Thanks for the info. Of course I would like free stuff, but I am more interested in being able to try different products and learning as much as I can about what is out there. That said, I am not waiting to become a prostaffer to learn and try...my wife can attest to that...:wink:Well the first thing would be to ask yourself do you want to do this for the freebies and deals or do you have faith and believe in a company enough to promote it?
Start by getting your name out there locally and maybe even to the state and regional level through shops, a few shoots and maybe an outfitter or two in your area.
Then send a resume to the company you want to be a part of. The worst thing they can say is no!
Thanks for the advice and for sharing your knowledge. I will definitely remember your comments.:icon_salut:It happened like this. I had a call put in my mouth by a friend and after time[6 months] they made so much fun of me I got pissed and vowed to be the best[never made it that far]. I didn't just read the hunting rags but dug into biology books that Wildlife Biologists use. Spoke to as many of them as I could and soaked that info in like a sponge. Killed some animals, shot every 3D shoot I could make[won more than a few]. Called in every comp I could get into[ won a few] and then fate shined down on me. A big name in elk hunting had a personal issue and had to back out of a seminar and I was asked if I would step in. I said OK, but was uneasy about it. Did the seminar and when I was done a gentleman approached me and asked if I worked for a company. I told him no. Oakie Constantini asked me if I would concider working for Hunter's Specialties and I said yes. Worked for them for 12 years. Did Turkey and elk seminars all over the western US. I quit in 2000 for a whole bunch of reasons. I have met about every big name in the business and have respect for most of them.
BUT, this is not an easy life and there isn't a lot of money in it unless you own the company. But there are perks, lots of toys and if you are in the top % of the pro staff hunting licenses for many different spieces in many different places. But you have to be very good, you have to be well spoken and you have to remember where you came from and you have to want to see people succeed. You have to put up with people that know they are better than you[weather they are or not doesn't matter]. You have people that put down your products and you had better believe in them and use them. Because you are a rep for the company. Above all don't try to BS people because some one will call you on it and make you look like a fool.
You have to know your animals and hunting inside out. And learn from the people you give seminars to. They will show you how you can best help them if you listen to their needs. And never put down another companies product, explain why you use your companies instead.
Again this is a fast pace life. Whirl wind for turkey hunting and then again for elk hunting.
The biggest reason I quit, my kids.
No offense, but if you are on someones Pro Staff, you should at least be able to spell their name correctly. Check you signature. :zip:I just sent in an application for Diamond/BowTech and got lucky. I cheated with the Trophyadvantage position, one of my best friends owns the company. The other I found on ArcheryTalk.
That is what it's all about for me, I've met some great people working for the company I pro staff for, and its only just beginning! The people you meet, and the friends you make along the way far outweigh the perks and toys you get.But it's all about helping a company that you believe in and enjoying the time you have there and meeting new people along the way....Put the company first and yourself second and it'll work out for you.