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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 Ferriss

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.

CreativeLive

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: https://www.facebook.com/FreshEspresso

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 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

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

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

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

What’s Covered

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

What could it be? [1:11]

What it’s not. [2:21]

More like a hyphen [2:51]

How often to expect episodes [3:37]

People Mentioned

Macklemore

Adrian Grenier

Prince

Tim Ferriss

Marc Ecko

Brené Brown

Swiss Miss

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!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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.

VIDEO: Unboxing The New DJI Global Inspire 1 Drone

You my dear friends all know the drone photography + cinematography, UMAV’s, quadcopters, whatever the hell you wanna call them is all the rage these days. You don’t need me to tell you that. But even I couldn’t have predicted when I was first playing around with this stuff back in 2008, 09 and 2010 how fast this technology was going to blow up (figuratively). And…well… I’ve gotten to know the fine folks from DJI Global, attended their launch event in SF end of last year…and lo and behold, I last week scored their newest machine–The Inspire 1– and holy crap. #nice stuff.

Even if you’re not a pro, the DJI Global Inspire 1 drone (or unmanned aerial vehicle, but that’s a debate for another day!) is going to make you feel like one. For the first time (with any degree of quality), this sexy beast has its own camera, made by DHI, just for UAV filming. There are lots of other bits too…some great, and the jury’s out on some other features… My rants and ramble are in the above video, but here’s a quick list o’ specs:

  • 4k camera mounted on the drone
  • 12mp stills
  • 1.2 mile radio range
  • 3-axis gimbal
  • Wireless 720p HD live view back to earth via the mobile app, so you always know what it’s seeing
  • GPS to help guide it — and find it, in case you’re a bad pilot
  • Indoor mode with spacial awareness
  • Average flight time: Between 18 and 22 minutes

Other hot features on the Inspire 1 that make it sweet? Frickin lazers! Ok, just kidding. But it’s got landing gear that retract and expand on takeoff and landing, without sacrificing the 360-degree view of the camera. It’s also got an optional double-remote feature, so one person can be manning the UAV, while the other pilot is aiming the camera itself. How cool is THAT? That arrangement most closely mimics the approach the professional drone operators have been using for years. Now it’s in your hands.

Anyway, there’s more deets in the video above. And I presume we’ll be seeing more from upcoming competitors like GoPro, Adorama, 3D Robotics, SteadiDrone and many others.

Check out this unboxing video above to hear my take and get a feel for how hearty (and sexy) this craft is.

[Any questions on this? Hit me in the comments. Have other fav drones or optimistic with one coming out? Chime in as well…]

Happy to Take on Some Ice Water for the ALS #IceBucketChallenge

I know, I know! I’m two weeks late for the #ALS #icebucketchallenge…I hate being late for an internet meme, but this is obviously way more/bigger/important than a meme… In this case, as you know by now, the world is raising awareness and money for ALS research. I’ve donated to ALS for not hitting my 24hr mark… and it’s never too late for a good cause, so bring on the ice anyway, per the vid above.

I explain in more detail about my tardiness in the vid above, but want to thank everyone who nominated me. Lots of lovely people/folks/groups throughout the innerwebs (thanks to Adorama, Kai and DigitalRev, Brian, several on the CreativeLive crew, and many others that justifiably beat me up via Twitter. I hear ya ;)

We banged out the video above and wrangled a few playful vid effects to keep it fun. And of course, I also get to nominate some folks to do this chilly challenge, so here they are below:

Actor and pal Adrian Grenier (@adriangrenier)
Homie Travis Rice (@TravRice) – the best snowboarding in the world.
And… hardcore Mike Horn (@ExploreMikeHorn) – the gnarliest active explorer on earth.

Get to it, you three, while I go dry off and warm up.

Lastly! I shot stills of my dousing. If you donate to ALS and share your receipt with me online in any way — even for donating a dollar — I’ll share with you the ridiculous image via a download or something so you can poke fun at me, privately or in public.

As always, if you have questions/comments on the video or anything for that matter… post em below. And forever feel free to hit me up on Twitter, Facebook, and G+.

I have lost a family member to this disease, so it’s extra close to me personally. I can’t overstate how phenomenal the response to the #IBC has been – I hope you’re interested in supporting awareness and research has been piqued.And please, if you can afford it — ice bucket or not — please visit the ALS Association website and make a donation. Thanks and #love.

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