Are you curious about doing a pageant?
Always wanted to, but never quite made the commitment?
Well, today is the day! So stop delaying. There is a reason why women do pageants, and keep on doing them. Have faith that this is not an anomaly! There is so much good to be had in pageant experience!
Are you convinced? Have you put down your deposit? (This is a big step, but having the deposit down keeps you from bailing on your choice. So if you haven't put it down yet, DO!)
Now what happens?
The first thing to do is to learn everything you can about the pageant in which you are competing. Find out about what the areas of competition may be. Learn about the current and former titleholders. And ASK questions! Good directors will be available to answer questions without making you feel awful for asking.
Second, research the pageantry world. There are so many resources out there for you (but be advised that not all resources are created equal). My personal favorite outside source-- and one that is incredibly comprehensive-- is Steven Roddy's Pageant Planet. You can find anything from walking advice, to wardrobe tips, to the top ten ANYTHING in pageantry. Watch the videos, read the articles, and take notes. Do you Pinterest? Well, you should, and pin the gems on Pageant Planet with reckless abandon!
Third, be aware of deadlines. If the director has not given them to you, ask for them. Work toward your timeline. Do not leave everything until the end.
Fourth, prepare a budget. Find out what you will need for the competition and put a price to it. Include your entry fee, any mandatory ad fees, any optional competition fees, travel expenses, etc.
Fifth, list potential sponsors. We firmly believe that delegates should not have to pay for things themselves, but should engage sponsors as part of their preparation. Being a worthy titleholder means getting out there and enrolling people into your cause. This is one of the most intimidating and difficult parts of competition, enough so that we are creating blog post just about sponsors. Your director should provide you with resources for gathering sponsors; however, remember that doing the work to get them falls on you.
Whether you have a little time to prepare, or months to prepare, taking each step one at a time will help keep you calm and organized. Do not forget to check back regularly for more information on getting ready to compete!