Do you believe you have a potential that has yet to be tapped into? Are you tired of being a “cookie-cutter” version of another pageant contestant? What changes do you want to make so you can stop competing at the same level in pageantry and continue getting the same results? If I could show you a new way of competing for your next pageant, would you be interested? As a former state, national, and international pageant winner I have walked in your shoes and know how you feel. You need to learn the best-kept secrets of competing for any goal whether it is a pageant, fitness competition, or achieving a life goal. You need to feel empowered by knowing the best in you has yet to be discovered and your goals begin from the inside out.
Can you answer the dreaded “Tell Me About Yourself” question? What about current event topics and controversial questions? How comfortable are you standing in front of an audience and sharing your views with them in a short amount of time? I hear contestants share with me everyday how they believe their interview skills are sharp enough for pageantry because they were good at interviewing for a job. Although there are many similarities between job interviews and pageant interviews, there are even more differences. Why? Pageant interview questions can range anywhere from personal information off your bio page to controversial and political questions about your topics affecting our world today. Your role is to be knowledgeable and comfortable enough to share your opinions with grace and without offending the pageant sponsors, your directors, or the judge asking the question.
Do you want to know the secret to winning pageants or winning in life? The foundation of our goals in life and on the stage is built from the amount of confidence we possess. It isn’t something you can imitate but created from knowing we we are, what we have to offer, and how well we communicate these qualities to others. One of my interview questions when I won the Mrs. International Pageant was to define the difference between confidence and arrogance. What a great question! I believe that confidence is an energy we radiate when we understand our purpose in our own journey and are able to come from a place of contribution to help the lives of others with what we have to share. Arrogance stems from lack of self-worth and not truly understanding ourselves enough to realize everything we desire to experience lies within us not outside of us.
Can you imagine taking a negative experience from your life and learning to empower yourself through it? What stops you from being a conduit for change in the area of your life where you overcame a difficultly and triumphed over it? Better yet when you understood the tools you used to break the self-imposed chains of limits you discovered a way to not only empower yourself but another in the process. Imagine providing a group of young people the inspiration and tools you used to overcome bullying and later went on to achieve the unimaginable. As you learned throughout your life, we cannot control what happens in the world around us but only how we respond to these events through our thoughts, emotions, and actions. As a titleholder you have the opportunity to share your wisdom at any age regarding the tools towards empowerment and now you can share them with the world.
If I could show you a way to make a difference in the world would you be interested? One of the most beautiful benefits of pageantry is that it allows women of all ages the opportunity to make a difference in the world. So many of us have discovered our voice in a world where we once thought we were insignificant. When you discover your purpose by following your passion, you learn what areas of community service you want to be a part of and suddenly the world of pageantry becomes about giving more than about taking. When I won the Mrs. International Pageant, my passion was to help educate women about the importance of early detection so more lives could be saved from breast cancer. My purpose then was to take my mission on an international level where I could reach as many women as possible and through connecting with organizations such as the National Breast Cancer Foundation, I brought awareness to this issue. Having lost my mom to breast cancer in 2004, I didn’t want her battle to be in vain and I know through the world of pageantry that I was able to save lives through early detection.