Skateboarding As a Career Choice
Before even pondering the idea of choosing a career in skateboarding, it is probably most essential to determine the underlying reason why you may be thinking about such a career? Perhaps you may have some radical tricks all combined into a kewl routine? After all, skateboarding is a lot of fun and it would be pretty awesome to earn a living by doing what you love to do! Or maybe your primary reason for contemplating a skateboarding career is driven by the prospect of making a lot of money?
There is no dispute to the fact that once you reach the professional level you will make money skateboarding! And if you can quickly move up the ranks in competitions you will surely make a lot of money. But remember, moving up the ranks in competitions is no easy task. Like I said, there is a lot of competition, and just like you, there are a lot of very talented skateboarders out there competing in events and trying to make a name for themselves. As such, choosing a skateboarding career should not be based solely upon making money or the income that you can derive from it. It should be assessed in terms of a long-term goal and the level of skateboard sponsorship that you can maintain based upon your skill and consistency in competitions. Therefore, you must assess what your chances really are in moving up the ladder on a professional level. If you are confident that you can compete well on a consistent basis and have decided that a career in skateboarding is on your options list, then hopefully you know that achieving a quality skateboard sponsorship is the beginning to your overall success.
There are many components to asses when you get skateboard sponsorship that may affect any skateboarding career choice. Here are some informative suggestions to help you get on your way:
First. Before you accept any sponsor, weigh your options and make sure you are making the right choice before making the commitment.
Second. Do not accept the first company that offers you a sponsorship, or who accepts your proposal to become sponsored by them. Advise any potential sponsor(s) that you would like a little time to think about it first. Generally they are more than willing to give you any necessary time to make your decision.
Third. After you have submitted your resume to the company you are seeking sponsorship from, be sure to research their background and talk with other skateboarders who have a sponsorship package through them. Ask questions as to how the company represents and supports their career. See what kind of benefits they have received from the company and if they are happy with their choice.
Finally. If the company requires a contractual agreement, read the contract! Check the terms, conditions, clauses, and most importantly any disclaimers! See how long the term of the contract will last, and whether the option of terminating your contract is available? You may or may not want to get locked into any long-term contract unless, of course, it is a company that has great perks and a good reputation! Essentially this is all about your career choice, and a career is a long-term goal that must entail lots of thought and sound examination of what your future holds. If you really want to make money skateboarding then it is essential that you draw up a plan and weigh your options thoroughly before you make you final decision.