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Have you ever applied for a job? Like a job, a company wants to sponsor someone so it will benefit them. It's advertising. Getting your name out there is the way to get noticed. Put yourself in the sponsors shoes...

"Why should I sponsor you and give you free gear based on an edited youtube video of your riding and not your contest (publicity) results, what does that do for me?"

Frankly, if I were a company looking to sponsor riders, the only videos I'd take seriously are the ones sent to my company directly, not posted on a message board or youtube only hoping someone will see it and it damn well better be the best of the bunch. I'd be willing to say half the kids wanting sponsored only want it for status, telling high school friends about it, and they are the only ones who will even care that you are. Way too many people are way too serious about it and don't just ride to have fun. When you start riding for yourself, that's when things happen, keep riding for status and you'll burn out.
I see exactly what you mean, but if a scout sees a video with over 100,000 views, and a positive like/dislike ratio, they are going to want that rider. Now of course those might not be logical numbers, but you know what I mean. And I am riding for fun. I love the park, and I would say I'm pretty good at it. Why not try to get a little recognition while still doing what I love? Like I said before, adding a section is probably easier said than done, but if you are really interested in getting your name out their... this is not a bad idea.
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As far as a forum goes a sponsor me section seems to of little use. We'd be lucky to have a handful of members who would be good enough to even be considered.

Second, I have seen a fair amount of people get sponsored off of forums. Snowboarders and skiers. They posted their adventures and videos in the trip reports sections of various sites, and a bunch of stuff at TGR. TGR probably has more industry eyes on it than anywhere on the web. If your videos and pics suck, you'll be clowned out of there. If they are good, maybe someone will notice.
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As far as a forum goes a sponsor me section seems to of little use. We'd be lucky to have a handful of members who would be good enough to even be considered.

Second, I have seen a fair amount of people get sponsored off of forums. Snowboarders and skiers. They posted their adventures and videos in the trip reports sections of various sites, and a bunch of stuff at TGR. TGR probably has more industry eyes on it than anywhere on the web. If your videos and pics suck, you'll be clowned out of there. If they are good, maybe someone will notice.
First off, what is TGR?


Secondly, it isn't a "Sponsor Me" exclusive section. You can post up any video. Call it "The Archives" or something. Just a spot to organize videos a little bit more. I can't tell you how annoying it is trying to search for a good video and not be able to find one. This way, any time you stumble across a good video - one that deserves recognition, or is just straight up awesome - you can post it here. Instead of waisting time looking for a good video, you will know where to find one
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i have to agree with deviant here, the slim chance of getting sponsored form some company rep stumbling upon your video here is not worth making a whole section for it. The sponsor me section will just fill with videos of park rats filming their super steez straight airs and board slides on 3ft wide boxes boxes, with plenty of other shots of them acting like ass holes trying to look cool thinking they are being funny.

If you really want to get sponsored...go win contests/get noticed/get your name out. Go out to the local mountains, and at least place in the top 3. Have a friend film the contests, make a good edit of you winning a few, then send it to local shops and go from there.

also, there is a 100% chance that unless you are a full on pro, nationally known rider, your video will NEVER get to 100,000 views. To get to 100,000 views people have to actually be searching for your video, and they wont search for it if they don't know you exist. And how to you get your name out there to recognized to the point where people actually search for your videos??? you get sponsored. See, the sponsor me section is completely redundant.

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Wow I thought a video archive was a good idea... damn guess I was wrong =P Question though, how difficult is it to add a section? Not trying to blackmail or anything, just wondering.
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i think a picture/video section would be cool, it would defiantly see more action in the winter once us average joes start filming. Just dont call it "sponsor me" and dont post videos HOPING to be sponsored

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Maybe I wasn't clear. We do have a section to put up your videos and pictures. It's called the Trip Reports forum.

That is where people like Brett McNary (skier) and Kyle Miller (splitboarder) have found sponsors for their endeavors...
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A video section might be ok but I think there are plenty of other sub forums to stick vids. If you want to bet sponsored, start with finding local joints that will give you contest entry money or some gear. They're going to want to results to back it up like a really dope edit that shows you can pull down lots of views on the internet or contest wins to get exposure.

If you want to get sponsored by the big guys, you have to find whoever manages their regional am teams and sell yourself as someone they should send free shit to. They are going to want to know that others have taken a risk sponsoring you and that you have some sort of internet presence or name winning local contests.

Regardless of what you think of him, Torstein is probably a good example of the way a video blog site can really set yourself apart and make your name into a brand in and of itself. The dude is very smart for doing torstein.net It gives him leverage with Quiksilver/DC. It's kind of a case of chicken and egg, though. His site is only really big because of his name being out there on the Dew Tour and X-Games but the site is also helping him more popular than he would have been without it.
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Look if you have a sponsor me video just fucking post it and don't go on this stupid rant about how you think there needs to be a section for people to suck off your e cock. Frankly do I give a shit about online people and their videos fuck no, do companies yeah they do if they can fucking move product, can you move product no, do I get free product yes, am I sponsored no, is this a long incoherent sentence with lots of commas, yes it is, and I don't give a flying fuck. Also ride for fun not to get sponsored I hate your generation and you suck in the park.

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