A week or so ago, Adam from The Come Up posted some of his opinions on the chance someone has to make a living in BMX. I know it wasn’t supposed to be the end-all-be-all guide, but it seemed to serve to discourage anyone from doing anything that involves working within BMX. I realize that I’m sitting in a tiny little epicenter, but within ten square miles of me, there’s 20 some-odd riders making a full-time living off of BMX in one way or another, including: photographer, online editor, team manager, videographer, graphic designer, Web site developer, parts designer, entrepreneur, sales, warehouse worker, and yes, even pro riders. To say there are no viable career opportunities in BMX is pretty inaccurate. The reality is that you can’t put a scale on your chances—there's multiple paths you can choose, and hundreds of jobs available for the person that works hard enough. There's no chance or percentages when it comes to landing a career you want—don’t be a twat, make some friends, do some work, and it’ll go a long way.
Below is an article we did in Ride in the September 2006 issue entitled "Working In The Industry" written by Mike Vincent (who was a contest judge before his terrible accident) and Keith Mulligan. The article itself isn't a comprehensive guide, but I think it has a lot of valuable advice that people can take from. Sorry for the large image size, but I wanted everyone to be able to read the text. If you have any questions, feel to post a comment and I'll see if I can help out.