The Beautiful Megan Tower of Tower Talent joins us today with “The 5 Things Talent Agents Are REALLY Looking For.” Megan Tower has been developing and marketing actors, models and performers for over 13 years. She is the President and CEO of Tower Talent Inc. with talent development studios in Long Island, NY and San Diego, CA. She has placed hundreds of talented hopefuls with top agents and casting companies from around the world, all who have since gone on to have healthy and successful careers in the entertainment field.
Before we dive into today’s episode, I want to share some love from my pageant sister on Amazon, she writes: “Alycia breaks down every aspect of pageant competition. This book walks you through not only the what to do’ but the why you need to do it.’ It’s excellent advice not only for pageant contestants but for life as well. Buy this book. You will not regret it.”
Thank you so much for your kind words. If you haven’t left a review, I’d love to hear from you. Go to WinAPageant.com/Book – scroll down to Leave a Customer Review.
When you write a book, usually you do some research to see what else is out there. As I was researching for Beauty, Truth and Grace I came upon only a few pageant books. Most of them were insanely outdated or simply not up to snuff for what you and my audience really needs. However, there were a few little gems. One such book is called Catching the Crown – it’s written by a former Miss USA 1994, Lu Parker.
Now, Donald Trump didn’t buy the Miss Universe Pageant Organization until a few years later. A lot has changed in our world over these last few decades, but some things will always remain.
In today’s episode, I want to share with you some advice from Ms Parker about preparing for your pageant interview that I love.
In my pageant preparation, one of my goals was to constantly put myself in new situations where I could meet and interact with new people. The idea of this is to get more and more comfortable talking with ease to strangers in attempt to remove the pressure during pageant interview. As I prepared, I realized the more I had unique experiences, the more fun the interview process became.
Ms. Parker takes this to a whole new level! While she was preparing for Miss South Carolina USA and Miss USA, she actually scheduled interviews with local professionals – political reps, doctors, lawyers, professors – ya know, the people that typically intimidate us the most.
Lots of pageant women end up interacting with these people during their year at charity events and appearances, but Lu suggestions schedule actual interviews.
I’m going to use her idea to create a strategy you can implement to help you prepare for your pageant interview. When you implement this 10-step strategy, you’ll gain skills in leadership, flipping the power dynamic, and discover a flow for interview timing.
Step 1: Create a list of 10 people you want to interview.
Choose the most intimidating people in your local or national area. Think of doctors, politicians, lawyers, professors, and entertainment professionals.
Step 2: Contact their representatives (or them directly) at least 2 weeks in advance of when you’d like to schedule the interview.
Explain who you are and that you are interested in interviewing them to learn more about them as an exercise to prepare for your pageant interview.
Step 3: Prepare at least 10 specific questions to learn more about their life.
The final 2 questions should be If you judged a pageant, what would you ask the candidates? and What would you look for in a titleholder?
Step 4: Bring a notebook and pen to write notes.
Step 5: Get a small gift for your interviewee as a gesture of gratitude.
Step 6: Confirm your meeting 24 hours in advance or longer depending on travel time.
Step 7: Make your interview only last 10-15 minutes from when you ask the first question.
Maybe you’ll spend 30 minutes with the person all together.
Step 8: Take a picture with the interviewee that you can send to them later.
Step 9: Reflect for at least 15 minutes with journal immediately afterward.
Step 10: Send a thank you note afterward mentioning specific lessons you’ve learned.
As Lu says, Judges are just people.
For whatever reason, when we’re unprepared, the interview setting makes us nervous. These 10-steps will help you not only make wonderful connections in your community, but also prepare you to ace your pageant interview.
Miss USA 2017 was this past Sunday – did you watch it? The women that compete in this pageant are so well prepared and extremely polished, so there is so much to learn from watching the Miss USA pageant. In today’s episode, I’m going to share with you the top lessons you could learn from this year’s pageant.
But first, I’d like to share some love that my client, Rita shared about her experience with the #1 Best Selling book Beauty Truth and Grace. She writes, “Alycia’s book is phenomenal! She breaks everything down so anyone can understand how to excel in pageantry. Her lessons are also connected to her podcast so you can get even more details on what she is talking about!”
Thank you for your review, Rita! If you want to get your hands on the book, go to WinAPageant.com/book.
Now, onto the Lessons from Miss USA 2017.
Lesson #1: Success comes first, then the title.
Application: Live your best life NOW. Don’t wait for the title to make’ you. Start pursuing your dreams, your career, your desires. You are designed for something great, you know that. Don’t wait to be great!
Lesson #2: God’s plan is the best plan.
Application: Pursue what God wants and He’ll take you on a wild adventure!
Lesson #3: Share YOUR story in your answers.
Application: Look for how your unique identity helps to convey your message
Lesson #4: Your personality is your selling power.
Do I get a microphone? like, you know…
Application: Be authentically human and people will be drawn to you.
Lesson #5: Step into the role of Miss USA.
Application: Tie your answer back to you in the role of the titleholder. Help your judges to visualize you in that title.
Lesson #6: We need wonderful women in our life to straighten our crowns and be our supporters in this life.
Application 1: Remain humble no matter where you are in this journey of life so others desire to be near you and support you.
Application 2: Be the girl to straighten the crowns of the women around you.
Lesson #7: Other people’s negativity is about them, not about you.
Application: Ground yourself in the truth of who God says you are.
That, my dear, is how you win a pageant.
I’d love to hear your comments about what you learned from watching the Miss USA pageant. Please leave me a comment on Instagram @WinAPageant and let me know your greatest lessons.
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Super Congratulations to Miss USA 2017, Kara McCullough, and to all of the ladies that competed this month. Cheers to your success this year and every year to come!
Before we dive into today’s episode, I want to share some love from my pageant sister on Amazon, Danielle writes: This is quite an amazing book. Not only does Alycia break down every aspect of becoming a successful queen, but she infuses her writing with enough love to help guide just about anyone to becoming a better and happier human being! This book is not just for someone who wants to win a pageant, it’s for any woman who wants to become the best version she can be. I loved reading this book! I feel like a winner already.
Thank you so much for your kind words, Danielle – you’re such a sweetheart! If you haven’t left a review, I’d love to hear from you. Go to WinAPageant.com/Book scroll down to Leave a Customer Review.
Today, we’re talking pageant roommates. Often, we feel like a roommate is more our competition, but really most pageant women just want to love and be loved.
You’ve heard the scary stories of nair in shampoo, ripping zippers out, or hogging all the closet space. Crazy stuff does happen, but this isn’t the norm. However, competition and exhaustion and the emotional rollercoaster of pageantry often brings out the worst in people. So, you’ll have to actively prepare to be a good friend and earn a good friend in your pageant roommate.
My first pageant roommate experience was with a woman who also was competing in her first state pageant. Shannon was a beautiful woman with olive skin, voluminous jet black hair and perfect makeup. I was instantly intimidated, but she was so sweet! During pageant week, she had her mom pick up a beautiful and generous gift – this was a surprise to me, since we were both vying for similar positions in the top 10. Fortunately, we made it to the top 10 and became good friends. I visited her at college, she flew to Illinois to see me compete. I later had the pleasure of watching her win Miss Pennsylvania and was in tears as though I had won since I’d followed her journey for 5 years.
My most recent pageant roommate was in California. A woman I’d competed with a few years prior (when I placed first runner up) was competing again and actually reached out to me to see if I’d room with her. I did and she was such a sweetheart, down to earth and really made the week lovely. We kept a healthy distance and still supported one another. Later that year, I was able to do an appearance at an event where her art work was being honored and it was a beautiful moment to celebrate each other’s success.
I have 5 tips to help you make friends with your pageant roommate – and ensure she won’t put nair in your shampoo. 🙂
1. Expect acceptance
2. Bring a Thoughtful Gift
*Proverbs 18: 16 A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before great men.*
3. Acknowledged your needs and respect hers
4. Communicate with love
5. Avoid Negativity and Encourage Positivity
Keep the vibes high, not low!
Pageants have a wonderful opportunity for friendship. And I hope you experience that element of pageantry as I have been blessed to.
Because, that, my dear is how you truly win a pageant.
Before we dive into today’s episode, I want share some love from my pageant sister, Brittany on Amazon, she writes, Alycia’s words are the perfect recipe to spark a fire in your pageant preparation journey. I have watched the majority of the videos on the Win A Pageant YouTube channel, but there’s something about reading it that helps me retain the information better. Her tips and advice encouraged me to fully launch my legacy project and with 5 weeks left until Miss Texas United States, I joined her Pageant Interview Game Plan to really kick it into gear. If you are serious about winning your pageant, Alycia is your girl! She may like seeing you win more than you will!! Don’t waste another second, get this book. 🙂
Thank you so much for your kind words, Brittany. If you haven’t left a review, I’d love to hear from you. Go to WinAPageant.com/Book – scroll down to Leave a Customer Review
Onto our episode. Today’s question comes from Joanna…
3 Ways to do your nails for your pageant:
Grow your nails and paint them as-is
BEST OPTION: Gel manicure
That my dear, is how to wear your nails for your pageant.
If you want your question featured on an upcoming episode of Win A Pageant, go to WinAPageant.com/Q to record your question.
On 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.
After the event, I reflected on all the great information that was shared and I wanted to summarize the event by giving you one major take-away from each of the 8 topic speakers.
The first segment included 3 pageant directors representing pageants from Miss USA, Miss High School America, and Mrs. America. The resounding advice that they shared was the importance of carrying an attitude of kindness.
Kathy M of Bridal Elegance, which is a very popular gown store for women in all pageants, gave the specific advice to NOT focus on what is trendy, but instead to focus on what flatters your body the most. Your body may or may not fit into what’s trendy, so don’t be so narrow-minded that you are influenced by trends.
Jenny shared a great tip for avoiding camel tow. She suggested using a nipple cover or belly button hider over top of your who-ha to seal the crease. That is a much better idea than what we used to do which included cotton balls and scotch tape! Here’s a link to where you can buy these covers.
Jorge Esteban shared that one of his biggest pet peeves is a contestant that stands firmly in her stance and remains stiff as a board. I agree! What’s better is to stand and move naturally to make everyone more comfortable.
Lu Sierra, the great walking coach, encouraged everyone to know their own best feature and your worst. When you don’t know your own best, you may copy others thinking you look great. If a girl has spent time knowing she looks amazing with her hands on her hips and then you put your on your hips just to copy her, you might be unknowingly showcasing your worst against her best. Know your strengths and don’t copy.
Allyson Rowe talked about bullying. She said how when you don’t know the truth, it’s easy to believe what someone else says about you. She encouraged everyone to know what they are great at, what value they bring, and who they are so that they don’t start to believe the bullies lies. It’s true. If you’re wearing a red dress and someone calls it yellow, you’re gonna think they’re crazy. The same should be true of your own self-labels. If you know you are smart, beautiful, and caring then when someone calls you dumb or ugly you’ll just chalk them up to being crazy and not believe their lie.
National make-up artist, Austin Ryde, suggested the best place to put your money is in your make-up brushes and your foundation. He said he’s found many drugstore brands of make-up that work great, but brushes and foundation are worth the splurge.
Kerry Damiano gave a great tip about branding. She said to think of one word that you want other people to think of when they think of you. Maybe you want to be known as glamorous, or athletic, or young. Whatever your word is, try to dress like that so that when people first meet you that’s the first impression you give them.
Next year, the expo will likely be on the west coast in early March, so make a note in your calendar sometime early February to look it up at BeautyBrandBelieve.com