Reboot Podcast Episode #106 – Chasing Purpose (re-release) – with Jeff Orlowski

The Reboot podcast showcases the heart and soul, the wins and losses, the ups and downs of startup leadership. On the show, Entrepreneurs, CEO’s, and Startup Leaders discuss with Jerry Colonna the emotional and psychological challenges they face daily as leaders.

Episode 106 // June 6, 2019


Jeff Orlowski

Jeff Orlowski

Filmmaker & Founder of Exposure Labs

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Episode Description

On this episode of the Reboot Podcast, Jerry is joined by cinematographer and filmmaker Jeff Orlowski, best known for his critically acclaimed documentary films – Chasing Coral & Chasing Ice. The Emmy Award-winning filmmaker recently received the United Nations’ highest environmental honor, the Champions of the Earth award, for his work on spreading powerful environmental messages to a global audience.

Believing that film remains one of the best mediums for effecting positive change, Jeff founded Exposure Labs. Self-described as an ‘impact production company,’ their mission focuses on utilizing visceral, honest storytelling to enact change and enable open dialogues tough subjects.

In this conversation, Jeff discusses the parallels of filmmaking and serial entrepreneurship, reflecting on how his new projects can generate the same feelings of uncertainty, thrill, and fear that often arise in early-stage startups. Jeff shares his journey into filmmaking and how he sees himself first and foremost as a problem solver. Together, Jerry and Jeff hold a dialogue on Purpose, pondering its elusiveness, why we chase it and the reasons we often seek our purpose in the ‘wrong’ places.

Jeff Orlowski on Twitter | Chasing Coral on TwitterExposure Labs

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Show Highlights

Top Quotes:

“Filmmaking is still basically a venture-backed startup.” – Jeff Orlowski

“Filmmaking is very much serial entrepreneurship. Every new film you make is a new startup, new research, new project, new vision, new team, new funders, new sales, new distribution, all of it.”- Jeff Orlowski

“I actually think of myself as a problem solver more first and foremost.” – Jeff Orlowski

“How do we support [entrepreneurs] in seeing the world’s problems and leaning into trying to solve those?” – Jerry Colonna

“Which challenges are you willing to lean your shoulder into? What medium are you choosing to do that?” – Jerry Colonna

“How can you use your skills to do something? What feels right and makes the most sense to you?” – Jeff Orlowski

“Face the fear of being overwhelmed.” – Jerry Colonna

“We may not save, but I’ll be damned if I go down without a fight.” – Jerry Colonna

“How do we work in pursuit of making things better, and feeling authentic and genuine with the work that we’re doing while also striving for quality.” – Jeff Orlowski

“How do we create tools through film, and how do we share stories that engage people in conversation, and serve as the bridge to bring people together?” – Jeff Orlowski

“If I’m gonna spend three years or five years on a project…I wanna know that it’s something that’s really fulfilling and meaningful to me, that’s gonna sustain me for multiple years on end.” – Jeff Orlowski

“What am I motivated by? What, what am I curious about? ” – Jeff Orlowski

“I’ve got a strong back, open heart.” – Jeff Orlowski

“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” – Jerry Colonna

“If one course of action doesn’t feel like the right course of action, just find the other thing that feels better.” – Jeff Orlowski

“In the scheme of things, if we’re constantly moving towards making things better, that’s all I can ask for.” – Jeff Orlowski

“This is the world as it is. What will you do?” – Jerry Colonna

“There are these moments in our lives where an asteroid hits us. It sets us on a different trajectory.” – Jerry Colonna

“Work actually is a gorgeous medium by which we get to grow into that better person.” – Jerry Colonna

“For me, the things that are most intriguing are the things that haven’t been done before.” – Jeff Orlowski

“The new things that haven’t been done are the most interesting, and fascinating, and compelling.” – Jeff Orlowski

“Purpose comes from congruity. It comes from moving towards alignment where the inner and the outer express themselves.” – Jerry Colonna

“If you can carry your bliss with you on a daily basis, that is living your purpose. It’s different from pursuing happiness. You can feel bliss in both happiness and in sadness. You can feel bliss in pain and suffering.” – Jeff Orlowski

“You can choose the life path that you want.” – Jeff Orlowski

“Maybe to some degree, purpose finds you when you’re open and you’re ready for it.” – Jeff Orlowski