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  • 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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