Pageant Interview Tips

In your pageant interview, not all words are created equal. While there are words that will definitely connect with your judges, some words will actually result in a low interview score. Since the purpose of your pageant interview is to connect, here’s a list of the Top 5 Words to Avoid in Your Pageant Interview:

#5. Amazing. Although it’s a plus to include adjectives in your answers, amazing is an adjective that is over used by contestants. Whenever you use a word that’s overused by other contestants, you start to sound like everyone else. Plus, when you include a word that’s overused in an answer, judges tend to not even “hear” that word. Instead of using ‘amazing’ repeatedly, make a list of five to seven adjectives that you could use instead. For example, you might go with: wonderful, impressive, extraordinary, fabulous, incredible, exceptional, or outstanding. All things considered, your judges will pay more attention to what you’re saying if you don’t rely on the same word over and over.

#4. Perfectionist. Before we talk about this word, let’s make sure we have a common understanding of the definition. A perfectionist is “someone who demands perfection of themselves and others.” Please notice the phrase “and others.” This means that not only do you strive to do everything perfectly, you expect others to be perfect too. And that tells the judges that whenever you’re in a situation that’s not 100% perfect, you just might have a meltdown. Instead of referring to yourself as a perfectionist, you may wish to indicate that you have high standards of excellence for yourself but that you never expect perfection.

#3. Honestly. I know what you’re thinking: “why is this word on the list?” Being honest in your interview is a good thing, right? Yes, being honest in your interview is an absolute must, but when you introduce the content of your answer with the phrase, “Honestly, I…” or “To be perfectly honest…” it implies that some of your answers thus far may not have been 100% honest. Studies indicate that this phrase causes the listener to question the honesty of your previous responses. And I know that you don’t want to imply that your other answers have been less than honest. So, skip this common lead-in and just go straight to your answer content.

#2. Driven. Often, contestants include “driven” when listing “three words that describe you” or when answering the question,  While you’re probably trying to indicate you work hard to achieve your goals, that’s not what the judges hear. What the judges hear is: “I’m totally driven and obsessed with winning at all costs. I might start slashing gowns backstage if I don’t win the title.” When you’re tempted to say “driven,” go with goal-oriented, focused, dedicated, or committed instead.

#1. Passion. This is, without question, the most commonly overused word in pageant competition. It’s not uncommon for contestants to use the word “passion” several times within the same answer. If you want to stand out as a memorable contestant, you must resist the temptation to say the p-word. And you can’t try to sneak by with using its sister word “passionate.” These p-words are often used to describe volunteer work,  why you want to be the titleholder and even why you entered the pageant. Instead of one of the p-words, go with “excited about,” “dedicated to,” “focused on” or “devoted to.”

So, when you’re developing content for your pageant interview, weed out these overused words to get a top pageant score.

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16th Annual Miss Louisiana State Pageant and Talent Expo

 

The 16th Annual Miss louisiana State Pageant and Talent Expo is set for August 27th and 28th in Metairie at the Copeland towers Best Western landmark hotel on Severn Avenue.

official photographer is DMS Generation Photography and Sound by Robert Guillot & D.J.

The pageant is open statewide to all contestants and all age divisions. Natural beauty for children. Talent is an optional competition and qualifies you for the Grand supreme title. The reigning Teen USA, Katherine Haik graced the stage in 2012, 2013 where her pageant dreams became a reality. Contestants in the pre teen through Mrs. compete in evening gown and on stage interview. NO SWIMSUIT. Children compete in beauty attire and other optional categories. To become a contestant

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What expenses does a Title Holder have to expect for her year as a beauty queen?

One question I received recently was from a girl who was concerned about how much it cost after you win a beauty pageant and then move up the competition ladder. In most systems when you win a title that is a preliminary pageant for a bigger pageant the entry fees are covered. For example the winner of the Miss New Orleans beauty contests qualifies to have her fees paid for the Miss Louisiana. the winner of the Louisiana then gets her entry fee paid for the USA title as the representative of the Miss Louisiana title. The biggest costs you will incur during your rise to the top is probably in the area of wardrobe. In particular the cost of an excellent evening gown. You really need a top notch dress that perfectly highlightsunnamed kendria ms south laKira-Kazantsev Win GlowThe  that can save you money.director usually negotiates great rates with hotels. Another expense is for a really good photographer. You may need to update your head shot because you are moving to the next level up and your competition will certainly use all the tools available to them. A fantastic and professionally prepared head shot tells the director rand judges that you are a champion. There will probably other extra expenses that you will incur but these are the larger ones. Good luck in your endevors to capture the crown. See You on the Runway Shelly

Adding an Opening Number for your pageants can create excitement

Contestants in Opening # at The Miss Camellia City Pageant held in Slidell, Louisiana.

Contestants in Opening # at The Miss Camellia City Pageant held in Slidell, Louisiana..

When you add an opening number, Try to  limit it to just  a couple of minutes,, Be careful not to allow the routine to be too long or drag it out so that the audience doesn’t get bored. Make sure you choose energetic, fun music for the opening number, something that really gets the crowd going and gets the contestants excited about being there. So make sure you choose a cute song, sometimes oldies are a great choice. Encourage the contestants that they should always smile and keep eye contact with the crowd as well as the judges.

it’s important to allow the contestants to incorporate a unique style by wearing accessories.

Try sunglasses. I would recommend popping out the lens so that the girls can see where they are going on stage. The Dollar tree as a large selection of party themed sun glasses. maybe using other props like hats, scarfs,glittery purses, maracas,feather boas. Also Themed clothing can add excitement to the production number. Casual clothing can make a huge impact as well like matching t shirts with the name of the pageant on them! Using props allows the contestants to be creative and to express their own personalities.amandatropicalwearpag1 IMGP2552jas6Finally, as the director, I choose to add personal introductions by the contestants when the opening number is done. This way the audience and the judges get a chance to learn who the delegates are and where they are from.jamiejeff2008To become a contestant in The Miss Camellia City Pageant, prelim to Miss Louisiana USA, visit us at http://www.shellyspageantexpress.com/misscamelliacity.html

Earning Extra Income with Children Pageants

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Earning Extra Income with Children Pageants

 

Running a Beauty Pageant is about more than glamour. It is also about being financially successful. The business goal is to walk away from the event with more money than you spent.

 

There are many different ways to monetize your Beauty Pageant. One way is to add extra awards.

For Children Pageants I like to add Overall Most Beautiful and Overall Fashion competition

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When the parents register their children they can choose to pay for a slot in the Overall Most Beautiful category. Only the kids registered in this award category will be eligible for the award.

 

This award has no bearing on who becomes King or Queen. Giving these extra awards helps spread awards to other kids.

 

The kids registered for the award all go on stage at the same time. The children hold paddles with a number printed on it. The judges use the number to score on their sheets. The judges select who they think fit the Overall Most Beautiful ideal. The Overall Fashion award will go the one with best outfit.

 

It is important to have all the contestants on the stage at the same time for the judges to compare and select.  If your pageant is very large and you have more than thirty kids on stage it can be a problem because of the stage size. Also the judge’s job can be very hard with that many contestants on stage at once.

 

When my pageants grow too big to offer this award I drop it from the pageant. You are already making good money because of the large registration.

 

But if you are just starting out and you have a smaller group of children in your pageant then these awards are a great way to earn extra income at your Children’s Pageant.

 

Yours in Pageantry

Shelly

 

Do You dream of becoming a model?

Do You dream of becoming a model? The Fashion Hero is searching for both men and women ages 16 to 40 yrs, all sizes wanted!!!! PostDateIcon January 21st, 2014PostAuthorIcon Author: shelly | Edit If You dream about being a Fashion model and maybe you are not a size 6, Today is your lucky day because The Fashion Hero is Looking for YOU! The Fashion hero is searching for both men and women ages 16fashionidol-thumbs-landing  www.thefashionhero.com www.thefashionhero.com yrs to 40 yrs. All sizes wanted!!!!! ONLY 10 calendar days left for potential members to register on The Fashion Hero for ONLY $9.99!!!!  The early bird registrations are EXTREMELY beneficial to the members; not only do YOU pay a tiny season fee, but the earlier YOU register, the more votes YOU can get, the higher the chances of being selected as a finalist and go directly to the finale (5 most voted, every month will be invited directly to Mexico as finalist)  MAKE SURE TO REGISTER BEFORE JANUARY 31ST TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE EARLY BIRD SPECIAL- Same for the price of 2 coffees! 1185312_561786573858712_689261059_n.jpg  Go to http://www.thefashionhero.com  Our next scheduled Fashion Hero event will be the Southern Parade of Pageants,Feb. 22nd in Slidell, Louisiana. Our Southern States Fashion Hero Photographer Christina will be on hand to take head shots for those needing a GREAT photo to up load for your Fashion Hero Profile. For more info on our event or how to become a contestant, go to http://www.soparadeofpageants.weebly.com  Shelly Winters Black Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana and Tennessee Pamela Quinland Mississippi, Georgia and Florida

Do You dream of becoming a model? The Fashion Hero is searching for both men and women ages 16 to 40 yrs, all sizes wanted!!!!
PostDateIcon January 21st, 2014PostAuthorIcon Author: shelly | Edit
If You dream about being a Fashion model and maybe you are not a size 6, Today is your lucky day because The Fashion Hero is Looking for YOU! The Fashion hero is searching for both men and women ages 16fashionidol-thumbs-landing

http://www.thefashionhero.com
http://www.thefashionhero.com
yrs to 40 yrs. All sizes wanted!!!!! ONLY 10 calendar days left for potential members to register on The Fashion Hero for ONLY $9.99!!!!

The early bird registrations are EXTREMELY beneficial to the members; not only do YOU pay a tiny season fee, but the earlier YOU register, the more votes YOU can get, the higher the chances of being selected as a finalist and go directly to the finale (5 most voted, every month will be invited directly to Mexico as finalist)

MAKE SURE TO REGISTER BEFORE JANUARY 31ST TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE EARLY BIRD SPECIAL- Same for the price of 2 coffees!
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Go to http://www.thefashionhero.com

Our next scheduled Fashion Hero event will be the Southern Parade of Pageants,Feb. 22nd in Slidell, Louisiana. Our Southern States Fashion Hero Photographer Christina will be on hand to take head shots for those needing a GREAT photo to up load for your Fashion Hero Profile. For more info on our event or how to become a contestant, go to http://www.soparadeofpageants.weebly.com

Shelly Winters Black
Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana and Tennessee
Pamela Quinland
Mississippi, Georgia and Florida