Thank you for your interest in wanting to represent my company and help promote our products through your active participation in the fingerboarding community. While I appreciate your enthusiasm toward being a part of the team, I receive numerous comments, messages, and emails asking for sponsorships daily.
There is no submission process or tryouts to ride for Level Up Fingerboards. Team Riders are selected by me based on company support, content quality, community activity, skill level, and most of all: personality. Please do not email me or use the Contact tab here on BigCartel with questions, clips, or links regarding sponsorships. They will be responded with a redirection to this page or ignored completely.
My preferred method of scouting and viewing content is through Instagram. Building a strong portfolio on there of your talents is the best way to get noticed by me. I can easily check out the short clips and pics in your feed, see how often you post, judge your popularity by the number of followers, likes, views, and comments you receive, and even click a link to your YouTube channel in your bio for longer videos. Riders under the age of 16, non-US residents, and Private Accounts are not eligible for consideration of a sponsorship from my company.
With that said, I do my best to respond to posts, questions, comments, and direct messages of a pertinent nature on Instagram. That takes even more time when sifting through countless pleas for sponsorships or free products. The short and blunt answer to the often asked question of "Will you sponsor me?" is generally "No". A spot on this team is not given to people who ask for it. It's earned through my acknowledgement of your overall presence in the fingerboard community as a rider deserving of a sponsorship opportunity.
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General Tips for Improving Sponsorship Eligibility from Any Company:
Most companies do not like to be bombarded by fingerboarders with clips or messages asking for sponsorships and instead put in the time to seek out riders in the community that impress them or show long term commitment to the scene and their company. Your best bet to getting sponsored is by getting noticed. I've compiled a list of things to consider when riders are actively working to get sponsored...
- Do not ask to be sponsored. A lot of times this will put you in bad standing with the company right off the bat without them even ever checking your content.
- Support the company by buying and using their products. You can't be sponsored by a company if you have never even tried them out.
- Upload content on social media outlets the company uses featuring their products (unboxings, reviews, trick clips, shout outs). This is what would be expected of a sponsored rider by the company. Already having that content is a great preview of the promotional aspect that you, as a rider, would be able to provide.
- Fingerboard! Practice, film, watch your playback, improve, learn new tricks, and develop your skills. There are more amazing riders in the scene than there are companies to sponsor them. Sponsorships do not always go to the "best" riders out there, but your skills will always be compared to them when being considered for a team spot.
- Create quality clips and videos with a variety of clean tricks, good angles, different obstacles, multiple locations, and smooth edits. Your content needs to be as good or better than riders that are already sponsored by a company. Check out clips by the team riders to compare with your own and take notes of where you can improve.
- Get your name out there: post, contribute, network, make friends, gain followers/subscribers, and be an active member in the fingerboard community through Instagram, YouTube, Forums, or other sites. Your accounts need to be Public so you can promote the company you are sponsored by and have somewhat of a subscriber pool to show that people are interested in your content.
- Be yourself, be original, but also be aware that this community takes place in a public space. How you choose to act and what you choose to upload/post is subject to the opinions of everyone that can view it. Having a dedicated Fingerboard Account as a sort of digital resume is preferred over a Personal Account that includes some fingerboard content interspersed throughout.
- Do your homework. Stay current with what is happening in the scene in general as well as what the company you are pursuing a sponsorship from is doing. Websites are usually not as up to date as Social Media but are a great place to start for company information such as product specs, a list of team riders, events and promotions, as well as sponsorship requirements ;)
Fingerboarding should be fun. Like many other skill sports/hobbies there are only a small percentage of people that get anything out of doing it other than personal enjoyment. There are always those that are fortunate enough to get noticed, sponsored, or even paid to do something they enjoy. At it's core, that is not what fingerboarding should be all about.