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Jimmy Chin
Jimmy Chin

Jimmy Chin

Victor, ID USA

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

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Jimmy's work combines: Action Sports, Art, and Being Physically Active

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Day In The Life


I organize expeditions to remote places where I photograph and film documentaries about climbers and athletes.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Carleton College

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    Grew up thinking he had three career options: doctor, lawyer, or businessman.

  • 2.

    His parents pushed him into getting a degree, studying violin, swimming competitively, but skiing and climbing were passions he found for himself.

  • 3.

    Lived out of the back of his car, traveling, climbing, and working odd jobs for seven years.

  • 4.

    One day, his photographer friend let him play around with his camera; the one photo he took ended up selling for $500.

  • 5.

    He realized he could easily make a living and maintain his outdoor lifestyle by pursuing photography.

  • 6.

    His parents, who'd been hesitant to accept his unorthodox career, eventually became the biggest fans of his photography.

  • 7.

    Says that only by really throwing himself into his passion-climbing-did the doors to his career start to open up.

  • 8.

    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.