Getting free gear and even getting paid to do what you love are a lot of people’s goals once they’ve been infected with their passion’s bug. Whether that is living out of their van in a ski area parking lot, camping for months on a remote Baja beach, or getting saddled up with sponsorships, once people find something they truly love, they will do anything to keep it going. While not everyone has what it takes to get sponsored, there are still other ways to get paid to do what you love.
It is possible to work in the action sports industry, but it might not start with your dream job. From the outside in, a lot of people always use the word “lucky” when you tell them what you do. Sure, maybe some of it is luck, or being in the right place at the right time, but most of it comes down to being passionate about what you’re doing, and being a hard worker. Your pathway to a “dream action sports industry job” might start with a job at a retail shop, getting coffee and running errands for a sales rep, or volunteering to work demos in the cold, but you’ll be on the right track.
Maxx Von Marbod has had a long, wide-ranging, and impactful career in the snowboard industry. Growing up in rural Northern Idaho, Maxx has since worked multiple résumé’s’ worth of jobs in the industry. From team management and product development, to sales repping, sales management, a stint as a professional rider, and to print media, Maxx has pretty much done it all.
In this podcast, Maxx recounts his career path and dishes out some advice to future hopefuls looking to work within the sport they love so much.