There's a common misconception that artists have a monopoly on creativity...But the very act of making waves - no matter the career - is a creative one. The Chase Jarvis Live Show is an exploration of creativity, self-discovery, entrepreneurship, hard-earned lessons, and so much more. Chase sits down with the world's top creators, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders and unpacks actionable, valuable insights to help you live your dreams in career, hobby, and life.
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Career transitions are often bumpy. New processes, different people, and all the energy that goes into building the skills, network and momentum- no wonder why the comfort of a stable career is prevents many people from pursuing their calling. Change isn’t easy.
Now imagine you’re a working attorney with a promising future and more than a decade of education, testing, and training to get to where you are. That’s the scenario my guest on the show today, Maria Brito found herself in. She recalls, “For the years I was an attorney, it was like I had a fake identity.” Law was not her calling.
Fast forward to today’s episode, and Maria is now an award-winning contemporary art advisor, author, and curator. She has written for publications such as Entrepreneur, Huffington Post, Elle, Forbes… The list goes on. Complex Magazine named Maria one of the Top 20 Power Players in the Art World. She now teaches creativity courses in companies and, in 2019, she launched “Jumpstart”, an online program on creativity for entrepreneurs based on years of research and observation in both the areas of business and art.
Maris is no doubt an outlier- going from amateur side hustler to game-changing power player in the art world. But her story contains wisdom that can be applied to any career change or lifestyle transition.
Here are a few pieces of advice for making a career transition, pursuing your passion, starting a business or just plain “going for it.”
Where to start? Going from 0 to 1
I’ve asked hundreds of guests how they made the first moves to get from 0-1. Not even from the sidelines to the playing field...just entering the arena. The key elements of Maria’s answer:
- A willingness to shift. Your intuition ultimately acts like an internal compass. A willingness to shift allows us to tune into that intuition.
- Take calculated risks. How can you be strategic and thoughtful in navigating the financial and logistical side?
- Network your butt off.
When Maria entered the art world, she dove head first. When more established players in the industry take their foot off the gas, that’s when it’s time to strike. Show up, meet your peers and don’t be shy to be the newbie. Curiosity and genuine interest go a long way.
A lack of experience can be an advantage
We all have gifts, ideas, businesses, art, and energy to bring to the world. According to Maria, the gold mine is at the intersection of two or more distinct domains. Creativity itself is where you’ll find your individual perspective, style and uniqueness.
Pioneering an established industry
From NFTs and blockchain to VR and gaming, rapid changes across industries and art forms have created a ripe environment for innovation and change. Maria believes, “Anyone can be a pioneer of something if only they let their ideas out, and only if they are willing to execute them.”
Educational vs. transactional
How can you create better relationships with clients or potential customers? EDUCATION. Educating clients and doing things like creating content even though it wasn’t necessarily revenue-generating, ended up being the key differentiators and one of the reasons Maria is now one of the 20 biggest power players in the art world.