ArtIama a professional photographer who has shot campaigns for many of the world’s top brands, including Nike, Apple, Red Bull, and others. I am also the founder of CreativeLive, an online learning platform for creatives + entrepreneurs
Feb 23rd 2016 by thechasejarvis • 15 Questions • 118 Points
Hey reddit, I'm Chase Jarvis. I’m a professional photographer who has shot campaigns and directed commercials for many of the world’s top brands, including Nike, Apple, RedBull, etc. I’ve been nominated for an Emmy for my work documenting music culture, and I contributed to SnowFall, the Pulitzer winning NYTimes story called by some “the future of journalism”
I’m also the co-founder of CreativeLive, an online learning platform with millions of students, reaching every country on the planet, offering 1500 classes and 25k lessons from more than 1000 of the world’s top experts. We have had more than 2 billion minutes of video consumed on our platform and we host classes from people like Tim Ferriss (NYT bestselling author “4 Hour Workweek”), Reid Hoffman (Founder, LinkedIn), Anne Geddes (photographer and NYT bestselling author), and Alex Blumberg (host of Startup and former producer of This American Life) and others. Our goal is to transform the way people learn by giving them access to the world's greatest experts.
Also as a bonus, we created the following package just for redditors: a Freelancer's Toolkit with specific, actionable tactics and videos on how to launch and grow your career as a freelancer. It's available FREE at http://creativelive.com/reddit.
Ask me about creativity, cameras, entrepreneurship/starting companies, action sports, music, education, whatever. Excited to be here. AMA!
UPDATE: Thanks so much for all of the questions! I've gotta run, but I'll continue returning to this thread later this evening and on a regular beat for a while, so look forward to crossing paths, answering more questions, and generally being more active on Reddit ;)
This one is kind of oddly specific, but I'm a big fan of Social Capital (even before Palihapitiya built an org around himself).
Can you share your experience raising that round and how they've been to work with? Maybe versus other experiences/rounds. A story would be awesome.
Thanks for doing this.
Social+Capital partnership (led by Chamath who previously led growth at Facebook) have been a great force in helping us get CreativeLive really cranking. Specifically my board member Ted Maidenberg from SC has been critical in helping us think from a data standpoint. I'm a big gut / brand / feel leader, but adding in a robust data layer has been an important win for us...in a sense most often validating or sometimes usurping my 'gut'.
Secondarily helping us understand paid advertising on Facebook - obvious tie in there ;) In general - they are a young, aggressive and hungry VC firm - and have played a great counterbalance to our other lead investor Greylock (who I also love).... I would recommend them - if entrepreneurs can get their attention ;) They are a 'hot' and popular firm in the Valley for sure.
Chase me again from New Zealand. Would you be up for a challenge. People see you as you are today, they see your success and your accomplishment. However they didn't see the struggle to get there.
I know why you use the gear you use, I understand as a professional you need that gear. But when you say gear doesn't matter a lot of people can't relate when they see the gear you use.
Would you be interested in a challenge where you go back in time to when you first turned pro. Use similar gear, and go and shoot how you did back then? You could record it and use it for content. I would love to see you running around with an old film camera shooting some skiing again.
Would be a welcome challenge...but already done that ;) Here's proof - me with a lego camera shooting skateboarding.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX76k-chflo
That said, being a pro photog for 15 years turns you into a problem solver, especially a location based action sports photographer as I was early on (my roots)... So I can take almost any camera these days and make something happen. I still get a rush from both solving the problems AND the creating of photos...so it's no longer stressful as it was when I was less experienced... But I love your concept!
Im currently trying to break into the creative field, if the work I am producing is not where I know it can or will be, should I still post it to social media to show the progression of my work or should I only post what I am 100% happy with?
Definitely do the work, show the work, repeat. It’s rare we’re ever 100% happy with what we do. There’s always the voice in your head telling you what you can do better. I share a little about that here: http://cr8.lv/1XKXmee… but basically, perfection is a myth. Check out my man James Victore on this: https://www.facebook.com/chasejarvis/videos/10152574634805978/
What is a good backup strategy for an amateur GoPro photographer who is always on the go? I currently have about 1TB of photos backed up on an external HD, my favorites on my SSD in my MacBook Pro, and a time-machine backup of that. I know its not enough and I can replicate to more external HDs but I would love your thoughts on a clean and simple strategy. Thanks!
People ask me all the time if I have an update to my old workflow video+article, but the truth is that it’s stood the test of time: http://cr8.lv/1VCkolS and is a good place to start. It's overkill for your current workload, but the core elements are there for you to pickup / learn.
Ultimately, the amount/kind of backups you have is directly proportional to the amount of risk you’re willing to take. On commercial shoots we keep 3 copies - because it's how my reputation has been built over decade of shooting for top brands. There can be no data mistakes when huge budgets are in play - it's a big deal. By contrast, as a one or two-person team, you could look at uploading your dailies over the internet or making 3 copies on different drives, shipping one of those drives back home, carrying one with you, and giving another to a partner (if you have one). If you start getting a lot of material, look at getting a larger server/disk you can backup to. Having a lot of external hard drives around can lead to a big pain later.
But again - get the fundamentals of WHY and HOW to backup here...http://cr8.lv/1VCkolS