Jeremy Cowart, Photographer, On Creativity, Failure, and Parenting

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Hilary sat down with photographer Jeremy Cowart to discuss his new book, I'm Possible, and The Purpose Hotel. They discuss parenting, social media, creativity, burn out, and Jeremy's advice to young creatives.

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Named the “Most Influential Photographer on the Internet” by Huffington Post, Forbes and Yahoo in 2014, Jeremy Cowart is an award-winning photographer, artist, and entrepreneur whose goal in life is to use his creative platform to inspire and help others. Jeremy is a sought-after speaker, having presented at TEDx, the United Nations and creative conferences across the country. His latest endeavor is The Purpose Hotel, a planned global for-profit hotel chain designed to fuel the work of not-for-profit organizations. He’s also the founder of a global photography movement, Help-Portrait and an online teaching platform, See University. The story of all of these projects is told in his brand new book “I’m Possible: Jumping into Fear and Discovering a Life of Purpose. He lives in Franklin, TN with his wife and four children.

Hustle Hack: Jeremy shared that he’s definitely put his 10,000 hours of photoshop in over the 20 years he’s been in photography. It’s easy to be drawn into the desire for success and accolades but remember it all comes back to the hustle. Put the time in. Practice your craft. And do work that you really love--whether or not it leads to fame, power, or success. Bette Davis said “You have to love the sweat more than the lights.” 

Moment of Grace: Jeremy’s advice on self-awareness and social feeds was so good. Check in with yourself on how the accounts in your feed and the posts in your feed make you feel. Do you tend toward positive emotions or negative ones? Curate your feed. Are you waffling between feeling inspired and feeling jealous? If an account only brings up negative emotions in you, remember, there’s no reason you have to view that content. Mute posts. Unfollow. And curate a feed that is good for your soul. 

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