3 Questions with Chase Jarvis to Help Inspire Your Creativity

To continue celebrating our birthday month, we sat down with our founder Chase Jarvis to learn some of the lesser known facts about his background and the inspiration for CreativeLive. Through his experiences, there’s a lesson to be learned about trusting yourself and persevering through the challenges. After all, it’s those struggles that unite us all in the creator community and keep us motivated. Here are three questions from Chase Jarvis to keep you inspired and help you stay on track.

What were you passionate about when you were younger?

“When I was seven, I got the neighborhood kids together to make a film. We washed cars so we could buy some Super 8, and shot six-minutes of this silent thriller Sons of Zorro. We posted flyers around the block, sold candy bars and charged admission. Our parents and friends came out and had a good laugh.

I’m still friends with a bunch of those people today. We laugh about it. I also remember realizing that this was something that was repeatable. ‘Wait a minute. My dad goes to work, comes home and has a paycheck. Maybe there’s a way that we could just do this.’”

What is really at the heart of your project?

“When we started bringing these massive communities together online, in real-time, it was like someone turned the lights on for the creative community. It was a way that you could realize that there were other people who were just like you, who were trying to learn the craft, who were struggling. That sort of empathy that was part of those early broadcasts — and still, today, I think that’s one thing that makes CreativeLive education wildly different.

If someone is in the classroom, and they’re asking a question, there’s someone in Alabama or Nairobi that has the same question. The connectivity, just realizing that we’re all in this together, was something that we knew we had to capture. We put all of our energy into doing that.”

How do you take the next step?

“Fear controls our entire culture. Personal fear, fear of failure, sometimes even fear of success.  

I’ve spent a lot of time studying my own psychology, and you realize that those are the things that keep the human spirit down. I’ve personally developed mechanisms and spent a lot of time on my own psychology to break through that. It’s in those moments where I have been able to cast fear aside — to me, outside of our comfort zones, that’s where the best stuff is.”


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