I spent years of my life and 10s of thousands of dollars chasing everyone else's dream for what I was supposed to become rather than chasing my own. It was when I finally quit that path and pursued my own calling to become a photographer and an entrepreneur that I really felt alive.
If you have ever been told to give up on your creative passion because “it’s not going to pay the bills”, well think again!
Chase Jarvis decided to go all in with the thing he wanted to pursue, instead of the thing he thought he should have…
Check out this post to find out how he did it…
Chase Jarvis is a man of many talents - a photographer, artist, director, entrepreneur, and founder of CreativeLive, a new kind of online learning hub that was founded in 2010.
Originally from Seattle, USA, Jarvis began taking photographs when he relocated to Colorado with his girlfriend in 1994. At this time, he would snap snowboarders and skiers doing what they do best.
However, the creative life was not his original plan - He was all set for medical school, but around the time he was due to start, his grandfather passed away suddenly, leaving behind all of his professional photography equipment, just for Jarvis!
During his travels across Europe, he discovered a passion for photography! He is entirely self-taught, and developed his skill on his own terms through playing about and experimenting and doing his own research on techniques. Following the trip, he decided not to pursue medicine after all. When he completed his postgraduate studies in Philosophy and Art, Jarvis worked towards opening his very own studio. From this studio, he worked with some of the world’s biggest brands, including Volvo, Nike and Apple, to name a few.
In the years that followed, he won a number of prestigious awards, including the Hasselblad Master, being the youngest person to ever win that prize. In 2014, he was named by Huffington Post as one of the most influential photographers.
In 2009, he published a book called The Best Camera: Is the One That’s With You, made up of photos taken by the iPhone. His second book was a collection of monochrome photos of Seattle and its people, along with short, meaningful biographies. In the same year, Jarvis launched CreativeLive, an online learning site that offers teaching and classes in a range of different creative skills and crafts, which has since become the world’s largest livestreaming educational platform.
This site is amazing. Go and check it out!
So is Chase’s blog…