Originally Posted by xTesla1856
How does one get manufacturers to sponsor him/her?
From what it looks like, it's more of a "paying homage" to the companies thing than a sponsors list, because if they were sponsors one would have to go through the sponsorship program here on OCN and pay the sponsored build fees.
As for how to get sponsors? Work hard, do beautiful work, get your name out there as a consistent, high quality builder that always continues to improve themselves.... And when you get to that point, ask the companies nicely, politely, and professionally.... And don't just make it about you getting something, remember that being sponsored is a two way avenue - there is no free lunch with being a sponsored builder. You have timetables you have to stick to (sometimes insanely short ones, for special events), and there are usually additional requirements they have in place when you're sponsored (no gear from competitors, they might ask you to change a piece of hardware in your build to something else that works better for them, etc).
A number of builders choose to go without sponsorship because of those additional commitments, or wanting to go with whatever they themselves feel is best for their particular theme they're planning.