• Oliver Boon

CRITIC meets POET PRESLEY

Updated: Apr 28



CRITIC

So, I always start with this question. What made you want to be an actor?

POET

I don’t even think it’s “what made me” want to be an actor bro, I was forced to be an actor. I really believe that everything that I do is for a purpose. I was called to do this. I don’t even want to be the best actor in the world. Acting is spiritual. The crazy thing is, I learned two weeks ago that acting came from ancient times. When seers and sages used to try to tell people stories, spreading a message that resonated with people’s spirit. That was the way they truly connected with mankind. It’s a certain feeling that people get when they see good acting. Typically, in an average day, a person goes to work a 9-5 and they worry about life’s problems. They gotta feed the dog, take the kids to daycare and the boss is tripping them out, the whole Corona situation… we can’t even shake hands, we can’t even hug anymore! So, when they see a good actor in a play or a film, everything that was going on stops. A good actor takes people through certain emotions so they gotta feel love, they gotta feel pain, they’re gonna be angry at something, they might be excited, you’re getting them to

feel all these things. We have to tap into our spirit. It’s nothing you can hold. It’s all of them tangibles; love, happiness, joy, peace. And people don’t feel that throughout the day. So, my job is to get people to feel and develop their spirit and to grow spiritually and to connect with themselves and connect to

others.

CRITIC

What inspires you?

POET

Life inspires me. The ability to conceive and believe that you will achieve everything you set out for. I’m not here just by coincidence. I really visualize these things. I’m really living my dreams now. I’ve seen all this in my imagination from the brand to the films I’ve been in to the book I wrote to the

school I’m attending, I saw all this in my imagination so to be right here right now bro is crazy. The power of the mind. I don’t think people know what power they really possess.

CRITIC

Nice! Now I know you have a brand, why don’t you tell me a little about that.


POET

The name of my brand is The POET which stands for ‘The Pain Only Exists Temporarily’. So, a lot of people see The POET, but they don’t know it’s an acronym. It was developed in a real dark time for me. My brother was shot three times in the chest and killed. This was in 2011 and I was so depressed, I didn’t even want to live, you know, I didn’t believe in anything. I thought if there’s a God, if there’s any force out there that loves me, I’m not supposed to feel this way. So, I asked, “take this pain away”. One of my homies hit me up that same day and told me to watch this video and it turned out to be ‘The Secret’. So, I’m watching the Secret for the first time and then things started

clicking how we can really do whatever we want. So, from there I developed a brand and I was just getting all types of revelations to get to where we at right now. The brand is really apparels derived from pain, sometimes in the form of poetry, but it’s mixed with urban fashion as well. So, it’s like a high class, urban street brand but it uplifts people. So, any merchandise that I sell, whatever it is, I really intend for people to have that when they wear my clothes. So, when people get success, I want them to bring that energy of success. When they’ve got the wealth shirt on, I really want them to get money. Your worst day is when you wear my brand. You don’t wear my brand on your best day. When you need something, then you put on The Pain Only Exists Temporarily and the good flows to you.

CRITIC

I’m aware you spent some time in Asia recently, tell me about that!


POET

So, I was touring in Asia actually with three different productions. Out of the three productions that I was a part of, I was the star actor for two of them. I toured for over 10,000 people. Most of these people were prestigious people on different military installations. For the introduction, I was training soldiers on sexual harassment and assault prevention. It’s kind of a big issue throughout our ranks in the United States and within the military. Males and females both being sexually targeted by people in their ranks. So they usually have certain seminars where someone will come and talk to them for hours about the statistics but there was a director in Asia who actually put this in the form of a play. So we actually taught military installations, showing them how someone is faced with sexual assault and what are the precautions to take within the military culture, and we change lives. So many people got help and they would come up to us after the play and they’ll just be crying and thanking us and saying it was life changing.


CRITIC

Have you been in any plays recently?


POET

Yeah man, I just did a play in Texas. It was epic. It was actually a Filayè which is a film within a play. Big Shout out to the director Dr. Russell Jordan for creating the Filayè. He takes footage and shoots it Hollywood style. Then, as the play goes on, it stops and it freezes and then goes to the film. He shows you more than he can’t necessarily show you on stage. He’s created a whole new style. The play was called “We Are One” and it highlights the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and the help that he had from many people in America, not only black, but white and Hispanic and Asian too. I played Dr. King and I loved the feeling of getting to do the famous speeches and being able to impact people and have them resonate with what I was saying.

CRITIC

Who’s the actor you look up to you the most?

POET

The first one that came into my mind was Jim Carrey. I love what he brings to a film. I was watching this documentary (The Great Beyond) one time, and it was talking about Jim Carrey and they said when he showed up on set, he was only the character. He wasn’t nothing else. He was so into it; he was living like that every day. He was so extremely in character that you would have thought it was

real life. I see him now and I just think to myself, 20 years from now in my career I could be someone totally different.

CRITIC

That’s a really interesting reason to pick your favorite actor! Jim Carrey started out with a lot of comedy performances but later moved on to more dramatic work. Which do you feel you lean more towards?

POET

I’ve been in drama all my life, but I just haven’t tapped into that comedy side yet. I feel like I can tap into that though. I want to do it all, bro. I think I can make people laugh. Were there any more questions? You know, why are we doing this? What are we giving to the people bro?

CRITIC

We’re giving people an insight into you. We’re giving you an extra platform to reach out to some more people! Is there anything you would like to bring up?


POET

I’m glad you said that because it’s very important that I bring up the book I’m about to release called ‘The Caged Bird’ this book I wrote about being free from that fear you just spoke about. The Cage represents your body and the Bird represents your spirit. It’s a self-help poetic book, each chapter, I open up with a poem and then I go into the actual content on how to help people. The first chapter is called ‘A Dream Deferred’ and goes something like this:

You know what happens to a dream deferred?

Really what happens to a dream deferred?

Does it fly away like a bird in the sky?

But does it flow like the current rising in a tide.

What happens to a dream deferred?

In Websters dictionary, ‘deferment’ means a temporary postponement. Often, this ‘temporary postponement’ is the biggest reason why most people do not accomplish their goals, their dreams, or anything they wish to achieve because that temporary postponement will mess with their train of thought and their focus. Because of this they’ll be out of work, they’ll be so distracted that whatever their vision or idea they had, they won’t be able to manifest them. So I go into that chapter and break down how to get passed that temporary postponement so that we’re able to manifest our deepest desires and the things we truly wish to achieve that’s going to only get you free. I want your

ideas to fly and to flourish and to evolve into what they’re truly supposed to manifest into.

CRITIC

Favorite Word?

POET

Bless. Let it roll off your tongue. When you do it’s a continuation of blessings every day. It’s a present mind state. Sometimes I walk around, and that’s all I say is I am bless.

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Interviewed by Oliver Boon on Zoom