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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.


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
NWHarvest (or find your local food bank here and here)
Red Cross

Cheers and much love. Chase.

Links from the Episode

cjRAW EP 11

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:


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.


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.


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.


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

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.


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
Humans of New York
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

I got PHOTO TIPS for DAYS – #cjRAW Episode 09 is HERE.

Photo geeks — this one’s for you.

Yes the new #cjRAW series covers a lot of territory — from how I taught myself French, why I’ve come together with a bunch of people to build CreativeLive, to why I meditate, to my morning routine and everything in between…but I’m also aiming to maintain the soul from which this series was originally born… and that’s photography. #NeverForget LOL

I’ve already dropped episodes featuring shooting in wet weather, and my religion around good ways not to break your lenses. But apparently your appetite for photo is insatiable and you’ve asked for more photography and filmmaking geekery. So, in your honor, I today drop episode which brings you 3 CRITICAL TIPS from recent work on location in Turkey.

1. Memory Card Management

While on location, your filled memory cards are gold, right? They hold all the goods. And if you’re anything but a rank beginner, you’ve got more than 1 of those pesky cards…in fact I bet you’ve got lots of them. Though we ALWAYS like to keep the shot cards VERY separate from the fresh ones, things sometimes get a little chaotic. So many of you asked what I do in these instances. My answer is simple. I build systems for dealing with cards and data… and the most basic of these systems is something you can use immediately…starting today. Short cut = there are lots of ways… from using gaffer tape to mark shot cards, to keeping them in their own special place away from everything else… but here’s something that works in a pinch = always keep shot cards (ie do NOT use or reformat) FACE DOWN in any card wallet or card storage device. That’s the basics, but watch the video above for a few more details.

2. Never Miss a Sunrise/Sunset

The weather app on your iPhone will tell you when “sunrise” or “sunset” will happen on any given day, but that’s really generic relative to any particular location when you’ve got hills and trees and any number of things to contend with… A scouting trip will go a long way to understand light at a location, but hundreds of you have asked me over the years how do I know exactly when the magic light will come and go. My answer, it’s easy. I cheat. I use technology.

You guessed it – there’s an app for that. I absolutely LOVE Sunseeker app, which will give you an augmented reality view of your location matched to the exact path of the sun at that spot. It’s genius and well worth the small amount of $. It saved my ass here and a zillion other times. There are other apps that do this, but SunSeeker is the one I use and trust.

3. Why Shoot 4K

4K is becoming more ubiquitous and more affordable every day. The latest version of GoPro Hero 3+ and 4, DSLRs like the Panasonic GH4 or even the latest iPhone have 4K capability. Sure there are reasons NOT to shoot it (cost, file size, who has 4k TV’s?), but there are more reasons now that ever before to embrace it – and my favorite of which is DEAD SIMPLE. The resolution give you the ability to crop or reframe a shot in post. This comes in handy a lot, especially for interviews and punching in a a subject. If you tried to scale an basic HD shot, the image may not hold up and you’ll start seeing grain. But with 4K, you can reframe a standard 1920×1080 HD shot with plenty of resolution to spare. Trust me. You’ll thank me later.

So that’s a wrap for you photo geeks. I’m always happen to appease requests for the #cjRAW series – in fact it’s you requests that are driving the content of each epsiode. So enjoy this one, don’t forget to step out of your comfort zone and watch the episodes BEYOND photography…and keep asking in the comments below, Facebook (have you seriously not liked me yet?), YouTube (subscribe for the goodness) or wherever for exactly what you want to see, and I’ll do my best to deliver.

Links from the Episode

Storytelling on Location with Corey Rich
Sunseeker App
Panasonic GH4

What’s Covered

Memory Card Management [0:52]
Never Miss a Sunrise/Sunset [1:32]
Why Shoot 4K [1:52]

People Mentioned

Ten Hundred

Corey Rich

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.

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 Ferris

Photo Backpack Genius — Keep Your Camera + Lens Gear Secure [ChaseJarvis RAW #06]

PROBLEM: I can’t count how many times I’ve seen this classic scene: you’ve walked away from your gear bag, not paying close attention and someone goes to move it and OOPS … the bag LOOKED closed, but it was actually still open and now sh*t is going everywhere. You’ve got $2,000 lenses bouncing on the concrete..

SOLUTION: Here’s an very simple tip that will increase your on-location camera bag kung fu skills and make sure this stupid mistake never happens to you. NEVER. In short, there are only two states when setting your gear bag / pelican / backpack down…

cjRAW Episode 06: Photo Tip to avoid damaged gear on location

STATE 1 — OPEN so you can access gear quickly
cjRAW Episode 06: If your backpack is open, make sure it's visibly open to prevent camera gear damage

STATE 2 — Closed AND Zipped
cjRAW Episode 06: If your backpack is closed, make sure it's zipped shut to prevent camera gear damage

NEVER And I mean NEVER leave your bag, your backpack, your Pelican case, your laptop case….NEVER leave anything closed and unzipped. Why? Put bluntly, if you’re working with a crew or assistant or a world in which someone besides YOU (or hell i’ve even seen amateur photographers do this to themselves…)they won’t mistakenly try to move your bag while it’s still open and risk your gear falling out. Trust me – I’ve seen this 100 times…. cjRAW Episode 06: Protect your camera gear by keeping your gear bag closed and zipped

Thank me in the comments.

#Hugs and best of luck out there.

In This Episode, I Reviewed YOUR Photos [ChaseJarvisRAW #05 is here!]

Hey all — Another glorious episode of cjRAW is here! Can I just say that I’m having so much fun making all this content – and to be back on my game! Thank you for all your well wishes, support and sharing.

Also thank you for the oodles of comments & photo submissions across my social channels for photo critique! Given your overwhelming response, I decided to not just review one, but SEVEN photos. And even if your photo was not selected, I bet dollars to donuts you’ll find some tasty tidbits to consider the next time you pull out your camera.

And- oh – be sure to hang tight to the end of the episode as well…as I’ll discuss how you can get your photos reviewed on the show in future episodes AND some ways easy peasy ways to get other people to chime in and evolve your work through constructive feedback.

In the meantime – here’s just a sample list of stuff I discuss when reviewing your images in this episode… (LMK in the comments what’s working for you and what you’d like me to do differently next time).

Zero in on Your Subject

Every shot tells a story. The most powerful photos zero in on their subject by removing the less important details that distract from it. Use composition, light, natural lines, focus & blur, to direct the eye to the elements more important and remove the rest.

Consider Body Position

If the subject of your shot is moving through the frame, take a look at their body position. If they are the subject of your photo,  you’d ideally want to see the majority of the athlete, or a really nice shape that creates visual interest & context.

Placement of subjects in a photo

Look for opportunities for your subjects to stand out from their surroundings through camera angle or position. Ideally, try to keep them separated from the background so they are not lost or engulfed by other elements. Make sure they don’t intersect with the background in weird ways…(i.e. stuff sticking out of the subject’s head.)

Use the rule of thirds

A simple, yet powerful tool that can affect the tone and balance of your photo. Artistic choice comes into play by either employing it or breaking it. Lines, for example, can frame a subject, draw the eye toward convergence or create tensions through a blocking or cutting off feeling.

Wide Angle Lenses

Use of a wide angle lens can cause distortion on the outer edges of your frame. If used in a scene with humans, the side-effect could be distortion of their bodies. You can minimize this by avoiding to place your subject near the edge of frame – and/or use photo editing software to digitally correct for this.

And there’s a bunch more goodness buried in the video. Dig in and LMK what you think.

Links from the Episode

My CreativeLive Course Pick of the Week: The Power of Body Language, Vanessa Van Edwards [14:37]

This is not directly photo related, but it’s something every photographer can use -> Social queues and techniques through subtle body language can help you communicate more effectively in client meetings, negotiations, and more.


What’s Covered

The Idea [0:27]

Karan Jeebun [1:03]

Crop the photo [1:17]
Remove other distracting elements [1:59]

Blake Johnson [2:34]

Initial Reaction [2:45]
Strive for tack focus in panning moves [3:15]
Body Positioning [3:44]

Bram Berkein [4:20]

Initial Reaction [4:39]
Hide the light source behind an object to avoid over exposure [5:18]
Subject Placement [5:47]

Krassy Dimitrov [6:11]

Initial Reaction [6:22]
Rule of Thirds [6:36]
Shoot what’s comfortable to the eye[7:14]

Preston Gervais[7:38]

Initial Reaction [8:16]
Show just enough detail [8:33]

Udell Jimenez [8:55]

Initial Reaction [9:02]
Using a wide angle lens [9:21]
Composition + Use of Triangles [9:59]
Exposure [10:18]
Storytelling [10:30]

Veronica Domeier [11:10]

Initial Reaction [11:23]
Composition [11:58]
Remove anything that competes with the main subject [12:17]
Exposure [12:31]

How to Get More Feedback Like This:

  1. Watch for future cjRAW opportunities [12:55]
  2. Your Trusted Circle [13:13]
  3. Trusted Source Online, Workshops, Courses [13:32]
  4. Professional Reviewers [13:56]

People Mentioned

Tim Ferriss
Casey Neistat
Michael Kenna
Zack Arias
Vincent Laforet
Sue Bryce
Chris Burkhard

3 Tips for Shooting Photos + Protecting Your Gear in Bad Weather, Rain + Snow [ChaseJarvisRAW #04 is in the House]

Most people don’t know this, but bad weather often means great (interesting) photos. So I almost never shy away from it. BUT I’ve heard LOTS of you whining rightly worrying about your camera gear when working outdoors in the yuck. Truth be told – I totally get it. The gear is spendy and unless you’re an active pro photog or…rich…you want to be careful.. Sooooo, based on your asking, I thought I’d address this challenge with a tip or three and a couple of affordable hacks that’ll help you stay outside and get the shot.

1. Get weather-sealed pro cameras that can keep out rain, dust, and other elements. I know they’re spendy as hell. But this is where that extra $ pays off in spades. They work. And when they stop working…they’ll usually fire right back up when they dry out…

2. The hack. Don’t want to spend the big bucks on the pro cameras, and you just got a “normal” dSLR. I get it. There’s nothing quite like the shower cap to suit most of your needs. Srsly. Check the vid.

3. OK OK, so you found a way to work outside but your lens got super nasty wet….and you’re getting streaky pictures and blowing thru lens cloths like it ain’t no thing? Here’s then how you PROPERLY clean your lens. (take it from me…)

Links from the Episode

Gear I use. This is the pro stuff

Music “You Can Have It” by Fresh Espresso:

BTW, CreativeLive is a good resource.

What’s Covered

Working with weather sealed cameras [0:39]

The Shower Cap [1:36]

Drying a nasty wet lens [2:22]

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
    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:  ⟶ 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:

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…. 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

// 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.

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.

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 –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: ‪

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


CreativeLive Jobs:

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


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