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Pageant Coaching and Designs

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Helping you on your journey to the crown
  • La Habra, CA, United States

  • Operating Hours: Closed (Monday)
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From modeling to interview techniques, Kari Ann can not only give you world class coaching in person, but also by the phone! She has worked with local, state, national and international clients around the country and has a proven track record of success. She can also assist you with marketing/branding, optional competition preparation, speech/intro writing, wardrobe selection, hair & makeup referrals, fitness & nutrition, image consulting and talent selection! She has a great network of professionals then can help you feel confident with every aspect of your preparation. Kari is focused on bringing out the best in her clients and preparing them to not only succeed in pageants but in life. Join Team Pageant Coaching & Designs and let us help you on your journey to the crown!

2018 was a successful year for our Pageant Coaching & Designs clients! We had countless clients win local, state and regional titles in virtually every system. We also had numerous clients place in the Top 5 or as semi-finalists in national or international pageants including: Miss Pre-teen/Teen/Miss International, USA National Miss, Miss Collegiate America, National American Miss, Royal International Miss and International Junior Miss.

We want to recognize the following clients for achieving extraordinary success in 2018:

* Annie Lu - Miss Massachusetts Teen USA 2019
* Abagail Maiden - 2018-2019 National All American Miss Junior Teen
* Jayden Pecoy - 2018 Royal International Miss Sweetheart
* Mackenzie Freed - Miss California 2018 (MAO)
* Lauren Weeks - Mrs. International 2018
* Madelyn Testa - Miss Teen North America
* Tara Broderick - IJM Internationals Miss Casual Wear Winner
* Presley Gonor - NAM National Junior Pre Teen Runway Winner
* Maddie Fragosa - NAM National Teen Talent Winner
* Caleya Agnew - IJM Internationals Junior Princess Talent Winner & America's Junior Miss for the Junior Princess Division
* Bianca Dent - IJM International's America's Junior Miss for the Princess Division

We are also proud to be the official pageant coach for the following systems: Miss/Teen/Preteen California International, California International Junior Miss, Royal International Miss California, Miss California/Miss California’s Outstanding Teen, Miss Arizona Junior High/High School/Collegiate America

Testimonials:

“Kari has been so helpful to me and has taught me so much. She is really nice and teaches me and has boosted my confidence so much that not only did I do really well at my State competition, I know I am going to do even better at Nationals! Kari is my Pageant Angel” - Julia Gilmore, NAMISS 2017 Illinois Cover Girl

“Just as you would have a coach for sports or music or dance for your child, having a coach for pageant competitions can make the difference between doing well, and winning. Kari is knowledgeable in the industry, experienced, organized, kind, fun and super smart. My only regret is that I didn’t hire Kari sooner. She has been instrumental in my daughter’s growth, and she has become a good friend as well. She has helped my daughter in every area, including wardrobe tips, modeling, developing interview skills, mastering her introduction, and polishing her overall presence. Her involvement has been invaluable. Because of Kari, and my daughter’s equally hard work, my daughter placed in every competition she entered, placed top 3 overall, and was crowned the 2017 Illinois State Cover Girl. I expect that Nationals will have even brighter results.” - Cindy Gilmore, Mother of Julia Gilmore, NAMISS 2017 Illinois Cover Girl

"I have been competing in pageants for a little over 12 years and can attribute much of my success to Kari of Pageant Coaching and Designs! I first started working with Kari after I was crowned Miss Irvine USA 2016 where Kari was both my director and coach. That year she helped me earn a top 20 placement at Miss CA USA 2016. Kari’s coaching also helped me snag the title of Miss Beach Cities USA the following year. I honestly have no idea what I would have done without Kari’s guidance going into the Miss CA USA competition. She was with me every step of the way from gown shopping, swimsuit designing, and interview prep!
Before working with Kari I always thought walking was my strongest point of competition but she helped take my confidence, routines, and facials to the next level! Her walking and choreography coaching definitely paid off when I was crowned Miss California International 2017, where I also took home the fitness, fun fashion, and even gown awards! I was extremely nervous to compete in the International pageant system for the first time this year, but Kari made sure I was more than prepared. Her guidance, along with Samantha Riddle’s helped me earn a 2nd runner up placement at Miss International 2017 and I couldn’t be more grateful! I am incredibly lucky to have Kari in my life, not only as a director and coach but also as a friend. She cares so much about each of the women she works with and it is evident in her coaching style! If you are thinking about working with Kari, I cannot recommend her enough. My only regret is that I didn’t find her sooner! Since I have been under her guidance I have earned 2 local USA titles, a USA state placement, a state title, and an international placement. I can honestly say none of that would have been possible without her!" - Broooklyn Bizzle, Miss California International 2017

"Above and Beyond! Kari has gone farther than any other coach. She is not just a coach she is a friend and mentor. Through many ups and downs these past couple years, Kari has been with us through it all. Even when I had my surgery and could not get my daughter to coaching Kari reached out to me and made arrangements to come to us. She wanted to make sure that my daughter was ready for nationals. She truly cared about my daughter's experience. I had surgery that put me on bedrest for several months and Kari made sure that my daughter was ready for a national pageant without me even having to ask. She knew what we needed and made it happen. I was so touched and cannot begin to thank her enough. She makes a point of being there to support and encourage my daughter in a beautiful way. I cannot imagine life before Kari. She's become a valued member of our team and our family. Kari listens to me and my daughter and takes our input, she respects that each person is different and no two clients are the same. Her coaching has personal touches that you won't find anywhere else. With Kari you get a stylist, coach, mentor, cheerleader, and friend. Kari Volen, not just a coach." -Michelle Edwards, Mother of Grace Edwards, San Fernando Valley's Outstanding Teen 2016

"Working with Kari has been a game changer for my pageant preparation! I had competed twice for the title of National American Miss and never made the Top 10. For my final year competing in the Miss division, I decided that I needed some extra help and had heard great things about Kari. Not only did she provide great interview and walking practice, but she encouraged me, even during competition week, and I was able to fulfill my dream of making the Top 10 at Nationals! This past year, I decided to compete as a Miss in the Miss America system for the very first time, and was pretty nervous competing with women who had much more experience in the system. I knew that I had to start preparing with Kari right away. I placed 1st runner up in my first open pageant at Miss Orange County/Miss Orange Coast, and a couple of months later, I won the title of Miss Delta Valley and competed at Miss California this past summer! As a former competitor and judge, Kari knows the MAO system inside and out. It also amazes me how well she keeps up on current events, which is so helpful! Above all else, though, she always provides an encouraging, yet challenging, environment during her very reasonably priced sessions and even through phone calls outside of the sessions. I’m lucky to call Kari my pageant coach and my friend!" - Nicole Hornaday, Miss Delta Valley 2017


"I worked with Kari while preparing for IJM Miss International and I can genuinely say Kari is the best coach I have ever worked with. I felt so welcome and so comfortable with her and she taught me so much that I will continue to use. She really helped me build my confidence and over come fears. With the coaching from Kari I won first runner up in spokesmodel speaking about mental health and I would have never had the confidence to speak about something so close to me if it wasn't for Kari. I truly love Kari and can't wait to train with her again." - Jade Johnson, IJM Miss Golden State.

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Pageant Planet Awards

  • #1 Best Pageant Coach
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Fultz
28, December 2018
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Impressed with Kari’s style and success! She is such a FaBuLouS coach... in person, over the phone or even through Video Chat!!!

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Thrash-Ntuk
27, December 2018
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A great coach is one that spends time assessing the talent’s greatest strength and then works tirelessly with patience and consistent determination to help you to make it even better. That’s Kari!

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Yeszin
27, December 2018
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Working with Kari to prepeare me not only mentally but phically for a pageant has been so fun. She makes it so easy to work with her and get in contact. If it’s one on one, over phone or even Skype she makes herself available. From my first pageant to my lastedy one I have competed in, she has been by my side for it all. Kari has helped shape me into the confident young lady I am and I look forward to continue working with her! IJM Miss El Dorado State Pre Teen, Emma Yeszin

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Hill
27, December 2018
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Our daughter credits Kari with helping her place #9 at IJM Internationals after being away from pageants for several years and competing in her 1st national pageant. Kari is supportive, knowledgeable and cares deeply for her clients. She gives 110% to pageantry and her clients. Go Kari!

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Cockriel
26, December 2018
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Kari is so much more than pageant coach she makes you feel like family. She is absolutely amazing! We would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a coach .

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Murray
25, December 2018
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I began working with Kari when I was preparing to compete for Miss Montana 2017. After winning the title, as well as overall interview that year, I continued to work with her while prepping for Miss America 2018. Kari is always so kind and encouraging! No matter what time it is, she is always just a text or a phone call away. She truly cares about her clients! The skills I have learned from Kari have not only helped me succeed in pageants, but they are skills that will help me to succeed throughout life.

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Omolafe
24, December 2018
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Kari is an amazing coach! She always make sure to personalize the section to the girl, I have become so much better in all phases of competition because of her!! Definitely recommend her!

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Platten
23, December 2018
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I started working with Kari leading up to NAM Nationals and she is absolutely amazing. She helped me throughout the entire week: perfecting my personal introduction, calming my nerves, and being my cheerleader. She cares about each of her clients so much and has become much more than a coach, but a friend. I am so lucky to have found such a thoughtful and caring coach!

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Lu
23, December 2018
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Kari is a great coach, especially for interview! With her help, I have gone on to win titles such as 2017 NAM California Teen (3rd RU in NAM Nationals) and Miss Massachusetts Teen USA 2019. Living in San Francisco and Boston, I've worked with her both in person whenever I am down in LA, as well as over Facetime. When we work on walking at her studio, she always makes sure to film the practice, helping me to reference it and practice back at Harvard. I can then send her videos of my walk and she'll critique it, sending back videos of an example with her walk. Kari is a fantastic personal coach, and she will provide you with her thorough expertise in pageantry!

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Udeze
23, December 2018
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Kari has been very effective coaching me and I love how she always supports me continuously and always has faith and believes in me. Kari is indeed someone who has helped me developed and grow as a person as well in pageantry and she is very hard working and strives to get me doing my best at all times. Kari is an amazing person and is one of the most astounding people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting.

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Sandavol
22, December 2018
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I was hesitant about working with a coach in another state but it’s been the best decision I’ve made. Kari is so helpful, is always available via text or email to review wardrobe or give input, and helps me with everything from interview to walking over FaceTime. She helped me to make Top 10 and my first national pageant and I know this is just the beginning of what I can accomplish with Kari’s help! If you want a dedicated, fun, kind and knowledgeable coach then definitely check out Pageant Coaching & Designs

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Hoffman
22, December 2018
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I have recently begun working with Kari and I must say that she is unbelievable in her knowledge and guidance through the pageant prep process!! When coaching, she gives you her honest, professional opinion but not at the expense of the individuality of each girl. I am thrilled to be working with Kari and am looking forward to improving with her expertise!

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gibbs
22, December 2018
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Kari has worked with our girls for years. She builds up confidence, offers insight, and leaves them with skills necessary to achieve their goals!

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Underwood
21, December 2018
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Kari is amazing! Not only is she extremely knowledgeable but she’s so kind, fun, and easy going. She makes you feel confident and is so supportive. She prepped me for Miss CA USA. She’s an amazing coach and friend all in one package!

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Waldau
21, December 2018
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Just started working with her and already seeing results in my walk and stage presence. She makes herself available for any questions or concerns outside of studio sessions and sends pictures for recommendations.

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Gilmore
20, December 2018
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Pageant Coaching and Designs has helped me so much throughout my pageant journey. She has taught me confidence, poise, and so many different useful tips and tricks to the pageant world. I would definitely recommend Pageant Coaching and Designs as a coach to anyone seaking help or mentoring in the pageant world.

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Eck
20, December 2018
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Kari is an amazing individual who turns every girl into a queen! Without her, I’d be lost!

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Dave
20, December 2018
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Kari is one of the best coaches ever! She is very understanding and helpful to all her clients and is willing to go above and beyond her reach to support her clients!

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Gonor
20, December 2018
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Kari Volen has coached my two girls the past two years for NAM. They have grown beyond any of my expectations and have scored higher each year with the expertise and knowledge of Kari. Kari has this amazing personable approach that makes you feel like you are her only clients. She give my girls such love and confidence which inturn has made them love competing in pageants even more. Her attention to detail and her devotion to each aspect of the pageant is impeccable. She is doing what she is meant to do and loves it and it shows In all of her clients. She promotes a family atmosphere within her clients which has made our experience feel like a family and have met forever friends. As long as my girls want to compete in pageants Kari will be our coach!!

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Simpson
20, December 2018
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Kari isn't just a coach, she is a mentor and a friend. Kari takes each of her clients and invests not only her expertise and time in them, but becomes a part of their every day lives, outside of pageantry. Kari brings all her clients together to create a family within, a support system of positivity and love.

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Cabrera
20, December 2018
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Pageant Coaching & Designs has provided me with the best interview skills, walking practice, and encouragement during my pageant preparation! Kari’s experience and dedication is evident in her coaching and I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to work with her! Thanks to her help, I was able to refine my communication skills as well as master my evening gown walk to place second runner-up at the state level! I would not have had the confidence and skills in pageantry if it were not for Kari and her endless support! I’m so thankful for Pageant Coaching & Designs for teaching me everything it takes to succeed in pageantry!

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