Episodes
If you've ever looked up film and digital camera lessons on YouTube, there's a high chance you've bumped into Kai Wong's top-of-the-game photography videos or even come across one of his videos featuring yours truly + a lego camera. Previously known for creating innovative content with a humorous bent for one of YouTube's most subscribed photography channels, DigitalRev, Kai quit his seven-year-long association with the Media House in 2016. After stepping down as the company's face and...
Published 07/28/21
"Opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.” -Richard Branson Be ready to catch the next bus.  This episode is a reminder that failing is necessary in order to succeed. If we are only focused on what could have been, we fail to see opportunities that are right at our fingertips. In this episode I recount the experience building “Best Camera,” a photo sharing app that gained global publicity and over 1 million downloads. Today's story begins with a barrage of texts and...
Published 07/26/21
Ben Uyeda stepped away from the award-winning architecture firm he co-founded, as well as an Ivy League teaching position, to develop media companies that deliver affordable designs to the masses.    In the last four years, Ben’s design ideas have reached more than 50 million people and the free designs he gives away are being built on six different continents. Despite the populist and affordable nature of his work, Ben’s designs have been featured in an exhibition and workshop at the Vitra...
Published 07/21/21
Today's episode is an audience question from Bobby, a creative asking about how to stay focused and finish projects. ADHD and mental health stuff aside, much of this question boils down to aligning goals, values and actions. What I mean by that is that if you say you are going to do something, do it. It might be uncomfortable, difficult or humbling, but once you get started, the angst of feeling stuck goes away, replaced by new sense of exploration and growth. The last thing you want is...
Published 07/19/21
Your thoughts aren't something you have, they're something you hone. It's a double-edged sword; optimistic, enthusiastic thinking compounds over time to create amazing things, while a multitude of mental woes can dampen our willingness to go bigger. Jon Acuff, author of Soundtracks: the surprising solution to overthinking, and one of my favorite speakers and is here on the podcast to give us a lesson on how to address negative, repetitive thoughts to steer us towards our goals and dreams...
Published 07/14/21
Passion and curiosity drive the artist towards a craft that usually isn't the most lucrative. Early on, we jump on any opportunity to make money. But quickly, reality sets in. Bills, taxes, medical costs, equipment- it adds up fast, and we realize that we going to have to charge more. So how do we scale a creative business? In this episode I take a question from Fritz, a photographer working hourly, about how to do just that. To get you thinking before the show: What part of the business...
Published 07/12/21
Is it time to take the leap? Anyone you've admired, looked up to or emulated has, at some point, taken a necessary risk to move towards the living and life of their choice. Today, Pulitzer prize-winning poet Jericho Brown shares how he did just that, and the key to speaking truth through art. Jericho's advice for anyone beginning their journey struck me as profound, yet simple. What would a day look like if you were living your dream career/life/business? What you begin to realize is that...
Published 07/08/21
CreativeLive student and filmmaker, Alec Cutter first came on my radar in 2016 during a live panel event in Seattle. After playing division one soccer at Gonzaga University, he moved to NYC with a dream to become a filmmaker, where he faced the classic chicken and egg dilemma. He needed a portfolio to get hired, but felt like getting hired was necessary to create a portfolio. Living on a friends couch, working multiple jobs, Alec used his spare time and income to create videos for cafes...
Published 07/05/21
In 2008, Suneel Gupta watched a young Barack Obama deliver a speech at the democratic national convention. From his perspective backstage, he saw the faces of the crowd as they became visibly moved. This made him ask, what is it that makes people backable? What is the intangible 'IT' factor that makes people take a chance on you?  Suneel shares stories and lessons from his journey co-founding Rise, a company focused on health care and health coaching, and writing his recent book “Backable:...
Published 06/30/21
If maybe this is the first you've heard, I made a shoe. It's called The Creator and it's available in limited quantities now. The opportunity to collaborate with KSWISS was a dream come true. In this episode I talk with KSWISS President, Barney Waters, about the creative entrepreneur journey. I share a few insights including what it takes to build confidence, how we are curators and creators of our own lives, and the implications of small daily choices on the overall life we lead. If you're...
Published 06/28/21
Guess what? I made a shoe. When KSWISS reached out to see if I was interested in collaborating, my 8-year old self jumped at the chance.  Last weekend, I gave an early preview in a video call with my text community. It's a detailed look at my creative process, what inspirations went into the shoe, how we tested and developed it, and even a little easter egg. The shoe is out now. Only 1000 are available. Visit kswiss.com/chasejarvis to pick up a pair (or two 😉). Enjoy! --- Today's...
Published 06/23/21
How do I know when to transition my portfolio? It's a classic question because it's a paradox. If you want to get hired, press pause on the stuff that's not absolutely crucial. And go make the stuff you want to get hired to create. A convoluted and broad portfolio does not allow you to make a name for yourself. So build a portfolio with your spare time, money and energy to get the work you really want. A few other keys: > Market yourself as the thing you want to be, not the thing that's...
Published 06/21/21
At 8 years old, Rebecca Minkoff’s mother refused to buy her the dress she wanted, offering instead to teach her to sew. At an early age, Rebecca learned the value of doing things on her own, and once she got started, she couldn’t stop. Rebecca is an entrepreneur in the fullest sense; a fashion designer, author, podcast host, wife, and mother. In this episode, Rebecca recounts her journey, and shares insight on how she’s able to juggle so many things while operating at such a high level. ...
Published 06/16/21
In the past five years, my daily rituals, practices and overall mindfulness have supercharged my creativity. Through alignment between my actions from moment to moment with bigger aspirations is like a never-ending supply of creative plutonium. Today's episode is a response to an online question: How did your focus/perspective on mindfulness change over your career and how did that impact your creativity? Enjoy! --- Today's episode is brought to you by CreativeLive. CreativeLive is the...
Published 06/14/21
Have you ever felt that who you thought you were doesn't align with who you actually are? If so, you're not alone. Whether it by cultural conditioning or childhood trauma, it's not hard to see how our inner voice can get lost in the noise. Enter Dr. Nicole LePera. Nicole is a Holistic Psychologist and Content Creator works to help us learn to heal trauma and consciously recreate ourselves. Nicole discovered holistic psychology while on a path to figure out why she felt empty and began to...
Published 06/09/21
If you’ve graduated college through the conventional school system, you have spent upwards of 15,000 hours behind a desk learning in a system that was designed to value efficiency over originality and diversity of thought. Yet, fuel for creative pursuits are found when we can tap into our own originality and uniqueness. So how do we access that space more frequently?  Follow the fear.  Take a listen, and let me know what you think. --- Today's episode is brought to you by CreativeLive....
Published 06/07/21
How many of us let what others think and say dictate the way we value our ideas? Does hearing no discourage you? How about when someone tells you that what you’re working on will never work? This week’s guest has literally made a living as an entrepreneur, being told that his ideas would never work every step of the way. Marc Randolph is the cofounder of Netflix, author of the book, “That Will Never Work,” host of the podcast “That Will Never Work,” serial entrepreneur, investor, advisor, and...
Published 06/02/21
How do you break out of creative ruts? On today's episode I take a question from Aaron, who feels uninspired and unable to progress as a photographer. Enjoy! --- Today's episode is brought to you by CreativeLive. CreativeLive is the world's largest hub for online creative education in photo/video, art/design, music/audio, craft/maker and the ability to make a living in any of those disciplines. They are high quality, highly curated classes taught by the world’s top experts -- Pulitzer,...
Published 06/01/21
Think of that ONE dream you’ve always imagined materializing. Are you getting closer to it every day? Or do you keep yourself from committing to it for fear of failure?  Bestselling author, coach, visionary, and guest for today’s episode, Rachel Rodgers, shares her story, and how she built her multi-million dollar business, Hello Seven, after becoming a lawyer, working for state and federal judges, non-profits, and even Hillary Clinton. Rachel has been featured in global publications...
Published 05/27/21
Have you ever felt like you're running in place professionally? I know I have. After finishing college and starting a photography business I had to navigate this issue myself. I was always doing something, wearing all types of hats, but I wasn't seeing the results. In this episode, I go deep into my story to address one of the most critical elements of being a successful professional, no matter the discipline: where to place your focus. What really moves the needle and what doesn't? At the...
Published 05/24/21
What does it take to create success and fulfillment in the long-run? Today's guest is former Wall Street lawyer turned podcast host, social dynamics expert and multi-faceted entrepreneur, Jordan Harbinger. We dig into what it takes to push the limits for what is possible in your life. Who are the 15 people you would call if you got laid off today? By digging the ditches and building relationships before you need them (check out his 6-minute networking course) you can maintain and reignite...
Published 05/20/21
Today I jump on the phone with Ben answering a popular question I often get: how do quit my day job. Of course there's no one-size-fits all answer here. In this episode I share a few tactics to get into your dream career or life. Enjoy! Have a question? Text me 1-206-309-5177 Tweet me @chasejarvis --- Today's episode is brought to you by CreativeLive. CreativeLive is the world's largest hub for online creative education in photo/video, art/design, music/audio, craft/maker and the...
Published 05/17/21
One of the most common stories I hear is, "I'm not ready yet." You have a dream, a goal, an ambition, but without the connections, skills, or resources it feels out of reach. Social media makes it easy to see others' success without showing the REAL stuff. Late nights, blood, sweat, tears… the messy middle doesn't make the highlight reel. This mindset undermines our confidence and inhibits creativity. Chances are, you do have what you need to get started. Today's show is going to prove it to...
Published 05/12/21
A few weeks ago a shared a conversation on Clubhouse with photographers Ben Von Wong and Tim Tadder and I received a lot of positive feedback. If you're not familiar with Clubhouse, it's new social audio platform. It's currently still in beta, so access is still limited. So grateful to be able to record a couple of these and share them out so you can listen in. Today I'm back with hosts Walid Azami (@walid.azami) and Mathieu Young (@mathieuyoung) in a Clubhouse conversation talking about...
Published 05/10/21
It's no secret that 2020 has shifted how we do business. Businesses, creators, artists and remote workers had to adapt and innovate in new and expanding ways, accelerating innovation, technology and the internet. Ordering take-out, banking, and even counseling online was no longer a nice-to-have, it was do or die.  One person on the front lines of that evolution is my good friend Harley Finkelstein, president of Shopify, where he is building, championing, and helping other businesses grow....
Published 05/05/21