Developing girls and helping them to achieve their dreams while they are wearing their heels will take more than what you thought when we heard about the phrase pageant practice.
I check first how a candidate walks and how she presents herself because this is what the public sees right away. Ramp styling includes posture, t-stance, catwalk, twists, pivots, routines, turns, blockings and angles, inner and outer ambiance, hip and head movement, heels and footwork, balance and signature or personal walks and many more to consider and mention will always be part of ramp lessons. But hey there, it is not the only thing when we say we have a pageant practice; it’s only a part of the whole project.
While the candidate is undergoing ramp styling with me, every after ramp session, there is a basic thing about fashion and social manners as a reminder to the candidate. Discuss about the pageant she is into and what the pageant committee is giving much importance. After the pageant system familiarization, I will have to discuss more on how to win a pageant. I also tell where the candidate stands so she knows what to work onto in order to win. I do practice a candidate on answering pageant questions. The knowledge and skills she gain from her pageant practices make her sure about herself and make her confident.
Sometimes, I still even have to develop the personality of the candidate. However, that is still manageable for me as long as she listens to my advices. The bad thing is, if she has the capital “A” the Attitude and her Capital “O” her Old Ways, I think she won’t be able to make it in a competitive and prestigious beauty pageants. And if she will not change for better, I have to dismiss her in the camp and advise her to find another trainer.
Problems in Pageant Practices
When you practice, teach, or coach girls in beauty pageants, most of them are good dreamers. They have the greatest desire of all but they have less determination and less and less discipline. It is really hard to coach or mentor when all or one of the 3D’s is missing. If it happens that I, being the mentor is the most eager for them to win and not them is mind torturing and unfair. I wish I never knew or met the girl then. But I also have to mention that some are really determined to make it and that is good.
If you are a coach, I always believe that No Rejection Policy is necessary just like the Kagandahang Flores Beauty Camp. Everybody deserves a chance. But of course, after a few, or worst, several meetings, then I can decide if I have the right girl or not. And it is expensive to waste time over a girl who is only a dreamer.
When you do practice beauty queens or candidates, it does not give you a lot. Swear. Some people taught that it is just all about walking. So they would not appraise your service that high. Sometimes you even try to be a talent manager too where you have to spend your own money for the development of an ungrateful talent. What a sad story. LOL. Here is my sample program that I follow when I practice candidates:
Pageant Practice Lessons
I. How to Answer Pageant Questions
II. Types and Sources of Pageant Questions
III. Pageant Tips and Tricks, Reminders, Facts, and General Things To Do
IV. How to Win and Act in a Pageant from Screening to Awarding
V. How to Prepare Plus Systems of Beauty Pageants
VI. Beauty Pageant Code of Ethics
- Binibining Pilipinas 2012 Boy Abunda Talk Seminar
- Binibining Pilipinas 2013 Korina Sanchez Talk Seminar
VII. Past Question and Answer Segments
VIII. Dealing with Different Questions
- Casual Interview
- Most Common Questions 1
- Most Common Questions 2
- Most Common Questions 3
- Questions on Important Fields
- Things You Should Know
- Describing Places
- Your Roles and Contributions
- Timeless Issues
- Are You In Favor Questions
- If Questions
- Environmental Questions
- Hard Questions
- Definition Questions
- Current Issues
- Emergency Phrases
IX. Special Lessons
- Beauty Pageant Program
- Beauty Pageant Criteria
- Does Skin Color Matter in Beauty Pageants?
- Losing a Pageant: Sacrifices and Benefits
- Pageant Problems, Candidates, and Coaches
- Ugly Side of Beauty Pageants
- Transgender in the Miss Universe
- Miss Gay Contestants Deserve Respect not Insults
- Pageant Mistakes
- Why did Janina San Miguel Win Bb. Pilipinas 2008?
- Dealing With Colors
- Diet Tips
X. Personality Development Sessions
- Fashion Sense
- Psychology of the Public
I. How to do the T-Stance
II. Setting the Tone for Self-Introduction
IV. Pivots, Twists, and Routines
V. Introducing Catwalk
- Swimwear Walk
- Gown Walk
VI. Polishing Sessions