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A member - Carlos Aguilar posted a link  to a go fund me page for  bodybuilder Tay Gorilla Season.  I  checked the page out and It was a very nice write up about Tay and  the goals and purpose for the funding.  Wow, in 4 days  he's received almost 80% of the funds requested.  I am just as excited as he must be BECAUSE- " WHO KNEW".

When I hear about  GO FUND ME PAGES,  it  is mostly related to a news story you see about  a family or person dealing with some  tragic  or unfortunate life issue.  Checking further I see the spectrum is very broad for request for  funding.

  FROM COLLEGE TUITION, NEED A NEW ROOF OR I WANT A NEW CAR.   I admire Tay for stepping forward and asking for help.  YOU  ain't gotta be rich to help.  I've seen from  $5 to an  incredible $1,000.00 donation for this funding- OUTSTANDING. 

SO, ARE WE CHARTING NEW TERRITORY HERE FOR BODYBUILDING AND FUNDING ?   I checked further and there were less than 10 people  from a google search.


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If you follow bodybuilding and men's physique, the prime sponsorships go to the winners of contests. Those sponsorships are usually through supplement companies. There are greater numbers of those guys not so fortunate. Many of them are like Tay that are unknown but have potential to get their pro cards and be noticed by more companies.Some are fortunate to be fitness models as we seen in the many posts on this site. Crowdfunding is an innovative way to find sponsors but these athletes need to see if this is the right avenue for them. I love it that we have a group on BBM for sponsorship. Several members involved in bodybuilding and physique competition have taken advantage of this group. I know that this is a way for support if they present themselves in the right way.

Thanks Johnny for the input.  Yes  The supplement sponsors are there.   I see on BBM Facebook page there is a guy always looking  to  sponsor.  Tay is going for a pro card and on  the go fund me page a person could donate in general . There  were also separate donations for the flight, hotel  etc. to include the $400 registration cost.  I had no idea this was so expensive.  Having raised  86% of the 2,500 requested is awesome.   Almost 6 days into it this is great .   I am not sure of  the  BBM  sponsors,  but  this  sure  seems  to  be  a  viable  alternative for up coming  BB short on cash.    A closed mouth don't get fed.    Thanks Johnny

Going the crowdfunding route is the best way to get sponsorship for bodybuilding/physique competition. Sadly, the other alternative is going into adult entertainment (porn, male exotic dancing, escorting, etc..) and losing a pro card or major sponsorship.

It sure seems like it.   Followers  from Fb, Instagram and the like chime in with donations and  these guys ain't gotta wait on no rich daddies   or get pimped out on sites like MG  doing a worship scene.  Don't get me wrong, some of those scenes are hot, but every BB ain't trying to go down that road.  I can always count on you Johnny for discussion. 

Of course on MG, those guys perform under a pseudonym which reduces the potential of being caught. I wonder if the mainstream physique media understand this trend. These guys can have their funds ready through PayPal without any delay. If I were competing, I would do the crowd funding route and then seek an ethical sponsor.


Dear Gary M.,  What a well written note you have shared about 'funding' for bodybuilders.  Congratulations for that and I wish you well too ... larryfaye

Hi Larry Faye,  Thanks for your  comment.   I am surprised  some  BB  did not  comment.  Anyway,  in Gorilla Taye's case,  he  is  a  very  fine   xxxAlpha looking  dude and Go Fund Me worked perfect for him.

Hi Gary,

I found these to articles when I search for GOFundMe. I'd be very careful with the it. They want a lot of personal info including your SS #! One man said he'd give it zero stars if it were possible.  Did Tay get his money?$520.00

He most certainly did get his money and   was  very thankful  for the  response.  

I certainly  did not have to enter a SS# to donate,  I'm not sure  of all the  stuff  a person  being funded- what  they need  to  do.   

The  news is  always  having  a  story  about  a  tragedy-  go fund me page to donate or help the cause. 

Of course-  there are scams  with  anything.    Get on a  computer  and  some  jerk  wants  to  steal  your  info,,, etc. 

I am not convinced  your scambook  link- isn't a case of sour grapes or that the guy didn't do  what he  was  supposed  to.    He should have known how he was to be paid.  

People should research ANY avenue for crowdfunding before submitting personal information such as a SSN. Sites should ensure information submitted be encrypted using 128-bit encryption. Data breaches and Internet fraud are the new normal in online transactions, therefore, people need common sense in setting up campaigns on these crowdfunding platforms. Having replied to garry m, Tay seemed to have done well through this channel to fund his bodybuilding career. At the same time, bodybuilders and physique competitors must be careful in seeking out sponsorships. Sadly, some sponsors take undue advantage of these men. 

Thanks Johnny,  

Any  credit card info-  should be encrypted.  With the Lock  symbol to  indicate  its a secure  site.  

Folks get  scammed  for  money  right  in  churches,,,  OK,


Go fund me is a viable option  for  a  bb  to  get funds   vs. whatever else is out there.   Mr. Raines  had  a  goal- and  broke  down  how  the  money  was  to  be  spent.  ,,,,A worthy donation.  




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