For the past ten years, I've been following Chase Jarvis and the work that he has been involved with. I have loved the passion that he brings to the different projects that he has touched while working on some of the biggest photoshoots in the world. I've also really enjoyed the content showing how creatives like myself can make a career and living creating work that engages people in new and unexpected ways. Chase has truly been one of the biggest mentors in my life teaching me how I can succeed as a filmmaker and a creative.
Earlier this year Chase posted on his blog that he was looking for a Visual Storyteller to join his team in Seattle. I felt like this would be a fantastic chance to continue to grow as a filmmaker and spend the next several years learning from one of the best creatives and photographers in the world. The only challenge that I faced was trying to stand out from everybody else.
One of the biggest things that I have learned from Chase is to be different, not just better. Time and time again he has talked about the importance of bringing our perspective to our work.
I knew that the other applicants were going to submit nicely tailored resumes and cover letters. I also knew that many were going to include links to their websites and reels showcasing their best work. In order to stand out, I needed to do something different.
I have been thinking about creating a video cover letter for the past several years. However, my fear prevented me from putting in the work to bring it to life. There were countless times where I started working on this but would then quit out of frustration. In many cases, the thoughts of fear prevented me from getting this finished. What changed was my thoughts on the opportunity for me to stand out in an oversaturated marketplace.
To my surprise, it worked. After several intense interviews with Chase and members of his team, I was offered an opportunity to join the team in Seattle. I am beyond humbled and excited at the opportunity to work for a guy that has already taught me so much about what it means to be a professional and how to make a living as a creative. I feel that this is a fantastic opportunity to continue to grow as a creative pro and make work that will hopefully motivate other creatives like myself.
To everyone that I've worked with at Picture Head, The Mill and while freelancing, I just want to say thank you for the kind words and mentorship that you have offered me during the past two years. You have all made me more professional and appreciate the complexity of creating work that will hopefully entertain people. I will never forget the lessons that I've learned and will be something that I think about often. I wish you all the best with your careers and I can't wait to see the work that you make.
To creatives who are just figuring out there place and the things that they want to be involved with in their careers, my advice is just to make a lot of work. Constantly be making new pieces of work and trying new things. By trying new things and experimenting we find new ways of expressing ourselves and creating work that engages with people. It also forces us to think differently about our work.
Also, do not limit your potential. If you believe that you are capable of doing something attack it with everything you got. You are your best and worst critic. Do not let your ego get too large. Stay humble and appreciate the adventure because you are in for one hell of a ride. But most importantly, remember why you got into the game. It is so easy to get discouraged and quit. When times get tough it is critical to remember what motivated you to pick up a camera, to begin with.
Here is to the next adventure. I can't wait to get back to Seattle and join Chase and the team at CreativeLive. It's going to be challenging but it is definitely going to be worth it. I am looking forward to growing as a creative pro and learning how I can continue to make work that engages people in new ways.
Thanks again Los Angeles. You stay classy. You will always occupy a special place in my heart. I'm looking forward to being back in the city and connecting with friends.