prepare for a pageant with PageantPrep?
Winning is about so much more than
how you look on stage. Winning begins with your paperwork and your
preparation, and the decision as to whether you make it to the top, happens in
the interview. Every aspect of your preparation is important - how
you fill our your contestant information, what you wear in interview, the
selection of your swimsuit and evening gown, and how you present yourself and
speak on stage.
Of all these areas of competition, however, the interview
is the most underestimated. Why is it so important?
It's the only time where you can distinguish yourself based on more than your
looks and truly allow the judges to learn who you are and what you're all about.
All the top contestants are pretty and in shape, so it's your personality and your personal experiences that
really make you different, memorable and
is the critical portion of the competition where you should, and must, set yourself apart from all the
other beautiful contestants with whom you are competing in order
to win that crown.
How do I prepare?
While many pageant
contestants will spend hundreds, even thousands of dollars on personal training,
nutrition, hair, makeup, clothes and evening gown, when it comes to interview, most
contestants make the mistake of going into it with little or no preparation at all! They foolishly
think that if they are "just themselves" or if they are "conversational," they'll do fine.
been told by friends or family that if they "practice answering questions"
that's enough. Here's the truth: it’s not. Just "being yourself" or repeating questions and answers over and over
again is completely useless -- first
you need an interview plan. You need to craft and develop your strategy
and your message
before you even enter the interview room! Have you decided what you want the judges to know about you by the
time you leave that room? Have you thought about how to best present
yourself? Have you thought about what kind of person you are and what you
will bring to the crown that is different from all the other contestants? Do you know how to use your limited time wisely and
really get the most out of your interview?
will help you develop your message through a proven technique that will
eliminate your anxiety, boost your confidence, and provide you with a way to
present your true and best self to the judges, both on stage and in the
interview room. You will learn how much time to spend on an answer and how
to determine whether your answer is a great one, or one that is hurting you in
the interview room. You'll learn how to distinguish yourself from the
other contestants and how to avoid critical mistakes. You owe it to
yourself to go into the interview portion with the same kind of time, effort,
and excellence that you spend on your gown and your physical appearance. With
you will be able to project a winning attitude and feel more prepared and
confident, in all aspects of competition.
How is PageantPrep different?
While many coaches talk
about conceptual approaches to interview, PageantPrep gives you concrete, practical
instruction combined with technique and theory, that you can, and will, actually
Specifically tailored to meet your needs
and reflect your own individual accomplishments and unique personality, Erika will
help you craft your key points of focus in the interview room, as well as
provide you with a useful strategy that will assist you in answering even the
most difficult current event and political questions. She will also help
you develop a session schedule that will maximize your limited pre-pageant time
efficiently and effectively. Moreover, unlike many other coaches, Erika has
years of personal
experience in the pageant industry, not only as a former pageant finalist, but
as the daughter of a former Miss America Top 5 finalist and former executive
director of a Miss America state preliminary competition, and pageant
competition judge for a number of different pageant systems, and will give you
backstage and onstage tips.
Be wary of
former contestants turned instant "coaches" - few, if
any, have the time-tested proven experience that yields
years and years of
consistent winners across a multitude of pageant systems, and more importantly,
even fewer really know how to truly teach what they claim to know.
Amateur coaches also lack the client base and the
professional knowledge that only comes with an extensive history in the pageant
industry. Expertise coupled with an outstanding professional reputation
takes years to develop, as does a client base that provides Erika with extensive
feedback and constructive information to help you win your next competition. Erika's background as a former professor and current
practicing attorney ensures that she can deliver effective and efficient
teaching in the learning style that best suits you, and in a way that is easy to
understand and fun to learn. In addition, she is able to utilize her
professional expertise to draft and edit contestant paperwork and even help you
craft a winning and creative pageant introduction
for your next competition.
While PageantPrep is renowned for interview training, PageantPrep
provides everything from
and image consultation, drafting and editing of interview/delegate profile and
information sheets, onstage walking, turning, posing, poise and appearance, swimsuit
development and critique, evening gown selections, platform development and
execution, on stage questions with microphone, personal introduction and 'optional' competition training
and referrals for fitness. She will also counsel you on maintaining your
focus and confidence not only during interview, but during the
entire competition process.
Even after you win,
Erika can provide valuable guidance for personal appearances and public speaking engagements
during your reign.
Knowledgeable about all facets
of pageant preparation, Erika's training experience has been utilized
extensively in over 40 pageant systems including the Miss USA Pageant system, Miss Teen USA, Miss America Organization, America's Most Outstanding
Teen, America's Junior Miss Program,
Miss Earth international pageant system, Miss and Teen World, Perfect
Miss, Miss and Teen International, and National American Miss Pageant
, among many others.
When and how do I start training?
pageant training typically begins ten to twelve weeks in advance of the
pageant, and for interview training, we recommend 6 to 12 sessions to truly develop the technique and effectively answer over
our sample personal, political, current event and local questions. The first
step is to
schedule your initial consultation which provides an opportunity for
a personal assessment of your strengths and weaknesses, areas of improvement, as
well as a detailed discussion about the coaching process, and the client's
personal goals and expectations. Thereafter, sessions are implemented in a
particular order in to provide foundation basics first. Sessions are
conducted at our fully equipped and private training studio located in Warwick,
RI, and are generally held in the evenings and on weekends. Sessions can be purchased as a
package by credit card, or paid as you go per session by cash or check.
A typical training schedule is as follows:
||Meet and greet of client;
discussion of previous pageant experience (if any), analysis and
assessment of potential strengths and weaknesses, explanation of
training technique and basics of competition including the critical use of time
in the interview and on stage, 'proof not promise'
and other key elements. Distribution of PageantPrep packet.
||Discussion of interview basics
and foundation. Distribution and discussion of PageantPrep packet.
Basics on walking, turning, poise and appearance.
||Preparation, completion and review of
contestant profile information and other contestant documentation;
review of wardrobe selections.
||Distribution and discussion of
personal interview questions; practice of poise and appearance. Development,
review, and practice of personal introduction/platform information
/talent presentation where applicable.
||Instruction and review on use
of microphone; practice and review and on-stage speaking. Review of
walking, poise and appearance, makeup application, additional
wardrobe/jewelry selections, talent and/or personal introduction.
||Discussion and review of
current event/political/local questions. Final question session
and onstage microphone practice. Review and discussion of competition
preparation and backstage tips.
|Clients also have the option of participating in our
of group classes which are at a reduced rate, and meet less frequently
but for longer periods of time, so you get the most out of your visit.
Group classes cover
everything from wardrobe consultation, personalized interview
development and technique, walking, posing, microphone use for
introduction and on stage questions, review of contestant paperwork,
makeup application and interview practice. Primer classes also include a
take-home workbook with over 200 practice questions to get you prepared
for your upcoming pageant! Classes are limited to 10
students in order to ensure individualized attention and effective
offers preparation services
from the very beginning of the process to after obtaining your crown:
- Pageant application/personal information sheet review-
creation, styling, editing, and proofreading
- Image consultation- what to wear and how to look for
opening number, interview, evening gown, fitness/swimsuit and talent
- Headshot photography - a winning headshot for
your program book and appearances
- Poise and
appearance training - walking, standing, posing, sitting, turning, entering
and exiting on stage and off
- Make-up application - what colors to wear, how to apply
them and when to wear them
- Comprehensive interview training which focuses on both
content and execution
- Over 900 sample interview questions- introspective personal
questions and up to date current event and political questions
- Platform creation, development and execution
- Using the
microphone effectively for on stage speaking, speech, spokesmodel and
- Public speaking training before judges' panels, small
groups and large audiences
- Individual consultations and sessions
- Group consultations and sessions (pageant orientation
classes, group discount rates)
Not sure if you
need a coach?
to find out if you do, and what you should be looking for when choosing a coach.
Contact me via
firstname.lastname@example.org or by
telephone at (401)484-1140.
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