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3 Tips to Help Choose Your Talent

CEO and Founder of Pageant 360 Carly Hartman. Photo: Pageant 360
CEO and Founder of Pageant 360 Carly Hartman. Photo: Pageant 360

Selecting your talent for a pageant can be just as nerve wracking as actually performing your talent. But, not to worry. The world today is much more open to the idea of what talent actually means – just watch reality television, for example.

If you are struggling to choose what talent you should perform at a pageant, there are some things you should consider.

To help you discover what you should perform for your talent, we spoke with Carly Hartman, the founder of Pageant 360, to get the inside scoop.

3 Tips to Help Choose Your Talent

1. What is your biggest hobby/ what do you spend the most time doing?

Okay, so that was two. But seriously, talent is supposed to be fun, so what do you enjoy doing?

When the audience and judges see that you’re passionate about it and in the moment, they, too, enjoy watching you and it’s a positive experience for all. (Read: What To Do For Pageant Talent When You Don’t have A Traditional Talent)

2. If it is not a typical talent for pageants, share it with a director who can help you think of a creative way to display it.

Your director can be a big help in making sure your talent is able to be performed somehow. For example, ice skaters have roller skated on stage, gymnasts have brought in mats, and athletes have brought out baskets of balls to showcase their skills. (Read: Should You Perform a Traditional or Nontraditional Talent?)

If a director is unable to assist you, talk with a coach for some guidance. However, some systems are willing to help girls prepare for all stages of the competition, like Pageant 360, for example.

3. Be confident! Just because it is not traditional does not mean that it won’t work.

This is a big deal! Don’t be afraid to be you. Don’t try to fit in the box you think a titleholder is supposed to be in.

I won my teen pageant title with spiked hair while all the other girls had curled hair. Don’t ever be afraid to stand out. (Read: Is Technical Skill or Entertainment Value More Important in Pageant Talent?)

Pageant 360

“[Pageant 360] is an inner beauty pageant created to empower young women to be world changers,” Hartman said. “Every year we encourage our girls to get creative when it comes to their talents!”

Interested in Pageant 360? The pageant takes place in Agoura Hills, California, on July 29, 2017, following the Go Impact Conference in Calabasas, California, July 26-28, 2017. You do not have to participate in the pageant to participate in the conference.

“We only require a 90-second talent portion and really do not have many limitations when it comes to what a girl can do for her talent piece,” Hartman said. “We have had finger painters, spoken words, photography displays, contortionists, singers, dancers, magicians, and the list goes on!”

If you are interested in participating in the upcoming Pageant 360 events, contact the pageant for more information.

Young Adult Pageant 360 2016 Winner, Karyn Baile. Photo: Pageant 360
Young Adult Pageant 360 2016 Winner, Karyn Baile. Photo: Pageant 360


Going Forward

Pageantry is about development. The goal is to grow, learn and become more confident in your skills and abilities than you ever thought possible – the crown is just a bonus.

This is exactly what Pageant 360 seeks to do, so give it a try.

Good luck!

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