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7 Common Mistakes Girls Make on Pageant Paperwork

26, July 2015

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Danielle Sappleton, Miss Long Beach USA, knows how to highlight her beautiful features in this headshot!

When working on pageant paperwork, we always want to display our best self. The paperwork we complete in order to compete not only includes the contract and regulations, but also your resume. The director of the pageant will see all of this paperwork, and if you are lucky, they will help you work through all of it. It is our job as contestants to make sure that we are all squared away before pageant weekend!

But, more often than not, pageant girls make these 7 common mistakes when it comes to pageant paperwork:

1. Starting to fill out all the forms the day before it's due....

First and foremost, procrastination is not a good look for a future queen! In order to make sure you have everything you need to turn in completed, you should start working on it a month in advance. Often you will need documents that you may have to get from your parent’s house, or wait for in the mail, so making sure you have enough time to get everything together is essential for completing your pageant paperwork!

2. Not properly filling out the contract and information forms.

It is not uncommon for contestants to accidentally miss a line in the paperwork, especially when there are 10 other pages that look just the same! I have caught myself accidentally putting the name of an old pageant I competed in instead of the new one I was working towards, and that would have been a huge problem had I not looked over everything a few times to account for spelling and other grammatical errors. It is easy to overlook the small details in a large sum of paperwork, but double, or even triple checking to make sure you have everything filled out correctly is the best way to ensure all the content is properly completed.

3. Forgetting additional paperwork for the eligibility forms.

When competing in a state pageant (and some locals, i.e., Miss America Org structured preliminaries), there is usually a requirement to show proof of residence in the state or county that you live in. Don't forget to pack your school ID, bank statement sent to your residence, birth certificate or other item that could prove that you live where you say you do!  

4. Having an unprofessional or boring tone in the paperwork.

The paperwork is the first thing the directors see, sometimes even before they meet you in person. You should make sure that your tone when you are filling out your paperwork is professional and inviting! We always want to look and sound our best, even if only on paper. That being said, you should never use slang or emoticons when filling out your paperwork....but you already knew that!

5. Choosing your Facebook profile picture as the one you put on your resume.

When choosing your pageant headshot for your judge's resume sheet, I would stray away from selfies and pictures with friends in it. You don't want the judges to have to guess which one you are in the picture! Professional photographers can definitely be expensive, but if you have the funds, investing in a photographer to capture your headshot would be a great idea. These headshots can be used for more than one pageant, and photographers know the best way to compliment your features on camera. Headshots are essential for all pageant paperwork forms, so make sure yours shows off just how beautiful you are!

6. Saying the most interesting thing you can do is a handstand....

The judge's info sheet says a lot about your personality, so putting the most predictable facts about you does not really set you apart from the other girls, who are probably talking about the awards they've received or the hobbies they enjoy that shape the woman they've become. When filling out your judge’s sheet, you should always make sure that your information is original and eye-catching. Look deep within yourself, or even ask a friend or family member what they think is the most interesting fact about you! Getting some insight from others helps to put things into perspective when it comes to writing about oneself.

7. Not having enough information for the judges to gain an opinion on.

Along with the quality of information you are providing, the quantity is just as important. The judge's sheet is your way of dictating your interview. The more impressive and plentiful the information you provide, the more likely the judges will be asking you about the information you've provided, which may help you stray away from more difficult or unwanted topics! Your pageant paperwork can make or break you, so making sure you are displaying your best self is essential for winning that crown! Getting some help with pageant paperwork from a coach or director is always a good idea so that there is a fresh pair of eyes looking at all the information you have provided! Think of what makes you uniquely you, and you will stand out from the others when it comes to your paperwork!

You can also use the Paperwork Review feature found on your Dashboard for some feedback on your paperwork as well! Create an account as a contestant to unlock this feature.

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