Dan Schawbel, a contributing writer for Forbes online and author of the best selling book "Promote Yourself," recently met up with famed photographer Chase Jarvis. The interview that resulted is an interesting look at how he became such a force in the photographic world. The interview of course touches on CreativeLive and how it came to be, but it also goes into the philosophies that have shaped his entire photographic career.
That's the part that I think most of you will really want to dig in and pay attention.
It wouldn't be right to pull the entire interview into this post, but there is one part I want to make sure you see since many of you may not go on to read the entire piece. When asked what career advice he would give, Chase listed three things. This first one is incredibly powerful:
Scratch your own itch. What problems/challenges/stories are you currently living through? Whatever your answer - it’s those stories you should be telling with your art, it’s those solutions that you should be providing with your business, service, startup, etc. If you’re going to change the world – or at least make a dent in it – then you’d better be carrying some real energy and passion into the challenge, because you’re gonna need it. If you’re trying to solve other people’s problems you’ll probably run out of gas before somebody else (someone who actually cares about the itch) beats you to it.
It's a little hard to hear I know, but the man speaks the truth. I highly recommend that you click the link below and read the entirety of the interview.