Male pageants are on the rise and becoming more popular than ever.
Just like any other pageant, it is important to capture the judges during the interview. This could be the portion of the competition that makes or breaks the contestants. It’s important to know how to handle yourself in the interview, so the judges are impressed and know you’re ready for the title. Here’s how to do this in a male pageant.
How to Succeed in a Male Pageant Interview
In most male pageants, the interview is all about the contestants. Political and current event questions are most often saved for the stage.
This means to succeed in this portion, you must be incredibly self-aware. Take time before the pageant to really explore your likes and dislikes, hobbies, life stories, achievements, etc. (Read: The Difference Between Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence You MUST Know for Interview)
Have an idea of what you really want the judges to know about you and try to steer your interview in that direction. The judges want to feel like an old friend by the end of the interview like you are just catching them up on all the exciting things happening in your life.
This goes hand-in-hand with knowing yourself. The judges could ask any question at any point in time, so preparation is important. After spending some time self-evaluating, spend some time crafting your answers.
You want to formulate points to discuss during your interview, but you don’t want to over-prepare. This can make you sound robotic and fake. The judges are looking for someone genuine.
You can practice answering questions with friends and family, but don’t ever stick to the same exact wording when answering a question – this makes you sound robotic. (Read: 10 Male Pageant Questions Asked in Every Interview)
Male pageants are often overlooked and stereotyped. Many people have misconceptions about this area of pageantry.
This can make it hard to feel confident in what you are doing when people around you are questioning you.
The key to defeating this is to remember your reason for competing. Your “why” will allow you to stand strong, and not feel defeated.
This will also help you when answering questions the judges ask regarding the stigma related to male pageants. (Read: How To Stay Confident During Pageant Weekend)
Dress to express
While your outfit of choice should be impressive, it should also be expressive. The judges want to see your style in the interview portion of the competition.
This outfit should not be too tight or revealing but should fit you just right. The colors and style should complement your skin tone and body type.
Most guys will dress business-casual, in slacks and a button-up shirt. Adding a tie or jacket is completely up to you and what you want the judges to see you as, but stick to either a tie or a jacket. Wearing both makes your outfit too similar to formal wear.
Practice, practice, practice
Like anything else in life, practice makes perfect. Do not overlook the interview portion of the competition.
Find questions that have been asked in previous pageants in the system you are competing in. Use these as examples and allow yourself time before your pageant to come up with basic points for these questions.
Answer questions in front of people you know at first if this makes your more comfortable, but closer to the pageant it can be beneficial to set up mock interviews with people you do not know as well, so you can get a feel for what’s to come.
Do not wait until the day or even the week before the pageant to practice. Set time aside months in advance to practice interview questions so you have time to progress. (Read: Should I Practice Questions the Day of My Pageant Interview?)
Practice makes perfect.
The interview portion of the competition is your time to shine. This is when the judges really get to know you!
If you are successful in your interview, the judges will see you are ready for the crown.
We’re rooting for you!