Industry Profile: Professional Snowboarder TJ Schneider
08 Aug, 2008
TJ: Ummm I’m a guy that lives in Canada, I’m 28.
Shay: What is your job title?
TJ: Professional Snowboarder
Shay: What do you put in your airblaster leg bag?
TJ: I don’t think I’ve ever put anything in one.
Shay: Did your parents question your job choice?
TJ: Black snow mogul monster and my dad’s steel toe boots.
Shay: What is your current set up?
TJ: Capita horrorscope 152cm, Union Force SL, and Deluxe rough diamond 2 boots.
Shay: What was your first job?
TJ: I worked at a little shop called Allrose.
Shay: What’s a great day of snowboarding to you?
TJ: Pow shreds
Shay: How long have you been snowboarding?
TJ: 14 years
Shay: How many days do you get to ride a year?
TJ: I have no idea, I’ve never kept track.
Shay: What are some experiences from being a pro snowboarder?
TJ: Winning contests and traveling the world.
TJ: Not when I started. My first contests were just local ones, the good old ASA Alberta Snowboarding Assocation. I never did well, but I always had fun.
Shay: What’s a typical day in your life?
Shay: Snowboard Realms is a huge hit, what made you start it?
TJ: Lack of things to do and lack of money to film for a “real” project.
Shay: Does Snowboard Realms take up a lot of time?
TJ: I do it all.
Shay: What’s the best part of filming with a crew?
TJ: Nothing, ha. I don’t ever film with a crew I don’t like, would rather just film with my friends or just snowboard.
Shay: What’s your favorite trick?
TJ: I like just going down the hill with powder under my feet these days.
Shay: What’s your warm-up to snowboarding?
TJ: Sleeping or driving.
Shay: What are your thoughts on pro hoes?
TJ: I don’t really think about them at all.
Shay: Artwork is a huge part of your life, from photographs to drawings to board graphics…where do you come up with ideas?
TJ: I dunno, they just show up and come out the way they come out.
Shay: What’s been your favorite artwork/design to date?
TJ: Probably the one I did yesterday, I think I made it in a dream.
Shay: You work with your sponsors as a designer, what does that entail?
TJ: Just means I spend more time at the computer making things I think would be fun.
Shay: What’s the best perk you’ve gotten from your work?
TJ: Travel for sure.
Shay: Any disadvantages of your work?
TJ: I’m never home and I like to be home a lot.
TJ: Everyone used to be my friend, now half the people think I’m gay cause of the music I listen to.
Shay: What’s the busiest time of year for you?
TJ: All year is busy.
Shay: Any upcoming projects you’re looking forward to?
TJ: Art show in Calgary and working with the Airblaster movie in August.
Shay: Education vs. Experience…which do you think is more important?
Shay: What advice would you give to people wanting to become a pro snowboarder?
TJ: Just snowboard.
Shay: Final thoughts?
TJ: My final thought will probably “shit…I wish I would have…”