Today we’d like to introduce you to Luke Asper.
Luke, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Right out of high school I started working at my local church, Gateway Church in Southlake because my family worked there and I helped create the Children’s Media department, creating the videos and graphics. That was my introduction to the creative field. After that, I got a full-time potion working in the student’s department right when they were going through a huge department change.
At the same time, I got introduce to what was called StrengthsFinder 2.0 at the time that is now called CliftonStrengths, I was able to see how a ministry/team goes through a huge transition like we did and helped put people in the right seat for the new ministry model. The CliftonStrengths assessment took me by surprise because after getting my results at the age of 19, I thought someone had been following me around for three months and wrote down my whole life.
It was the most accurate assessment I have ever taken, and I got introduced to it at Gateway. Ever since then, I used that assessment to help build a team of volunteers to assist me in my full-time job as the Video Producer that was my new full-time position at the gateway in the Students ministry. My job was in video production, but it carried over to photography, and in 2013 I got involved in the social media community with Instagram and helped build the InstaDFW community.
In 2014, I was able to help launch the community called Socality with my closest friend Paul Tellefsen who introduced me to Scott Bakken, the founder of Socality. That is when I feel like my view of the world changed. In an instant, you can be connected to anyone in the world with the use of technology. My top talent in the CliftonStrengths is Connectedness, and it was exactly what we envisioned the community to look like.
Fast forward to 2016, I felt like my time with Gateway had reached its limit. I came to the realization that the only reason I was staying my position was because it was comfortable and not fulfilling and what I wanted to pursue with my life. I got invited to travel to Israel with our closest friends with Socality and Israel Collective. On that trip, we got to experience the land and history of the Bible.
After my trip to Israel, I was going to start on my new adventure of starting my own videography and photography business so while I was on my trip to Israel I asked the amazing photographers and videographers that were also on our trip how to start and what I needed to do to get ready for stepping out on my own. So in August of 2016, I left my comfy full-time job at an amazing Church and organization with no clients lined up and no plan but to trust God and have faith that I was doing the right thing.
The first day I was on my own I got a referral from one of my friends that got me my first client and amazing business owner that needed some videos for his website and book sales. He was an amazing client that I learned from and even got me connected with one of my favorite authors in Nashville. I could not have planned it out better and have never gone without my needs or bills being neglected. I simply trusted what God had in store for me, and He provided.
Down the road, it has now been two years with my video business, and now I am stepping out in more consulting and team and individual performance. I created a video and photography company to give me the accuse to some of the best companies in the world to help add value instead of just a product and at the same time see if they had the right people in their company and if they needed someone from my network of people I can help find them a job.
I’ve help start and launch movements, ministries, small business, and creatives all over. I love helping push people in the right direction and making lasting connections. I love to equip and empower people to productively pursue their passions and realize their vision. In addition to multimedia tools that facilitate messaging and event production, I use the CliftonStrengths assessment to help tell your story and better understand individual and team dynamics.
That is what I am stepping into and am the youngest CoreClairty facilitator to help bring the CliftonStrenghts into the creative industry to help teams be the best they can be. I have partnered with my mentor, Rex Miller’s company Mindshift to help solve the worlds wicked problems. Their unique methodology assembles diverse stakeholders to create a safe environment to actively explore and dismantle our collective assumptions.
This frees us to look for that mind shifting question to open a door to experiment and create new possibilities – new realities. And that is where I am at today. I am looking to build my videography business, Asper Studios, as an agency on top of pursuing my passion of becoming the first creative strength finder in the creative and media industry to help individuals become the best versions of themselves.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has been such an amazing journey. The biggest obstacle was taking the first step and realizing I was not doing what I was passionate about. I have never had to worry about what tomorrow looks like.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Asper Studios – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I have two different fields of work I am in now. My videography business is just that, a video company to help local churches, businesses or even wedding videos. I have helped make video content for well-known authors and well-known churches. I specialize in Video and photography and being the youngest CoreClairty consultant.
I am most proud of the communities and ministry I have been apart of starting, Socality and a few media departments at Gateway Church. What sets me apart is the way I want to bring the CliftonStrengths into the next generation and creative industry.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I plan on turning my just regular freelance work into a company and building an amazing agency with the way I am able to expertly build masterful teams by placing people perfectly with their talents.
I am in the process of becoming the youngest facilitator for the CoreCalirty company and looking forward to helping companies better their teams and help them solve problems they may have inside their company or teams.
- Website: www.asperstudios.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: http://instagram.com/luke_asper/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/asperluke/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/luke_asper
James Hicks, Sorella, Amanda Lane Photography