked, like you can’t get past this mental state, this hurdle, this creative block, this bad habit, this… Wait a minute. Why am I even asking that question? Of course you’ve been stuck before. We’ve literally ALL been stuck before. And by extension we all know how much it sucks to be in this state of mind. AND – on the flipside – how amazing it is when you can reclaim your life and get back to the things you want to be thinking, doing, and becoming. I’m obsessed with overcoming the mental blockers that try to keep me down – and I think it’s been a big piece of my personal success. Which is why I thought this little nugget might help.

ENTER: Lewis Howes.

My good friend Lewis Howes was in the studio shooting his newest CreativeLive course last week and I was able to snag him for a few minutes to chat about his new book and his amazingly simple, yet powerful process for reclaiming our lives and live our biggest dreams. In this episode, Lewis shares a powerful experience from his life and how- on reflection – it helped him overcome his biggest obstacles in achieving his biggest dreams for himself. Lucky for us, Lewis breaks this process down into TWO simple steps, and gives us an action plan for moving through our blockers. He calls the exercise his “Perfect Day Exercise” and it looks like this:

1. Create a Big Vision

What’s one thing that we clearly have the ability to do as kids that we usually LOSE as adults? Easy. The ability, or rather comfort, with dreaming big. As adults, our wildest dreams are tempered by a lot of other messages we get in life (mortgage, job, family, responsibility, etc – sound familiar?) and that can often cloud the real vision we want for ourselves. To break through this blocker, and to get clarity, Lewis prescribes the following… First, go out into nature. Not like a climbing expedition to Everest, we’re talking just spend 30-60 minutes outside. In a park, on a beach, under a tree, at the table out in front of your favorite coffee shop… and envision your wildest dreams. Dream big. It’s a creative exercise. Do not limit yourself and in the process, picture your PERFECT DAY. Think about all the things that you want in life — without limits. Be detailed. Think about the people you’re spending time with, where you’re traveling, the food, the experience, how you’re feeling, what you’re creating … dream big and don’t feel guilty about it. Then write.this.down. This is key, because even if you have 100 reasons why your big dream cannot happen, there is power in taking the first step… writing it down.

2. Create a Daily Itinerary

Thing 2…is once you have a vision, create a fantasy daily itinerary outlining blocks of time will fit into your big vision in to every day little steps. What would you do every day? What would your day look like if you wanted to live those big hairy dreams you thought up in step 1. Now be careful not to over think this part. This should be easy. Imagine big blocks of time for what you want most. Some small block for other stuff you love. Get in touch with yourself. And again – WRITE IT DOWN.

3. Baby Steps – but Get to WORK

From this simple recipe you now literally have the basic outline of how to get out of that rut you’re in. You should ideally be energized because you’ve literally just created V1 of your outline to a new life. NOW… start integrating those things, those moments… first something that just takes 15 minutes, then something that takes 30 minutes… then keep pushing. It’s super simple stuff I know, but if you are intentional with your calendar you will start seeing small progress to the things you want to be doing. How do I know this? Because I’ve done it. Countless times in my life I’ve used this technique to get unstuck from stuff in my life… be they small or large…it works. I even share a simple example in the video.

Setting an intention starts with a dream. Then writing it down makes it a little more real. Scheduling time give you a space to start to live it…and before you know it, you’re on your way.

So this little nugget of goodness and a bunch more is in Lewis’ new book, The School of Greatness which drops TODAY! Check it out – and buy it via that page I just linked to and receive some special prizes along with your order. He also has two awesome CreativeLive courses online, Start Your Profitable Podcast and How to Build and Online Business. Both are baller.


Links from the Episode

The School of Greatness Book
The School of Greatness Podcast
Connect with Lewis Howes [ website | facebook | twitter ]

What’s Covered

Who is this guy [0:38]
The key to success [1:13]
How to get unstuck. Where this idea comes from [1:37]
The Perfect Day Exercise: [2:10]
Step 1: Dream Big [3:15]
Step 2: Create an Itinerary [5:29]
The Recap [6:35]
My results by planning my day [6:51]
The School of Greatness Book [7:30]
The School of Greatness Podcast [7:36]

Virtual Reality + I Answer 5 Questions on the #AskGaryVee Shoooooow


Hey friends — quick blog post coming to you from NYC. Just wrapped an episode with my man Gary Vaynerchuk. Episode 154… wowza. I’m sure you remember him from one of my most popular #cjLIVE episodes back in 2013. It was great to connect. Thanks for having me on the shoooooow! Here’s a brief recap of the Q&A:

Let's get into the shooooow. #AskGaryVee

Q: If I pursue what I think my passion is, but don’t come close to achieving what I want, will I have wasted my time?

You gotta follow your heart, and that’s never a waste of time. I spent the beginnings of life trying to do the things people wanted me but it was all crap. There’s only one thing, and that’s doing what you’re supposed to be doing in the world.

Gary brought up a good point, which is you also need to be real with yourself. If you want to be a needlepoint expert, but you want to make 10 millions dollars, those things just don’t line up. Gary said it best … reverse engineer yourself so you don’t have regrets. I’m a strong believer that we all have the answer inside ourselves. Do what you know you should be doing and if you’re not sure what that is, experiment until you do.

Q: Would you rather time travel 100 years into the past or 100 into the future and why?

Easy one. If I know everything I know now, then I’d definitely go backwards to capitalize on that. If I don’t know everything, then I’d go forward.

Q: In episode 122 you say at 22 to 24 don’t settle. What is the settling age? I thought you should never settle?

There’s living in the cloud of dreams, and there’s practicality. Sometimes the fact that you need to pay rent, eat, or other responsibilities cuts into making those dreams happen and you might decide to “settle”. But I think if you are serious about following your heart, you’ll use that practicality as a motivator to start doing the work. Nothing like doing the thing you hate to motivate you to do what’s necessary to make your dreams happen.

Q: Would you say the “T” in timing is way more important than the “T” in talent?

Hands down, talent. Though I truly believe there is no “talent” without (also) hard work to cultivate it. Your ability to do a thing, or as Gary mentions knowing when to do a thing, is all about talent. Timing or luck doesn’t win over the long haul.

Q: Star Wars or Star Trek? Or both?
Ahhh. I gotta say Star Wars here.

Fun times. Hope you found some nuggets of value in this. To close out the show, in #AskGaryVee style, my question of the day was …. Do you see virtual reality becoming popular in the next 24 months? Drop me a line in the comments below. As always, love to hear your thoughts.

ChaseJarvisRAW #03 — How I Learn ANY SKILL + How You Can Too [plus, get me to review YOUR photos]


People ask me all the time if there’s one thing that’s changed my life the most, what is it?

No question it’s the ability to learn quickly…new skills whether they be for life, hobby, or career… Life long learning is quite literally what has created anything I would consider a classic “success” in my life. SO… In today’s episode of #cjRAW I break down my own learning process into 3 clear, easily repeatable steps. And then I go DEEP into each one of these steps…how to overcome some potential pitfalls, and how to stay on track.

    1. Getting Started – Use your curiosity about a topic to dig in & explore. More importantly get out and start doing. Doing something is better than nothing. It can spark new ideas, inspirations, and motivations that can help propel you forward.
    2. Mentors – Find relevant mentors through your community, people you follow or who inspire you, or via a scaled model where you can learn online…like www.CreativeLive.com
    3. Practice – This is core to getting better at anything. Rinse, wash, repeat. BUT it matters HOW you practice and with whom (details in the vid…).

Again, hope you enjoy the video where I break down all of the above steps into subcategories of their own, and then piece it all back together in a system for you. This is LITERALLY how I’ve learned to do almost anything in my life…from photography, to learning to take care of myself, my personal health, learning how to speak French, to learning how to direct moving pictures. It’s all in this little system.

REMINDER: If you’ve ever wanted me to review your work, here’s a chance. For an upcoming episode of #cjRAW, I’m reviewing your photos! Submit a link to (1) photo in the comments below or wherever you see this video by EOD 9/22 and I’ll pick some for review. (BTW I chat about it in just a little more detail here in today’s episode.) This is now closed for submission. Thanks for all the zillions of submissions! My crew and I are busy sorting out which of the submitted images I will review in an upcoming episode.


Links from the Episode

CreativeLive: http://creativelive.com  ⟶ Award winning online education. Check it out for education on Photography, Design, Audio, Crafts and Money/Life classes.

The world’s largest photo education week is happening right now. FREE to watch live, only pay for it if you want to own it…(and not gonna lie – it’s an amazing steal of a price. 30 lesson from top instructors for $199). It’s called Photo Week and it’s happening right NOW.

Music “You Can Have It” by Fresh Espresso: https://www.facebook.com/FreshEspresso

What’s Covered

Getting Started [0:44]

Curiosity & Doing [1:26]
Inspiration [2:16]

Mentors [2:53]

Community [3:29]
Individuals [4:36]
Scaled Mentorship [5:57]

Practice [7:20]

Deconstruct / Reconstruct [7:47]
Repeat [8:36]
Iterate / Fail Fast [9:12]

CreativeLive PhotoWeek – Jump in! Join the Conversation. [6:20, 11:17]

Have your photo reviewed by me! Drop me a link [11:41]

People Mentioned

Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist

Malcom Gladwell, Outliers / (re: 10,000 hours to skill mastery)

Ira Glass, The Creative Gap

ChaseJarvisRAW #02 — Shoot What You Want to Get Paid to Shoot + Answers to 20 other questions…. (Episode #02)


Hey ya’ll … thanks for all the great questions and comments about the NEW cjRAW series from way back in Episode #01 here on the blog and here the Tube. Thank you so much for sharing it with others as well. I’m grateful for your support.

I felt the love –thank you– and today I’m back trying to deliver some value, given that last episode was really just an announcement. SOoooo today I bring you answers to a pile of questions you asked me last week about photography, creativity, business, life, travel, adventure and … some seriously random stuff…like my favorite animal.

Also — btw, stay tuned for an announcement later this afternoon on my feeds. If you’ve been waiting for the next chasejarvisLIVE, you don’t want to miss this….!

In this Episode, I answer DEEEEEEPLY the following 20ish questions PLUS SEVERAL OTHERS NOT BELOW…that you asked me last week… I put the the short answers in the txt below… Longer, better, more answers in the vid above.

// Any chance of chasejarvisLIVE becoming a regular thing? There’s still lots of great people to talk to!
Yes! CJLIVE is coming back with a new passion and super kick-ass guests. Hold tight. It’s on the way!

// What’s your favorite visualization tools or techniques?
I meditate twice a day using transcendental mediation (TM). It has been a game changer for me. I realize this isn’t necessarily a visualization tool, but along with this I use some visualization exercises tied to my morning routine.

// Have you ever been to Norway?
I was in Norway & Sweden for a Helly Hansen shoot. I actually have a lot of Norwegian in my blood. I’m looking forward to going back soon.

// Can you get the guys from DigitalRev to come to the States?
I love those guys. I’ve been to Hong Kong a few times and shot a couple episodes with them here and here.

// Who was your first commercial client and how did you score that job?
Waaaaaaaay back my first commercial gig was with Hart Skis. They’re not around anymore. I got that gig because I was immersed in the ski industry, people knew my work, and I hustled.

// What’s the best way to approach agencies?
Shoot work that you want to be hired to shoot on your own. Invest your own money. Pimp that work.

// Why did you give up medicine to be a pro photographer?
Let’s be clear, I didn’t “give up” medicine because it was something I was bad at. I aborted. I gave up. I quit -specifically because I was chasing something that someone else wanted me to be. That’s a bad recipe for a life.

// What do you do outside?
Skier, hiker, kayaker, flyfisher. About to get back to surfing after a 10 year hiatus because of a busted up shoulder because I am making killer progress rehabbing with my pal/trainer Dave Werner from Level 4 Crossfit in Seattle…and his website MoveSkill.

// What are some tips to push past a creative funk and limited thinking?
I stop focusing on the funk and start focusing on living. I also get into the practice of creating by booking time to be creative.

// What do you do if you can’t shoot the way you want?
I spend a lot of time upfront setting expectations with clients. This is a longer answer in the video – and it’s important. So watch it.

//What do you do when you are in the middle of a project and you’re feeling down in the dumps or depressed?
I do something besides that creating. I’ll go live. I’ll go on an adventure. I’ll take a vacation. As far as actual depression, that’s a real serious issue that I’ve gone through before. I think it’s worthy of a whole episode of chasejarvisRAW. STay tuned for more on that.

// What are some of the top marketing & business minds you follow?
Richard Branson has become a big influence. He’s an investor in CreativeLive and a mentor to live by. My peers: Tim Ferris, Gary Vaynerchuk, Ramit Sethi. Then there are the folks who’ve built great business like Jeff Weiner, the CEO of LinkedIn. He’s an unbelievable leader, incredibly empathetic, very smart.

// Can I work for you, please?!
You just missed out! I just had a position open but now it’s closed. Keep an eye out on CreativeLive Careers. We have a bunch of jobs open. You can work with me and 120 other super talented folks.

// What’s your favorite animal?
I love me some big cats!


Links from the Episode

chasejarvis LIVE: ‪http://cr8.lv/1gb89xo

CreativeLive: ‪http://creativelive.com ⟶ Award winning online education. Check it out for education on Photography, Design, Audio, Crafts and Money/Life classes.

MoveSkill: http://moveskill.com

CreativeLive Jobs: http://www.creativelive.com/careers

What’s Covered

CreativeLive Seattle office getting a refresh [0:38]

Is cjLIVE coming back? [1:29]

Visualization tools & techniques [1:58]

Norway [2:48]

DigitalRev reunion? [3:02]

My first grey hair [3:33]

My first commercial gig [3:51]

What’s the best way to approach agencies [4:27]

Why did you give up medicine? [5:23]

What’s the scope you do outside [7:27]

Tips for getting out of a creative funk? [8:24]

What do you do if you can shoot the way you want? [9:46]

What do you do when you’re feeling down in the middle of a project [11:50]

Who are some of the top marketing & business minds you follow [14:10]

Can I work for you? [14:54]

What’s your favorite animal? [15:09]

People Mentioned

Kai & Lok

Dave Werner

Mark Runco

Richard Branson

Tim Ferriss

Gary Vaynerchuk

Ramit Sethi

Jeff Weiner

 

I’m BAAAAAAACK – with a New Video Series Starting NOW! Enjoy chasejarvis RAW 2.0


Fellow creators, makers, do’ers and lovers of all things internet and beyond…

WELCOME to the first day in a new chapter! I’ve been promising more content is in store, and today I’m on the delivering end of that promise… and happy to be kicking off my newest video series, chasejarvis RAW.

Errrrrr. But wait a minute you say. I know, I know. RAW?!

If you’ve been following me for awhile, you’ll certainly be familiar with a series by the same damn name I started doing way back in 2007 which was a behind the scenes look at commercial photography.

Well. As you know, over the years my work has evolved to not ‘just’ photography, but TV + film, community builder, software/app developer, entrepreneur etc, etc. At the core, it’s all just art…but with this series I want to lean INTO all these things.

NONE of us are just one thing anymore. We’ve all become hyphens…artist-entrepreneur-etc-etc. This NEW cjRAW is fresh content covering any and all topics about just that. You asked for it, and I’m doing my best to deliver. Yes it will be creativity, it will be photography, but it will also be lessons learned. Heartbreaks. Morning routines. It will be gear/products I love, a quick hangout with a guest, CreativeLive, behind the scenes look at X, Y, or Z. You get the picture. Expect episodes to be coming your way 1-2x a week.

[But hey, wait, you say… What about chasejarvis LIVE?! Is RAW replacing LIVE? No. No. Nope. No. RAW is a totally separate thing. chasejarvis LIVE – the original connection on the internet (5 years running now!)to the most creative minds from a zillion fields… that 60-90 minutes with people like Macklemore, Adrian GrenierTim Ferriss to Marc Ecko, Brené Brown to Swiss Miss….people I think are doing really badass work. That’s still happening…and, like RAW, also about to be reborn. Bare with me, hold tight! New episodes coming your way soon.]

So — Episode 1 of chasejarvisRAW kicking off! Tell me what you’d like to see in a future episode in the comments below.


Links from the Episode

ChaseJarvisRAW 1.0: http://cr8.lv/1JWi9De

ChaseJarvis LIVE: http://cr8.lv/1gb89xo

CreativeLive: http://creativelive.com  ⟶ Award winning online education. Check it out for education on Photography, Design, Audio, Crafts and Money/Life classes.

Music “You Can Have It” by Fresh Espresso: https://www.facebook.com/FreshEspresso

What’s Covered

Brand new video series: ChaseJarvis RAW [0:43]

What could it be? [1:11]

What it’s not. [2:21]

More like a hyphen [2:51]

How often to expect episodes [3:37]

People Mentioned

Macklemore

Adrian Grenier

Prince

Tim Ferriss

Marc Ecko

Brené Brown

Swiss Miss

Come Work with Me! I’m Hiring a Digital / Content Guru

Screen Shot 2015-07-08 at 10.07.13 AM Jul 8, 2015Ok friends. This post has been a long time coming…you’ll see why a in a bit… but for now, here’s what you need to know.

In short, I’m looking for a high quality, high hustle digital/content guru to be my right hand man / woman supporting my content efforts. It’s true – I’m deep into lining up a new, fresh chapter of content aiming to add value to this community – those already with us and those yet to join our army. There are simply not enough hours in the day for me to create as much content as I’d like to be creating with one slice of a few people’s time (the way I have it set up now…). Between being CEO of CreativeLive and living the life of a working creative, I need someone to focus hardcore on helping me make behind- and in-front-of-the-scenes content that adds value and tells stories … photos, writing, video, podcasts – you name it.

WHAT THIS IS.
But before we get ahead of ourselves, this isn’t a ‘get your feet wet’ job, or something you’d do on the weekends. This is a job and, honestly, a lifestyle. I hustle, and so must you. My work and play are highly intertwined, and it will be very helpful if yours is too… You are the rare mix of creative AND highly attentive to detail. You love beautiful things – and you also love a bit of data. You will play a critical role in helping me add value and authentically connect with a million+ person community. You found this posting because you’re already a part of this community – that’s a huge head start. You love creativity, photography, and technology. You don’t just want to work 9-5 M-F. I’m a reasonable boss (you will have a life!), but an unreasonable lover of doing cool stuff that has impact when the iron is hot…so I need someone who is available at off hours too and thrives on that. You’ll get unfair access to people, places, and experiences. Put bluntly, I need a aspiring pro who has done much of this before and is fully capable of running with it from early on. It’s immersion in the creative world, the content world, the tech world, the startup world…combined. It’s content and community management, it’s story telling, making, and growing. You already know a lot, but we will learn more together. You might dream in gifs.

WHAT THIS IS NOT.
This is NOT a photo assisting job. It’s not even close to that – in fact this is not a photo industry job. It’s a creative industry job for sure, but it’s not about photography. It’s not an internship. It’s not a learn to be a photographer, or director, or anything close — you must already be an writer, editor, creator, social media savvy human. You will not be a fake voice for me. You will not pretend to be me. This is not a personal assistant job. You are not schlepping anything. You are a respected teammate, a pro, a good human (see above) who contributes to making the Chase Jarvis + CreativeLive messages/content better than it could be without you – with the larger mission in clear view. Again, this is not weighted toward photography. This is weighted toward community management (see above).

Now if you’re still reading and I haven’t freaked you out…but instead have inspired you to consider a career change, life change or new path…I’d like to hear from you. [Or have a friend who you think we be perfect? Please share this in your social feeds / let them know. I will give you a high five and a pizza if you recommend someone I hire…]

NON-EXHAUSTIVE BULLET POINTS FOR THIS JOB:
– Co-create and manage my editorial and social calendars – this includes working closely with the community team at CreativeLive
– Be a primary force in producing, editing and sourcing great content to engage the community
– Monitor and help me engage with the community in authentic, playful, sometimes serious ways
– Edit and manage a new chasejarvis.com
– Analyze outputs and translate anecdotal or qualitative data into recommendations and plans for growth
– Be with me at live events and be able to capture what’s happening on the ground
– Sit in on new product briefings with me and play with the coolest and newest photography, video, drone, tech equipment
– Hang out with me and smart, sometimes crazy, sometimes famous, sometimes not, but always talented people all over the globe. You must be able to be your normal self in these situations
– You’ll be an employee of CreativeLive, you’ll get to be a part of a fast growing 120 person startup with studios in Seattle and San Francisco
– Based on our employment laws, you’ll need to be a citizen of the USA or have a green card already (sorry I know that’s tough for many of you)

MUST HAVES (these are non-negotiable):
– You must have 2-5 years “working” in digital. If you don’t have this experience, please don’t apply. If you’re wondering if you qualify, you probably don’t (just being honest here I hope there’s value in that…)
– You must have taste. A sharp eye for design, photography, etc. You can curate.
– You must know the ins and outs about optimizing for most digital/social platforms – or at least have opinions
– You must be analytical. The most creative people I know have an analytical curiosity as well.
– You must be organized. There will be a lot to do. You have experience prioritizing.
– You can proficiently write as well as shoot/capture + edit basic photography, video, and audio
– You can write well.
– You can communicate well.
– You are solid when there are elements of ambiguity.
– You are a self starter. I love people who think of things before I do. People who can run on their own are awesome
– You are a positive person (there is no room for negative nancies, aggro or jerky people – not even if you’re a genius).
– You are results driven. I don’t care much about output (“I did 50 blog posts!”) – I care about results (“community engagement is up 100% and we’re hitting our goals”)
– You live or are willing to live in either Seattle or San Francisco. Some travel is certain, but you won’t be on the road nearly as much as I am.

NICE TO HAVES (but not required)
– You may have built your own community online
– You may have advanced creative (visual) skills
– You have experience wrangling busy people and getting them to help you. People want to help you win.
– You can translate my late night voice mails, rants, bullet point notes and hallway conversations into compelling content.

Now. If you’re excited about this prospect – I want to hear from you. Please apply at this here link via CreativeLive’s application channel. You will hear back from us if we think it’s a good fit.

And thank you so much dear friends for reading this rant. I’m excited at the prospect of a new teammate joining the cause in the fight for high quality content that helps people lead more creative and fulfilled lives. Cheers to that.

That application link once again is right here…. Apply to work with Chase + CreativeLive here.

Lastly, we’re all in this together. Even if you’re not this person – if you’d be so kind as to share this post, I would be grateful. Hiring this person will help me create more things that – I hope – will add value to your journey.

Thank you.

How to Overcome NO & Beat the System — “Dear White People” Director Justin Simien on #cjLIVE Wed Dec 10

UPDATE: In case you missed it, here’s the re-watch of the incredible episode with Justin Simien, below!

OR if you’re hungry for my audio PODCAST here via iTunes or (be sure to subscribe) or download the MP3 file here. Subscribe to keep up with future episodes and take a peek back all previous shows including performances by Macklemore and the Lumineers, insights from Adrian Grenier from Entourage fame, Tim Ferriss and many others.

It’s my hope that after watching this you…
…are now more inclined to take on a huge creative challenge
…can use Justin’s approach and techniques to overome hearing “no” in pursuit of your dreams.
…have a better sense for the “new” democratized way that films can get made..
…have a better understanding of how to recognize and respond to systematic racism.
…have now experienced another visionary and inspiring creative.

These are just some things that I took away… Surely I missed a bunch that are worth a shout out, of course feel free to let me know!
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justin simien chase jarvis live REMINDER: this show is TODAY Wed, Dec 10, at NOON San Francisco time (3pm NYC, 20:00 London) and is broadcast LIVE at http://www.chasejarvis.com/live. Tune in, join the global internet audience + live Q&A w/ Justin Simien. PLUS – I’m giving away a camera today too! Details below – see you soon.

Years ago as an up & coming photographer, I got so damn sick of hearing NO, sick of hearing what I had to BE and what my work had to LOOK LIKE in order to “make it”. Now years later and after some modest success, I…actually, wait, who am I kidding…that banter from the world never really stops, regardless of success or achievement. So the question I started asking myself some time ago WASN’T “how can I avoid those toxic ideas” – but rather “how can I use those toxic ideas, the uncertainty they create, or even my own identity crisis as fuel for my biggest goals + aspirations?” How can I beat the system?

ENTER: Film director, writer, and the artist that everyone in Hollywood/the film scene is talking about right now…my newest hero, Justin Simien. More than anyone I know personally, Justin has centered his emerging career around overcoming the “you can’t do this / make this / be this” and around telling stories about the human condition–HIS condition. And he’s parlayed those efforts from a successful IndieGoGo campaign, to nabbing the Special Jury Award at Sundance, and now a nationwide theatrical release of his amazing (and controversial film) Dear White People — that is IN THEATERS RIGHT NOW (ah-ma-zing trailer below…)

Among a several other challenges –like identity, race, AND financing his dream– Justin was told his script couldn’t become a feature length film…and that commercial success “wasn’t possible” with “that kind of script”. But who’s laughing now? Justin is… he’s laughing all the way to award parties, the late night TV circuit, Variety Magazine’s Top 10 Directors to watch, and…to my couch for the next episode of #chasejarvisLIVE!

WHO: You, me, breakout filmmaker Justin Simien + a worldwide gathering of creative people
WHAT: Interview, discussion + a worldwide Q&A
WHEN: Wednesday, December 10th, 12:00noon San Francisco time (3:00pm NYC time or 20:00 London)
WHERE: Tune into www.chasejarvis.com/live. It’s free — anyone can watch and we’ll be taking YOUR questions via Facebook and Twitter, hashtag #cjLIVE

A FEW KEY CONCEPTS WE’LL COVER ON THE SHOW
// How to use NO as fuel for your creative fire.
// How to crowdsource your projects from obscurity into success
// How to break free from the assumptions of others and claim your own identity
// The power of flipping the script and walking face-first into what people expect from you
// How to make conversation an integral part of your craft
// How to use your very own life experiences as the biggest accelerant to your art & career

WITH THAT IN MIND….HELP US REPRESENT THE SHOW AND WIN STUFF.
FIRST, in order to reach the largest audience possible, we’re kicking out a couple nice prizes. We’re giving away $200 worth of free CreativeLive course credits to two (2) people. Enter to win by sending out a creative tweet OR Facebook post including #cjLIVE + any url pointing to THIS blog post. Sample for cut + paste…

Overcome “NO” + beat the system! @DearWhitePeople director #JustinSimien on #cjLIVE here–> http://bit.ly/12wsJ5p

Promoting the show as many times as you can starting RIGHT NOW till the show starts on Dec 10. Winners announced LIVE on the show! Be sure to use the hashtag and/or point back to my Facebook so we can track all your entries.

SECOND, we’re giving away the latest and greatest GoPro Hero4 Camera during the live show to one lucky viewer – you gotta tune in to the live show to win….PLUS we’ll hook other people up with a bunch ‘o Dear White People posters signed by Justin himself. Again, you gotta tune in to the LIVE SHOW, day of, for a chance at winning those.

THIRD – JOIN US LIVE IN THE SF STUDIO FOR FILMING!!
Want to be part of the live in-studio audience? filming here at CreativeLive Studios in San Francisco?? Space is limited, BUT if you’re in the first 40 people, to submit THIS FORM we will email you back within 48 hours with instructions for YOU + 1 GUEST to come hang with Justin and me in person, take some photos, ask your questions, and generally have a ridiculously good time.

LASTLY BUT NOT LEASTLY… our fine friends at BorrowLenses.com –the place where I get all the rental cameras, lenses and equipment for my shoots — have kindly agreed to give all #cjLIVE fans 10% off this month. Use code “CHASE” now till yearend. Enjoy!

SEE YOU LIVE ON THE INTERNETS OR IN PERSON ON DECEMBER 10TH!!

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