"I keep inspired by mainly reminding myself that everything comes in time!"
Name: Luke Jones
Location: United Kingdom
Email Address: Visualsbylukejones@gmail.com
About: I was always studying IT all throughout high school and was set for my life as a computer technician until I had one spare module in the sixth form and decided to opt for film & television production. 2 weeks into the course my career path had completely changed to being behind the camera, and I've never changed my mind since.
In late 2015 I started a gym wear brand (Merakilo) with a friend (Luke Swain) and it has really given me a great chance to practice more and more on my photography and being able to meet new people every day from around the world has improved my confidence, and I hope that it shows in my photos & videos!
Tell us something about yourself. What you do, passion and aspiration in life?: I am passionate about music and the culture it creates including it's huge influence on fashion. More specifically the genre I most enjoy is an even mixture of old & new hip hop/r&b.
Who is your inspiration in life? How do you keep inspired?: I keep by mainly reminding myself that everything comes in time! I watch a lot of Gary Vee so that always keeps me ready! "Macro patience, micro speed."
What is your aspiration in life?: I aspire to achieve financial comfort doing what I love.
What is the most challenging part of your profession?: The most challenging part of my life is having patience, wanting short term gains are always in your head, but you have to remember that good thing come to those who wait.
We all make mistakes we wish we could take back. Tell me about a time you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.: Sometimes people don't realise that every single person has something different going on in their life and it also works vice versa so if someone is to upset you after your cat or dog just died they don't know to be sensitive so you can't go ham on them, I have done that a few times, mainly mixed messages that could have been sorted easier.
When you’re working with a large number of customers, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. How do you go about prioritising your customers’ needs?: Treating every single customer the same! Continuity is key with customers so treating each one like your one & only customer isn't just a necessity; it's enjoyable!
Tell me about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities.: I have just received my results from the university after completing my dissertation a month ago, and fortunately but unfortunately at the same time I had a lot of external work on too so I had to schedule my days to the half hour and it is still a time management skill that I use now.
Give me an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.: In customer service alone, you will get that one tricky customer that will never be content, so with e-commerce, you are open to an infinite stream of custom, so there are bound to be many more of those customers. However, 99% of the time, there is another reasonable human on the other side, so it becomes easier to negotiate with them and come to a agreement.
Tell me about your proudest professional accomplishment.: My proudest professional accomplishment right now is obtaining my degree and having a successful 1st year of trading with my business partner for Merakilo.
How old do you have to be before it can be said you died of old age?: Hmmm... I'd say when you're looking at a new piece of technology that the 'kids' have, and you have no idea what it is!
Do glow-in-the-dark objects stop glowing when somebody turns the lights on?: No, they're just not as bright as the lightbulb?
If parents say, “Never take candy from strangers” then why do we celebrate Halloween?: I wish strangers handed out candy everyday, forget what your mum and dad say
If one man says, “it was an uphill battle,” and another says, “it went downhill from there,” how could they both be having troubles?: One has to struggle, and the other is just watching it happen...
Photo Credits: Luke Jones @visualsbyluke