Sports talent comes in many shapes and sizes.
We are always on the lookout for great sports talent to further bolster our growing database.
But just what makes someone a great sports talent?
Let’s take a look.
What is Sports Talent?
Sports talent can mean a lot of things, but in a nutshell it is an individual who possesses a set of skills in a certain sport.
This may be football, athletics, golf, and more.
This individual is more than just someone who is a talented athlete though, they are someone who has a great personality and who can fulfil a role in a sporting production like a professional.
Sports talent often has many other skills, such as freestyling or acting skills, and must be able to leave a lasting impression on their audience.
Our sports talent are all exceptional individuals, and when assessing new applications, here are five key attributes that we look for.
5 Key Attributes of Good Sports Talent
There are many different things that can make a certain individual a great sports talent, but here are five common areas of excellence that we see in our database.
This one is going first because it is an essential part of becoming a sports talent.
No matter which sport you participate in, you will need to have plenty of skill in it.
When choosing sports talent to fulfil a role in a production, you will be required to either showcase your skill, or look like a skilled athlete in the sport in question.
This means you will need to have the right build for the role, and be able to look like you are professional in the sport.
Sporting ability can also mean that you are able to really put on a show. For example, if you are a football performer, you may be able to showcase some freestyling to really wow an audience and make an advertisement or sports film special.
At a sports event, if you can get the audience involved, either by putting on an interactive show or creating a match scenario, you are sure to leave a great impression on the public and really help to promote your brand.
On Camera Skills
There are many people who are very skilled at a certain sport but that may struggle when in front of a camera.
The same applies for sports talent performing at an event.
To be a successful sports talent, you must be comfortable in front of a camera. It helps if you know how a day of filming works, and if you know the terminology and methods that will be put into practise.
At events, you must be confident in front of an audience and be able to showcase your skills freely and really engage with the crowd.
Being in front of a camera isn’t easy, especially when trying to perform and showcase your sporting ability, so it’s always good to get lots of work under your belt, which brings me onto my next point.
Experience in Sports productions
Some people are natural sports talents brimming with confidence and packed with some amazing sporting skills.
For others though, it takes work, and having experience in working in sports productions and events can make a huge difference when it comes to creating the perfect sports film or really putting on a show.
Experience means you will be comfortable in front of a camera, and that you will have an idea of what is to be expected of you and be well prepared.
If you’re lacking experience, then try and find some smaller scale jobs to begin with which can provide a real insight into what goes into a sports talent.
Whether these are paid roles or not, building up a portfolio and growing your skillset is always a good thing.
An Engaging Personality
If you are a sports talent being used in productions, you are probably going to be representing a brand and trying to communicate and engage with their target audience.
This is where having an engaging personality is vital.
While having a great skillset in your chosen sport is important, you need to be able to showcase this and make what you’re doing stand out.
This can be from the way you perform, or the way you interact with the camera or your audience.
Being a sports talent is much more than just being a good sportsperson, it is being able to wow an audience and grab their attention.
If you are starring in an advertisement for example, you may only have 30 seconds to leave a lasting impression, so while your skills will help, your personality must shine through and speak to the public that are watching.
Good at Following Advice
The final step is to be a good listener and open to taking advice and instruction.
Being on a film set, or backstage at an event, can be tricky.
With multiple individuals who may be starring in the production trying to take instruction, and things like sports choreography to handle, you must be good at remembering your role and be able to execute it when the time comes.
Whether you’re a beginner on your first job, or someone packed with experience, being able to follow instructions from choreographers, consultants, and directors is vital in helping you become a key part of the production or event team.
Sports Talent with Sport & Motion
If you are a talented individual looking to star in sports productions and events, then why not get in touch with Sport & Motion.
We are a sports consultancy team who work with leading brands creating stunning sports productions, putting on events, and promoting brands.