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 Most of them were insanely outdated or simply not up to snuff for what you and my audience really needs.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. In today’s episode, I want to share with you some advice from Ms Parker about preparing for your pageant interview that I love…read more
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…read more
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. I have 5 tips to help you make friends with your pageant roommate – and ensure she won’t…read more
Today’s question comes from Joanna – 3 Ways to do your nails for your pageant: Glue-Ons/Press-ons, Grow your nails and paint them as-is, BEST OPTION: Gel manicure. Recommended colors…read more
Today’s question comes from Michele and she asks, How can I look more photogenic in photos, especially with other pageant contestants and at appearances? Thanks for your Q, Michele. 5 Ways to Look Better in Your Photos…read more
In 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.read more
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.
Last 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.read more
Today 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…
In 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…read more