180. Varial. Ollie. 360 Nollie Big Spin to Disaster. Doug Brown not only does all of the above moves as part of his cool job — he also finds time to work on his music career, volunteer for the Skate Straight Program, and fill us all in on the ups and downs (and ins and outs and grinds and rock n’ rolls) of being a Pro Skateboarder.
On a personal note, I should mention that I have a 13 year old son who has yelled out, “Hey, watch this!” to me about seven million times since he got his first skateboard. I imagine that Doug Brown’s family probably had a similar experience during the many years he spent honing his skills before hitting the pro circuit. Thanks for telling us about your cool job, Doug!
1) When people ask you ‘what do you do?’ how do you describe your job?I assure them it is a real job and I’m lucky and never set out to be in this position. I tell them its a lot more than just skateboarding and it involves traveling, and responsibilities like doing demos, speaking engagements, and you have to have thick skin and be able to take criticism.
2) What are the things about your job that you love?
What’s not to love? I’ve been skating for over 20 years and I would be doing this regardless. I love the travel, seeing different cultures, keeping fit, being able to influence people in my travels, its unreal.
3) What are the things about your job that you hate?
Always being expected to be on.. Being judged or misunderstood, rumors maybe, but any negative is quickly erased with all the positive.
4) What education, training, vocation or just plain luck would someone have to have in order to get a job like yours?
All the above. You have to be able to work with people and communicate. Sitting at home and sending out skate videos won’t get you sponsored no matter what amazing tricks you have pulled off. Going out, getting involved, doing competitions, industry events, and most of all being original and creative. If you love what you do people and companies will take notice.
5) What is the funniest story you can think of that involves your professional training or your job?
Hmmm. I did have someone come up to me once and tell me I skate a lot like Doug Brown and that I was way better than him.
If you’d like to see Doug Brown in action, you can visit him here to see some eye-popping video of a Cool Jobster in action!