Finding the right pageant system can be a time consuming process and one filled with lots of conflicting opinions. A decision should be based on your findings and how you are feeling about the pageant, not how others feel. I have compiled a list of the top 5 things you need to consider during your search.
Do you OWN research. Your own research should include checking out the pageant website, checking reviews, review sponsors and prize packages. If they are offering something that sounds too good to be true, well, it probably is. If they only have a fan page, make sure you ask the Director when they will put up a website. You want to ensure the pageant is vested with time and money into their own system and a website is a good indicator. Red flags always come up for me when they only have a Facebook fan page, those can be easily created and taken down at no cost within minutes.
Take others reviews/references with an open mind. You can tell the difference of someone who has a legitimate complaint about a system and those who are just complaining. See if the system responded publicly to reviews that were negative, this shows some initiative on their part to correct problems. You can ask around as well but at the end of the day, you must make your own decision.
Talk with the Director. This step is by far the most important. I always recommend talking to them in person or on the phone, you get a better view of how they respond and can pick up on body language that may not sit right with you, or resonate with you. Always have a list of questions that you can ask based on your research. I see many contestants who don't talk with director until the day of the pageant, by then, its too late if issues arise, so be proactive and chat early.
Look at your goals for competing, do they match with the pageant mission statement. If your goals are to raise awareness for a certain cause that may clash with the mission, it might be better to find another pageant to compete in. You want something that will be a good fit, not an uphill battle.
Play your part. After making a decision, make sure you do your part. Participate, follow the rules and guidelines and of course have a great time competing!
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