furever_pit wrote:Yep. As someone who has recently started a training club and is hosting my first seminar this weekend, there is a lot of stuff that I didn't think about needing to be done until I had already jumped in. Doesn't mean it's not awesome, just that it is a lot of work. I have found that delegation to other club and organizational members is a must.
I will also say that one way to cut down on overhead costs is to use land that you (or a friend or someone interested in your endeavor) actually owns. This is the case with my club and we will be making more money from the seminars and events that we host because of that, it also allows me to pass on savings to those who are attending.
First I wish you best of luck in your endeavor. I hope this post has helped in some way. There are a few here with experience that have provided good input. It is alright to be new at something. Everything has a first time and sometimes you just have to jump in. For those who are negative to your cause use it as inspiration.
I hope your event went well unless you meant this coming weekend then I hope it goes well. Please feel free to provide input and suggestions to the post for others who may also be considering getting more active with their dogs and the community.
Your point on delegation is very well taken. Being new I think it is good if you can set this type of environment early in development. One of the things I have seen at shows is people who have a "lost" look in their eyes because they do not either know what is going on or are not participating often times because they do not understand the event(s). This is an opportunity to get them involved while at the same time encourage them to learn and help. The more people feel a "part" of a club/event the more apt they will be to participate in the future and for your efforts to grow.
Also you point on location is well noted. It is obvious that clubs can struggle with their finances and that this has led to diminished activities and participation. I think it is imperative that clubs look at ways they can generate revenue - not being afraid to think outside the box - and to take advantage of natural cost efficiencies that are available such as through using member owned land and taking advantage of volunteer help.
If you can provide at least one video of a Pit/Am Staff working or training to our site at http://www.AmericanSuperDog.com let us know and we will be happy to also place a free banner for you as a community resource. While the tv series will have a focus on the Pit Bull/Am Staff the resources we will be making available will not be limited to these breeds as they will be more all encompassing for pet owners to encourage them to also get out and get active.
If seeking sponsorship is not a part of pre-production, then you are financing it personally or have investors, correct?
What is your experience in the field of TV producing? Do you know what is involved with actually producing, marketing and airing a television show? Can we see some of your work? If I remember correctly, your initial post claimed or inferred that you were looking for dogs for "America's Got Talent". What happened with that?
The show for the most part will be financed through commercial sponsorship handled through the production company and network. We are not the production company. We are using a production company as this is the standard in the television industry and most accepted through tv networks.
I will not share my personal work as I will not risk my efforts being poisoned. I am not making an accusation of you but highlighting that it is obvious not everyone has good intentions.
In regards to my initial post you are 1/2 correct. The first objective is for the American Super Dog tv series we are working on. Thus far we have surpassed 10% of our goal for content review for the series. We are working with a representative from America's Got Talent as well for the recruitment of talented Pit Bulls/Am Staffs. The American Super Dog website is where she is reviewing submissions through as this is the most efficient means for her to review related material. Those who are interested to be included should upload talented videos of the Pit Bull/Am Staffs. Direct recruitment of individuals will be handled directly through their profile on the site by both us at American Super Dog and AGT.