If you have missed Part 1 of how to make that Freerunning cake you can go back to it here.
In Part 2 we will continue speaking about the different Archetypes of work within the world of Freerunning. Let’s get started!
Considering the diversity of skill you have as a Freerunner you can use that as a basis for stunt-career.
Working on big film-sets, being constantly challenged and seeing your work on the big screen are enticing and highly rewarding.
I myself have NO experience in Stunts at all, but I’ve listened to countless fascinating stories from the biggest name in Freerunning Stunts and straight out of Hollywood: Team Tempest. So I believe I can give you a quick introduction, from where you have to venture on by yourself.
Firstly, if you want to make a living as a Stuntman you won’t be going very far if all you do is Freerunning. You probably want to practice falling, fighting and possibly driving. Freerunning is a great talent to make you stand out between other contestants, but the well-rounded Stuntman gets hired more.
Secondly, it is very important that you are easy to work with and make people around you feel like you know what you are doing (even if sometimes you don’t) and keep it safe! If you enjoy being reckless or taking risks you might want to call Jackass instead.
Another thing you want to consider is your location, find out where movies get shoot and how the Stunt-Industry around them works. If you end up moving out to Holly- or Bolly-, Shaun- or whatever Wood they shoot movies in now, be aware how many people are chasing this dream and how hard you will have to work to even get a chance.
And since my expertise especially on where a stunt-career can lead in older age you will have to go and research more by yourself. If that seems to hard you can forget about being a Stuntman already.
Being The Athlete is probably the most sought after and the hardest position to achieve.
Why is it sought after? Because you get to spend as much time as you want Freerunning, being a good Freerunner is your number one responsibility and that’s all you need to care about.
Your sponsors take care about sending you to events and you get paid to represent a brand that you like. At the same time the path leading to this position is very unclear and even a person who made it there can’t replicate the same journey for somebody else.
Why is that? Because being sponsored is not about doing the craziest trick or the highest jump, it’s about being different, most of all it is about being YOU. Most people have trouble finding themselves all their life and it’s unique to everybody, so good luck! It will satisfy you beyond Freerunning!
Once you find who you are it’s all about making good content and putting your name out there, for people to find and share.
Make yourself recognizable and be consistent in what you do! Do what you do best for long enough and chances are somebody out there likes it and wants to support you.
I highly recommened getting on the social media grind to carry your awesomeness into the world. Another option to showcase who you are is by participating in one of many competitions happening all around the world.
For more information, please head to this article we published earlier: Why should I be sponsored?
The Creative/ The Entrepeneur
The Creative is mostly part of a likeminded collective or a Team. I’m looking at Storm, Storror and the website you are on now. The creative is somebody that loves having an idea and making it a reality, wether that is a video, a design or a blogpost. He might consider himself an artist beyond the Art of Movement and if he believes in making money off his art he will do himself better listening to Warhol, who famously said: “Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.”
You don’t need to be the best Freerunner in order to succeed as an Entrepeneur. The most important skill to being a successful is DOING things. Not just having an idea but using your means to create and pulling together like-minded people that believe in the same vision.
Look around and you and try to see what’s missing in the world of Freerunning, what you could add to it or how to make it better. Wether that is clothing, a video-concept, Jesse LaFlair’s Tutorials, an app like PK Spotter or a Couchsurfing website for Freerunners. If you are making a person’s life better or easier most of the time they will be happy to pay you in exchange.
If you look back at the archetypes you will quickly realize how most of the jobs require less Freerunning than you originally think they would. For most of them Freerunning-experience serves as a stepping stone or provides the knowledge on how to create an event or coach a student. It enables them to stay within the Freerunning world and being close to what they love.
In the future I would love to see more Athletes, being sponsored to progress, to shoot videos and visit events to inspire others. The biggest part in making this possible are all the creative people building their own brands, gyms and companies. I believe that a business built and supported by Freerunners is in the best position to give back, to support athletes and will not fail to do so.
While we are all growing and Freerunning is just making it’s first baby-steps I am excited to see what the future has in store for us. There are already new ways of contributing to this society on the horizon and I will try and give a prognosis in Part 3:
Part 3 – Up-and-Coming Jobs (Coming Soon)