When did you start doing trick shots?
I started about 5 years ago now when I received an old 6 ft
table for my 18th birthday…
How did you get the name “Venom”?
Because I’m poisonous for the table (well especially the felt)
Thanks god I don’t have to pay my cloth anymore since I’m
sponsored by the Simonis cloth.
How many hours a day on average do you practice?
2hours of cuesport a day, pool, billiard, artistic or trick
shots. One of these .
One of the things I have always liked about your videos is
your originality. How do you manage to keep coming up
with new ideas for trick shots?
No idea, it just keeps flashing in my head every time I’m
practicing. Sometimes I even wake up the night, write
down a possible shot idea and get back to sleep. I also
always carry a paper book so every time I got an idea I
can write it down and not forget it.
Who has been your biggest influence in artistic pool?
Definitely Mike Massey and especially Semih Sayginer.
What was your favorite part of making the “Venom
Trickshots” DVD ? (besides working with the model!)
The partner shots done with Nick King were definitely tons
of fun. But generally the whole filming was very fun, I don’t
even call that work haha
What do you feel has been your proudest moment so far in
your pool career?
Being featured in Korea’s main sport channel in different
matches with Semih Sayginer and getting the perfect score
to win the trick shot contest. Being a part of the next pool
movie is also really really exciting.
Do you have any plans to make a instructional DVD or book?
Not for now…But I can already give you the info that a
venom Trickshots II is in our mind for the future…
How do you like preforming in the US? Any good stories?
This is just great. I travel and meet interesting people
everywhere, get new friends and do crazy things. I liked all
the places I’ve been but recently I’ve done a show in the
66th floor of the Sears tower in Chicago. As for the greatest
shows I enjoyed, I had recently an insane one in Iowa but
Wisconsin and California were also tons of fun.
I remember using the maximum I could on that diamond 7
foot table for the Christmas party of Riverside TAP. Instead
of 1h I ended up doing a 3h show, beating the highest jump
world record (not official yet, but recorded) and doing
some of my craziest stuff… Actually there are so many
stories it would be unfair to quote only one!
When you first started doing trick shot videos on you tube
you started by doing shots that were created by Mike
Massey, Tom Rossman and others. Now people are
imitating your shots, how does that make you feel?
This is always surprising and a great feeling. I’m so glad
being a part of the pool history already it’s a dream coming
true. No later than Sunday someone told me that the new
wave I put in Trick shots will surely be a thing that people
are going to remind for the century just like Mike Massey
did. I guess this was one of the best compliment I could
What would be your advice to someone wanting to start
a career in artistic pool?
Just enjoying what you are trying. Have fun. Compared to
regular pool which is , past a point, only pure work, trick
shot can remain fun when you’re creating. It’s only boring if
you practice the same shots over and over. Be creative and
that will start everything!!
What is your favorite part of preforming live?
I guess this is the people’s reaction when I succeed a crazy
shot. When you can see this ‘light’ in people’s eyes and if
you see this light even in very good player’s eyes, well, that’s
totally priceless!! What I like too, is the challenge part of my
shows. Usually I have some people asking for a crazy shot
they have seen in a video and contrary to many of
professional, well I try to execute it. If it does work, you
have no idea how cool it is for people and for me!
What is the best way to order your video or book you
for a show?
My dvd is available on runoutmedia.com, the website of the
producer Nathan DuMoulin who also sells his new amazing
instructional sets of DVD break and run.
For shows and signed DVD, you can reach me through
my website: venomtrickshots.com. For direct contact, my
email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for giving me the chance of that interview and best of luck to the
viewers and the aspiring trick shots artists 😉