what makes you be considered a pro pool player?
I think I would answer that saying u first join the upa, then cash in the $ only to have to go to court while Frank Alvarest barks at you each tournament for a yearly due fee, even though the tour (upa if you will) owes the player big bucks for a sanctioned event. So in other words you must kiss Franks but and try to see everything his way, but they will give you a patch that says upa on it. Ok I will pay my fee and if the tour pays me the $ they owe me than that is just icing on the cake, or if u shoot pool on your tax return as an income then maybe that could be construde as a pro.
If you want to be a Pro then be optimistic that someone steps up to the plate with a game plan other than being greedy and a control freak ie Frank Alvarez (leading rep for upa and top touring Pro.) I got one for ya - Frank bars some of the top talent from the tour and says they won't pay there dues even though the tour (if you will) owes that particular player thousands and will not bend as to how to settle it.
Pretty soon he is able to claim that he is a top contender even though he can't make a ball in the ocean. Now he gets invited undeservingly and manipulates the political system so that he becomes the person who tries to play God. Or you can get the Bronze medal in a world tournament only to find out that you have been overshadowed by the worldly invitees. I could go on and on but basically the true pro who just cares about the game and enjoys competing against the best players in the world becomes blocked out by politcs.
Good for you! Most people are too scared to give their full heart to pursue their dreams. They are too afraid of failure. You've done a great job. I'm surprised you still have to have a day job. I guess it shows how little money there is in pool for the really great players.I would definitely not recommend quitting a day job to anyone! I am a pro and I still have a day job. It is such a hard living to make. For me, I was young and decided that I should try it out before I settle down, have kids and all of that. Not many people get to say that they followed their dreams. At least if I am successful or if I fail, I can still say that I gave it a try!