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  • 24 Apr 2018 12:49 PM | Anonymous

    There is no time like the present to get used to being interviewed and I am not referring to the Judges interview during your pageant.  I am talking about getting interviewed by the media.  This is a different type of interview and the sooner you can start grooming yourself for this type of attention the better.  

    I always advise getting started with a podcast or radio interview, get your message perfected first, then start looking at local news coverage or internet TV shows.  Most contestants ask me what they should talk about or pitch to a host, the answer is simple, talk about something you consider yourself to be an expert on and your passionate about.  Your Platform should be coming to mind, as this is something you are passionate about, which makes it easier to come up with content.  

    Start making a list of things you'd be agreeable to be interviewed on, then from that list, choose one or two to get started.  In our next post we will talk about how to create a sample topic, summary and sample questions.  Stay tuned!  

    By Kerry Kathleen

    Interested in getting interviewed by media outlets, check out Pitch like a B*tch Media.  

  • 22 Apr 2018 12:57 PM | Anonymous

    As a seasoned Judge on the Pageant circuit, one thing I notice about contestants during the interview process is whether they are investing in themselves or not.  What do I mean by that?  I can tell if they are investing time and effort into becoming a better person by improving themselves on some level.  

    Here are a few ideas that seem to help other contestants keep in check.

    1. If you don't have one, get a hobby.  Is there something you've always wanted to learn?  Take a class, start a garden, volunteer for a local shelter on the weekends.  Spend some of your time on something that interests you.  
    2. Exercise.  Keeping yourself healthy is vital, whether you are in pageantry or not.  Keep a routine, treat your time at the Gym like an appointment you are keeping with your body.  
    3. Always be learning.  Keeping your mind and interests active shows continual self improvement.  Learn a new language, travel to a new location, take note of the world around you, even if its just down the street.  

    By:  Kerry Kathleen

    Are you looking to build your platform, get interviewed and get Sponsors to fund your pageant?  Sign up for our membership today!  

  • 18 Apr 2018 10:55 AM | Anonymous

    Part of the reason I started this magazine (besides my love for the Pageant Industry) was to offer a place of support for contestants that are building their platform and those that are getting ready to exit the industry.  Many Contestants can feel overwhelmed and a little depressed as their reign comes to an end.  Pageantry, like the modeling industry, can only go on for so long and the time for change comes too quickly.  Our goal has always been to help contestants build a strong platform that they can use to step into a new career or business when the time comes.  

    After working with many contestants...this is what I have found to be helpful advice...

    1. Get a mentor, someone who you want to mirror in life or business.  Their advice is priceless.
    2. Make sure you stay healthy, eat right, exercise and take care of yourself first.
    3. Never let anyone tell you what you do isn't important, your platform provides hope and inspiration for many.
    4. If things are not working, don't be afraid to make changes.  Change is part of the process, embrace it.
    5. Be kind to other contestants, don't get caught up in petty gossip.
    6. If at any time you feel depressed, help another person.  The fastest way to forget about your problems is to help someone else with theirs.
    7. One day your looks will fade, so feed your mind, then your body.  Don't get too caught up on the outside.
    8. Mistakes are part of the process, everyone makes them.  
    9. If you are feeling alone, just know there is support out there, just ask for help.
    10. Enjoy the journey, its the part that lasts the longest.  
    By Kerry Heaps

  • 16 Apr 2018 1:51 PM | Anonymous

    I was talking with one of my coaching clients recently and she was expressing her frustrations with securing Sponsors for the pageants she participated in previously.  After doing some initial probing about her situation, I deduced that she was experiencing the anxiety that everyone experiences when locating and interacting with potential sponsors.  I've listed a few tips to help you overcome that anxiety and get your Sponsors secured.  

    1.  Change your mindset. Most contestants feel they are asking or "begging" for money when it comes to getting a Sponsor.  You have to change the way you look at, see it from their point of view.  A business wants to have some type of return on investment or see the value in participating in the program.  If you approach it from that viewpoint, you will be able to sell them on the benefits of advertising in the program book or by donating a smaller sum to help defray your pageant costs.  

    2.  Have a plan.  Next, make a plan.  Write down your financial goal of how much you'd like to raise in regards to Sponsorship and what you are willing to do personally to get it.  Have a deadline in mind, this will keep your plan in action.  Write up a list of professionals and businesses that you can approach, think of everyone who you or your family does business with.  For example, who cuts your hair, who does your manicure, who took your last photo, where do you bank, what restaurants do you frequent?  Once you get started you will have a lot of possibilities and potential businesses to call.  Don't be afraid to ask for referrals either, your friends can be a great resource and you can reference their name when you call.

    3.  Pick up the phone.  This is the hardest part for most contestants, but it doesn't have to be.  Keep in mind when you are calling on a business (on the phone or in person) you are offering them an opportunity to gain exposure to a new audience.  All you want to find out right now is whether they are interested in more information or not.  Once they are, email them or call on them in person to discuss their potential Sponsorship.    

    By:  Kerry Heaps

    Are you struggling with Sponsors?  We are hosting a virtual workshop to help contestants secure sponsors, walking them through finding sponsors, what to say and how to close them.  To sign up for our Gaining Pageant Sponsors Virtual Workshop click here.

  • 5 Apr 2018 5:28 PM | Anonymous

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  • 5 Apr 2018 5:26 PM | Anonymous

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  • 5 Apr 2018 1:51 PM | Anonymous
    If you purchased a dress for your pageant that showcases your arms, such as sleeveless, cap sleeves or a spaghetti strap dress, you will need to sculpt your arms as these will be on display when you are on stage. Sculpting your arms can take longer, so the sooner you start the better. Most personal trainers advise starting 3 to 6 months prior to your pageant, doing these exercises daily. We have listed below the top 3 exercises for sculpting your arms.

    • Close hand push up.  This exercise is good for developing your arms and shoulders as it targets your triceps as well.  The best way to do this exercise is to get down on all fours and place your hands on the floor under your shoulders and lower your body until your chest nearly touches the floor.
    • Chin ups.  Chin UPS can be very effective for your biceps, if you're unable to do a full chin up not to worry. Doing a half chin up is just as effective.   A strong handle bar is required for this, do not attempt to try this at home.  Grab the bar and hang at arm's length and pull your chest up to the bar as far as you can.
    • Small weight - strength training.   Using small hand weights, 3 to 5 lbs only, can help sculpt your arms if used in a workout type routine. If you use this routine, 30 minutes a day is the minimum to get good results. Use the weights  to lift over your head, for curls, and lifting to the side.  In 10 to 20 increments, for example, do 10 sets of curls,  pausing only four a few seconds between each.

    Again, routine is crucial in any of these exercises, as the arms are the most challenging to remove fat and sculpt.

    By:  Kerry Heaps, Kerry's Studio

  • 3 Apr 2018 5:18 PM | Anonymous

    One of the most dreaded questions in the pageant interview, “Tell me about yourself?” As a judge, I never ask this question. The question itself is truly irrelevant. However, other judges will sometimes ask this question whether it's on stage, or during your private interview.  It's best to be prepared to answer this question, as you may also get this question during a job interview as well.

    You need to know why they ask this question in the first place. Some judges feel that by asking this question they will get a well-rounded answer of who you truly are, what makes you tick and what you're all about.  However, you get just the opposite as the question is too broad, leaving contestants feeling that they must elaborate on every detail of their life.  Overall, it's a bad question but you may be put in the position where you will have to answer, so it's best to be prepared and practice your answer now.

    The best way to answer a difficult question such as this, is to think about yourself, the pageant you're in and think about your platform. Jot down on a piece of paper just a few things (maximum of 3) about you.  Whether it's a hobby, your outlook on life, or why you are competing.  Next, jot down three items about your platform and why it's important to you. Lastly, jot down three items of your future plans. Those can be about school, your career, or personal things you may want to accomplish.

    Next, pick the two most important items in each of those categories that you would want to discuss in an interview. Then start formulating your answer and how you would answer that question.  For example, if there are two items on your list that you would like to accomplish such as traveling the world and learning new languages. You would want to formulate that into an answer to say some of the things that I would like to accomplish is to be able to travel the world and learn new languages such as Mandarin and French. Then make sure the next two items that you picked flow easily as you talk, you don't want the answer to be too long or too short but to give them a good overview of who you are, where you're at and where you would like to go.

    if you are asked this question during a job interview take the same approach.  Write down three things that you would like to accomplish professionally during your career whether it's educational, personal development or career development. Then take the top two answers from each category and make sure that they each flow into the other.  Practice your answer and make sure that you feel very comfortable with answering that question and make changes as needed as you move forward in your pageant career.

    By:  Kerry Heaps, Owner Kerry's Studio.  For a complimentary consultation to see if our one on one training is a good fit for you and for Kerry's Studio fill out our form.

  • 18 Jan 2018 10:21 PM | Anonymous

    Being a Judge on the Pageant circuit has taught me many things. Its given me valuable insight for reading people, as I’ve learned a lot about body language. Its also one of the most difficult positions, as you can only choose one winner, every time. Many contestants find the Judges a mystery, especially when they don’t win. Keep in mind, the Judges decisions are final in all pageant systems and most travel the circuit, judge and sit on various panels. So keeping your opinions to yourself is not only professional, but a wise decision. We’ve compiled a list of things you should know about the judging process to help you further understand what gets factored into their decision making process.

    They have a mixed amount of experience. A standard Judges panel will consist of a few very seasoned judges and some that have little to no experience judging pageants. This helps to balance out the scoring. You won’t really know the level of experience each Judge has, however if you are supplied their biography, take the time to study it. This can help you when you are in a one on one or panel interview to know what their likes/dislikes or background is comprised of.

    They each have a different perspective. Every Judge looks at the Pageant and its contestants differently. They also have different ideas of what the winner should be like, typically no two Judges are exactly alike in what the are looking for in a contestant.

    They know when you are not prepared. This is fairly standard with all Judges. Just like a job interview, they can tell when you are nervous and when you are not prepared. Your best defense is a great offense, so make sure you are working with a coach or practicing your interview questions and brushing up on current events right up to the pageant date.

  • 11 Mar 2015 7:37 AM | Anonymous

    1. If you haven’t done it yet, get out your calendar and start making plans on when you are going to hit the gym. Put them down and treat them as real appointments, don’t cancel or postpone them. Fitness results come with time and a consistent plan.

    2. Make a point to do more strength training. Weight lifting can help tone your body and aid in more weight loss during the year.

    3. Get on Supplements. Taking care of your body from the inside out will help aid in your health and energy levels, but it will also help with your fitness routine. If you don’t have the energy to go to the gym, its going to be tough to finish a fitness routine every day.

    4. Squats are your friend. Be sure to do these everyday, your backside will thank you for it! Especially during your swimsuit competition.

    5. Get your diet in order. Limit fast food and processed food as much as you can. Healthy eating is a big part of weight loss.

    6. Get plenty of rest. It sounds cliché but getting your beauty rest will help you look better, digest food properly and help keep you sharp mentally.

    7. Drink A LOT of water. This helps keep everything moving and keeps your skin beautiful and hydrated. We suggest at least 4 eight ounce bottles of water a day.

    8. Do more than one kind of exercise. There are so many different types of exercise, try some Yoga, Zumba or just change up the routine and run a few miles one day.

    9. Save the drama for your Mama. Additional stress will take away from your fitness goals and only damage your health with a negative attitude. If you have friends that are constantly having issues, don’t hang out with them as much or at all. You can absorb their negative attitudes and it can take over your life. You have your own problems, don’t take on someone else's.

    10. Limit the nightlife. Drinking and staying out late can add bags under your eyes, a hangover and give you more of a “run down” look and feel. Try limiting going out to once or twice a month, especially during pagean

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