I’m never one to play the helpless girl card and expect to be treated differently, especially in the shooting sports industry. But over the past few months I’ve learned that one can easily be taken advantage of and not even realize it until it all comes crashing down on you.
Obviously the one that was taken advantage of was ME! I’m writing this as a warning to other shooters, especially new ones, male and female, because it can happen in the blink of an eye.
When a proposal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Rewind back to just after SHOT Show 2014. Here I was thinking I may acquire a new sponsor. I already own and like the product that they sell, so if it was something I could stand behind, why not? Weeks turned into months of ongoing talk with no outcome. Things just became fishy. Sponsorship turned into potential job, then potential job turned into another job I knew I didn’t have the qualifications for. RED FLAG! Thanks to a fellow lady shooter I was able to get to the bottom of it and find out that the talks going on were unknown to anyone else within the company except the one I was speaking to. The motive behind this is unclear and frankly I hope to never encounter the person to ask for myself.
My first emotion was uncontrollable rage, then total embarrassment! I should have known better, this is not my first time at the rodeo. Plus, I’m not really a gullible person!
Ask anyone who knows me. The logos that are on my shooting jersey are ones of my FRIENDS. Friends who I’ve known for a while. I use their gear and it is simply my way of showing my support for them. GOOD people who run GOOD companies deserve it and if wearing their name on my shirt helps in any manner, I’ll do it all day!
Yes, I sometimes receive things from them but I use them in competition! I do not get paid. I just do this for fun and it’s never been about making a living off of it, that’s impossible :)
Situations like this make me adore those that are on my jersey that much more. I know these folks more than just a chance meeting at an event and I know that they and all of their employees are in this for the right reasons and that’s why I am proud to be a part of their teams.
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