– 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 in Southlake. I helped create the Children’s Media department and also the videos and graphics for Children’s. My work with Gateway was my introduction to the creative field. Soon after, I was offered a full-time position working in the student’s department and jumped right in.
During my hire, the church was going through some department changes and in an effort to place everyone in the best places, they introduced us to StrengthsFinder 2.0 which is now called CliftonStrengths. I was able to see how a team can go through a huge transition like we did and then put people in the right seat for the new ministry model. The CliftonStrengths assessment took me by complete surprise when I received my results. At age 19, I was astounded at the accuracy and it was as though someone had been following me around and jotting down my life.
Once I was introduced to CliftonStrengths, I became interested in knowing everything I could. I then used my knowledge of the assessment to assist me in recruiting volunteers for my full-time job as a video producer for Gateway Students Ministry. While my job was in video production, it carried over to photography. From there. I was able to get involved in the Instagram Community and in 2013 I assisted in the development of InstaDFW.
In 2014, I was able to aid in the launch of Socality with my closest friend Paul Tellefsen, who also introduced me to Scott Bakken, the founder of Socality. At that moment, I felt 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 Socality Community to look like.
At the beginning of 2016, I felt like my time with Gateway was coming to an end. I came to the realization that my only reason for staying was because it was comfortable and while I was very grateful for all I had learned, it was not what I wanted to pursue for the rest of my life.
In June of 2016, I was invited to travel to Israel with Socality and Israel Collective. I spent the trip getting advice from the amazing videographers and photographers about starting my own business and what tips and tricks they could share with me.
In August of 2016, I left my full-time job with Gateway and started Asper Studios with zero clients and no real plan, but a lot of faith for what God had planned. On day one, I was connected with an amazing business owner who needed videos for his website and for book sales. Not only was he an amazing (first) client but I was able to learn from him and get connected to others through him, including one of my favorite authors.
It has now been two years with my business, and I have begun stepping out in more consulting for team and individual performance. The goal of my company is to give me access to some of the best companies in the world. I want to help add value instead of just a product and at the same time see if they have the right people in their company and placed well. I would even be able to use my network of people and plug them into job openings.
I’ve helped 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.
I 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, and his 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.
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. After that, everything has been pretty easy and 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: Videography and Consulting.
My videography business is just that, a video company to help local churches, businesses or even shooting wedding videos. I have helped make video content for well-known authors and well-known churches.
The consulting side of my business, I use CliftonStengths, Core Clarity and other things I have learned along the way to help businesses reach their full potential. (I am the youngest CoreClairty consultant!!)
I am most proud of the communities and ministry I have been a part of starting such as Socality, InstaDFW and a few media departments at Gateway Church. In my opinion, what sets me apart is the way I want to bring the CliftonStrengths into the next generation and the creative industry.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
- I plan on turning my freelance work into a company and building an amazing agency by expertly building masterful teams by placing people perfectly with their talents.
- I am also in the process of becoming the youngest facilitator for the CoreCalirty company and I am looking forward to helping companies better their teams and help them solve problems they may have inside their company.