Jimmy's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Team BNE

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Victor, ID

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 9

  • ON DVD:

JIMMY CHIN

Photographer

“Never think that you won't be questioning your decisions. Because you will....[Just] commit, and then figure it out.”

INTERESTS:

Action Sports Art

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Choices Doubt Family Fear Pressure Struggle Chance Education Courage Individualism Opportunity Hard Work Passion

FOUNDATION:

Being Physically Active Being Creative

TAGS:

back up plan, career, climbing, commitment, death, justification, living out of a car, loss, mountain climbing, music, odd jobs, parents, photography, photos, proud, questioning, rock climbing, skiing, swimming, violin

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Grew up thinking he had three career options: doctor, lawyer, or businessman.
  • His parents pushed him into getting a degree, studying violin, swimming competitively, but skiing and climbing were passions he found for himself.
  • Lived out of the back of his car, traveling, climbing, and working odd jobs for seven years.
  • One day, his photographer friend let him play around with his camera; the one photo he took ended up selling for $500.
  • He realized he could easily make a living and maintain his outdoor lifestyle by pursuing photography.
  • His parents, who’d been hesitant to accept his unorthodox career, eventually became the biggest fans of his photography.
  • Says that only by really throwing himself into his passion—climbing—did the doors to his career start to open up.
  • Believes his liberal arts degree in Asian Studies has actually been put to good use on his expeditions to remote places like Nepal and Pakistan.

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