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professional athlete

Discussion in 'General Business and Entrepreneurship' started by thedude, Jan 29, 2016.

  1. thedude

    thedude Entrepreneur

    Do you think that trying to become a professional at a hobby is a good plan business wise? Professional gamers, airsofters, paintballers, skateboarders, etc.

    If your dedicated and become really good then you get sponsored by companies who want you to promote their gear. You can also make money in tournaments and even travel around to different events trying to win prize pools.

    It sounds like a fun lifestyle that's a lot different compared to your average business venture, especially if your doing something you would normally do for fun anyway.
    The idea can be expanded if you become an expert of your game, building a blog with cash flow from affiliate marketing or advertising. Recording youtube videos of your games and getting advertising revenue from that.
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  2. 111kg

    111kg Entrepreneur

    It's not that simple. You may need a written authorisation from the game producer, depending on the game. Otherwise, Youtube may not enable monetization for your videos.
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  3. Federico.Gimeno

    Federico.Gimeno Entrepreneur

    I think it's possible but not easy. You need to differentiate from everyone else to get more chances. To go pro at something means that you need to study the subject, become an expert, an authority.
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  4. thedude

    thedude Entrepreneur

    I agree. Its something I plan on doing with airsoft but I know it will take years of practice, networking, blogging, tournaments, tech work on guns, team building, and much more!

    If it does work it would be a dream coming true, making a living having tons of fun.
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  5. setupdisc

    setupdisc Moderator Entrepreneur

    Federico and 111kg are correct. You have to be good at it, but you also have to have the right permissions to promote what you're doing. You should be ok as long as you're doing it through the company and have permission to or are doing promotions that are within their guidelines for how they want to advertise their product or service that you're placing out there and are doing what's beneficial for them.

    Initially I thought you were trying to do something else; I was talking to someone on the phone while responding, so I partially misread your approach and what you were wanting to do. You can make money promoting and reviewing products. People do this all the time and make decent money doing that. The more popular you are and the better the results, the more you can command in rates for what you do.

    As long as you were hired by the company or they have no misgivings about you promoting them in your own way, you can do it but you would have to get your foot in the door either with them as an employee for that, or the more accepted direction of doing that as an independent contractor. It's not out of reach, but like anything else it requires work still. You'd have to build it up, be patient with it, and have a way to sustain yourself while you do that on the side until it can be your main living.

    For the sports and gladiator side of it, you'd have to be in pretty good shape and have acting skills too if you're going to be live or recording it for videos online. The entertainment draws people in, and the better you are at it the better the sales translations usually are. You'd have to love to do this and really want to put forth your all. Even starting out, even if you only do it part time, you'd have to devote full-time effort and planning to pull it off.
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2016
  6. dyanmarie25

    dyanmarie25 Entrepreneur

    I agree with what the other posters have already said. It's not that simple. You really have to give your full attention to it. Being a professional athlete is a real deal. You cannot become an expert in something overnight. It would take a lot of time and effort on your end.

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