Chase Jarvis – Creative Calling – Pt.1

You know who Chase Jarvis is right? You’ve heard of CreativeLive?

No? Then hit the links before reading any further.

It’s okay. I’ll wait for you.

Sorted? Great!

Now we all are familiar with Chase and his amazing team in CreativeLive, then let’s get into his book Creative Calling.

This book is his blueprint and experience of living a full life of creativity and harnessing the energy of your talents to live the life you truly want.

It covers all types of creative impulses and outlets.

Chase puts out a massive amount of free content in personal sharings, interviews with the top creatives and entrepreneurs in the game. There is a mass of free content on the CreativeLive site as well.

The latest offering from Chase is the Creative Calling Book Club.

This is a free 6-weekly class where you are tutored and taken through the key elements of the book with Chase Jarvis himself, for about an hour. There is usually a long Q&A session at the end as well. It takes place live each Saturday – 6pm UK time – but the content is then up on webpage shortly after.

In this post I want to share the main takeaways from Week 1.

The first takeaway is in essence a daily mantra for creatives:

  • We are all Creative!
  • Believe Creativity is a muscle!
  • Do small Creative acts in daily ways.

You don’t need to see a painter cut off his ear to know that being creative is just as much an emotional/passionate state of being as it is a job of work like any other, needing continual inspiration and daily input.

We are all Creative – most of us need to use it – that part of us – more regularly.

In fact Chase has a saying which puts this the best: Do the verb to be the noun.

You have probably heard of writer’s block? I’m not sure if there is an equivalent in other artists’ endeavours? Painter’s Block . . . Embroiderer’s Block . . . Musician’s Block . . ?

Creativity is a muscle. So what’s your daily work out and is it in your calendar alongside your physical workout?

You’ve not got either? Then that’s a whole different blog post!

Athletes don’t just train a couple of times a week. Most will train everyday, but they vary what they do and tailor workouts to specific skills in their disciplines or areas of their bodies.

Small Creative acts in daily ways. If I focus on writing, which is my predominant creative sphere, then I need to write everyday on my main project. I also need to do research. I need to read other writer’s words and see how they do their thing. I need to play around with words – use them, flip them around, drop them into different orders, see what happens and what they can do.

How do these three elements fit into you creative sphere?

The next big takeaway is IDEA.

  • I – Imagine what you want
  • D – Design a system to do it!
  • E – Execute the plan!
  • A – Amplify

What do you want from your creativity? Is it a full time career? Is it the ‘me’ time you rarely get? Is it to create art for your family and friends? The what is a value set against a graph it is the sum of your desire for your creativity.

Once you’ve decided (and it is okay to change your mind!) what you want then you need to design a system to accomplish that want. There are plenty of generic systems out there but you need to design one which fits your current life and circumstances. How much time can you put aside each day? When? What sequence do you need to create in? Get your system!

Now you have the want and the system, you’ve got to execute! Start creating and keep doing it, in line with your system, every day, or the days you’ve allocated to being creative. This is down to you. You may have the support of family and friends to help and encourage you, but ultimately it is you in the cockpit – fly the plane!

To finish with you need to amplify. Take your system and improve it, build upon it, make it slicker or bigger. Develop your want and alter it, enlarge it. Increase the time you spend on your creative endeavour. Change the days you do each element on. Switch to every other day but increase the time in one go. The choices are yours to make.

Chase Jarvis and CreativeLive – they’ve made a huge difference to my creative attitude and output. See what they can do for you.

(And no, I’m not being paid my them – they don’t even know I’m here!)

Day 409 – Be A Documentarian.

If you haven’t discovered Austin Kleon yet, do it now!

He describes himself as ‘a writer who draws’ but he also just happens to be a New York Times bestselling author of books about creativity in the digital age.

In a conversation with Chase Jarvis, Kleon gives you three reasons why we must show our work – apart from it being in the title of the video.

I want to just focus on the first reason.

Be a documentarian.

In the digital age we are in control of our work and how our audiences can access it.

If you are a writer then you used to write a book, it would get published by a company, someone from a newspaper/publication would review it, and then readers would go to a book shop and buy a copy. Now you can publish it yourself on your blog, on Kindle, via email, or what ever platform they invented this week.

The cool thing, which most authors don’t seem to realise yet, is that you can now have the equivalent of the DVD extras with your work. You know the short interviews with the actors and directors, the locations details, the ‘making of’ features.

Any modern creative can now do this for themselves.

Document your creativity.

Open up your blog, for example, and type away ‘here’s p.73 of my latest book – it only took me 7 hours and 23 cups of coffee to write’, then stick in a screenshot of p.73, or the coffee, or both.

Share that quick scribble in your notebook, ‘I think the person at the next to me just killed someone’ . . . At the very least we can tweet it into the police if you don’t post for a while.

If our favourite author, painter, musician, posted this kind of content on their websites, we would probably pay for it.

Anyway, I have a few more ideas about this which I will share over the next few weeks, but until then check out Austin Kleon on the links above.

Day 401 – But You Don’t Even Own A Camera.

Listening to a Podcast and I heard this great story:

Husband: What is it you would really like to do, more than anything?

Wife: Be a photographer.

Husband: But you don’t even own a camera.

That wife, Jasmine Staro, is now the most famous wedding photographer online.

Answer that question above for yourself and I look forward to seeing what happens next!

Check out the podcast for yourself and Jasmine’s interview with Chase Jarvis. There is a lot of great material about following your dream, turning your creativity into a business, and how to make that business grow.

Also, if you haven’t come across Chase Jarvis, or Creative Live, then follow the links – you don’t know what you are missing!

Chase Jarvis. Creative Live.

Day 100 – Silencing the Inner Critic.

If you are creative, then you have an inner critic.

If you are not creative, then you definitely have an inner critic.

Exactly what that inner critic says and how it makes you feel, is different for every one of us.

Check out this edition of the Chase Jarvis Live Podcast with Danielle Krysa, on how Your Inner Critic Is A Big Jerk.

What Danielle says will have you nodding your head and saying ‘that sounds familiar’, and she gives some great tips on how to deal with your ‘Tim’ or ‘Elaine’.

There is a lot in this podcast to take away, but two key points, based on her interviews with artists and other creatives, for me were:

  1. DEDICATION – Creatives make every day.
  2. TIME – Creatives give space and time to create everyday.

Enjoy the podcast and Silence that inner critic!

Day Ninety – The Random Edition.

Day One began on Sunday 6th May, for no other reason than that was the day I decided to write – it was practice really – for between two and five minutes each day.

There is no theme. No continuity. Simply, whatever comes into my head and my fingers type the words. Most of the entries are closer to the two minutes.

I use the app DayOne, which is a great journalling app across all of the Apple platforms, and you can send stuff to it from pretty much anywhere and anything.

I also began writing in a red Moleskine notebook. I prefer to type as I can read what I have written and it is always neat. Writing with a pen on paper is a different experience and, as well as notes, I tend to find I am writing poetry again this way.

I set myself the challenge of listening to something new everyday. There are plenty of music platforms out there. I use Amazon Music.

Today I am listening to Hybrid – Light of the Fearless.

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With the Rugby League Challenge Cup semifinals today, two rugby related thoughts are in my head:

  1. I watched the final of the Super Rugby, between the Crusaders and the Lions, yesterday. I watched ten minutes and I am pretty sure I only actually saw two minutes of actual play. I will watch the rest on fast-forward.
  2. Matt Cecchin, an Aussie Rugby League referee (an excellent one I will note) is quitting the sport at the end of this season due to the amount of abuse death threats(!) he is receiving. This is madness.

Back with the Challenge Cup – Saints v Catalans and Warrington v Leeds – none of them are my team so I am going with Catalans today, as it would be fantastic for growing the game for the French side to make it into the final. However, I think Saints will win the whole competition and the Super League title this year.

Have you heard of Chase Jarvis? You have now and he is awesome. Check him out via this link.

I listened to his podcast interview with Gregory Heisler, this morning. The takeaway? Prioritise Voice and Style over Technique.

I read L.J. Ross’ blog also this morning. If you haven’t come across her DCI Ryan novels, then I suggest you jump across to your favourite book/e-book provider and get the first of her Northumbrian set novels, Holy Island.