the creative process: Joel Bear

All good things take time...

Last month I announced this segment on my blog called "the creative process". My hope was, and still is, to eventually make this a weekly section. I have to apologize: Life has been crazy this past month. I never anticipated being this busy. I love having things to do, places to be, people to meet. I live for it. But, I let some things slide to the back of the list amidst my business. I haven't blogged since April! I know. I'm the worst. But, here I am. May 5th, 2016. It's never too late y'all. 

Last month, I had the privilege to chat on the phone with one of my favorite photographers, Joel Bear. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California and is doing amazing work out there as a photographer, innovator, and creative. 

We talked about creativity, business, and other fun things. Not all of what we talked about was for the blog and I enjoyed getting to know him for the purpose of actually getting to know him, not just blog about him. 

However, I did ask him the following questions for the blog and here are some of his answers:

What does creativity mean to you?

Creativity personally goes back to my core thesis. “I have been created to create”. God created us to create. Creativity is purely innovation. Being able express innovation through either words, deeds, or objects. 


When in your life did you decide that you had to do something creative?

My mom is a designer. She worked in the ad space for almost ten years. I’ve always grown up around the creative process. I feel like the way God created me, was to be an innovator. 


What jobs have you had over the years in order to make money while you pursued creativity?

Freelancing stuff. Own production company. Music. Photography. At 18, took 2 years of bible college. Creative Director. Starbucks.


Who are 3-5 people/creatives/artists in your line of work that you look up to, or are inspired by?

I am a big believer in surrounding myself with lots of inspiration. Always looking at new work. 

  • Rod Walker 
  • Josh Kissinger - Street Etiquette 
  • Mackie Saturday
  • David Quiggle
  • Jared Reno
  • Nicholas Minolta 
  • constantly looking at new people to be inspired by. 


If you could go one place in the world for a week, all expenses paid, where would you go?

  1. Japan - They're so ahead in terms of design. 


  1. Berlin - History teaches the future. Going and seeing the places from World War II and all the history there would be amazing.


Describe your aesthetic/style: 

Right now: innovational, environmental portraiture. An angle that inspires the photographer and the person in the photo. 


What’s your go-to coffee order?

Ethiopian Aeropress, from Sweet Bloom Coffee in Denver, CO.


Where can people find your work?

Instagram: @joelbear



How can you encourage someone just starting out?

  1. Don’t be afraid of the ten dark years. It’s the period of time where you develop skill. There is no such thing as overnight success. Skill takes time to develop. Understanding business takes time. 
  2. Find mentors. Whether is be from a books you read, or a person you meet that inspires you. Look to be inspired. 


If you enjoyed this interview or found it helpful in some way, leave a comment and let me know!

Also, if you, or someone you know, should be interviewed for "the creative process", send me an email! I would love to get to know you and find out about your creative process.