Interview with [email protected](chaspoesie)
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I have been writing poetry for a few years. The first poem was free verse and it helped me express myself. This is when I fell in love with writing poetry. I learned every form of poetry. So I wrote a poem in every form and then decided that I preferred free verse. I wanted other people to see that poetry was healing. So I started posting poems every single day. After, I got out of the military I decided to write my first book. My fans have been waiting years for me to write a book. So, I do a bit of everything. I’m a pro gamer and a published author. I just make sure I do all the things that make me happy.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
The most interesting thing that has ever happened to me was when I got to give my favorite author my book. They loved reading and it. We talked and laughed about how we had so many poems in common. I got to tell her that she was my original inspiration in writing a book and not having any fear of rejection.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
The biggest tip I would recommend to never get burned out is taking healthy breaks. I prepare a bunch of content so I have things to post, but social media and writing has a lot of back lash. I get hate about every poem I write, but it’s mostly positive feedback. I consciously have to take breaks sometimes to regroup and keep my sanity. I think everyone in this industry should take daily breaks from social media and put their phone down just so they can live.
None of us can succeed 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?
I want to talk about my brother even though he has passed away. My brother encouraged me in every aspect of my career. I used to play video games against him. The only game I ever beat him in is the game I became a professional in. Also, he was the first person to acknowledge that I had a gift of words. So he made sure I kept writing poetry. Now here we are a published poet selling tons of copies.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
Yes I have. I have been changing lives in the best way. My biggest goal with poetry is to help people with mental health problems. I can relate to them on a deeper level. I can actually understand their struggles because I struggle with mental health as well. I donate blood as often as I can. I am also very responsive to all my followers. I respond to every comment and every DM. My followers actually find peace and comfort in the ability to talk to me. I have saved multiple lives just by being a listening. All of the money I make from my book sales I give back to charities because I honestly think money isn’t the most important thing in life. Happiness is the most important thing to me and giving back is what makes me happy.
Do you have a favourite “written Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
My favorite quote is from Buddha. Buddha said, “Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.” Everything I’ve done in my life is meant to spread positivity all over the world. My poetry is to help people find themselves. A fan of mine told me that I saved their life because of my kind words. That is how I live my day to day life. I always find something kind to say to someone and I make sure I always smile. People can feel the energy you give off and it affects them just as much as words do.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
You can follow me @Chaspoesie on all social media platforms.
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
The four things I would like mentioned are that I am a Professional Gamer for NBA2K, I am a published poet and my book is available everywhere, I am a Veteran of the United States Navy, and I struggle with my mental health.