I get a ton of questions about what happens after you become an official contestant of a pageant. Now here’s the work begins and you start to separate yourself from the other contestants, without being considered a b@#$h of course!
1. Be genuine!- Nothing rubs fellow contestants, fans and even judges the wrong way, then a contestant that appears to be fake! Transparency is the name of the game when it comes to pageants. As a contestant you want everyone to see that you are a woman that’s relatable and a good role model for your community. If that’s not the reason that you entered the pageant, it will become evident as you progress. Pageants are a lot of work and a true testament to your character. If you come out of the gates as a disingenuous person, by the time final night rolls around, you will become emotionally and physically exhausted and it will show on stage. Make up cannot cover a fake personality.
2. Be prepared!- Failing to plan is planning to fail! Never attend a pageant event unprepared, especially with fast track competitions. Ask questions so that you get an idea of what to expect and prepare accordingly. Any organized pageant has a schedule of events that should be handed to you in your contestant packet. If you don’t get one, ask for it! Your preparedness can make or break you!
3. Always look good!- Your first impressions are truly lasting. Every time you attend an event as contestant or even attending rehearsal, make sure that your outfit, hair and makeup are as close to perfect as you can possibly get, you really never know who is watching! Pageants aren’t just major opportunities for the winners, but for the contestants as well!
4. Be a good sportsman!- Sure you probably didn’t win the crown or the award you thought you deserved, you certainly can’t win them all! But showing good face and begin happy for the winners make you a winner too! Pageantry isn’t just about winning, it’s about the experience too. Besides, bitter contestants make for juicy gossip and let’s face it, no one wants a sore loser in their pageant.
From my diary to yours, my favorite tips on being the best contestant in a pageant. I hope this helps! Have a pageant topic you would like to read about? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from you!