We had the good fortune of connecting with Zay Poole and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Zay, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
To be honest, I look at risks as not simply risks, but opportunities in my head. I say that because I know from experience that when people hear the word “risk,” they start to panic and they worry too much about failing. Failing is a part of life and we all have to fail in order to grow and succeed. However, I’m not saying that risks don’t scare me, because they do, especially when being a start-up and growing business. But, I feel that if it weren’t for these risks, whether I took them or not and whether if they were a success or not, they played a vital role in not just my career growth, but my personal growth as well. I can say the biggest risks that scare me, are the risks you take on people. Now, I don’t say that to simply mean I don’t trust people; I say it meaning that people can and will disappoint you. They can tell you one thing, but their actions speak otherwise; and that’s one of the biggest and most fearful risks that you can take, in my opinion. You never want to take a risk on someone who you feel will not come through in the end. Still, risks are what life is about; you will either fold to it or you will jump at it with full force and positivity- all the while believing the outcome may work out in the end.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I believe what sets Moonlite apart artistically is that you will NOT get the same look or feel from the work we created, from any other artist out there. We also don’t view art as just art but an experience. Hence why our slogan is “art is more than a concept, it’s an experience.” That is one measure we have not yet failed. Whether it’s through the process or the design itself, when everything is said and done, you are going to look back at the whole thing as one big experience, and not just another design. We make sure that what we create is specifically geared to the person we are making it for, even if it’s for ourselves. We are always growing in our crafts and are always incorporating new ways to improve from previous experiences. We will never try to give/design elements for others if it’s not needed. Moonlite is not a money-grubbing company. I feel as though these principles and morals have helped deliver us to where we are today because they aren’t something you typically see in a business, and so they help us to stand apart from the crowd. No, it was not easy and it is still not easy. We are still in the beginning phases; but, I’m not ashamed to admit it. There has been days and nights that I was down and doubted myself. I broke down because I saw things and experienced things I didn’t expect to so early on or at all. I’ve sacrificed things and lost people due to this, and it was hard to accept some of it. Though I soon realized that it may be for the better that all this was happening. I had to move past it and stay positive. I began to just think of everything in terms of lessons that I’m learning to enhance myself. While there are too many lessons to name, I will definitely say that my top three would be: Patience, Acceptance, and Staying True to Yourself. And if there is one thing I would want the world to know about us is that we are driven, strong and although we may be young, we will come out on top and change the industry and black-owned businesses for the better. I can’t fully tell you what I want you to know about our story, because it hasn’t fully begun yet. But, I can promise you that if you keep watching and reading, I’m sure it’s a story you’d love to know. We are a one stop shop for all your creatives needs. No matter the challenge we will work with you until you have your vision.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well for one I love other cultures especially Asian culture so for sure we are going for some Korean BBQ at Char Bar & Grill in Southeast Atlanta (if you never been I suggest going). As far as hanging out It’s hard because to be honest I don’t go out in Atlanta to much an if I do it’s usually the same places so If I had to pick I say either little 5 points or the beltline. Now I will say they’re other places I would take them if they are willing to go because the access to them is kind of hard (that’s all I’m going to say). I will always say surround yourself with like minded and same energy type of people because it’s more fun to be around people you can be yourself around.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Well naturally I will always and forever be grateful and thankful for my family. They stood by my side from the beginning and they definitely kept me up when I doubted myself and what I was doing. Without them I honestly don’t believe I would’ve made as much progress or be able to succeed as much as I have without them. I also want to shoutout all the people who worked with me and helped me execute my visions and also believed in me (they know who they are sorry can’t name drop all of them). There’s one shoutout I want to address specifically. This goes to someone who deserves just as much praise as my family, and that is my executive assistant Elena Payne AKA Rae Sol. She’s a multi talented rising YouTuber, model and actress with a strong work ethic. Once she’s in on something she’s passionate about, she’ll keep achieving until she reaches the limit, then surpasses that. Rae has been apart of this dream/vision before it was even manifested into actuality. She kept my head cleared and focused about what needed to be done as well as helped build what is now MoonLite Studios LLC. I appreciate everything she has done up to this point. We have a dynamic that will be powerful and continue to grow. Her and I keep each other balanced; if one of us is down, we pick the other up. There’s more I could say, but I’m going to end it with this: Rae, I thank and appreciate you for everything. Much love.