Being the area's premier pageant shop we meet a lot of young ladies in different phases of their pageant careers. While Proms Pageants and Pretty Things is familiar with most of the systems out there, we are sometimes asked if something is appropriate for a given system that we aren’t as familiar with. The most valuable piece of advice that we give these girls (and that I am sharing with you today) is, ask your director.
Directors take their positions because they want to help young ladies. In general they are super nice human beings that want you to do your best and are there to help you along the way. You shouldn’t be afraid to ask a question, no matter how silly it seems to you. If it helps bring clarity to how to be your personal best, then ask it.
Not sure what to wear for interview? Contact the director. He/she won’t think you are dumb for asking, in fact, they usually will have pictures or examples of things that past winners have worn to give you an idea. Not sure how conservative or fashion forward your evening gown should be? Ask, many directors give their judges specific directions as to what to look for (teens shouldn’t have a slit; a miss slit should only come 3 inches over the knee, etc.). These aren’t secrets or a way to deduct points, and if you don’t ask, you won’t know until it’s too late.
What is the job description of the title holders’ position that you are applying for? (That’s right, when you enter a pageant it is the same thing as applying for a job. Think of the pageant as your job interview). Do you know what you will be expected to do throughout your reign? Do you know when your state or national competitions will be held? These are important things to know up front. First, so you know that you will be willing and able to fulfill the job requirements but also so you can better answer the questions that the judges might ask you.
What does the prize package include? Prize packages on a preliminary and state level usually include items that will help you get ready for your next pageant but what are those items? Will your travel to the next level of competition be covered or will you be responsible for that? Will your entry to the next level pageant be covered? Will you be responsible for your own wardrobe fees? Many a new queen has been put in the position of can I afford to accept this title? Talk with the director up front and ask these important questions. There is no point in investing time and money into winning a title you can’t afford to win.
Most importantly, ask the director what he/she is looking for in her new title holder. Is the focus on finding someone who is ready to go to states or nationals or are they looking for a woman who will be willing to give back to her community? This is the information that they will be sharing with the judges? What will drive the questions that the judges will be asking you in interview? Knowing the answers to these questions will help you better prepare for interview and on stage question.
There is no question too big or too small to ask. It shows the director that you are sincerely interested in making sure you are prepared for the pageant and it helps you to walk into the weekend with a sense of calm preparedness which will help you perform better and be the best version of you that you can be.
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