hey Aaron this is nate!
so i was just wondering what does it take to start a career in drifting?
i mean i am still learning alot but i want to start entering comps maybe and just see how the whole scene would feel.
so i guees what im asking is were do i start?
Hmmmm.... a career in drifting? First of all, very very very few people (drivers) make a profit at drifting. Even less make a full time living from it. The only people who can do so have been living, breathing it, doing it for the last 4 or more years. Do I do it? NO. I put way more money into drifting than I get back. This year, I put very little into drifting ONLY because my car was already paid for. So if you only count this fiscal year from beginning to end, I will have made about 10k or so off of drifting, and received a healthy amount of tires. Subtract traveling costs and I got maybe 3-5k. If Nopi wouldn't have shut down it would have been pretty rad and I would have had won around 15-20k total. This is after pouring an ungodly amount of money into building cars, traveling, buying tires, stuff like that. I will never, ever, ever turn a profit overall from drifting. I have no doubt about that. Not one single person from Texas has "made" money at drifting in the long run.
So how do you go pro? I suppose pro could just be considered being good enough to race at the higher levels of the sport, if not making money at it. If you just want to do that its pretty simple. You drive an enormous amount, build your car up, buy a truck and trailer, and start traveling. This is really really expensive. Its also stupid fun. I love it. Sometimes I hate it, but its always fun.
Anyways this is a totally pointless rant. You need to drive alot, ask alot of questions, ignore the ricers around you, and ignore how well or how badly people around you drive. They aren't your peers if you want to be pro. The pro's will be your peers, so you better figure out how to drive as well as them. That creates a problem within itself, because if your playing catchup, and it takes you 3 years to get as good as them, they will be well beyond what they were in that amount of time, and it never stops. they are really hard to catch, plus they have all the resources to get better.
I just do it to have fun, and just try to figure out how to maximize my seat time with good drivers. This mostly means going out of state to find them.