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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 January 3, 2020

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

 I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

 2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

7. Positive people smile a lot!

When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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8. People who are positive are great communicators.

They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

Featured photo credit: Janaína Castelo Branco via flickr.com

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