Faiyaz Malik | #TalkbackTuesday

#TalkbackTuesday number 42 – with Faiyaz Malik, and we talk about photography and alternative careers.

Faiyaz Malik | #TalkbackTuesday

Hi, and welcome to #TalkbackTuesday. This week’s interview is with Mr. Faiyaz Malik. See his interview below.

Talkback Tuesday is a weekly interview with everyday people. It is always inspirational to look into the life of another person, and realize it is just as complex and large and confusing as your own.


1. For the readers, who are you, what do you do, and what is your current side project?

My name is Faiyaz Malik. One thing I usually tell people when I introduce myself is that I’m a from a mixed family, meaning that my mom and dad are Pakistani and Indian respectively. I feel it’s a decent icebreaker (haha). And I find it cool myself because I’ve been immersed in 2 different cultures since childhood, although it gets tricky during cricket matches!

Apart from that I’m a hobbyist photographer, although, I don’t know if I can call myself a hobbyist if I’ve done it professionally at several occasions. But I’ve dabbled in different types of photography now and then. My personal favorites are usually landscapes and portraits.

I’m a total geek about comic books and movies alike, even though now I feel everyone is, with all the great content they have been putting out recently. Moreover, I’ve studied mechanical engineering in college but I work as marketing/sales executive for now and I enjoy it for the most part.

Jimmy Olsen | Faiyaz Malik #TalkbackTuesday
Faiyaz is a photographer and a fanboy. Seems like Jimmy Olsen, maybe?

I’ve got no side projects at the moment. Work really keeps me busy to find time for anything else I’m afraid.

2. Talk to me about your photography. What attracts you to that art form, and how did you get into it? Also, please explain what you meant by portrait and landscapes – are there other types of photography?

It’s always been fascinating to me. Since back when film cameras were the only option. I remember my parents had passed on to me this ordinary camera back when I wasn’t even an age with double digits. It seemed cool to me to freeze a memory in time for ages to come. Although, it wasn’t until the 11th grade that I took it very seriously.

I had very surprisingly won a photography competition hosted by a known university for a picture I took on an ancient camera phone. That kinda pushed me to be more creative about it rather than just preserve memories. So I pursued it even in university, taught myself to use a DSLR camera properly, went on to become vice president of the photography club and teaching more people.

It seemed cool to me to freeze a memory in time for ages to come.

There’s quite a few different types of photography. We’ve got night, astro, long exposure, aviation, architecture, portraits, macro, landscapes, and plenty more. Landscapes are basically anything nature, mountains, skies, that sort of a thing. Portraits are simply people/faces.

3. You mentioned you studied mechanical engineering, but are now a sales executive. What is your opinion of the stereotype of Indian engineers and finding your calling after college? Have you discovered a personal calling?

I personally think it’s more about the opportunities you’re provided with after you graduate. I searched for a job for over a year with no result, and the job market was quite poor for engineers, so then I decided to go in a different direction. You just have to be adaptive to what life throws at you.

I like to think I’m a quick learner and can adapt to different situations well. I’ve previously worked as a photographer, marketing assistant, and event planner. My ideal job would be something in which I get to travel to places, different countries. I haven’t quite figured out what that is yet.

Indian Engineering | Faiyaz Malik #TalkbackTuesday
The Indian engineering meme is alive and well. Image from IndiaHub.com

4. Given the mercurial nature of your career so far, what would you say are 3 principles to live by? Do you have any advice for younger readers?

  1. Constantly seek out new opportunities.

  2. Don’t be afraid to try out different things. Even if you don’t understand it, you will learn by doing.

  3. Have a little faith in yourself. It’s a little hypocritical on my side because I’ve doubted myself plenty, but if you don’t push yourself you won’t know your worth.

5. Great. Finally, do you have anything you’d like the audience to explore? It can be a business or movement, or it could be anything from a video to an idea.

Nothing in particular. Everybody has their likes and interests. I wouldn’t want anyone to do anything just because it’s “cool” to do so or because I’m interested in it. People seek inspiration from all around them and I wouldn’t want to get in the way of that.


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Sayantan Bhattacharjee | #TalkbackTuesday
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