Sometimes I wonder to myself if people realise that their choices have the potential to affect others. I guess if we all thought that way, most of us would think more often before we act.
Being in the pageant industry over the years has taught me a lot. I have learnt how to be more patient and understanding. I have realised that each person is unique and responds to situations differently. I honestly believe that some producers of pageants here in Barbados do not take their role as seriously as they should. These young ladies/gentlemen come to us to be associated with our brand, market themselves to the public and most of all for self development.
It breaks my heart when I have to read the paper or be told by persons who have been involved in pageants that they did not receive their prizes or other things that were promised to them. How can anyone have delegates working with them for months and not give them their prizes is beyond me.
I know that sometimes, as a producer/promoter, you may be promised prizes/gifts by potential sponsors and they do not come to fruition but you should not make promises you cannot keep. It leaves a bad taste in the delegates’ mouths and when that information gets out to the general public, your reputation and the reputation of your show is lost.
If it is one thing I have come to realise it is that the corporate world does not view pageantry as important, but I beg to differ. Pageants allow delegates to display their talents on a stage to the public, sometimes for the first time, which can lead to endless possibilities if given the opportunity.
With workshops often being included in the programme, this allows for self development and a rise in self esteem for the individual. Being a part of an organisation can also improve time management skills; and having to go to look for sponsors, delegates get a chance to market themselves, which can benefit them when they go on job interviews as well.
Pageantry in my opinion is what you make it. Some delegates come for self development while others come just for the fun of it; and I have come to realise that the ones who don’t take it as seriously as the others are the ones who come out on top most of the time.
Saying this, I have to make mention of those delegates who come and shortly after pictures are released to the public drop out of the competition. In my opinion by the first month of entry into a pageant you would know if this is the right thing for you.
For those persons who may be interested in joining a pageant, I would say it is a wonderful opportunity to meet new people, market yourself and improve yourself. Remember it is a process like the caterpillar turns into a butterfly. It is a marathon and not a sprint because the race is not for the swift but for those who endure to the end!!