How to make Freerunning Money – Part 2

5 Mar

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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!

 

The Stuntman

The Suntman

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.

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William Spencer as Spiderman

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.

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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.

The Athlete

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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.

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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.

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For more information, please head to this article we published earlier: Why should I be sponsored?

 

 

The Creative/ The Entrepeneur

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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.

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Applying the design work to garments.

Applying the design work to garments.

Sending out clothing worldwide.

Sending out clothing worldwide.

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.


Final Thoughts 

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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)

 

 

 

UniverCidade

3 Mar

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The largest university of Portugal sent LineTeam to 18 different institutes and gave them full access to freerun all over them.

If you know the skill LineTeam posesses and how good universities tend to be for Freerunning you are probably still unprepared for the tricks in this video, with our favorite moment being Sérgio’s Double-Kong at 4:10.

How to make Freerunning Money

1 Mar

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All around the world there are incredibly talented and passionate Freerunners of which most have to take time away from their passion to get a job.

A job! Wow that sounds scary! Well no, a job is not a bad thing, there are great ones out there, but wouldn’t it be great to make Freerunning your job? Freerunner, doesn’t sound like a job at all!

Did you ever catch yourself thinking about that? Then this is the right article for you.

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Tim Shieff washing his hands in China

I was in your position a few years ago and through luck, being smart and dedicated – that’s what I like to tell myself – I managed to live as a Freerunner, make money, travel the world several times, be sponsored by RedBull, make a 7mil-viral video, design for our own clothing label, produce several videos with my team, win a few big competitions, make this blog and keep doing what I love.

Some people might not want me to write openly about this topic or give away this information, but I realize how many people want to chase this dream and I believe there should be guidance available to them! Some of the jobs in here don’t even require Freerunning, but simply keep you in this world of Freerunners. Some of them I don’t like doing or don’t do anymore. But for this article I want to step away from what’s real and what’s not and simply show the possibilities there are.

My name is Jason Paul, I’m 23 years old and you could call me successful or a sellout, but hey here I am after making and losing money in almost all spheres of Freerunning and I want to pass on some knowledge, for which I had to work hard for, so let’s go!

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Interview in Kuwait

 

What are you getting yourself into?

First things first, this is a write-up of my opinion, based on my experiences. None of this knowledge is 100% accurate or the ultimate truth, there is a big chance of me being wrong, for the world we live in to change or simply failure. So don’t get mad at me when shit doesn’t work out!

Be aware, if you want regular money, a safe and steady income. If you want to save up for a house, provide for a family, drive a fancy car and so on. I suggest you doing something else, not saying you can’t do that but there are a million safer and easier ways to do that!

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Sam Parham (3Run) with his new car.

The Freerunning world can change every second, it could blow up or die out. Company’s could decide that it’s not cool for their products anymore, the state could apply a new law against it, Youtube can change it’s guidelines, Justin Bieber decides to start Freerunning. There are a million things that could happen. If that makes you nervous this is not for you!

If you want to live as a Freerunner or in any Freelance job you need to have trust that everything is going to work out in the end, you have to stay calm in times of great uncertainty and you have to be willing to make decisions and take risks.

And if you think that being a Pro-Freerunner requires you to only do Freerunning you are mistaken. You will have to work, do stuff you don’t like, sit at a desk, buy expensive starbucks-coffee, all that job-stuff. Which means, maybe you will be more happy to just keep Freerunning as a hobby.

Tempest Athletes building their own gym.

Tempest Athletes building their own gym.

 

 The Archetypes

Alright, if you are still here we can get serious! There are many different avenues to chase down and sometimes you have to do several at the same time! Some involve more Freerunning, some less. I categorize them in seven different Archetypes

Part 1 is about The Coach, The Performer and The Organizer.

Part 2 will feature The Stuntman, The Creative and The Athlete.

Part 3 will talk about up-and-coming Jobs, that aren’t quite relevant yet, but might be in the future.

 

 The Coach

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Being a Freerunning Coach or Trainer is probably one of the more obvious choices, with the prime example being Parkour Generations and the many other classes and gyms all around the world.

If you can see yourself guiding newcomers into the world of Freerunning, working with kids and working out games and ways of making exercise and learning a fun experience this might be perfect for you!

Seeing the smiles on a face of somebody who just achieved something he never thought he could do or seeing the friendships grow between participants is very rewarding. You can have an influence on somebody life and see it instantly.

AirWipp Students at one of their classes.

AirWipp Students at one of their classes.

 

Of course you want to be a good coach, which means educating yourself in methods of teaching and learning, understanding the human body,  liability, nutrition and being ready for any questions your students might ask you.

You got all that down, but how do you get started?
If you are parts of a gymnastics or sports club you can ask them if you can use their facilities to give lessons, which a lot of them welcome. It is very likely that this requires a license to be liable when coaching people and setting up obstacles.

Most gyms will support you on your way of doing that! Especially if you want to teach kids a license is very helpful for proving your skill and gaining a parents trust.

Outdoor classes are a good alternative and more true to the roots of the sport. Make sure to inform yourself about liability in case somebody gets hurt, even if it’s not your fault.

 

Outdoor classes

Outdoor classes

After you set up a location and time you will have to promote your classes. Post it on Facebook, build a website, tell your friends, make a video, get creative! There are loads of people out there who want to learn and are willing to pay a good coach for his skill.

Don’t get discouraged if you are off to a slow start, if you are a good coach word of mouth will go around after time and you will be able to build a strong business.

Outdoor classes in Germany

Me giving outdoor classes in Germany

What’s next as a coach?
If you’re able to sustain yourself and you feel like you want to take another step ahead there are many possibilities. Such as seminars for teachers, who want to bring Freerunning classes into their schools, writing fitness-concepts for fitness-studios or even opening your own gym and employing a group of coaches and friends you trust.
Examples? The Airwipp Academy, Tempest and many more!

 

 

 The Performer

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There are lots of companys out there that want to introduce a new product to their audience or promote what they already do in a different way. Today a lot of them want to use Freerunning for the many connotations that people build to it.

As a Performer you can spend a lot of time working on your skill, have chances of travelling for shows and commercials while being part of interesting choreographies with dancers and all kinds of athletes.

What skills are important as a performer? First things first, you will be on camera and on stage so make sure you look your best and are fit! Period.
As a Performer you want to be an outstanding Team-Player, have a strong stage-presence, be easy to work with, understand choreographies, build stamina and practice a good feeling for music, rhythm and timing.  If you have problems with any of these you might want to invest in some dance- or even acting-classes.

Understand what is impressive to a normal person, not to you! For the normal person a standing back-tuck is way more impressive than a double-cork, keep that in mind and use it for your advantage!

You feel like you can do this, but you don’t know how to get work?
Understand that companys don’t like taking risks, thus they want a proof of your skill and expertise before hiring you. You can do this by editing a professional looking showreel, building a website that showcases your skill and by using correct language when answering their e-mails on time!

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With this proof of skill you can contact other Freerunning Teams near you who give performances already and offer help or even acquire businesses near you and explain how you can help them.

Start small and trust that your contact will be handed on if you work professionally, are on time and pleasant to have around!

Me doing a rather questionable performance job

Me doing a rather questionable performance job

What’s next as a Performer?

Of course you won’t be able to be a Performer until the end of your days and one option of staying within the realm is by building an agency for Performances. Collect the contacts you gained throughout the years, collect a Team of trustworthy athletes and build a strong reputation. Becoming a choreographer is also possible!

If you look for an example or a guide to follow look at what 3Run is doing, how they present themselves and reference it. Maybe you even find a way to improve what the leading performance-team is already doing.

 

The Organizer

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Most Freerunners love Jams, Workshops, Events or pretty much every reason to get together and exchange about what they love. For every Jam there’s always somebody who organizes a venue, sends out invitations and takes care of the whole experience so you don’t have to worry about it. That guy could be you.

 

KrapInvaders

KrapInvaders

Creating a good event requires a lot of thought, practice and skill. People value a great event so they are willing to pay for the experience you create for them.

To be honest I don’t have a lot of experience in organizing such events, so look at the prime example out there which is Filip Ljungberg from AirWipp who manages to pull together sponsors and supporters for their big contest (the Airwipp Challenge) and puts together beautiful WinterCamps. Another one to look at is KrapInvaders.

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If you want to get a hold in this business I suggest visiting a lot of events while making notes of what you like and what you’d want to improve, talking to the organizers about what problems they faced and what to watch out for when organizing your own events.

Once you did this I suggest starting with small events and building from there. Value the customer-experience more than anything else and try to offer them a satisfying experience for their money!

What’s next as an Organizer?

As long as there is Freerunners they will always want to meet, jam and learn together. You can create this unique environment and progress to bigger or just simply better events. Get support from Sponsors and go from local Jams to international Events or Competitions that entertain hundreds of Freerunners or even thousands of spectators!

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If you made it this far you either got some useful information or you haven’t found what you’ve been looking for yet. Either way you should stay tuned for Part 2 covering The Stuntman, The Creative and The Athlete!

Damien Walters runs the Loop

21 Feb

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An iconic challenge in all extreme sports it was only a matter of time for somebody to do the Loop.

It would be the easy way to build a small looping and just wallflip while tapping around, that’s not what Damien Walters wanted to do. Building a big size custom looping he actually runs across it with some legit steps, props!

Beyonce – Drunk in Love (feat. Kanye West)

17 Feb

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Our favourite track from Beyonce’s latest album just got a feature with Kanye.


 

 

Behind the Scenes of a Playboy shoot

17 Feb

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Photographer Patrick Van Dam gives us a unique look behind the scenes of a Playboy shoot.

Working for the dutch branch of the magazine for 7 years he’s been thoughtful enough to capture the entertaining moments occurring before the images, we’ve all seen before, go into publishing.

Read what the legendary Hugh Hefner has to say about Patricks work and enjoy the photos!

“In these compelling images, Patrick has captured the soul of the Playboy shoot and offered a true celebration of, and homage to, the people who make these beautiful things happen. Vividly here is the intimacy, the fun, and the dedication it takes to create the very best in contemporary erotica. And along the way, true to his calling, he gives the reader a peek behind the curtain of the Playboy lifestyle.”

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HongKong Playground

15 Feb

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We have long awaited this edit from our recent trip to HongKong, a city packed with adventures!

Giles from Visive Productions managed to capture one of the most diverse weeks of my life. Following me, Tim Shieff and local-boy Ed from city skyscrapers, over abandoned beaches and cliff jump up to temples and islands.

HongKong is the ultimate Freerunning playground and if you don’t believe we made this video just for you!

Brick Mansions – Trailer

13 Feb

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Rumours about a “Banlieue 13″ remake featuring David Belle, RZA and Paul Walker have been going around for a while now and today the Trailer was released.

To anybody who watched the Luc Besson original it might seem hilarious to how similiar Brick Mansions looks, but that’s what Hollywood does.

We met Paul Walker’s death three months ago with great dismay, looking back at the joy he brought the world with his movies.

Brick Mansions is the last movie he ever completed and given the nature of the situation a big hype around his last piece of work is to be expected.

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Looking back at the Yamakasi movies, the original Banlieue 13 and big TV pieces such as Jump London we know that it sparks general interest into Freerunning and drives a lot of new people into the sport.

We are excited to see how the movie is going to have an impact on our sport, even though it has a bitter after-taste.

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Fabiano Rodrigues – Skateboarding Photography

9 Feb

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Fabiano Rodrigues originated as a ProSkateboarder and thus started out in front of the lens before he started to get behind it and take his own pictures.

His images are beautiful compositions consisting of skateboarding, architecture and light. We are blown away by his work and wanted to show us a selection of our favorites and if you feel like seeing more you can check out Fabiano’s tumblr.tumblr_mqvc7jBd901ryvyi3o1_1280

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Schnee Running

7 Feb

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Our friend and outstanding filmmaker Sebastian Linda was out skating with some friends when the group stopped their activities in awe to watch some children explore a playground. Those kids were Freerunners, no older than 13, and inspired Sebastian to say hello and ask if they would want to shoot a video.

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The result is just beautiful, the snow and the kids performance makes image we’ve never seen before.

The name of the video? Schnee Running is a play on words, Schnee is the german word for Snow.

If you want to know more about the background-story you can look at the MakingOf here.