103: Allyson Rowe: How to Stay True to Your Faith in Pageantry

Episode-103-Featured-ImageIn this episode, Alycia Darby interviews Allyson Rowe, motivational speaker and Miss Washington USA 2014! Allyson is a powerful speaker, professional makeup and skin specialist, and dedicated business woman. She carries a passion to see every woman embrace her own unique identity and walk it out confidently. Since her reign, Allyson began writing her first book, is a Top 15 pageant coach, and travels all over the country, speaking into and building confidence in the lives of women of all backgrounds and ages.

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102: Top 8 Pageant Tips from the Best National Coaches

Episode-102-Featured-ImageOn March 25th, I had the pleasure of attending the Beauty, Brand Believe Expo in Bellingham, WA, produced by the leaders of Pageants NW, Maureen and David who own 4 Miss USA pageant states in the Northwest. There were over 100 people in attendance and about 25 or more sponsors and speakers that were there to lift up the woman of pageantry and share some insights to help them succeed.
 

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101: What’s New at Win A Pageant

Episode-101-Featured-ImageLast week, we celebrated 100 episodes of the Win A Pageant podcast. It is such a joy to be guiding you on this pageant journey. I’m thrilled to be your captain! Since the beginning of the podcast in 2015, a lot has happened. I wanted to give you the updates of where we’ve been and also some insights as to where we’re going for the next season of Win A Pageant. I’ll break this into each element of the brand and share what we’ve done in the past and the vision for the future.

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100: Celebrate All Wins

Episode-100-Featured-ImageToday we are celebrating the 100th episode of the Win A Pageant podcast!
You’ve heard about many of my clients over the last several years who have published books and used them to catapult their platforms, get media appearances and change lives. I published my first book, which was a business book, several years ago. Now, I’m proud to announce the launch of my latest book – this time a pageant coaching book! It’s called “Beauty, Truth and Grace: Pageant Coaching to Win on Stage and in Life” and it launched today on Amazon…

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099: David Van Maren on Breaking Into the Entertainment Industry

Episode-99-Featured-Image-UpdatedIn this episode, Alycia Darby interview David Van Maren, co-executive director of 4 state pageants for Miss and Teen USA. David has worked in the entertainment industry for 30 years and owned his own agency for over a decade. He is a personal manager and has booked 1,000’s of jobs for models, actors, artists, athletes and more…

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98: Alayah Benavidez, Miss United States on Dealing with Comparison

Episode-98-Featured-Image-updatedIn this episode, Alycia Darby interview Alayah Benavidez, Miss United States! Alayah was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She has her Associate of Arts degree in Teaching and is pursuing her bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas at San Antonio. At a young age, Alayah discovered a passion for literature and as an adult has seen first-hand how her love of reading has helped her to develop confidence in testing and public speaking…

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97: Maureen Francisco – Knowing You’re Ready to Win

Episode-97-Featured-Image-Maureen-updatedIn this episode, Alycia Darby interviews Maureen Francisco. Maureen is the co-executive producer of Pageants NW, which produces the state qualifier to Miss USA and Miss Teen USA for ID, MT, OR and WA. She’s also organizing a confidence building workshop, Beauty | Brand | Believe Expo next month. To keep life interesting, she’s done everything from being a published author…

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96: 7 Things Judges Think About Your Old Titles On Your Pageant Paperwork

Episode-96-Featured-ImageYou probably already know my philosophy on pageant paperwork. If not, I’ll tell you. The top 10 contestants can usually be selected from paperwork alone. Most pageant women don’t put a lot of thought or effort into their paperwork, but for my clients, we take days crafting it to guide the interview and give them a leg up. One question that comes up a lot is whether or not they should put their old pageant title on another pageant paperwork.
People have differing opinions on this and because each system is so different, there’s not really a right or wrong way. Instead, in this episode, I’m going to share with you 7 thoughts a judge may have when they see (or don’t see) past titles on your paperwork. Hopefully, this gives you the insight you need to help you decide for yourself…

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95: Wise Pageant Investments Yield Life-Long Returns

Episode-95-Featured-ImageLast week we talked about fundraising for pageantry, this week we’re talking about what to do with the money you raise how to make wise investments. There are lots of things to spend money on in pageantry from wardrobe, shoes, earrings, to not to mention week-of stuff like dvds, gala tickets, special seating, backstage roses, contestant gifts… it gets expensive. And, when you’re working from a budget (as we all should be to be good stewards of our money), it’s hard to know what’s important and what’s not. Today, I’m going to break down how to choose your investments wisely so you reap a life-long return…

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94: Creating a Valuable Pageant Fundraiser

Episode-94-Featured-ImagePageantry, if you are performing at a high level is not any different than someone pursuing professional golf or Olympic ice-skating. Anytime you want to perform at a high level, you’ll have to first commit to an initial investment. In pageantry, your investment is an entry fee, fitting wardrobe, coaching, and a host of other expenses. Your investment is the seed you sow before you reap the great harvest. We’re familiar with popular fundraisers like selling candy bars or Christmas wrapping paper. However, there are other ways to fundraise, ways that can bring you far more profit in a shorter amount of time with a smaller group of people. In this episode, I want to change your mindset from what you may have known about pageant fundraising in the past. Pageant fundraising isn’t candy bars and bake sales – think bigger! Think Valuable!

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