Wow. That moment when you see a skill so good you get goosebumps. Rarely does it happen during a match situation but a generation of football freestylers are bidding to outdo one another with more and more outrageous and absorbing tricks. But how on Earth do you start out in this industry? Well I’m not ashamed to say that I am an above average freestyler in local Sunday league football. This constitutes 3 keepie-uppies and a half-hearted attempt at catching the ball on the back of the neck. Turns out this is nowhere near the level required to make a career from it.
Apparently you need to practise. A lot. My blog on becoming an expert defines 10,000 hours as a general rule. Now obviously once you have mastered the skills promotion is needed. This is where I feel I failed. By far the best way to get your name out is by creating a youtube video. Currently competing against 700,000 other videos a niche is a great way to stand out. Lassi Hurskainen uses a mix of skill and comedy to create great videos, street freestyle from the likes of Sean Garnier is popular as are skills battles like the beaut between Neymar and Mastour. Whatever direction you decide to go don’t expect to be judged on your freestyling skills alone, your scriptwriting and editing are just as important.
From 1 Sunday league freestyler to another, good luck!