Jessie Harrison – Sponsorships and the Winning Mindset
Welcome back to the Firearms Nation Podcast. One of the great parts of producing this podcast is getting to speak with world champions, elite soldiers and brand ambassadors. I’m lucky today to bring back an extremely talented, super nice and professional sponsored shooter, Jessie Harrison. Jessie first came on the the podcast back on Episode 7 which was recorded at the 2017 SHOT Show. And just for the record for all you that fact check, I mention in todays podcast that I sat with Jessie in 2016, but as we get older, our memories get cloudier so keep that in mind (no pun).
So why am I bringing Jessie back on? If you don’t know who she is, Jessie was the first grandmaster female shooter in USPSA. The grandmaster classification is awarded to literally like 5% of all of the 30000 competitors. The GMs are the top and some are considered professional shooters…meaning they get paid to shoot matches and be brand ambassadors. A dream job for a lot of people, including me. But for the most part we mortals would be happy getting sponsored for equipment or support and being able to throw the company logo on are shooting shirts. Jessie and I discuss the pros and cons of sponsorship and what you can do to get sponsored.
We also talk about the stress of the mental game in shooting competition which is one of the only sports where the competitor is left to figure out how to shoot and compete on their own. Hours of self-reflection and practice for a 10 to 30 second event.
I’m very pleased to talk to Jessie who is coming off of another steel challenge victory and is preparing for the World Steel Challenge in two weeks from the time this podcast is being recorded.
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