You FINALLY did it.
Your friends had been saying for a while that you should make a go at competing. Your pets had been talking in pet-language about taking a leap and competing. You started to see what appeared to be crown shapes in your breakfast cereal...
So you sent in your paperwork, and now your officially getting READY TO DO IT!...
Being a first-time competitor in pageantry, especially when your first time is at what is considered a 'major', will run the full spectrum of feeling several times.
Here's are my TOP 2 Platinum Pieces of Power to greatly navigate these new waters. I firmly believe these two slices of sage thinking, used fully, will shave off months of wasted effort from your newbie pageant learning.
1. DO THE %^$#@ HOMEWORK!
Ladies...THE INTERNET is as free as air bubbles. What reason do you have for not watching recent pageants to understand what you are about to invest yourself in? For the MISS USA system, I will have clients watch a prelim and final of another state's system. The site?
How much easier does it get than to grab a carb -free snack and take notes while judging yourself who is really bringin' it during a full preliminary show, all from the comfort of your own woman- cave?
You won't invest less than $20 to stream some learnin' from a full MISS USA State level show, but you’re willing to plunk down a grip ( read: $1000) for an entry fee and just 'see what happens'???...
Stop talking to me: you are #playingyourself
From here, you can truthfully start filling in the blanks of what you REALLY need, not what you think might work.
2. GET AWAY FROM THE BOBBLEHEADS.
Your Mom who thinks you should automatically be in the top 5 because 'my baby is awesome!'
Your friend’s circle who won't tell you: 'Girlfriend...close the fridge and let's do an INSANITY video together tonight."
And anyone else who feeds your ego and keeps you comfy in your shell.
IRON Sharpens IRON; sharp iron slices through barriers and sliced open barriers will allow the opportunity for you to move into a new realm. If you need walk training, clear skin or...maybe (gasp) a realistic year to get prepared correctly. DO THAT. Don’t just signup to be in a lineup...GET REFINED UP!
Woe to the entrant who believes her own unprepared packaging and has gone un-coached because of blissful ignorance. That $1000 would have been better used as a tax-deductible donation to the SPCA.
Takeaway: prepare yourself and you won't be preparing for disaster. Get the tools you need to get where you want to go.
It WILL take you beyond comforts.
It WILL also take you beyond constraints.