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JOIN ME in a Project — the ONE THING that can CHANGE YOUR LIFE THE MOST


Hello my internet friends! Today is a very exciting day. I’m proud to announce 28 to Make: daily creative project ideas.

Short version: I want you to join me and some friends in a global 28 day movement to dramatically enhance your creativity – and maybe your life.

Longer version? Read on…but it’s basically just pure awesome, and very simple, low friction, zero cost and just 5 minutes per day to way way way up your game.

The truth is, it takes 2-4 weeks to make a habit stick…and so some time ago I gave myself this challenge – to make something everyday for a month, something simple, fun, and playful in 5-15 minutes — a photo, a simple sketch, a haiku, or whatever — and it literally changed my life.

And whether your photographer, a designer, a bartender, accountant, or a stay at home parent…creativity is at the heart of being human. It’s one of the things that differentiates us from the other species on the planet. We were literally put here to CREATE — but the benefits go deeper.

THE BENEFITS I experienced when I tried this?

1. Sure, I was more creative, but not just in photography, in EVERYTHING. In cooking, in telling stories, in my approach to relationships, etc.
2. That inner self talk got a LOT more positive and confident. Instead of second-guessing my POV, I became more comfortable and happy to do my own thing.
3. I was more joyful. Put simply, the act of intentionally creating something brought me a lot joy. No time for grumpy, just joyful.
4. I was way more productive. Yes, taking a 5-15 min break during the day made me A LOT more productive throughout the rest of the day. As in I got more done by goofing off a little.

Overall, these creative exercises had such a dramatic impact on my life, that I now do this EVERY DAY of the year. Yes, every day. Ok I miss one or two here and there…but It’s right here on my list of daily habits now, and I LOVE it. Its no joke that today I attribute many of the successes in my career simply to my ability to be more creative.

THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN!!

It was through this sort of lens that the smart and awesome people I work with at CL came up with this cool little program we’re running for the month of February called 28 To Make. It is designed to spoon feed you one little email every morning for 28 days, with a simple little video explaining a 5 minute creative project idea for the day…All you have to do is go to THIS PAGE and click sign up / RSVP. (100% free, just an email so I can send you the lessons).

I have a goal that 1000 people will join me in this quest. Please help me make this goal come true! Scratch that – beat it already.
How about 2500. Please help me make that goal come true! Scratch that – beat it already – and we’re just getting started!
How about 5000 people in this project? Scratch that – even blew THAT away on our FIRST DAY TODAY!
OK LETS GET NUTS. Can we get 10,000 people in this project?! Let’s do THAT! Please help me make this goal come true!

AGAIN. Too many people erroneously believe that creativity is some god-given thing that you either have or your don’t. Or maybe you’re either INSPIRED today, or your aren’t. After a life dedicated to being creative, being around others who are creative, and helping those who don’t think they are creative to find that creativity within themselves — I can PROMISE YOU that creativity is not a skill…it’s a HABIT. We can all fall in and out of practice around creative project ideas…but the truth is (and science backs me here…) that it’s NEVER too late to either jump-start or re-engage your creative mojo.

FAQ section?

    1. How do I sign up?
      Go to THIS PAGE and click the blue button. Zero dollars, just your email to send you the daily lesson.
    2. What will happen after I sign up?
      You’ll get daily creative project ideas in your inbox every day for 28 days. And then it will stop. You can also find the videos here on the 28 To Make page once they’ve been posted each day.
    3. How long will each creative exercise take me?
      The projects can all be completed in 5-20 minutes, but you can take as long as you like. Also – do it your way. If the project calls for a drawing, but you’ve got some modeling clay on hand, feel free to sculpt instead.
    4. What if I skip some days here and there. Or what if I join late?
      No problem. Just pick up where you left off whenever you want. Or skip ahead. Just get as much of 28 days of making underway– or until you stumble upon that thing really gets you going. If you find yourself getting stale again, you can always come back. The videos will be released in weekly batches throughout February, but you can watch them on the class page whenever you want after that.
    5. Can I share my work? Is there a #hashtag?
      Yes there is. Share what you made with the world on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter using #28toMake. We really want to see what you come up with, and we’re not alone.
    6. Repeat

BTW, by sharing the results of these creative exercises on Instagram, you’ll have a chance to win some cool prizes. Visit CreativeLive to find out how.

chase jarvis creative habit

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

That Voice Inside Your Head at 3 a.m. is NOT Your Friend. [How to Shut Those Gremlins Up + Win 2016]


So grateful for all the feedback on the last #cjRAW. Went vlog style for the Stolen Golf Cart + Other Life Lessons vid and got great feedback (with, of course, one hater ;) As such – given the fun I had making the last one, the success of that approach, plus some free time early in this new year and I thought I’d follow up that with another vlog episode here…

This time – of course there’s the daily life bit, but there’s also so good life-lessons embedded in here…some reflections I had on 2015, what I plan to do about those in 2016, and how you can join me in avoiding that unhelpful 3am voice…those gremlins…and staying true to your vision for YOUR life. Sometimes those voices help us, but mostly that 3am “afraid” voice that tells us we’re not good enough –especially when we’re trying new things or putting ourselves out there — is not helpful. I hope this video helps you manage those voices and live the life of your dreams -with less fear, shame, and anguish- and more joy and awesomeness. Enjoy.

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#Hugs


Links from the Episode

Brené Brown on cjLIVE 1 + cjLIVE 2

Commercial Photography with Joey L
A master of his craft, check out this class from my man Joey L. Learn how to merge cinematic lighting techniques with onset special effects and gain post-production in know how to create truly stunning results.

Brené Brown on Bravery + Authenticity on cjLIVE

What’s Covered

New Years at the Cabin [0:23]
Interesting dinner conversation [1:21]
Mediation’s effect on life [2:10]
We’re not the sum of our experiences [2:56]
Polar Bear plunge, ocean paddling, + other shenanigans [4:23]
The Tale of 2 Birthday Parties [5:37]
You are good enough. [7:36]
Those 3 AM gremlins [8:14]

People Mentioned

Music By:
Kabbalistic Village
Minden
Randi Mealer

SERENA WILLIAMS + ROGER FEDERER in da House (and in front of my camera)

HA! You asked for another #cjRAW behind-the-scenes photo/video shoot…and so I’m DELIVERING! That’s right, in this episode of #cjRAW, I take you on location to photograph SERENA WILLIAMS, ROGER FEDERER and half dozen more of the BEST TENNIS STARS IN THE WORLD (while shooting a campaign for Wilson Tennis).

Working smoothly with pro athletes or celebrities or otherwise fancy people on set is under-recognized, but highly valuable skill. Put bluntly – it is almost always the differentiating factor in getting a great shot…or having to make up excuses why you didn’t In light of celebrating the release of this here newest #cjRAW (I release new ones every week, follow along by doing this thing and/or subscribing to this thing), I thought it would be nice to go the extra mile and throw a few, scratch that, FIVE of my best tips for working with key talent on set.

1. Know all you can about your subject + their world.

Whether its athletes or Hollywood stars, most all personalities are accustomed to photo shoots and media, but doesn’t mean it’s a slam dunk. Mostly they have BAD experiences with this stuff. In fact, this is one way I’ve developed a killer reputation in the industry…by providing great work AND being great to work WITH. It’s true – by having a good time, your subjects will photograph better, which -in turn- make you look better in every way. I’m not saying you need to become their best friend in 5 minutes – or be fake in ANY way (quite the opposite, it’s AUTHENTICITY and confidence that you want to oooze). Do NOT kiss their ass. In fact, here’s something to sink your teeth into: be NORMAL and AWESOME. (I don’t know why I’m using so many CAPS. I’ll stop…). Knowing as much as you can about them (ie ‘researching your subject’) isn’t so you can kiss their ass, it’s so you can determine the ways in which you can authentically connect with them, if the chance arises. You both have a Golden Retriever? Good to know. Store that in the memory bank. You have some friends in common? Definitely bring that up. etc etc. You get my point. It also helps a lot to know a lot about their world (ie their sport, movie, etc etc). That’s one way I get a lot of work as well…because I can authentically photograph (as an ‘insider’) a LOT of sports, pop culture, music, lifestyle etc because I’ve spend years focused on each of those worlds on their own. How bout you? If you’re living your passion and have put in the time, I bet the same is true for you (or can be)! And btw, remember – you only GOT to this place you find yourself in right now because you ARE especially good at this stuff! That’s why you’re here! You know better than most people and you need to believe that.

Portrait of Pro Tennis Player Serena Williams, photo by Chase Jarvis

2. Be relatable, not a weirdo.

This one is short. There’s nothing worse than an ass-kisser or a superfan stance when you’re trying to get a killer shot of a talented / famous human. See #1 above? There’s a difference between knowing a lot about them and being a weirdo on set. In the former, you know enough to connect with your subject around common interests and creative ideas that will drive your shoot forward toward success. In the latter, you lose authority as a photographer and fall into “fan” or “superfan” category which they get everyday. You devolve from a person who they first consider someone who is talented and hired to get a killer shot because of your skill….into another one of the hundreds of people they see everyday on the street asking them for their autograph. The more comfortable you are, the more comfortable they will be.

3. Be on your A game.

I’m not talking be smooth like a playah… I’m talking be really effing organized for the shoot. Have an objective (ie a shot that looks like this, or in that style or with a focus on X, Y, or Z. Know what you want and hunt for that photo in a timely and reasonably precise manner. Conjure as much artistic inspiration as you have / need for the shoot – we don’t want to stifle that – but do it like a boss with a plan and not on your heels. A smoothly run shoot is all about being prepared on and off of set. The less stressed you are during the shoot, the more time and energy you can put into working with the athlete to get the image you’re looking for. BONUS: this is a thing that celebs and other people with high emotional intelligence can FEEL. You send of poorly organized vibes, they can smell it. And then you lose the opps for your best imagery.

Pro Tennis Player Roger Federer in Action, photo by Chase Jarvis

4. Get an early win.

Most often, as you’re on the way up in your profession (and unless you’re a baller) the key talent often does not know who you are. In there eyes, you are generally one of two things… a) the person who is going to get an acceptable (not great) shot of them; or b) probably going to eff this up and at best get one salvageable shot where the talent doesn’t look like a tool. Seriously. There are so many mediocre photographers out there, and a lot of them talk their way into shooting this celeb or that talent etc…but only once (and then they never get hired by agency X, client Y again, etc). For the rest of us – it’s our job to stand out. How do that? Get an early win. Spend a lot of time prepping so that you can nail an early shot of the talent where they look goooooooooood. And then show it to them on the back of the camera or the monitor. BAM! Instant credibility. (now you’d better have some decent taste – for if you show them a shot you “like” and they “hate”, you’re name is mud. So, seriously, get a killer shot early. Know what that shot looks like…go make it…and then show them. Assuming you know what’s up and can show them an early winning shot, their trust will go up 10X and THATS when you can make the real magic. Just like in commercial shoots…get a great shot that they expect, gain trust, and then turn on your magic. This will give not just them confidence in YOU, but YOU confidence in YOU. Get an early win. You can see this in the video above – I’m showing them the back of the camera when I get a killer shot and they are loving it…trusting me more and more.

5. Be collaborative.

Assuming you nail #4 above, and keep working on the shoot for a while, there comes a magical time where you have an opportunity to be collaborative…and sometimes this is when your talent gives you their best stuff. An example is if, say, someone has their best move – whether that’s a dunk in basketball, a look on the runway, a go-to trick that they KNOW they rock at… and get them to do that. Note: this trick can’t be pulled out too early, lest you send a message that you don’t have creative mojo, or can’t do your job and are looking to them to play your role (don’t let that happen). BUT if you get a rapport going…and the vibe is happening (the ultimate goal), it’s cool to at that point and never sooner to ask them if they have something they’re dying to do for / with you and the camera… If you can get to that point, it not only adds to the chances of getting an image of them at their MOST comfortable, but NOW you’re really having fun. They forgot that you were supposed to only have 5 minutes with them and now you’re working on 45 and they are really into it. They are committed to the project, and you will get pure gold.

Sooooo….below is a handful of BTS photos AND list of gear and such for your perusal. I’ll do my part to answer any questions in the comments here or via social- and in the meantime, keep shooting. And remember, the dirtiest secret in photography is that you have to take a hell of a lot of photos to get the ones you want.

There you go my friends! I hope you enjoyed the vid and/or that this post helps you in some way. If you know someone who could benefit from this, definitely don’t tell them! Keep this a secret all for yourself. Kidding of course. Your sharing of this video / post with your circles is the highest form of flattery. If this added value to you, I appreciate the extra effort ;)

chase jarvis roger federer photo shoot

chase jarvis roger federer photo shoot 2

chase jarvis roger federer photo shoot 3

serena williams on photo shoot with chase jarvis  2

serena williams on photo shoot with chase jarvis

Gear Used on Set

The “Essential” Kit Video (BTS Kit)
Nikon D4 Body Canon 5D Mark III
D4 Backup EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
14-24 F/2.8G ED AF-S EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
24-70 F/2.8G ED AF-S EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM
70-200mm 2.8G ED AF-S VR EF 35mm f/1.4L USM
AF 50mm 1.8D EF 85mm 1.2 II
200-400mm F4 Z-Finder Pro 3x
400mm F2.8 EVF – Electronic Viewfinder
MH-26 Charger HDMI Zacuto 18in Mini to Standard HDMI
EN-EL4a Battery x4 Panasonic GX7 – Camera Body (Timelapses)
17x CF Extreme Pro Card Wallet Lumix Vario 7-14mm F4
Card Reader GoPro Hero 4
Lens Cloth
ND Filters
Computer Tech (Digital Asset Management) Lighting
Road Warrior 15” Thunderbolt (Macbook Pro 15”) SB-910 TTL AF
Thunderbolt 27” Display SB-910 TTL AF
Pegasus J2 256GB – SSD – Spare x2 Pocket Wizard Plus III x3
Thunderbolt SSD 1TB Main
Thunderbolt SSD 1TB Backup
Grip/Miscellaneous Audio
Manfrotto Magic Arm 2929 EW112-p PG3 Receiver (A) x2
Manfrotto Super Clamp MA035
Motorola XTN Series 2-Way Radios
Dakine Reload 26L Backpack
ThinkTank Airport Security V2.0 Roller Case
Kessler K-Pod System (Pocket Dolly)
Kessler elektraDRIVE Bundle w/ Basic Controller v2.0
Manfrotto 190 CF Tripod-90-4 Section 190CXPRO4
Manfrotto 054 CF Kit Grey-4s Ball Head 190CXPRO4-M0Q2
Manfrotto 057 CF Tripod-4s MT057C4


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Links from the Episode

Learn all this photo stuff and more at CreativeLive

This episodes features a green screen, which requires keying out the background and replacing it. This course will give you the tools to do the same: Advanced Photoshop Techniques with Dave Cross

It’s not uncommon for me to to produce thousands of photos on shoots like these. We use a lightroom workflow to sort through them, find the best and present the final selects to the client. I discuss more of that in this blog here.

You can also learn more about Lightroom here at CreativeLive.

People Mentioned

Serena Williams
Roger Federer
Victoria Azarenka
Kei Nishikori
Petra Kvitova
Feliciano López
Grigor Dimitrov
Gael Monfils
Zhang Shuai

Consider THIS: More Experiences, Less Stuff


Hey friends – Happy Holidays! It’s the day after Thanksgiving here in the states, and I’m getting some much needed family & friend time.

I was up late last night and I made a video in the dark by myself. Just a little rant I’d like you to watch and consider and share. As we head into the holidays, I’m seeing all the consumerism messages everywhere. Above all, it makes me think about something I really believe, which is Experience > Things.

Don’t get me wrong. When it comes to stuff there is an entire cross section of the world who do not have basic needs…and for that world – we MUST give stuff and give generously. Full Stop. (List of amazing organizations that I support / love below.)

For everything else, however, consider this holiday season for giving experience. What we all really want/need is CONNECTION. We need empathy and humanity. We need learning and personal growth. The most valuable thing we can give anyone is our time (consider spending time with loved ones…or volunteer for those in need! That’s an AMAZING EXPERIENCE in itself!). Time and experiences can have an impact that lasts a lifetime.

SO HERE’S 2 FOLLOW UPS.

1. EXPERIENCES! Share in the comments below or on social – some of your ideas for giving great experiences.

2. Much of the world does need stuff in the form of basic human needs. For that, consider giving to one of these below AND/OR LIST YOUR FAV CHARITY below.

Charity Water and Water.org
NWHarvest (or find your local food bank here and here)
Kiva
Red Cross
Unicef

Cheers and much love. Chase.


Links from the Episode

cjRAW EP 11
CreativeLive

What are you doing with your life?


I was crushed when I heard about the Paris attacks. My heart and mind go out for everyone affected. Ugh. For those who’ve been following awhile, you may know that I lived and worked in Paris for a few years. It’s a place I’m still deeply connected with … close friends, regular vacations and visits, deep memories, and a place whose community we will always belong.

When tragedies like these happen, there is the horror. But we also find moments of reflection, of empathy, and gratitude for what we DO have, even amidst the loss. In particular these kind of events can also serve as wake up calls for life…what are the things we’re supposed to be doing in life. How should we “be” in the world? How can we love more…love ourselves and love one another? Certainly over the years tragedies like this and others have made me think more intentionally about how I’m living. For, as cliché as the saying goes, we only have this one life. What are you doing with yours?

And it’s exactly that sentiment that I rant about in this episode of #cjRAW. No photo shoots, no entrepreneurial secrets. Instead, I get personal and break down how I think about living with intention in the way we want to be in this world. For me, it comes down to three things:

Doing

I deeply believe that life is very much what you make it…moreover…what we actually DO every day. So through tiny steps of “doing” every day, we’re creating our life and a legacy. Are you doing the things you want to DO in the world? There is always something we can do right now that can move the needle that next small step toward our goals. If you’re not sure what you want to do or what your goals are, then take the time to figure it out by doing a lot of things and then following the ones that speak to you. Try the perfect day exercise Lewis Howes and I chat about in episode 08.

Being

If the “doing” part is action, then “being” is how you “are” or rather how you hold yourself as you move through. What’s in your head? Are you emotionally moving through life the way you want? Are you peaceful? Are you present and literally being in the moment even when things get hard? I believe it and science supports me – happiness is directly proportional to your mental state. If you’re not happy in your mental state, what are you doing to help inform it? For me, I’ve already ranted on this blog and other #cjRAW’s that meditation has had a profound effect on my mental state and give me a new perspective about how I want to be in the world. There’s a certain sort of calmness. I’m not aiming to be presecriptive, but I AM suggesting that you do things that cultivate you “being” in the world as you want to be. I’ve talked about this & other things in my morning routine episode about how I get ready for the day.

Loving

Love is everything. In order to be your best, you have to take care of yourself first and foremost. It’s important to love yourself and be okay with making mistakes. To be vulnerable, to radically accept ourselves and one another. For, after all, we’re all human. If you’re taking care of yourself emotionally & physically, you’ll have increased capability to love & give to others. Again, love is everything. Yet another way to think about love is this… Do you love who you are? Who you have become? What you’re doing? If not, you can change those things.

Thanks for taking a ride with me in this video today. Again, my heart and the hearts of so many others I know go out to Paris and all those affected. In the face of tragedy, it’s always difficult to think about what we can do, or how we can be. We don’t always need the answers, but we should hope we can ask ourselves the right questions on reflection. Let me/this community know in the comments what you thought about this episode…here or Youtube or Facebook or wherever it convenient for sharing.

Love.


Links from the Episode

Brené Brown – Watch her on cjLIVE here and here.

What’s Covered

Paris [1:00]
Living with intention [1:58]
Doing [3:08]
Being [5:20]
Loving [6:47]

People Mentioned

Brené Brown

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]

My Morning Routine: 6 Things I Do (Almost) Every Day That Make for A Happy + Productive Day [#cjRAW 07]


FIRST: I believe deeply that our actions cultivate our mindset and – in turn – our mindset determines our life / success / outcome.

Experience tells me this. Whether from my background in art or sports or…hell…anything. As a result, I’ve long been paying attention to the habits (read: actions) that I do on a regular basis…which ones benefit me and which ones do not. In line with this, I’ve come to understand that a key subset of the days that feel the best and are my most productive, all have a certain similarity. For one, they are intentional. I’m in the driver’s seat for my life. Thing two, from the moment I wake up to when I’m out the door, I’ve found that when I do a certain / rough set of 6 particular things, my days are waaaaay more creative, joyful, and productive. In turn, this makes my personal, emotional, and professional life better as well.

So I’ve whipped up a quick video above (shot in my kitchen) to outline these 6 things, the WHY behind these 6 things, plus a handful of add-ons that are like frosting on the cake of my day. My goal isn’t to be prescriptive in this list (have a bunch of things you do every morning? Pls share in the comments!), rather my aim is to tell you what I’VE come to know helps me crush…and be a better person. Do I miss some of these things every day? Absolutely. I’m so far from perfect with this stuff, it’s laughable, but the fact remains that I put a lot of effort into kicking off my day with these few things. So without further ado, here’s my listicle with a bit of additional context for good measure….

#1. Sleep

It’s hard to say this is a morning routine thing, because it’s really PRE morning routine, but it’s so critical to ensure I kick off my day right that I had to put it here as number one.

For a long time – I’m talking YEARS – I was a person who certainly wasn’t afraid of espousing that I didn’t need a lot of sleep. I probably went about 10 years on about 5-6 hours of sleep per night. I felt like it was genetic and I had a ton of energy (which is true), but one holiday season a couple years ago, as an experiment, I headed to Hawaii and decided to have ZERO schedule on vacation. What would it be like to literally let my body sleep as long as it wanted. Knowing that I’m not a huge sleep lover, I wasn’t afraid of the negative side of oversleeping…I was just going to let this one play out. I even used earplugs as an aid, borrowed from lots of airplane experience. The result? Holy cow. I slept 14 hours a day for 6 nights in succession. And it wasn’t the sleep that actually felt “good”. It was the in between times. I felt smarter. Happier. More creative. etc etc. You get it. In short, I felt completely different then I had the previous 6-8 weeks I was working 20 hours a day. Since that holiday season, I’ve started tracking my sleep and aim to say in bed for 8 hours a day. Right now some of you are saying “WTF?! Not possible. I’ve got X or Y or couldn’t do this because ABC [list all your reasons].” Fine. I get it. But I’m just telling you what I’ve been up to for the last 18 months, what the science says, and what I’ve been able to accomplish through some intentional effort. I can’t say that I’m perfect – there are still lots of nights I don’t get 5 hours of sleep, let alone 8 hours bed, but I gotta confess that getting more sleep has dramatically helped me.

#2. Drink Water

Considering the human body is around 60% water, it’s no wonder that drinking at least 64oz a day can make you feel better. I kick off my day by drinking 20oz of cold ass water. Why cold? It’s good for you. . Just try it over the next few weeks. I guarantee you’ll feel better, you’re skin will look better, and your body will literally just run better.

#3. Meditate

I’ve been on record for several years now sharing my experiences with meditation. Meditation and the resulting benefits, have probably been the biggest game-changers for me as an adult. Throughout my life I’ve tried a few different methods with differing degrees of “success” but it wasn’t until I found Transcendental Meditation that I really felt like I was receiving the greatest benefit. Again – I’m not aiming to be preachy here – just sharing what’s worked for me. It’s perhaps also worth noting that I am not at all religious in the classic sense. I consider myself spiritual (think that we are all connected and that life is a magical thing and the world a magical place), but I don’t look at meditation as a woo-woo thing, or a religious thing, or anything other than a healthy practice that connects our physical + mental worlds in a meaningful way. Again, I’m not advocating you use TM specifically — there are a lot of different methods out there …but it’s been hugely beneficial in my life and worth trying if you haven’t already. The science also, finally agrees with the thousands of years of practice, that meditation increases creativity, reduces stress, adds clarity and focus, and a lot of joy to the lives of many people the world over.

#4. Gratitude and/or Visualization

After meditation, each morning I can, I’ll go into a 1-5 minute gratitude and visualization practice. For gratitude, it’s not always being thankful for the big things, like grateful for my wife, my family, my career, health… but small things too, like a great run I had. The roof over my head. Even for the opportunity to experience fear or pain as a part of the richness of what it means to be human. From there, I turn my attention from gratitude toward briefly visualizing what I want for myself — in my day, week, month, or life. It might be related to the day, a problem I have to solve or a thing I want to be better at. I visualize – sometimes getting as deep into it as possible around other sensations, like feelings, smells, etc, what it would be like to have accomplished my smallest tasks or my biggest goals. This practice most certainly stems from my past as a competitive athlete (I played nearly every sport offered in school incessantly, grew up skateboarding, riding bikes, skiing, climbing, etc, even went to college on a soccer scholarship, was selected for youth US Olympic Development teams etc). In some of those higher end programs I was able to participate in earlier in life, we had mental coaches as well as our typical head coach…. and those coaches really helped us practice and understand the value of visualization. Overall, it was so powerful that I’ve carried that practice forward into my personal and professional lives with some success. Ultimately, IMHO, the combo of gratitude + visualization can be incredibly powerful medicine.

#5. Eat

Some version of breakfast is also an important element of my day. I almost never leave with house without eating something. With a busy day ahead, we need fuel to keep us going. What kind of food, how much food, etc can vary on a variety of circumstances, but depending on how much time I have, I subscribe to a few different programs… my fav thing to do is eat some protein + some vegetable down the hatch within 30 minutes of waking. This is a trick I learned from pal Tim Ferriss. But I also have a few other stand-ins, if having the perfect breakfast it tough. For example, if I’m in a hurry, then I might just go with getting some good fats in my body, like a half an avocado, or a teaspoon of coconut oil and some almonds. Or another quickie solution might be a protein shake + a spoonful of coconut oil. I occasionally dabble in the Bulletproof coffee schtick professed by Dave Asprey (his killer CreativeLive class is here) the rare times when I’m eating lighter. But my overall POV is that getting some clean (ie not processed and not bloaty carbs) in the morning is a good thing.

#6. Move

Lastly, I love to start my day by getting my blood flowing. Note that this does not need to be a big deal. My “blood moving” criteria is quite a low threshold. Yes, that might be a quick 3-mile run, but it also might simply be a brisk 1/2 mile walk to the coffee shop up the street. If I’m on the road and living out of a hotel as I often do, I will tolerate a treadmill or an elliptical trainer, but 9 out of 10 times my far an away preference is to get outside. Moving my body and connecting with fresh air, whether its in rain or shine, is a huge catalyst to my day. Again, it’s not really about burning calories at all…the main thing is to get the blood pumping, get the body moving and the brain engaged.

So that’s the baseline… but now here are a few quick hits of bonus material. These are a little nuanced, but since so many of you have asked about my morning routine, I thought I’d add some more meat on the bone for those that want it.

Bonus Stuff

Some other things I like to do:

  • END IT COLD :: I mentioned above that cold is good for you. Science says it, and my body agrees. How do I get my dose? Well, at the end of my normal shower, I like to turn the water to ice cold for the last minute. As cold as the shower will go. Sometime this is so cold it makes me laugh out loud. Eye poppingly cold. Shivering cold, cold cold. It’s uncomfortable for about 10 seconds… but then, wow, it gets you awake real quick. Something changes. It kicks my physiology into a different gear and brings about feelings of well being and joy. (it should be noted that I hated cold water with a passion for the previous 20 years. Now I can’t get enough.
  • MAKE MY BED — Learned this from my wife Kate, who picked up the practice at a zen monastery she spent a little time at… I’m not militant about this, but it’s a nice thing to feel organized and get an early check off the ‘ol list. It removes clutter from my mind as well. It’s tidy. Most of me isn’t tidy, but it’s nice when my bed is.
  • BRUSH THEM TEETH — let’s not forget hygiene. But I don’t say the obvious here just so you don’t get rot mouth or go breathing some nasty mouth on your friends… I say this because I love the feeling of a Sonicare toothbrush on my teeth. Again, it’s the little pleasures. ;)

So that’s about it. My morning routine takes me 90 minutes or less. I intentionally organize my schedule to protect this time. Yes. Life happens, and sometimes you over sleep, you have to be somewhere, that gremlin in your head is telling you a billion things to do…. I just try get the most of these things as I can and that helps me start the day in a positive way.

WRAPUP – So What’s Explicitly on my DO NOT DO list?

Checking my effing email. Do not check your email in the first bit of your day if you can at all help it. Rarely are there work things in your life that have to happen in the hours between 6 and 8am. Email is usually simply a petition for your time and attention, that doesn’t require there to be any real NEED for that petition. This is why I’m as militant as possible, to wake up at a decent time and bang out my morning routine without getting sidetracked. It’s worth noting perhaps that even after I get my morning routine wrapped up, the first thing I do STILL isn’t check my email. I try to first attack the most important thing on my list for that day — that one domino that I can tip over which, if accomplished, will a) help me consider the day a success and b) likely tips other dominos over or remove them all together.

Again – video notes below if its helpful. Thank you for sharing this info with people you love or who need to see this stuff. Let me know what you do in the comments here or on any of my social channels – i read it all. Gratitude and much respect…


Links from the Episode

Transendental Meditation
Blue Bonnet Whey Protein
The 4-Hour Life: Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise

What’s Covered

Kick your day off right [0:44]

1. Sleep [1:06]

2. Drink Water [2:06]

2.5 Dexter the Cat [2:29]

3. Meditation [2:35]

4. Gratitude Practice & Visualization [3:11]

5. Eat [3:52]

6. Move [5:09]

Why a morning routine is important [5:37]

Bonus Material:
–Cold Shower [6:25]
–Make my bed [6:41]
–Brush your teeth! [6:52]

What would you like to see in future episodes [7:02]

People Mentioned

Tim Ferriss

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

BIG NEWS!! Bravery, Authenticity + Rising Strong in a Digital World — Brené Brown on #cjLIVE [Thurs, Sept 17]

UPDATE: Still reeling from this awesome interview the Brené Brown. Incase you missed it, check it out above!

UPDATE: This live show is TODAY at 3:30pm San Francisco time (6:30pm NYC time or 22:30 London) at www.chasejarvis.com/live…. but you can still win $200 gift card from CreativeLive by sharing this blog post via twitter and facebook, see below on to score.

UPDATE: there are just 20 seats left to be part of the LIVE in-studio, in-person audience tomorrow at CreativeLive in San Francisco (details below). Interested to meet Brene in person? check this link ASAP to see if there are any spots left. Sorry we’re all full up ;)

cjLIVE Brené Brown Bravery and Authenticity in a Digital WorldA huge part of success is failure … but what we do AFTER a failure, heartbreak, or loss can make the difference between becoming defined by those stories or writing them. I truly believe this is the secret to unlocking your creativity and your biggest successes in life.

Enter: Brené Brown. You certainly remember, Brené joined us in studio in one of the TOP #cjLIVE episode of all time to discuss vulnerability  and having the courage to share our struggles as a path to a more creative life…. WELL HERE’S THE BIG NEWS! I’m honored to have her join us again to chat about her new book RISING STRONG, and how bravery, authenticity, and Rising Strong from failure, is a huge catalyst to our lives. Only when we own our true stories — our failures and discomforts — can we truly access the full power of creativity, love, belonging and joy.

WHO: You, Me, Brené Brown + a worldwide creative gathering
WHAT: LIVE interview, discussion + worldwide Q&A
WHEN: Thursday, September 17th, 3:30pm San Francisco time (6:30pm NYC time or 22:30 London)
WHERE: Tune in here. 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 do we recognize the power of our emotions and turn them into creative energy?
// How owning your personal struggles and story are keys to bravery and authenticity
// How do we lean into discomfort of any kind to drive personal growth, innovation, and huge success?
// How can we create a revolution in our lives on a path to becoming a better creative entrepreneur, a better partner, a better human?

For those of you who know and love CreativeLive… The #cjLIVE show is now broadcasting on the CreativeLive network! We are the world’s largest live-streaming education company, teaching skills for career, hobby, and life…focused on unlocking your creative potential. As the Founder + CEO, you’ve see me excited about CL for years, and you’ve also seen featured all over the place including the New York Times, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Time, CNBC, Fast Company, etc. So my long-running #cjLIVE show has now joined forces with CL to incorporate an even larger worldwide audience.

WITH THAT IN MIND…HELP US PIMP THE SHOW AND WIN STUFF.
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 promoting the show as many times as you can starting RIGHT NOW till the show begins. Send out a creative tweet OR Facebook post including #cjLIVE + @BreneBrown + any url pointing to THIS blog post. Be sure to use the hashtag and/or point back to my Facebook or CL’s Facebook so we can track all your entries. We’ll select 2 of the best ones and give you a shout-out at the beginning of the show, along with access to the $200 CreativeLive credit.

WE WILL ALSO GIVE AWAY MORE TASTY PRIZES DURING THE SHOW… including signed copies of Brené’s book. You gotta tune in to the LIVE SHOW for a chance at winning those.

JOIN US IN THE STUDIO.
Want to be part of the live studio audience in San Francisco? It’s first come, first serve. Be one of the lucky few! Register here.

LASTLY BUT NOT LEASTLY… thanks to CreativeLive and our fine friends at BorrowLenses.com –the place where I get all the rental cameras, lenses and equipment for my shoots … who help make this show possible.

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

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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

First Hands on with MIMIC — It’s a Game Changer [ Plus Score a Free MIMIC + MOVI Package ]

Today I’m excited to be the first to share with you a piece of game-changing technology that will help new AND established cinema / video camera operators capture world class moving pictures in the most intuitive, simple way that I’ve ever imagined. And if you read to the bottom of this post, you’ll see I’m giving you a chance to win this gear valued at ~$5000.

Over my career in the photo & film industries I’ve had the good fortune to collaborate behind-the-scenes with many of the brightest minds, top brands and most innovative products. Among those I count experiences with Apple on iPhone and other products, with Nikon on the world’s very first video DSLR (D90), Ustream and now Meerkat and Periscope on live internet broadcasting and…well…drones, software, computers, etc…game changers that completely re-defined entire industries and — most importantly from my perspective — they share the common thread of having led to the democratization of creativity.

Today marks the public debut of yet another one of those ‘pinch yourself’ highlights…the opportunity to collaborate on MIMIC. What pray tell is MIMIC you ask? Well i’ll give you this tidbit first, and then let you watch for yourself…

MIMIC represents a completely intuitive and organic way to control a cinema / video camera remotely… NOT the camera settings…but what the camera actually sees and records. You’re familiar with the concept of a steady cam, right? Well consider that with this product you can now operate a stabilized camera remotely, right from your director’s chair with a simple-to-use device that track your movements and translate them into smooth, precise camera moves.

MIMIC with Chase Jarvis from Freefly on Vimeo.

The genius minds behind MIMIC are Freefly Systems… the same minds that more than 6 years ago I was hiring to fly custom, camera-carrying drone helicopters. The same people who 2 years ago created the MOVI system – a handheld digital stabilized camera gimbal, so advanced, it completely redefined camera stabilization.

MIMIC is their newest breakthrough product and it’s launching tomorrow at NAB. But you got to see it here first.

MIMIC and MOVI

MIMIC controller on the left, pictured with MOVI on the right. Game-changing combo.

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So why is MIMIC so revolutionary? In short MIMIC fills in a previously-huge gap in cinema. Where the MOVI brought camera stabilization out of Hollywood and delivered it to the masses…MIMIC now allows expert users, intermediate users and — even people with even the most limited camera experience — to “drive” the camera in the very most intuitive way imaginable and get the shots you want. See for yourself what these 5 year olds can do on their first time using this device…

MIMIC with Jett and Kaia from Freefly on Vimeo.

SO.. If you are a newbie and combine MIMIC with MOVI, you will get better shots than with nearly any other camera stabilization + composition system on the planet the first day you use it. If you are an intermediate operator or director you will get insanely high quality shots within minutes of first use. And if you’re an expert operator you will be catapulted into the stratosphere and the only thing holding you back will be your DNA’s urge to hold onto the past ways of thinking about camera movement and stabilization. [ Win this amazing combo below…]

Concept of MIMIC

MIMIC allows you to remotely frame up any shot.

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MIMIC explained

MIMIC explained in a single photo. Blurry blob on the right is my camera operator and the green blob on the left is my model

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The MIMIC configuration pictured here (monitor, handles and sensor) in these videos is just but one configuration…. the sort of “steering wheel” style where the pilot remotely drives the camera gimbal like a video driving- or flying-game… Imagine if you will another configuration I also was able to use in preparation for this launch… one where I was able to pilot the camera with a set of VR-like glasses. YES I’M DEAD SERIOUS. Just sitting there in my directors chair I was able to control the camera w being held by my operating counterpart simply by moving my head in space left, right, up and down in space. I could see exactly what the camera was seeing and was able to steer the camera with nearly flawless precision by simply looking at the feature in the scene I wanted to see. Anywhere I looked, the remote camera (held by my camera op counterpart) would track exactly to that framing. Wow. This truly is the future.

SSSOOOOOOOOOO…. It’s with all that in mind that we are kicking off a contest/sweepstakes TODAY. Yours truly + CreativeLive and Freefly Systems are making it possible for one winner to take home an insane gear package.. That winner could be you.

WHAT THE WINNER GETS.

1. MIMIC controller system. This is the new hotness – the device that represents a completely intuitive and organic way to control the camera. Sophisticated sensors track your movements and translate them into smooth, precise camera moves. (Link coming – its so new it’s not yet on the Freefly systems website!)

2. MOVI m5. This is the digital 3-axis, gyro stabilized handheld camera stabilizer that transformed camera movement over the past 2 years We are including the M5 in a bundle with a bunch of other tasty gear, pelican case etc etc. Check it here.

3. Personal lesson from Yours Truly and the gurus at Freefly systems. If the winner is close-ish to us here in the USA, we’ll come to your place. And if you live far away, we’ll do a 60 minute Skype, Google Hangout or phone call with you. We can talk about whatever you want to discuss about the MIMIC and MOVI – whatever would be helpful, be it tricks and tips or just inspirational ideation for how to get some insane shots with your new toy!

SO, HOW DO YOU WIN?

To help wrangle this giveaway, we’re going back to our favorite widget below. It does a few things really well:
1. manages all entries into a secure database and properly randomizes a winner
2. gives you info about how much time is left in the giveaway / how many entries there are etc
3. allows you to earn extra entries by participating more deeply in the community (tweeting, sharing, reading posts etc)

To enter just fill in your info below and follow along. And note: this giveaway is live TODAY all the way through the 12th of May. Winner will be announced on May 13th via the @CreativeLive @ChaseJarvis + @FreeflyCinema social feeds. Good luck to you!

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Thanks for tuning in. This will be raging on all this week at NAB show in Vegas, so keep an eye out for more news here on this post and elsewhere in my digital landscape. HUGE shoutout to the crew at Freefly for continuing to push the boundaries of what’s possible and for leading the charge in the further democratization of video + filmmaking. Questions / comments? Hit me up in the comments or on social as usual.

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