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7 Key Tactics to Getting Sponsored in Skateboarding

7 Key Tactics to Getting Sponsored in Skateboarding

Most skateboarders dream of landing a sponsorship. Besides getting free gear from the company that they’re with, trips around the globe, and getting to skate the best skate spots; they get paid to do what they love.

However, it takes much more than just having the ability or being a talented skater to actually land a sponsorship. Essentially, there is almost a science behind filming a sponsorship-worthy video edit. Listed below are some tips to land you that sponsorship.

1. Style

To those who aren’t familiar with skateboarding, everything looks the same. However, to someone who really KNOWS the sport, different skaters have different styles. You want to find a style that’s your own to make you stand out.

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There are so many talented skaters, that you need something to set you apart from everyone else. You want to be a perfectionist. Just landing a trick isn’t enough when filming a sponsor edit. Stick to tricks that you are comfortable with, and have mastered; rather than trying to change it up on the fly, only to give a subpar performance.

2. Don’t use music in your video

Background music can be distracting and has the ability to make a skater appear to be way better than they actually are. Sponsors usually like to see the raw street footage, which can really showcase your talent.

Skate parks are cool places to film for fun, but the ground is smoother, and a lot easier to skate on. To be able to just skate through the streets, land ollies off concrete stairs, and grind a random rail—that takes real talent and will impress sponsors.

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3. Change up your tricks

Although you should stick to tricks that you have mastered, a really good skater knows more than just two or three different tricks. Showcasing that you can do an ollie five consecutive times, during your sponsor edit, shows the sponsors that you can ollie.

But, what else can you do? Grinds, manuals, flip trips—there are so many different skateboarding trick types to showcase. But, remember, practice makes perfect; make sure it’s clean. The very first trick you do in your video has to grasp the attention of the sponsors, and the very last trick should keep them wanting to see more.

4. You need a good videographer

A good videographer should be able to keep the lens on you and be able to film from all different angles. Make sure that they have a quality camera with a good lens. A grainy video does not look good to sponsors, so try and keep home footage to a minimal.

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5. Promote yourself

In the age of social media, skate companies are bound to have social media profiles such as Instagram and Facebook. Filming and posting all of your best footage is likely to gain the attention from the right people. You can even try sending messages to companies regarding sponsorship opportunities.

Even if they don’t reply, they still would have seen your footage. Make friends in the skate community, skate with people that are better than you, join local competitions, and try to land sponsorships from local skate shops. A small start is better than no start.

6. Don’t mass email a ton of different brands

The worst thing you can do is group message the same email to ten different companies.

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This shows that you aren’t actually passionate about the sport. It shows companies that you’re willing to sign with whoever will take you, which shows a lack of loyalty. You have to love the brand that you skate for.

7. Be passionate and have fun!

Yes, professional skateboarders are getting paid to do what they love. However, they didn’t pick up skateboarding because they figured they could get famous from it later on; and this is actually what sponsors love to see. They want to see that you’re having fun whether or not you’re sponsored.

Millions of people skate, but only a few go on to being professionals. But, that shouldn’t stop people from skating and having fun. You have to love the sport, and just go with the flow.

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Last Updated on July 5, 2019

5 Reasons Why You Should Always Be Yourself

5 Reasons Why You Should Always Be Yourself

When it comes to being yourself, there can be a lot of pressure from the outside world as it tries to influence who you are. Living in a society that is constantly developing, it’s important for you to always be yourself from the inside out. When you deeply know yourself and the boundaries that you have set, you are more likely to experience a fulfilling and rewarding life. Without knowing yourself and establishing those boundaries, you can easily be pushed around and end up on a dirt path.

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” – Matthew 7:13-14

You have the option of taking the path that is broad or taking the path that is narrow. You can either conform to what life wants you to be, or have the courage to remain true to yourself throughout the years. It’s definitely a challenge to have a strong sense of self when we are constantly getting distracted and being influenced by the media and society’s way of life. But if you want to reach your fullest potential in life, it all starts with being yourself.

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Why should you always be yourself?

Because you will:

  1. Live in alignment with your values and beliefs. Being yourself is all about knowing what you believe in and the values that you live by. When you are not yourself, you will take on the values and beliefs of others. This is when you start conforming to other people’s expectations and way of thinking. When you know your values and why you do what you do, you will live according to your own values and beliefs.
  2. Establish your own identity. When you are able to have a solid foundation of being you, you are establishing your own sense of identity. No matter what happens in your life, you will always know who you are. There will be times where you may feel lost or distracted, but if you have your own identity you’ll be able to get back on the right path. Without establishing your own identity, you may easily conform and lose yourself.
  3. Build courage. It takes a great amount of courage when you decide to take the path that goes against the crowd. The reason why the majority of people take the broad path is because it’s easy. It’s easy to just follow the crowd. It’s more of a challenge when you stay true to yourself and establish your own identity. This challenge of always being yourself takes courage and inner strength. No matter what comes your way, you’ll know how to handle it.
  4. Establish boundaries. When you are always yourself, you know what your limits are and the boundaries that you have set for yourself. When people cross your boundaries, you will know. But if you don’t establish boundaries, people may very well walk all over you and take advantage of you. If you are always yourself and you establish boundaries, you are more likely to be aware when people start taking advantage of you. Create and establish your boundaries.
  5. Find focus and direction. When you are always yourself, you are more likely to have focus and direction in your life. Imagine someone who is constantly conforming to other people’s expectations. Do you think this person has focus and direction? I don’t think so. When you stay true to who you are, you are more likely to know the goals you want to accomplish and how to go about accomplishing them. You are able to stay focused and know which direction to take in order for you to accomplish your goals.

No matter what you experience in life, the only person that will always remain constant is you.

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