Below is the list of the most commonly asked questions I get.
How do you make a living from billiards? In the exact same way most professional athletes do... Such as, criss-crossing the country doing appearances, corporate exhibitions, lessons, and I also products, there are hundreds of products that carry my name. For example, I have directed many instructional billiard videos. I have a full range of billiard products ranging from $5 to $1,100.
Where are you from? I'm from California, however, I currently reside in Texas.
How did you become so great at trick shots? Practice and more practice.
Is it true that you know martial arts? Yes, I'm a certified Blackbelt instructor.
Is it true that you were a model? Yes, when I was very young and much thinner... However, I quit modeling after I fell in love with Billiards. Also, I like eating too much.
How old were you when you first played pool? I was 14 years old.
Was it hard to become a pro player? Yes, but anything worth having takes hard work and sacrifice.
Is it true that you were an artist? A painter? Yes, around the time I used to play snooker for money, my art was also being sold in art galleries.
Whats your ethnicity? Short answer, European. Yes, I sunburn... Longer answer, I'm mostly Spanish, but I also have other European things in there like French, Italian and so on.
Favorite pool game? Snooker.
Have you gambled at billiards? Gambling and playing for money are two different things. Yes, I have played many, many, money games. That said it was nothing like gambling since I knew I was going to win most the time. I knew the odds well, in other words, I was more like a casino.
Do you love hustling? Being a pool shark? Hustling and sharking means cheating people or misleading people. So, no... I never did that. I believe in beating people the old fashion way, by just playing better than them. I believe in hard work and practice, not false shortcuts. Also if I had to cheat people to do my job I would change profession.
Is it true that you can move, put and take apart pool tables by yourself? Even snooker tables? How many tables have you owned and moved? Yes, I greatly enjoy working on pool tables of any size. I have lost track of how many tables I have moved and owned, since I buy and sell several of them per year.
Where you always so athletic? No, I was fairly un-athletic when I was little. I grew out-out of it slowly, first with martial arts then with later with billiards.
Do you ever teach pool? Yes, I teach many one on one lessons weekly, I also do several group clinics all over the country per year.
How do you not get nervous when you perform live on tv or trick shot exhibitions? I just breathe, bear down and years of practice take over, again it comes down to practice and them more practice. So by the time, it comes up is a natural set of actions and movements.
You have worked with the best pool players in the world like Efren Reyes, Fransisco Bustamante, Mike Massey, Estefano Pelinga and CJ Wiley, doing exhibitions, clinics, instructional videos, how did you manage to so much when you were so young? You practice endlessly very hard and when opportunity calls, you answer. Unfortunately, opportunity comes disguised as hard boring work. You have to work on it, till the time comes, then you take advantage of the opportunity.
We understand you have directed and edited many instructional DVDs. What do you prefer directing or editing? Directing is way more fun and easier than editing. Sadly editing is way harder but gets only a tiny fraction of the credit.
Favorite food? Chicken adobo.
You have worked with the best pool players in the world what sets them apart from the local pros or just a good local player? Three things hard work, second mindset and third people skills. As a general rule once you have acquired the skills to play well the differences come down to the mindset. The game becomes a lot more mental as you get better and better. Then the best of the best also tend to have to have good people skills. If you don't learn to deal with people well you will never reach full potential since people won't help you, and worse they may even go out of there way to impede your success, in favor of someone they do favor.