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

So grateful for all the feedback on the last #cjRAW. Went vlog style for the Stolen Golf Cart + Other Life Lessons vid and got great feedback (with, of course, one hater ? As such – given the fun I had making the last one, the success of that approach, plus some free time early in this new year and I thought I’d follow up that with another vlog episode here… This time – of course there’s the daily life bit, but there’s also so good life-lessons embedded in here…some reflections I had on 2015, what I plan to do about those in 2016, and how you can join me in avoiding that unhelpful 3am voice…those gremlins…and staying true to your vision for YOUR life. Sometimes those voices help us, but mostly that 3am “afraid” voice that tells us we’re not good enough –especially when we’re trying new things or Continue reading "That Voice Inside Your Head at 3 a.m. is NOT Your Friend. [How to Shut Those Gremlins Up + Win 2016]"

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


So grateful for all the feedback on the last #cjRAW. Went vlog style for the Stolen Golf Cart + Other Life Lessons vid and got great feedback (with, of course, one hater ;) As such – given the fun I had making the last one, the success of that approach, plus some free time early in this new year and I thought I’d follow up that with another vlog episode here… This time – of course there’s the daily life bit, but there’s also so good life-lessons embedded in here…some reflections I had on 2015, what I plan to do about those in 2016, and how you can join me in avoiding that unhelpful 3am voice…those gremlins…and staying true to your vision for YOUR life. Enjoy. I post YouTube videos weekly. If you’d like to be notified when I hit publish, then subscribe here. #Hugs

Links from the Episode

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

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

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


I live by hard work + hustle — they are some of the key elements to my success and the successes of so many of my peers… but so is recovery. One cannot live at 100mph. One cannot ALWAYS be on a diet, be in peak performance. Rest is mandatory. We either choose to find it in appropriate doses OR our bodies an our lives will choose it for us (crash and burn, get sick, cancer, etc etc). It’s literally impossible to be completely “ON” all the time at a full run. When we give ourselves a little headspace, we gain new opportunities for clarity, creativity, problem solving, and dreams. Creating daily play & creative time can help avoid burn out or getting stuck. It’s all about the long game. Stamina wins. Recovery is essential to health and longevity in love, life, and business. I don’t often talk about recovery
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GEEK ALERT! 3 Tech Tools for People Who Make Stuff [#cjRAW]


Calling all maker geeks, photo geeks, and audiophiles – this one is for you. Yes yes, I regularly champion experience over stuff, but the reality is also true that we creators use tools to create. As such, in today’s #cjRAW I shine a bright little light on 3 tech tools that caught my eye. One for the geeky geeks, one for the photo geeks, and a third for the audiofile / video geeks.

Glowforge

When I first saw this 3D printer, my eyes bugged out. So simple, so gorgeous, and brilliant in what it can do. This little beauty will cut or engrave everything from paper, wood, leather, and – yes – even food. Not only was it the largest crowd-funded project of all time ($27 million in 30 days), but what’s particularly awesome about this thing is it’s versatility + gorgeous design, more than suitable for any home
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The TIPPING POINT — How You Know When You’ve “Arrived” [ + answers to 9 other questions you asked me]


Hi friends, back atcha here with another #cjRAW. You might remember in Episode 10, I asked for you to tag your questions #heychase and I’d answer those questions? Well, you did your part, and now I’ll do mine. In this episode I answer the following questions from this community. I go deep on some, quick on others, but tell me in the comments below or on social that I’m adding value… And of course feel free to pepper me with the next round of #HeyChase anytime, anywhere. I’m on it.

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

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

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

Q4: When did feel that your
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SERENA WILLIAMS + ROGER FEDERER in da House (and in front of my camera)

HA! You asked for another #cjRAW behind-the-scenes photo/video shoot…and so I’m DELIVERING! That’s right, in this episode of #cjRAW, I take you on location to photograph SERENA WILLIAMS, ROGER FEDERER and half dozen more of the BEST TENNIS STARS IN THE WORLD (while shooting a campaign for Wilson Tennis). Working smoothly with pro athletes or celebrities or otherwise fancy people on set is under-recognized, but highly valuable skill. Put bluntly – it is almost always the differentiating factor in getting a great shot…or having to make up excuses why you didn’t In light of celebrating the release of this here newest #cjRAW (I release new ones every week, follow along by doing this thing and/or subscribing to this thing), I thought it would be nice to go the extra mile and throw a few, scratch that, FIVE of my best tips for working with key talent on
Portrait of Pro Tennis Player Serena Williams, photo by Chase Jarvis
Pro Tennis Player Roger Federer in Action, photo by Chase Jarvis
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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
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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
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Answers To 4 Good Questions, Including Why I LOVE/HATE Coffee [#cjRAW 10, #HeyChase]


Hey friends – Time is flying. We’re already at episode 10 of the new #cjRAW, and frankly speaking, I’m just getting warmed up. Boom. Onto this week’s episode where I’m AGAIN answering YOUR questions, just like Episode 02..AAAAANNNNDD…. While selecting questions for this episode, I noticed more and more questions coming in were starting with “Hey Chase”… So that got me thinking … what if you/everyone just tags their questions with #HeyChase it’ll be easier for me to find YOUR questions to answer them in future episodes. So, starting today, if you have questions, please use the hashtag #HeyChase and that’ll help me pull them for future episodes!. Ok then. Without further ado, let’s get to those questions:

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

Thing #1 - Previously on the blog, I wrote a 5-step guide to street photography
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
cjRAW Episode 06: Protect your camera gear by keeping your gear bag closed and zipped
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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
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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
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ChaseJarvisRAW #03 — How I Learn ANY SKILL + How You Can Too [plus, get me to review YOUR photos]

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

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:
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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
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