Words By Daryl Jones, Feature Images By Michael Davello
Pro Skater. TV Presenter. Motivational Speaker. Actor. Model. Youth Worker. Alaskan. Ridiclously Nice Dude.
Preston Pollard is many things. But the words we like most that describe Preston Pollard right now are ‘In Do Shit Magazine’. Read on and let yourself be inspired by the guy that Oprah herself employs to help inspire people as a guest host her inspirational channel. We dare you to not be inspired by Preston Pollard.
DSM: You’re kind of a big deal right now, and you’re super busy doing a lot of cool shit. Yet within 10 seconds of meeting you I instantly felt like I was a big deal to you. I felt uplifted, and like you actually gave a shit about me. Then I watched you walk away and make a bunch of kids feel the same way. How did you come to possess this superpower? Were you bitten by a radioactive cuddly puppy dog? What’s your secret to having that kind of powerful effect on those around you?
PP: You are hilarious! To be honest I believe it’s just how I have grown up and having God in my life. Living in Anchorage, Alaska was very down to earth, and my parents and family are very uplifting and I guess it rubbed off on me. I always do my best to surround myself with people who inspire me.
PP: When I was younger I would say I was positive, I always tried to look at the glass of water full instead of empty. When I was 15 I was skateboarding like crazy and trying to get as many sponsors as I could. I got in one of my first skateboarding magazines around that time also.
DSM: So who is Preston Pollard? Tell us about the shit you do, ‘cause you do a whole lot of interesting stuff…
PP: I’m a Motivational Speaker, Pro Skateboarder, Actor, Model, Guest TV-Host for Oprah.com & Juce TV. I also just got news I’m nominated for best Actor for a Short Film contest called 168.
‘I do a lot of things because I’m ADD!’
DSM: What first drew you to skating? It’s not exactly the most stereotypical Alaskan pastime that springs to mind…
‘I was horrible at other sports. My friends would call me ‘Butter Fingers’ when I played Basketball because the ball would slip out of my hands so much. So I just kept on skateboarding. I was the worst skater in my group, but I enjoyed it, so I kept on going.’
DSM: Many people in your field(s) aren’t known for being particularly selfless individuals. Most people just do the shit they do to benefit themselves. Why have you decided to work so hard at using your skills and gifts to benefit others, rather than just for lining your own pockets?
‘What gives me happiness is being able to encourage someone. I have had a lot of people help me and if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here. It feels incredible helping someone who needs a hand, and that is something you cant buy.’
DSM: What do you think is the key to actually doing the shit you’re passionate about in life, rather than just sitting back, wishing and dreaming?
PP: The key is to get up and make a move, even baby steps.
‘I’m not the best out of all the things I do, but I tell you what, I get up and make goals and meet them. You have to have discipline, you have to be persistent and consistent.’