Kevin Brown: When did you start doing artistic pool and who was your influence?
Brian Pauley: I started doing artistic pool about a year ago. But several years before that I met professional pool player/trickshot artist Steve Lillis of Gospel Trick Shot Ministries at the Derby City Classic. Steve is who influenced me to do artistic pool.
KB: What were your first tournaments and achievements in Artistic Pool?
BP: I made my debut at the ACSISA Open Artistic Pool Championship on March 20-22nd at the Pheasant Run Resort in St.Charles, Illinois. I placed 18th in my first professional tournament. My second tournament was The 2015 World Artistic Pool Championship on August 27th-30th at Ozone Billiards in Kennasaw, Georgia. My third professional tournament was The 2015 Masters Artistic Pool Championship on December 4th-6th at Jamaica Joes in Midwest city,Oklahoma
2015 ACSISA Open Artistic Pool Championship: 18th place 2015 World Artistic pool Championship: 28th place. 2015 Masters Artistic Pool Championship: 7th place and The Winner of Tim Chin’s “Rising Star” medal award
KB: Where would you like to see yourself in the next few years of artistic pool?
BP: With hard work and determination, a consistent top six finisher!
KB: What sponsors do you currently have?
BP: McDermott Ambassador Cues, Bobbleball, World Artistic Pool Player Association, Gospel TrickShot Ministries… I help promote with Kamui Tips and Universal Clothing. I also have a partnership with Delta-13 Racks.
KB: Do you prefer artistic pool or 8 and 9-Balll?
BP: I love and play all three, but I prefer artistic pool. It requires more skill, and it’s also fun.
KB: Last but not least, how did you acquire the nickname of “Superman” for pool?
BP: A few years back, I played in weekly 9-Ball tournaments and I used to wear a “Superman” t-shirt. I started doing good at the tournaments and won. Some people couldn’t remember my name. After doing good they called me Superman, so I stuck with it.
Brian “Superman” Pauley is currently ranked #24 (subject to change) on the WPA-APD Artistic Pool World ranking system, but soon to fly higher in the ranks. “It’s a bird, it’s a plane… No, it’s Brian Pauley!”