The Tim Ferriss Show, Episode 8: Chase Jarvis, Master Photographer


This episode of The Tim Ferriss Show is sponsored by HipDial. I use them personally, and you should check them out.

“Art is a subset of creativity.” – Chase Jarvis

Now, on to our amazing guest, Chase Jarvis!

Chase is a master photographer and the CEO of, where this episode was filmed.

Chase is the youngest person ever to be named a Hasselblad Master, Nikon Master, and ASMP Master. Since opening his own studio, Chase has photographed for Nike, Apple, Columbia Sportswear, REI, Honda, Subaru, Polaroid, Lady Gaga, Red Bull, and many more. He is known for a hyper-kinetic style and an emphasis on sports and portraiture.

CreativeLIVE, where he is CEO, is an online learning platform that broadcasts live, high-definition classes to more than 2 million students in 200 countries (!). All classes are free to watch while live and can be purchased for later viewing. They are amazing. Teachers include Pulitzer Prize winners, business luminaries, and beyond.  Check them out here.

This is my first video podcast test, and I’ve also included a transcript of this episode for my hearing-impaired friends (Click here: Chase Jarvis – Tim Ferriss Show – Transcript). Hope you enjoy!

In this episode, we explore:

  • Chase’s personal story
  • The most important choices he’s made
  • Common mistakes of “creative” professionals (or people in general)
  • How he reached the pinnacle of his industry
  • And much, much more…

His lessons and principles can be applied almost anywhere.

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Show notes and links are below, and please let Chase (@ChaseJarvis) know what you found most interesting or valuable.  He’s a good dude and would love to hear from you.


Show Notes and Select Links from Episodes 8 (Thanks, Ian!)

  • A little about CreativeLIVE studios
  • Chase Jarvis growing up, the making of a madman
  • Transitioning from artist to entrepreneur, where so many creatives fail
  • The amazing story of how Chase started taking pictures
  • The story of his first sale in the photography game
  • Main tipping points that led to him traveling the world with the greatest athletes… all while getting paid handsomely
  • How to monetize your craft at the highest level
  • Understanding negotiating skills, myths and realities
  • The most consistent mistakes in the world of creative entrepreneurship
  • How sharing his experiences of coming up as an artist was a tactic for differentiation
  • The importance of looking outside ones industry to glean tactics you can use
  • What it’s like shooting the top tennis players of all time, including Roger Federer and Serena Williams
  • Dissecting the value and capacity to become an empowered polymath in today’s world
  • How iteration is the key to navigating the transition from successful solopreneur to building out a company
  • About the vision for CreativeLIVE and himself
  • The top priorities for fulfillment/happiness for Chase Jarvis
  • On the fascinating power of meditation and how Chase practices
  • Chase’s catastrophic self-inflicted wound



Connect with Chase Jarvis: Website | YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | G +


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Posted on: May 26, 2014.

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71 comments on “The Tim Ferriss Show, Episode 8: Chase Jarvis, Master Photographer

  1. Hi Tim! I want your opinion, about this thing. I know a solution from biggest our problems and it’s call The Venus Project – Resource Based Economy. Watch we can have much better. Unite!

    The Venus Project offers a comprehensive plan for social reclamation in which human beings, technology and nature will be able to coexist in a long term, sustainable state of dynamic equilibrium.

    This video presentation advocates a new socio-economic system, which is updated to present-day knowledge, featuring the life-long work of Social Engineer, Futurist, Inventor and Industrial Designer Jacque Fresco, which he calls a Resource-Based Economy. This documentary details the root causes of the systemic value disorders and detrimental symptoms caused by our current established system. The film details the need to outgrow the dated and inefficient methods of politics, law, business, or any other “establishment” notions of human affairs, and use the methods of science, combined with high technology, to provide for the needs of all the world’s people. It is not based on the opinions of the political and financial elite or on illusionary so-called democracies, but on maintaining a dynamic equilibrium with the planet that could ultimately provide abundance for all people.

    [Moderator: Link Removed]

    Thank you!!!


  2. Thanks Tim, after first discovering Chase Javis earlier this year when I stumbled upon the Chase Javis Live video you did with him, it was great to hear part of his back story to his success as a photographer. I’ve personally found CreativeLive to be a great resource while I’m on the journey to taking my photography to the next level.

    Thanks for being the guy that helps to connect people.

    P.s I enjoyed Ep 6 in its short form too.


    • He already talked about TFX on a past blog post,

      “Only days ago, Turner Broadcasting let me know that the May 27th digital launch of The Tim Ferriss Experiment has been canceled. Some (not all) of the higher-ups want to try selling it to traditional outlets. (Sidenote: If you bought an iTunes season pass, definitely request a refund)”


      • Yeah, but that’s one short paragraph in a much larger blog post about something else. Not a lot of people have seen that and frankly it’s been poorly communicated by Tim. I know it must be painful to admit failure, but it would be helpful to all of, who waited ages for these TFX episodes to drop, a more detailed response on when and where we can see these episodes – for US and Internationals.


      • Stu, I hear you and I apologize for any confusion. Now, in fairness, Turner Broadcasting didn’t give me any information until the last-minute cancellation. I also recently announced the cancellation on Twitter/Facebook multiple times. Sadly, Turner has no plans to make any episodes available, and I am not given the ability to communicate directly with iTunes season pass purchasers (or I would have emailed everyone ASAP). I am working to fix all of this that, but, in the meantime, I’d definitely request a refund.

        Sorry for the hassle :(


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  3. I enjoyed the short, yet impassioned discussion of education, which I see as connected to the discussion of polymaths.

    As a high school English teacher, I strive to give students opportunities to create interest-driven projects that blended subject lines. This is a challenge within current curriculums.

    Tim, what do you see as the first step in moving away from the industrial model of school?


  4. Hi Tim,

    I really enjoy the podcast. I hope I can add this to my regular rotation.

    I have to say though I am still on the fence when it comes to meditation. Growing up near and going to college in Boulder, CO I am always a bit on guard when it comes to “hippie” activities.

    What should be the main goal or point to concentrate on during meditation and how are you measuring the outcome? From what I have seen there is generally no proven scientific studies that either prove or disprove the benefits of meditation outside of stress reduction.

    Keep up the great work.



  5. Great podcast Tim! Thanks for doing these, I always come away with some great new knowledge and cool new things to look into. You have been a HUGE inspiration in my life for a few years now after hearing you on the Rogan podcast and reading your book TFHWW. Keep up the good work and thanks again!

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  6. Hey Tim, Big uppppssss to u and Chase for a super cool and interesting episode. U can tell as a listener that you guys are on the same page but still manage to have a different take on things.

    Especially thankful for the best show notes/ resources so far. Also liked the ditching of the wine for some hard liquor!

    One final thing, i couldn’t say how much i liked the essay (episode 6) as i don’t have twitter so i will take this opportunity to say more of those please.


  7. Loved the episode, found it very motivational to chase down my dreams.
    But it got me thinking..

    Where do I (high school student) or any others start learning and specializing about becoming an entrepreneur.

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    • Seriously, check out the entrepreneurship and startup courses at! You can watch them for free when they first broadcast. Totally worth it. Also, you might want to consider checking out The 4-Hour Workweek, though your education (i.e. school) should come first at this point. If you can, take a year abroad. Study abroad and live with a host family whose native language *isn’t* English. It will change your life and make you more powerful than any book can.

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    • Tim’s advice rocks.

      Also, make sure you LEARN as much as you can. Now isn’t the time to get a big head. Make sure you get quality sources of information (4HWW is my bible) and take tons of notes.

      You may run into personal block/fear of failure. Use Tim’s fear setting (he talks about this on ep.22 of The James Altutcher Show:

      The best way to get over personal blocks (I’ve found) is to either have a mind-meld session with a mentor or enroll in a Vipassana meditation course.


  8. Hey Tim, awesome episode, one of your best so far! On a bit of a side note, been having lots of shoulder problems like Chase. Any recommendations on a specific Cissus Quadrangularis?


  9. Tim,

    *Do you have any resources or books, preferably ones teaching principles, on conversation or communication face-to-face?

    It’s apparent that you have a very unique communication style, and that you follow certain rules when you talk to your peers (Kevin rose, Chase, etc).
    How can one learn this?


      • Was referring to your style of interviewing.
        The person conducting the interview, his mood and choice of words, determines the responses.
        You’re very good at eliciting information making a strong impression, and I think part of it is because you interview people and ask questions that you’re genuinely interested in (?) – making that excitement contagious to the person being interviewed aswell.

        I guess the question I’m asking is: “How do I become a good interviewer?”
        (Sorry. Had to refine my thinking a bit)
        Resources, principles?


      • Sam may have been referring to something we all do to some extent, depending on the situation – take on the communication style of the person we’re talking to. Perhaps we do this for reasons similar to why yawning is contagious.

        I believe you briefly discussed something like this in Episode 3 with Justin Mager and Kelly Starrett – the part where you talk about the skill of imitating people.

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  10. Time,

    I wanted to thank you for following through with the podcast. I always enjoyed when you appeared on the Joe Rogan podcast but now Tim Tim Talk Talk has quickly become my favourite podcast to listen to!

    The video format was cool, but I understand how labour intensive it is. It was extremely fitting for Chase to be on the first video test. CreativeLive is one an amazing website!

    Also, I love the quick little “essays” and look forward to more of those in the future! Keep it up!

    – Anthony Morris


  11. Great episode, Tim. Your quality standard is mindblowing.

    That said, I would REALLY love getting a transcript that I could read – VERY time consuming to find particular quotes and sentences if I didn’t jot them down while listening for the first time (and that rarely happens).

    Thanks for the brilliant work – keep being healthy, chubby and happy so that You could deliver even more awesome stuff for the Universe. ;) Wait for the next episode!..