CODY SOSEBEE now on Bullproof
Bullproof is the world's first 3-D docu-reality television series, an inside look at American Bullfighters, the men who are sent into the rodeo ring to protect bull riders. A bullfighter is expected to put his body between the rider and up to 2000 pounds of pure animal menace. This is one of the most dangerous jobs on earth. 89% of all rodeo athletes will be injured in a single season and an average of two will die according to the medical research. Bullfighters have the highest rate of injury amongst all rodeo performers.
Bullproof follows a single season in the lives of four bullfighters on the Championship Bull Riding circuit, one of the biggest bull riding promotions in the world. Stunning 3-D imagery and immersive audio takes viewers into the arena with the bullfighters, where in four one-hour episodes, they will save lives, sustain serious injuries and try to make it out in one piece. Cameras also follow them outside the ring, as they race down the back roads of rural America setting up and tearing down their show like a rowdy band of carnies.
This series has dynamic characters, real danger and real stakes to rival any show currently available in 2-D. Now, thanks to groundbreaking 3-D photography Bullproof can tell these stories with a completely unique depth.
Job Description -Crowd entertainment and works the barrel for the bullfighters
Education – School- Southern Arkansas University – Ag Business
Background/Qualifications- CBR World Championships - 2 Times, Cheyenne Frontier Days,Calgary Stampede, Omaha Stampede, 2006 PRCA Clown of the Year Nomination
Family-Father is Dan and step- mom Bo, Mom is Dona, older sister Shannon, younger sister Kim
Hobbies- motorcycles, guitars, working-out, facebook
What do you do when you are not rodeoing? I own and operate ”Cowboy's Toy and Party Rentals”
Traveling Partner-Me, Myself and I
Favorite Music-Disco, classic rock, old country, 80's
Favorite Food-Fried chicken, steak, okra, broccoli and cheese
Favorite place to visit ( rodeo, bull riding) place and why? Bullriding- Del Rio, TX because of the wild crowds and wild south/ west TX crowds. Rodeo-Cheyenne WY Frontier Days because its voted the best PRCA rodeo for several years and its the biggest rodeo in North America...huge crowds, great rodeo and super fun crew to work with
Best CBR event of the year you like to go to- El Paso, TX because it is always a sellout crowd and its the loudest venue in the CBR.
Favorite place to eat when your on the road- Red Lobster, Texas Road House, IHOP, Hooters
Favorite gadgit- I like my powersiser walking stilts
What is your “song” - Highway To Hell-AC/DC when i hear it it means im fixing to ramp something
Favorite words to live by or saying- LIVE LIFE LARGE
Can you cook-? Im pretty good at grillin steaks!
Do you have pets? One mini donkey named “squeak” aka “honkey the donkey” and “Rufus the high jumping goat”
How much time a year do you spend on the road? Usually 130 to 150 days out of the year
Who would you most like to meet in person? Bill Clinton
Best moment of your life so far? Winning the IPRA World Championship in Bareback Riding when I was 21- yes I used to ride bareback horses.
What is your most prized possession? My world title buckle
If you weren’t a barrel man what would you be? Probably a professional sub teacher and bus driver , thats what I did before I was a barrleman:)
Accomplishments- Graduated high school-LOL 3x state champion bareback rider in Arkansas, 1993world champion bareback rider IPRA, 8-2 amateur full contact fight record.
What are your goals in life? To make the most out of life-never settle for less than what I work hard for, I want to provide for my family and give them everything they want.
While it is the bull fighters' job to protect the cowboys, it's the barrel man's primary job
to entertain the crowd. It's a job that Cody Sosebee takes very seriously -- for a clown.
"I spend two to three hours everyday day on the internet keeping up with current events
and gossip columns. I think people would be surprised at how much preparation I do to
be able to relate to each individual in the stands. It's not about just going out there and
acting like an idiot for a few hours. I have to go in there with as many bullets in my arsenal
as possible so that I can connect with whatever crowd is there that night, no matter if they
are nine or ninety," explained Sosebee.
During the winter his preparation includes going to dance class at his local gym to learn
the latest dance moves and chat with the girls in class so he can stay hip with "cool" moves
and lingo. His secondary occupation of driving a school bus and substitute teaching provides
endless opportunities to gather material. Sosebee says that everything in life, he sees with humor.
"It can be something as normal as a lady in the grocery store pushing her cart, and my mind
sees that and is already trying to turn it into something funny before I even realize it. I try to see
the humor in life in everything I do and then somehow put a western-type spin on it," says Sosebee.
This native Arkansas rancher could have taken several routes in his life. He had the talent and
opportunity to play collegiate football and professional martial arts. He was also a successful
bareback rider winning the International Professional Rodeo Association (IPRA) Rookie of the
Year title in 1991 and the IPRA Word Championship in bareback riding in 1993. While Sosebee
was always a boisterous prankster of sorts, it was just by chance that the career of a rodeo entertainer
fell into his lap at a three-night rodeo in 1997.
"I was entered in three rodeos over the weekend and had just placed second in the bareback riding
on Thursday night. The clown didn't show up. I was eating breakfast with the stock contractor the
next morning and he asked me if I would be interested in staying and filling in. I told him ‘no way'."
Sosebee and his buddies and spent many an evening making fun of the clowns and blowing their
punch lines. He wasn't about to endure that kind of embarrassment in front of his peers.
"Finally, the contractor said they would pay me the money that they were going to pay the clown
in addition to paying my turn-out fees for the rest of the weekend. I was feeling burned out that
particular weekend, so I decided to stay. I actually had a good time," explained Sosebee.
The clincher was when the checks were handed out at the end of the rodeo. The clowning check
was twice that of his second place in the bareback riding. It was an easy career decision after realizing
that for a guy who was turning 30, gaining weight, and was getting bucked off and injured more often,
he could be funny and get a steady, better paycheck.
"Because I had been a competitor for a long time and knew the rodeo business well, I already knew
how stock contractors liked their shows run. I started out with a lot of arena savvy. I knew what a
good performance should go like," said Sosebee.
Now Sosebee is considered one of the best professional clowns in the business. He began his connection
to the CBR at the 2006 World Championships and continued at the CBR events throughout the year. He
has made close ties to the sound man, Cody Kid, and the announcer, Andy Stewart - a partnership they
call the triple threat.
"We could probably switch roles with each others' lives and families and never skip a beat. We spend so
much time together on the road during the year that we know what each other are thinking. That makes
it easy to put on an exciting show. We are very excited to work together in Vegas this year because it is
what we strive for - to work the biggest and best events," said Sosebee.
"I'm a contracted businessman, so I have to go where I'm hired. I'm lucky enough to be hired by people
I like to be around, and that take care of me by having a good professional event. The CBR has the whole
package - the best group of personnel that work hard, but have fun doing it put together with the best bulls
and the best riders. The CBR has the best package going right now. I jumped at the chance to work for them
and I'm looking forward to many more years of working for the CBR," said Sosebee.
By Julie Hinz