Transitioning to parkour as a career

Craig: I think I remember the Facebook post the day you actually quit your job. It was like this, “I quit…I hope this works.”

Dylan: Exactly. It’s like, “Okay, I’m gonna go do it.” That was an exciting day. Driving home from work that day, the day that I…because like I [00:26:00] said, I-

Craig: [26:00] Driving home from where you used to work…

Dylan: I got that job, literally, the day after I graduated college. Graduation was on a Sunday, I started working there on a Monday, and then ten years, my entire life had gone by in the intervening time. The last time I drove home on the commute from that job it was one of the best days of my life. I can’t really describe the feeling driving away being like, “I’m never going back there! This is [00:26:30] my new life.” It was super cool. All of that, I would be remiss without mentioning, thank you, Rayna, my wonderful wife, who none of this would have been able to happen without her.

Craig: [26:49] Without a partner. Without a sounding board. Without somebody-

Dylan: That’s another thing too, when there’s been a couple people who have asked for advice or have been curious of “How can I go about [00:27:00] going from being a person just training by myself to-”

Craig: The person who starts the community or the person who starts the gym.

Dylan: Exactly. The Johnny Parkour-seed of this area. There’s a few key factors and one, that we touched on earlier, of slow incremental growth and not ever biting off more than you can chew. You can’t go from being by yourself…Renting a 5,000 square foot space by yourself is a [00:27:30] terrible idea. You should build it up slowly and incrementally, step by step, keeping costs low at the start. Also, I would definitely recommend just having a partner with a real job. When I was first going…now things are going better… but at first, it was like, “Okay, I feel comfortable doing this because I have a partner who won’t let me starve.”

Craig: Who will not change the lock.

Dylan: [00:28:00] Right, exactly. So that was a huge key to being able to have the freedom to make the leap. When you’re doing things on evenings and weekends and working full time and burning the candle at ten ends, you can only add so much until you reach this critical threshold where it’s like, “Okay, this isn’t grown enough to support myself entirely from it, but I can’t add any more time. I can’t have it grow any more without making this leap.” [00:28:30] That’s another one of the catch-22s, just like if you don’t a gym, you can’t have people and if you don’t have people you can’t have a gym. If you don’t have time, you can’t have enough classes, and if you don’t have enough classes you can’t quit your job and create the time.

Dylan: The two ways that I was fortunate to be able to solve those catch-22s was renting a little time and getting a slightly bigger space. [00:29:00] I would definitely recommend, if anyone has someone who will give them tens of thousands of dollars, they should definitely just skip…because every time you build a gym it’s so hard. It’s definitely a lot of work. So if anyone has a rich uncle who would just buy them a gym, I definitely recommend doing that. But for the rest of us, you have to go through a bunch of iterations, but also, the other solution is having a partner who will support you during that transition.