Clarence Smith Jr. Inspires Me

This post is my contribution to Shot@Life’s Blogust Blog Relay For Good.

Thirty of us are sharing stories of the power of comments on our blogs or people that comment and who inspire us. All of this is to help raise awareness for the work Shot@Life does and to raise a lot of money.

Every comment left on this post will initiate a $20 donation to help immunize a child in a developing country, so please get vocal.

I chose Clarence Smith Jr. because he is a dear friend that not enough people know about. He is the founder of BOLD Edition, a photographer with a great eye and a writer of considerable skill. He has written a novel that he shared a chapter at a time online and did a limited run web comic about his family life. To put it simply, he is mad talented.

He doesn’t comment often, but when he does I know I’ve created something worthy of his attention and that means a lot. Clarence doesn’t mince words and always cuts to the point.

Over breakfast earlier this year, I dubbed him a “mixtape journalist” because of the way he loves to tell stories across multiple forms of media. He seemed to enjoy it, even if he didn’t fully embrace it.

Clarence is a busy man and father, so he doesn’t create as often as I’d like. I’m constantly pushing him to do more. The world needs to consume his words and enjoy the world through his eyes. If you need an example look to this post about the tornados that hit Monson, MA last year.

Recently he bought a beautiful new motorcycle and has been putting miles under it this summer. He’ll share the occasional Instagram photo from his journeys, but I’m hoping for more because I have a feeling on those open roads his mind wanders with words bouncing around along with the gravel under the tires.

I’m inspired by him for multiple reasons. His inability to bite his tongue when he has something to say. His dedication to the importance of barbershops and the knowledge he gains when he sits in the chair. A never ending love of Kool-aid, comic books and video games. All of these make him the unique friend that he is.

I’ll never forget the first time we met.

A mutual friend had said we should meet each other and so we got together for dinner. I’ll always remember him grinning like a naughy five year old as he told me, “watch me mess with our waiter.” He proceeded to order a veggie burger with bacon I knew I liked this guy. We’ve been tight ever since.

We don’t live that far apart, but with us both having busy family lives and other commitments we don’t see each other as often as I wished.

One of the few photos of us together that I know about is this one that Steve Garfield captured. It always makes me smile.


I firmly believe that Clarence has a bright future ahead of him.

He has the chops to be a storyteller on a whole new level and I hope someone gives him the chance to do that. When he hits the street with his Leica and Field Notes I know he is going to come back with something unique and completely him. He writes in a way that I can’t and while that irks me somedays, it more often pushes me to write better.

He is going to read this, shake his head and give me a hard time about it. But, it is from the heart and I mean every word of it.

My world is a better place because Clarence Smith Jr. is in it. I’m inspired and pushed and always love our conversations. I can only imagine what sort of comment he is going to leave here.

Keep pushing buddy and don’t ever give up!


Because this is a relay, I now have the pleasure of handing it over to Liz Gumbinner from Mom-101. She is an absolute peach and always has something great to say so definitely check her out tomorrow (and beyond).

Please don’t forget to comment, so that children around the world can benefit from the great work Shot@Life does.

Say hello, tell me someone that inspires you or make up a funny poem. Whatever you comment, it helps!

Thank you.

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C.C. Chapman


Sketch of C.C. Chapman by Hey Instigator!There are many aspects OF who I am and what I do. Putting together THIS PAGE is one of my least favorite things to write, because talking about myself is not my idea of a fun time.

When asked what I do my current answer is, “I create, teach and motivate people to do more good in the world.”

Of course, that doesn’t cover all that I work on professionally and personally, so that is why I created this page.

Official bios and head shots can be found below.

Who is C.C. Chapman? I’m a…

Marketing Consultant

With over twenty years of marketing, online media and community building experience I have the skills and experience to help your organization no matter the size. Previous clients have included The Coca-Cola Company, American Eagle Outfitters and HBO.

I focus on social good/impact marketing, content marketing and brand strategy. My favorite clients are NGOs, nonprofits or brands looking to make a difference in the world.

Feel free to double check my credentials on LinkedIn.


I’m constantly writing and always working on my next book. You may have read some of my published works including Amazing Things Will HappenContent Rules or 101 Steps to Making Video Like a Pro.

Freelance writing or citizen reporting assignments excite me.


If I had to choose a style, I’d say my photos are a mix of documentary, travel and lifestyle photography. While I may not enjoy taking head shots, I love to shoot faces. I rarely go anywhere without a camera in my hand and I’ve been fortunate to see my photos on the pages of Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal.

I’m currently shooting with a Samsung NX1 and a Chroma 4k Drone.

My photos can be found on InstagramFlickr and 500px.

Keynote Speaker

I’m happiest when on stage educating and inspiring an audience of any size, anywhere in the world.

I have spoken at everything from large international events, corporate retreats and at special gatherings of unique individuals. If you need someone who will inspire, educate and entertain your audience I’d love to chat.

Advocate & Volunteer

I believe in using my skills, time and voice to champion causes that are important to me. I’m especially interested in anything military, dogs or children focused.

I’m currently the President of the Board at Wediko, a member of the ONE Girls & Women Advisory Board, serve on the board of The Hockey Foundation and recently joined the No Kid Hungry Social Council.


I’ve developed and taught courses for, CreativeLive and Treehouse. I’m also an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at Bentley University and hoping to do more teaching in the future.


On top of all that I’m a proud life long New Englander who was born and raised in New Hampshire, but now resides outside of Boston.

I married my high school sweetheart, have two amazing kids and love being a dad.

I’ve been online since 1989, began blogging in 2002 and podcasting in 2004.

Previous endeavors I created include Accident Hash, Passion Hit TV, Digital Dads and The Advance Guard.

Tattoos, travel and the outdoors turn me on. There are fewer things more perfect than a well done cocktail, a delicious meal or live art of any sort. I love my GORUCK, Field Notes and am a proud Misfit.

To understand me is to understand that I try to live a purposeful life every day that is full of adventure, love and making the world around me a better place for all.

Official Bio

C.C. Chapman describes himself as a New England raised storyteller, explorer and humanitarian. Others have described him as a thought leader in the online marketing space, a grounded futurist and one the nicest guy on the Internet. Over the years of his career he has worked with a variety of clients including Nike, HBO, American Eagle Outfitters, ONE, Verizon FiOS and The Coca-Cola Company.

He is the co-author of the International bestseller Content Rules and is also the author of Amazing Things Will Happen. He travels the world speaking in front of  audiences to do more in the world and how to understand content marketing better.  C.C. has taught classes for, CreativeLive and now as an adjunct professor at Bentley University (where he also graduated from).

C.C. is an advocate who speaks about building passionate communities and the strategic values of content-based marketing. He is a Samsung Imagelogger, the original ONE Dad and a UN Foundation Social Good Fellow. As a storyteller for hire, his work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal.

C.C. serves as the Chairman of the Board at Wediko and serves on the board of The Hockey Foundation. He happily lives in the woods outside of Boston with his loving family. Find out more at


Fun Bio

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more multi-faceted or enthusiastic creative/strategic partner in the marketing and content creation fields. This greatly hails from C.C.’s unstoppable combination of marketing experience and savvy (which a great many professionals claim to have), and incalculably valuable “on the ground” knowledge and insight as an influential content creator himself (which a great many professionals do not). The result is a best-of-both-worlds mashup of marketing expertise.

C.C. Chapman sports the pro cred to be a talker (working closely with such clients as American Eagle Outfitters, Coca-Cola, HBO and Warner Bros.), and the passion and gumption to be a doer (creating content for the emerging Online Dad market, marketing professionals, music fans and more). He’s helped create, manage and execute ambitious online and offline marketing campaigns for startups and multinationals — and has the invaluable good sense to know which outreach strategies work with audiences, and which ones fall flat.

He authoritatively speaks your language. He speaks your CMO’s language. Most important, he’s fluent in your market’s language. It’s a killer double-chocolate-and-peanut-butter combination. Contact C.C. to learn how he can help your organization achieve its business goals. There’s even more to know about C.C. Chapman, if you want to read it — and you should. C.C.’s skills are an embarrassment of riches.


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I’m involved with a lot of organizations and clients. I believe in being completely transparent and open about everything I’m working on. I’ll do my best to keep this updated and of course will clearly disclose relationships in any post that require them.

I am open to being pitched and invited on press trips.

Companies do send me items in the hopes that I will review it or share with my community. If you send me something it does not guarantee a review.

With that in mind, my mailing address is:

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Milford, MA

Current relationships include:

  • Verizon FiOS provides me with service in exchange for a monthly post on technology of my choosing
  • Member of the Verizon Wireless VZWBuzz Influencer Team which means I receive electronics to review and experiences to take part in.


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