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Marc Frank is a professional snowboarder, business owner, and all around playboy. He’s lived a life that few have lived, while never forgettin’ where he came from–the streets of Denver. To top it off, he has a way with words. Got a dilemma? Type in transworldsnowboarding.com ’n’ let it go.
What would you do if a posse of wacked-out, yo shnizzle my bizzle snowlerbladers came strolling down the hill like it was the freakin’ Venice Beach boardwalk and claimed turf over a backcountry kicker that had been setting all night?
Sorry, Thumbs, but that’s a dumb question. What the hell you think would happen? They’d get hurt, and there wouldn’t be anybody to help ’em all the way out there in the backcountry, so they’d probably die after a while, all stuck layin’ in the snow, bloody, broken legs, and shit.
Hey, Marc Frank, I gotta problem for ya.
I’ve been snowboarding for about four years. My whole life is centered around it, but I don’t think I’d ever become pro. I do get good grades, and I was wondering if there is a career in snowboarding that makes lots and lots of money. What would I have to study in college for a job like that.
P.S. Your style is so f–king sick, and you’re awesome!
Sup, Lukey? Thanks for da props, homey! You pry wanna go in there and study business, economics, management, and marketing kinds of things! I know that the CEOs and VPs of these snowboard companies are killin’ it, especially if they’re knowledgeable and experienced in the snowboard industry. Then you’d get to plan big trips to your favorite resorts for some sales meetings ’n’ junk like that! Ooh, then you invite all the cute lil’ snowbunny employee girls and mmmmm … Heh heh. Knawmean?
What’s up, MFM? My name is Mike, I’m twenty, and I ride northern New Jersey and PA (Mountain Creek and Camelback). I came up with a couple of questions while sitting here.
My first question deals with whether or not snowboarding is for everyone. I’ve been boarding hardcore for two years now. I usually get season passes to the two slopes located near my house and try to go every day. The most I’ve gone was six days straight for about ten hours a day. But when I’m at the park trying something, there’re asshole kids who stand around and ridicule people for not making gaps or sticking rails cleanly. It kinda takes away that self-confidence you need to try something new. Are there ways to overcome that, or just ignore all the ignorant f–kers out there and do your own thing?
My second question deals with filming and editing snowboarding footage. When I’m not riding, I’m usually filming. I’ve filmed, edited, and produced my own movies featuring my friends and some locals around my area. They aren’t the best riders with the sickest tricks, but I’m more worried about if my filming technique and style is good enough to get noticed by professional companies such as Mack Dawg Productions, Kingpin, or Standard Films. Is there any place I can send my videos to show my work or to get opinions for them?
Shit, class is over I gotta go–peace.
Thanks for your time!
Oh, hell yeah, there’re ways to overcome that. Here’s one: The next person who says some rude shit or ridicules, just run over there and punch ’em in their loud mouth. Then maybe next timme they’ll keep it shut. Actually, do it to the next 30 people who say any rude loudmouth shit. Then it’ll be known around the mountain that they should only give you props or get socked up!
Well, all right, here’s another way: Keep doin’ what you’re doin’. Ride every day all day, because then you’re gonna be progressing like crazy while the other little simps are standin’ around, talkin’ shit, gettin’ stale. You shouldn’t ever worry about what people think or say, anyway. Just put some headphones on or some shit. You’re probably just imagining that shit anyway!
As for the filming, try these things:
–Film with the best riders you can, especially the sponsored ones. Get the good angle and submit your finest footage to some of these riders’ sponsors.
–Submit your best shit to411 Video Mag and other cool vids like that.
–Start hittin’ up sponsors to see if they need anything filmed.
–Collaborate with other local filmers to make films.
–Try to get gigs doin’ promo vids for random smaller companies.
–Get to know as many sponsored riders as you can (network).
–Learn how to shoot 16mm.
–If you know where the pros are gonna be, go there and poach footage of them! They won’t get mad, and if they do, they’re kooks. It’s not like they’re movie stars or anything. If they say you can’t–punch ’em in their mouth, ’cause they ain’t shit.
Disclaimer: The views expressed by MFM are not shared by TransWorld–mostly ’cause we’re too chickenshit to take a stance on anything.