Interview with Lukas Zischke (@lukaszischke)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

When I was 10 years old, my uncle brought an old camera to my parent’s house. I got it in my hands and I took photos with it all day long. It felt so cool to catch the moments, the things, and the people around me.

After one or two years, my dad got his own camera. I remembered the last time I took photos and also took many photos with my dad’s camera.

I started saving money to buy me my own camera, which I did 2 years later, at the age of 14. I also discovered Photoshop in this year and fell in love immediately.

While my classmates and friends went to parties, I was sitting at home and tried to improve my skills in photography and photoshop for 4 years. After that time, I graduated and went to a school of art, where my passions were highly supported.

I founded my own company and started working for real clients for the next years. After I graduated again, I worked at an event- and marketing agency as an art director for 3 years.

While this time, I focused on growing my Facebook and Instagram audience. After 1 Year I got more than 70.000 followers. I quit my job to set more focus on my own businesses.

Now, I’m creating surreal worlds in Photoshop and share them on my Instagram account. Sometimes, I collaborate with Influencers from all over the world.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

While I was at school, I saw a photo of a roof topper, who was sitting on a roof on a skyscraper. I was really impressed and read all the comments. There were many comments like “It’s fake” or “It’s photoshop”. My interest was piqued to do a photo like this only using Photoshop. I did it and it went viral on social media.

Also, the press noticed me, especially the Times and BILD (One of the biggest newspapers in Germany) and GQ.

I could tell more stories that happened to me over the past years. But I guess the most important thing is that I’ve always learned something out of them.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

You should always have something, which has nothing to do with your business. Whether it is sports or something else. Always be surrounded by people who have the same mindset as you, but also tell you their real opinion if you need help.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

There are some persons in my life, which pushed me forward when I needed it. They never were like a mentor for me, but more like a good friend. My family always supported me whatever I was doing. I’m more than thankful for this.

Being surrounded by the right people can push you forward in a way, which you never dreamed about.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

I’m creating surreal worlds in Photoshop to open up people’s minds. Sometimes I’m just creating “normal” composing where the viewer can not differentiate if it’s real or Photoshop. This kind of work is my favorite because I love to see people discussing in the comments.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

I’m not a big fan of quotes, but if I had to choose one for my life I’d take “Just do it”. There were some situations in my life in which I had to make a really important decision, for example changing the school or becoming completely self-employed.

Looking back now, I’m very happy to make these decisions. There is always a kind of anxiety, but you just have to do it. Maybe you fail, maybe not – but definitely you LEARN.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

On Instagram @lukaszischke (https://instagram.com/lukaszischke).

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