What are some tips you could give new people trying to make it in EAW?

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Stealing this thread from the old forum, I know there was a "best advice given" thread made not too long ago but with this one you'd be sharing your own advice based on your own experience whether it be from the perspective of a newcomer, multiple time champ, hall of famer, or board member.
 

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Keep calm and trust the process.

Things at time will seem like a chore and maybe you'll feel as if you're not getting a fair go. But everyone who keeps their head straight, who keeps at it and believes in their writers and the broader board, get what they deserve. We're a big community with limited positions, limited time; sometimes its just a timing issue. It helps to see EAW, given it's stability, as a long term journey where sometimes it takes longer than other E-Feds to get to what might feel like a similar position. I've seen far too many people lack that patience and quite frankly that respect and throw away a lot of promise simply because they believed they were entitled to something more than others who had been working for just as long but in most cases, much longer than them.

Also, don't be a cunt. Very simple rule to live by and very self-explanatory.
 

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I'll chime in even though I'm pretty new to efedding, but I've been around it for about half a decade now, and say that don't take wins and losses so seriously and work more on building your character. Make the experience fun, because why else are you dedicating so much time into this? Trust me, if you're simply banking off of wins, then it'll be a hard time coming up with material when you start losing.

Make use of the character development promos, it's there for a reason. Give your character more to do than just being some wrestler in a company looking to win. If you look at real wrestling, some of the best wrestlers also have deep characters. Don't be a vanilla is basically what I'm saying. Have some NPCs if you have to. Create a story, a scenario, play out the day to day events of your character. Give your character another life aside from simply wrestling.

You'll find that it becomes a far more enjoyable experience than simply to scroll through shows to see if your character won or not.
 

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Have fun, relax, kick back, trust the process, trust the writers, do your best to evolve your character around the results, work your hardest, and just have a grand ol time as this is something that takes your mind off any type of day you just had as you get away from reality for a bit
 
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Get involved in the community. This doesn't mean you have to come on chat, or respond to every general forum thread although that definitely helps. People get to know you and you get to know them. Efedding is very subjective and it helps to know your audience cuz what worked for you in other feds might not work here. You might have had the most over gimmick in another fed but you come to EAW and nobody gets it and everyone thinks its stupid. It's really on you to adapt and find something that works for the tastes of this fed. Basically don't expect the fed to change for you it's an entitled attitude I've seen a lot of new people have and its disappointing cuz a lot of them were pretty talented they were just unwilling to do the work.

There's a lot of other stuff you can do too. If you aren't that social you don't really have to be since this place is about creative writing not a social network (Tho as I explained above there are creative writing reasons to get to know people). You can also help yo fed by writing matches as a backup, doing graphics, videos, etc. Lots of ways to get involved.

But again you don't even gotta do any of that. At the basic level all you gotta do is promo. That's what you signed up for. So you can get involved in helping the community even thru promoing. Cuz what a lot of people don't get is that efedding is a team effort. Even if you're not in a tag team. I'm sure I'm guilty of thinking of only myself at times and a lot of other people have been as well. But efedding is more than just getting yourself over. More than just spamming promos to own your opponent and shoot down their every post and argument. If you really want to be an asset to the fed you get your match over. You get your brand over. Look at what your opponent is doing or trying to do and help them to make that shit work for them. Don't gotta sacrifice your own character work to do that neither. To me that is far more impressive than any subjective wins and titles you might achieve for yourself. If people are hyped for your match and hyped for your opponent and you helped make that happen you can really feel like you achieved something impressive. And this is something you can do from day one.
 

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Be open about things.

If you’re having issues, say something privately to your writer and talk it out. Sometimes things can feel like it’s you against the world but if you are willing to have a conversation it can help you see the bigger picture. EAW is a single living organism and everything plays a part in the grand scheme of said organism. We all have goals. We all want to win. We all want to be the main event, but it’s not always possible. Being willing to work with those in control and giving them the faith they deserve will go a long way.

If you feel angry or frustrated, don’t lash out. Talk calmly to those in control to clear the air about the situation and what they want to see from you. And if you still have those emotions, the anger and whatnot, use it for something positive. Everyone goes through moments they don’t necessarily enjoy. But where are those feelings best served? Trying to undercut and undermine what others are building? Or on the promo page where you can use it to fuel yourself and shine where everyone can see? That’s the biggest key. The payoff won’t always be immediate. But the hard work and consistency isn’t unnoticed.
 

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Learn to accept losses.

Nobody here is going to go on massive winning streaks. There are going to be times where you're facing a loss. It can be losses by interference, or ways to progress your storyline, losing is something that you're going to need to accept. If you're someone who just came into the fed and bitches about losing a match, then you're sadly not going to survive here. That is going to hold you back. If you are going to threaten to quit or just are always bitching to your writer about not being booked like a fucking god, then why the fuck should they push you? You're only going to hold yourself back in the process. It's fine to express your anger and question your writer, but don't belittle them in the process.

Everyone's road to championship glory is different.

Over the years, some people have come into the fed and made an impact in some way. Some have done it quicker than others. Someone like Noah managed to win Cash in the Vault just two/three months after arriving in EAW. Meanwhile, someone like Mark had just won his first championship after four years in EAW. Don't be ashamed that it's taking you longer to get an accomplishment. Just put in the work, be consistent, and trust the process. You will get your due at some point. People recognize your efforts. Don't feel like you're entitled to shit just because you've been here longer than someone.

Don't have a shitty attitude.

Just the amount of entitled people I have seen in EAW over the years is mindblowing. If you have a stick up your ass and believe that you're better than everyone here, then that's going to create a lot of enemies for you. It doesn't matter if you came from an e-fed, where you were the most over wrestler, it means nothing here. You're back to square one. You are going to need to prove yourself to a whole new audience. This moment is your opportunity to impress them.

Speak up.

In this context, I'm talking about whether you believe that your safety is in jeopardy. Over the years, we've had people in this fed, who were able to get away with some shady things. Most of them targetted women on the roster. At one point, one of them was a writer of a female brand. It was happening for months, but no one decided to speak upon it. If some shit happens to you and you feel like you shouldn't speak up about it, speak up about it. Get your proof and go to a board member about it. Even if you don't have proof, go to a board member. It will be something that they will have to keep an eye on. Any allegation is serious.

Have fun.

Sure, there's the spirit of competition (we all love to win). But having fun is essential. Get to know the community you are in, and it will make this EAW experience fun. Anyone with a negative attitude will bring the positivity of this fed down. We're all here to build each other up. Don't build your buddies up by belittling other people in the process. EAW is one big community, and the number one e-fed out there. Get on the winning team!

Also, one more thing:

When Banks tells you to promo, promo (jk. sike, I'm serious.)
 

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Some very good advice given so far, I'll put my own two cents in as well.

Look around and get to know your surroundings. Learn who the champs are, learn who are considered the top characters and promoers, follow other peoples stories. If you're the type to just come on and only read things pertaining to your characters story and keeping it moving with no care for anything else, you will be incredibly stifled essentially holding yourself back from being as good of a promoer as you can be since you're holding yourself back from a good chunk of material. Otherwise every promo will have the "I'm facing so and so but I don't know anything about him or care so I'm going to talk about generic stuff" copout which does nothing to progress your match. Imagine facing somebody who is a multiple time world champ and then dismissing him as not worth your time because you failed to do your proper research, you just look uninformed.

If you're looking to improve, this falls in line with the learning your surroundings point. Once you get a good idea of who the top promoers are, look at them for inspiration for how you'd like to portray your character. I'm not saying jack their style but look for bits and pieces that you can take and apply to yourself, try to set a standard to live up to.

Find a style that works for you and perfect it. If you want to be a straight forward promoer then be the best you can be at that. If you want to use a style that focuses on character development, storytelling, and descriptions then be the best you can be at that. It's all about how you execute it and how you make it work for your match.

And as most people already touched on which I'll expand upon, entitlement and attitude. Leave your ego at the door. How you conduct yourself not just publicly but also privately plays a part in your booking. I'm going to be completely blunt here. If you expect to go undefeated forever and be booked like Superman then you should quit and never come back because EAW isn't for you, save us the hassle. The talent level all across the board on this fed simply doesn't permit that if we are objectively judging. One person does not stand heavens above the rest in terms of talent level and as good as people are in this fed, ANYBODY can be outpromoed any given week, it's all about matchups and circumstances. With that being said, a loss does not equal the end of the world, bitching about every single loss does not help your case. All it does is make your writers take precautions to not book you in big matches and competitive matchups where a win isn't guaranteed but could actually progress you if you did win, because they don't feel like being bitched at. If you come off as a spoiled, entitled, bad attitude having, disrespectful asshole, you're blocking your own blessings and nobody is going to root for your success. Please display a sense of humility. Going back to talent levels in this e-fed, if a writer has a #1 contenders match coming up with 1 open slot and has to choose between putting an amazing promoer with a great attitude and an amazing promoer with a bad attitude and rep in it, just take a slight guess on who that writer is going to lean towards.

That being said, don't be afraid to come to your writer with any questions or concerns as long as it's not excessive and disrespectful. Maybe even respectfully suggest a thing or two without trying to flat out book your own character. Don't nitpick at every little thing either, complaining about things like submissions is just stupid, a loss is a loss regardless. Accusing your writer of being biased, conspiring against you, or predetermining outcomes won't help your case of being taken serious. Ask what can be done to help your case, what can you do to have more success, etc. Often times, what you can do is just not think too hard about it, wins and losses will forever be a part of the game and it's not a knock on your ability.

Don't compare your success to other peoples success. Focus on yourself. If you're using "well so and so just won this and here I am over here with nothing" you'll never be truly happy and you'll never understand the bigger picture. Everybody might not get to the top all at once but as long as you get to the destination that's all that matters. Your journey will never be parallel to another persons. If you want to use someone else's accomplishment to motivate you then feel free to do that but do not weaponize somebody else's moment especially when they also worked hard to achieve it.

Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard. Countless times I have seen a crop of new people join the fed and there would be a clear standout who everyone regarded as the future star, that person would end up being surpassed by someone who didn't have quite as much hype or weren't as good initially, but with hard work and perseverance that person molded himself into becoming a staple in the community and a top promoer. So just stay the course and keep pushing, you'll get to where you want to be if you take your craft serious.
 
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I don't really think there is a lot that I can add to this thread that hasn't already been said, but there's one thing I feel I can personally speak about. My journey here has been very up and down. I can't say I have enjoyed the entire process, and some of that has been from mistakes I have made and not something someone else has done to me. There have also been other factors. I haven't always trusted the process, because there have been times where I have felt like I wasn't understood, or my style of writing wasn't good enough to give me success here.

I constantly doubt myself.

Always.

As a promoer, head writer, decision maker/booker.

There is not a single time I have ever felt 100% confident in any piece of writing I have chosen to share with this fed (except the World Heavyweight Championship Extreme Elimination Chamber match from RTR - my finest piece of writing for this fed tbh lol), and that's the biggest problem I have.

There's nothing wrong with striving for perfection and wanting to be the best possible version of yourself, but when you let it a reach a point where it hinders your ability to do your job effectively or just free write your promos, then you need to take a step back, take a deep breath, and keep in mind it's not that serious. I can't tell you guys how many times I wondered 'Why am I not getting a championship shot?' 'What am I doing wrong?' 'Why isn't Kassidy good enough to be seen in that kind of championship light?' I've had a lot of conversations with the people I'm close to on this site about that, and every single time I was reassured there was nothing wrong with what I'm writing (Banks sometimes yelled that :D ily).

9 times out of 10 there isn't going to be a single thing wrong with your promos. If you give it your best shot, and put forth your best effort, then you are going to be fine. Just remember this; not everything has to be about a championship. Sometimes you find a much better story, or a much better moment at the culmination of a blood feud or some other hot angle. Even since I've been here, there hasn't always been a story for everyone, but I know that Banks and DDD both worked hard to eliminate all the negativity that was surrounding this place and put head writers in place that had the ability to work with every person on their roster to give them a story. I know for a fact that I do whatever I can to make sure everyone on Voltage has something to work with. DD did that on Empire, and I know she will do that on Showdown this season, and there's no doubt in my mind that Viz won't do the same with Dynasty because he's incredibly gifted.

I have been blessed when it comes to Voltage. I took over back in December, and I have literally had one complaint from a roster member. But even then, that person approached me in a sensible manner, said their peace, and I said mine, and we moved on. There was no lingering effects of that conversation, and it was business as usual. It's not what you say, it's how you say it.

Keep your emotions out of it.

Because for as hard as promoers work, writers (who are all promoers as well) work just as hard, if not harder, often stretching themselves thin to make sure every match and every segment is written to showcase everyone involved in the most fair and accurate manner. We all devote our free time to this hobby, and we all want to have fun. Everyone deserves to have fun, and to have this creative outlet. For so many people this is an escape from real life; a beautiful chance to slip into another world for a few hours a day and work with other people to create something TOGETHER that is far bigger than any one person, or character.
 

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Pay attention to the shows. Don't just read your matches only because you never know who you'll face next. If you only read the show you're on, and you end up facing someone not on the same brand as you, you're gonna end up having a bit of a problem since you don't know what they've been doing the whole time. It only makes things harder for yourself.

Speaking of the shows, use whatever result happens to your advantage. If you win, use it to build your character. If you lose, use it. What matters most in the result is how you use it to go further. Not everyone can win, and a loss shouldn't hurt you, or make you think you weren't good enough. Like Banks said, anyone can be outpromoed on any day, so don't let a loss ruin your day, just use it as an opportunity for even further development or something.

Like TLA said, get to know the people. It makes it way more fun when you have friends you can talk to, plus the people here are nice, so if you have any issues you can always talk about it. Just don't end up like me and spend the entire day on the discord server lol. If you really don't want to talk for whatever reason, it's fine, but just remember we're always open if we're needed for anything. You don't have to make yourself feel like an outcast or anything.

Don't quit if something doesn't go your way because in the end, something bigger more than likely will come from it. Always keep a positive mindset, it'll make you enjoy your time here much more, and probably benefit you more than anything. Nobody here wants to keep you down or anything, so it's definitely best not to think negatively when you're faced with any type of loss.

Stay active with the community is probably the last thing I can think of. Not just with the people and shows, but the promos themselves to. Reading more promos does nothing but help you. Plus, the more you read, the better you understand those who could one day be an opponent of yours.
 

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I don't have much to say but I might as well say it because it could help someone.

Don't be afraid of promoing against someone because of how good they are or what not, because who knows. They were in your shoes back then and they know how you feel and they didn't get to the point they're at by being afraid and not being able to take risks.

Don't take things to heart. Just know no matter what is said in promos etc. we're all friends here and each and every one of us wants to see eachother improve one way or another.
 

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Really develop your character as you go along. Try and make him/her stand out from the crowd. Feel free to use some of your own personality in the character. The writing will come, it just takes time. Be patient and have fun
 

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Everyone has said a lot already, but it comes with experience, knowledge, and more than that common sense. I've had the chance to meet so many great people through this outlet with this being the common thread - efedding. Lots of what we do here can be related to the way we conduct ourselves outside it. Do you have a competitive side? Who doesn't? The key though is to remember whether it be here or life in general, but nothing is that serious. If you aren't having fun at something, figure out why you aren't. Talk to others, ask for advice but haha look at all these nice people taking time out their day to provide you the many keys to success.

It's been said plenty to this point, but the results are always going to be based on the quality and effort you put into your work along with the thought process. Think long and hard as you are reading the material either about you or something else going on in the Fed, take the time to understand the meaning behind the message that's being conveyed so you can use it effectively when you do post something of your own. The time you put into making it quality will be noticed so long as you don't view the results solely as indicators that you are too good to ever know a defeat or not good enough to win on any given week. You come into said week with a defeated attitude it will reflect in your work. And chances are the judges and others will notice too making it easy for them to decide which way to go. Nothing in life whether it be a competitive atmosphere or not should ever be given to you without having to work for it. If you want that payoff. If you want that overwhelming sense of accomplishment feeling where you can hardly believe it when you do succeed, then don't take a second of the time you are putting into this for granted because you just never know. All you gotta do is try your hardest and believe in yourself.

Being an older member in the community it does become hard to relate more often than not when it comes to all the new buzz words, memes, and social contexts on different platforms on quite a few subjects, but my advice for this aspect that stems from my time and experience here is be straight with everyone. Don't try to be something you're not. Even in character, just worry about playing to your strengths just as you would do out of character in the community. In character or out trying to be something your not only makes you look silly and more often than not people will let you know you are in some form or fashion, so just be yourself and hope that if someone has a problem with you that they have the courage to come up to you and let you know. Talk it out, try to work through the issue - again in character or out, and then move on and learn from those experiences. Too often people come here and get the wrong idea and walk away with the wrong perspective. They don't take the time to ask questions. Their may be structure here, but it's there for a reason hence why this place has stood the test of time and has annually retooled and remade itself constantly evolving. That's a tribute to anyone who's ever risen through the ranks and put their time into this. Take a moment to let that sink in a bit.

We want you all to have fun and get the most out of this experience. I've been efedding for near four years now, and I can tell you that everything I've just said is based from time and experience. I take things from every day Life outside EAW and incorporate it into the time I spend here and the effort I have put into this. I'm asking that if you don't do it now, that you at least try to take a moment either when something did or didn't go your way here and relate it to real life and think of how you would respond in certain situations. Then do your best to remember the fine print that you read (assuming you read it). This has been and always will be a storybased driven Fed where writers are driven with the intent to ensure everyone has the opportunity to succeed. They don't want anyone left out in the cold, and they genuinely want to be able to see you get your just due. Some of the results may not always pan out for you, but don't give up hope. Continue to use those experiences to grow as a writer. Each opportunity given is another chance to prove in the eyes of everyone that you deserve your chance to shine.

And as everyone has said, trust. You can't can't build any type of relationship personally or professionally without it. It's a big reason why this place continues to flourish. Never forget how hard you had to work to get where you are if you happen to rank highly amongst your peers in this place, and if you get into a position of power always remember that there is nobody above EAW. We all have an equal playing field. We all bought in at some point or another or maybe even from the very beginning and always looked at this for what it was meant to be seen as. An outlet to express yourself by igniting another part of our personality to be judged in an objective manner. There is some great advice to be taken from this thread, and people taking the time to post here just goes to show why this place is separated from the rest. Be cool everyone.

Peace.
 
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- Every match matters. When you look at the top guys here, they promo the same every week. No matter who they are facing, their promos are top tier. They don't skip a beat ever and that is why they are on top. There are some people who may think they can go easier this week because they're not facing someone amazing but that's never the case if you want to be the best. You will never seen Jamie O'Hara or Mr DEDEDE slow down because they're facing someone that joined last week. They bring the heat every single match they have. I personally think you see how great someone is when they're facing someone not as good as opposed to when they're facing someone that is really good. How they respond to those situations is why some people are consistently the best.

- Never get too down about the bad moments as something good may be around the corner. I'll give you a personal example. I was obviously disappointed to lose the CITV match at PFP. Not because I thought I deserved to win, I Def didn't as Raven killed me that week. More because I thought I'd blow my shot at getting a title match. However, just two weeks later I've now got a world title match at Bloodsport. It's crazy how things can happen here.

- It's okay to make mistakes. I think everyone makes little errors in promos all the time. You might get a match confused with another match or you might forget something happened. I even spelt my own tag team partners name wrong for a little while. These mistakes happen and they aren't a big deal.
 

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