And welcome to crunch week. I really wish this could have taken place next year but with the event moved up two weeks because someone at red bull cant check a hockey schedule properly, I am forced to be a bastard this week to my sponsors. The fortunate thing is that all budgets should be filed and approved by this point so its just a matter of me getting on them and getting the product/cash sent my way.
Its pretty crazy that Im doing all of this when Im not even sure that the event is going to happen. I dont have the couple thousand dollars I need and if it doesn’t come Friday night I will more then likely pull the plug on the event until after college. While it is a lot of fun and an enriching experience for me, it is also several thousand hours of work that is just that much more for me to handle. I should probably go through with it this year though since Im already hundreds of dollars in.
Im kind of bummed right now, Ive had a lot on my mind about this industry Ive been taken into through my work and was going to sit down with Eric Iberg today to vent a bit and see what his thoughts were. Hes doing almost exactly what I am, except on the national level and without school getting in his way. So of all people, him and me understand the pressures and stresses that we go through and I truly owe my success in this line of work to him. He introduced me to key people at key times and really pushed me and saw something in me that I didnt at the time. I hope we can chill tomorrow morning for a while.
The hardest part of running an event is getting sponsors on board. I just dont know what Im missing, I had the best proposal in the industry for this year and still am having a harder time then ever getting sponsors to dish out cash, even after reworking my cash/product equation. Well it will all work out in the end and this year will blow last year out of the water for sure. I just hope it goes well and that we can make even a larger mark next year in 2005 (wow its not even 04 yet and I just said 05 ). Its crazy to think that if I graduate in four years I will have done six major (hopefully a few national/international) events and one minor (had to get my feet wet somewhere).
Your prayers for my sanity are much appreciated.
Take Care and God Bless you,
Also there are 6,000 stickers showing up tomorrow, so if you want one let me know.