My name is J.P. Pressley, and I’m a twenty-three-year-old striving to do one thing: live up to my fullest potential on this earth. Due to and even in spite of my vast array of life experiences, the pursuit of this goal has resulted in a number of blessed opportunities. For example, a love of entrepreneurship and disdain for being laid off at the age of six (yes, six) led to my starting an ice cream cart business at the age of eight. Years later, my obsession with basketball and my willingness to do whatever it took to prove wrong the doctors who told me I shouldn’t play led to my being a two-sport college athlete (had to add track into the mix—short distance only, of course).
When I die, I want to die empty—I don’t want to have any gas left in my tank. I want to unleash all of my potential upon this world, leaving the grave high and dry. That’s why I’ve worked on my creative writing literally every day since February 1, 2018, why I’ve started The Young & Rising, and why I continued working in film part-time amidst working in publishing full-time and going to school full-time for my now completed MFA in Writing. I’m doing and will continue to do everything I can to make this desire a reality
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