WORKING WITH FED HEADS
Posted by eWm
Pity the poor overworked wrestling promoter. And I’m not being sarcastic when I say that as the federation executives (commonly called “fedheads”) are, on average, hardworking individuals who put in extraordinary efforts to ensure that each and every card is interesting and dynamic.
But they can’t do it all on their own. The typical fedhead schedules the cards, books the matches, assigns tasks to the various staff members (such as Flashmaster, Webmaster, Match Writers, etc.), passes on information to the roster members and then collates everything all together to put out a card.
So where do you, the individual wrestler, come in? Well, if you’re interested in being more than an undercard jobber, you’ll want to be very “proactive” and not “reactive” to your approach in working with fedheads. When I say that, “proactive” means you’re thinking ahead of the game, trying to anticipate how matches and angles will work out so that you’re prepared to offer ideas and solutions. “Reactive” means you’re only reacting to situations and letting others dictate to you what will happen rather than being in control of your own destiny.
To accomplish this, try some of the following:
- #1. FILL OUT YOUR APPLICATION FULLY AND COMPLETELY
- No one will know your character as fully or as well as you do. So when filling out that application form to join a federation, don’t be lazy and skip over details. Details are what will make your character different from any other wrestler on the roster. So take the time to look over the application form and understand what it is asking for. And when filling it out, put in lots of detail to “flesh out” exactly what your character is like. It can be a useful idea for you to keep your own generic application form prepared in advance so that you already have a lot of this information ready for you to use anytime you want.
- #2. LIVE UP TO YOUR COMMITMENTS
- The most common complaint amongst fedheads is that they will go to great lengths to sign and “push” a wrestler only to have the wrestler no-show interviews and fail to complete the commitment they’ve made by signing with the federation. This happens so often that you would think wrestlers do not understand what it means to sign with an organization. Usually, most federations require one interview per week at a minimum. If the fans don’t get to see you and hear what you have to say, they will forget about you and you’ll start getting jobbed like crazy. So don’t make the rookie mistake of signing with a dozen federations only to realize that you can’t do interviews for all of them. Be cautious with your time commitments and understand that once you commit to joining a federation, you *HAVE* to live up to those commitments. If you have to drop out or leave for any reason, let the fedhead know right away. If you just vanish from sight as so many do, you’ll end up with lots of losses on your record.
- #3. COMMUNICATE WITH THE FEDHEAD FREQUENTLY
- Federation owner’s may sometimes request that roster members not bombard them with frequent e-mail notes or messages. But for the most part, fedheads are usually open to hearing your ideas about what you want to do with your character. You don’t need to pester them with every piddly little detail of an angle or feud idea you’ve come up with. But once you’ve made arrangements with another wrestler or once you’ve finished writing a complete proposal, send it in and see what the fedhead thinks. Most fedheads would rather receive too much information about their wrestlers than not enough as lack of communication is a sure-fire way for you to end up at the bottom of the rankings list.
The federation head can be your greatest ally if you deal with them in a cordial and professional manner. But if you start acting against their best interests, you can find that they can be your worst enemy as well. So be careful in how you work with federation owners. Think about what you want to do and work with them to accomplish those goals. You’ll find that your career will be much better if you work WITH fedheads as opposed to AGAINST them.
By “Wildcat” Geri Barker