An appearance is attending an event, organisation or appearing in the newspaper to support them and promote your title.
Having appearances for your pageant competition is a great way for you to make an impact on the community and help your title. Appearances help provide information for your interview and gives the judges a better idea of how you've helped to present your title.
Beginning with appearances, start by making a list of events, activities and venues you could attend to make an appearance with your sash.
Don't be shy to contact organisations to see if there is anything you can attend that will benefit them and yourselves. For example, The RSPCA are opening a new shelter, you could inquire about opening the shelter with them on the big day. You would be helping them as well as presenting your sash/title by making an appearance.
When attending an appearance you want to make a good impression, so ensure you are always polite and kind throughout the appearance. You also want to make sure your social media is appropriate incase they want to view your social media before inviting you to the event/venue. Making a good impression is key and makes a true queen.
When asking to do an appearance, ensure you approach them in the correct manor. You can do this by sending a professional email (correct punctuation, spelling, yours sincerely), making a phone call or visiting the organisation in person. You want to give them as much information as to why it will benefit them as well as yourself.
Once you have completed your appearance, ensure you tag both the organisation (get consent first) and the pageant to show your good deed and hard work. Tag them in photos you've taken with staff members, organisers etc. and share their news, events and company to show your support.
The best appearances are the ones where you can influence others about pageants and show how they can encourage, empower, influence, educate and help others such as visiting schools/colleges.
Another example of an appearance is being featured in the newspaper. Contact newspapers and inform them about what you are doing. This is a great appearance as it has a wide audience of all ages. Other opportunities may arise once your story is in the paper. You might get organisations contact you to help out and support them. It also give you a chance to explain about pageants and make a good impression. Remember, to take any appearances you make into the interview to show the judges.
A platform is all about giving back, helping out and dedicating your time to charities by doing volunteer work or building a campaign to bring an issue to light that may be affecting society.
Being a title holder is not only about winning the crown, it's about your voice and actions and how they can influence others. A platform doesn't have to be a charity that already exists, it can be an organisation or campaign you want to start yourself.
Championing a cause and having a platform will give you the opportunity to make a difference in an area or issue you believe needs to be addressed. It doesn't matter if it is small, once you become a titleholder, your voice will be heard louder.
Some pageant competitions have a guide line of charities to help or they have their own chosen charity. You can do as much or as little charity work as you wish but the more you help out the more chance you have of being noticed by the judges for all your hard work and dedication.
Being a title holder gives you a platform to speak about what is causing problems in today's world. For example, global warming, discrimination and bullying. Your title gives you a chance to have a voice and speak up for what you believe is right.
A platform can give you a challenge to show the judges you are capable of presenting a good example and bringing the attention to an issue if you were to be crowned the title holder of your pageant competition.
Choosing the right platform can be hard but working on something you are passionate about or love will be more beneficial and will be noticed more.