More than looks on offer

Pageant contestants offered free training

Cayman contestants are getting a
running start when it comes to entering competitions.

Local pageant organiser Dwight McLean,
of Special Effects Entertainment Services, is offering a free training workshop
to all who are interested.

“From what I have observed in
Cayman pageants, most contestants enter the competition way too late in the
game,” he said.

“Because of this, they are not well
trained or prepared, which is the cause of poor performance, frustrations and
unnecessary spending.

Mr. McLean also states that Cayman
contestants have some harmful ways of thinking, which has caused a lot of potential
candidates not to compete on a national level.

These he said were: not obtaining a
degree; not being a certain height or skin colour; not being highly intellectual;
waiting until they see who was entering and not being popular enough.

“These are the hurdles that Caymanians
put in their own way that have caused a lot of potential pageant contestants to
not compete,” he said.

“Contestants need to make their
decision to compete at least a year before and training should start
immediately, not three months before the pageant. I want to help eliminate
these problems by creating this service,” he said.

Mr. McLean makes reference to the
present Miss World, “She is from the island of Gibraltar with a population of
30,000 and with all due respect she is a human resource clerk. I strongly believe
Cayman can do it too.

“I want to have our contestants
fully equipped to play in this sport. In order to play in any sport, one has to
constantly be training to be competitive,” he added.

 “The days of being pretty and intelligent
alone are gone,” he said. “There are now new ways of being competitive and we
have to keep on the ball unless we will be left more behind.”

 According to Mr. McLean, pageant organisers do
give enough time for contestants to ready themselves for a pageant.

“It is not the duty of the organisers
to train or prepare pageant contestants. Contestants should come already
prepared with entry form in hand at the first orientation meeting.”

Doing this, Mr. McLean said,
demonstrates contestants are competent and serious about competing.

 “The organisation’s duty is to make sure the
competition happens. The training and preparation process should be the duty of
a pageant coach or a pageant training organisation,” he said.

Mr. McLean added that contestants should also take the initiative to
seek training and organisation can appoint a pageant coach to prepare contestants,
but that person should not be on the organising committee.  

His agenda he said is to get each
competitor to have a better understanding of how the pageant game is played;
know how to perform and make a difference in her competitive experience.

He said the pageant training not
only aids in competing, but in job interviews, public speaking, people skills,
decision making and networking.

“I want pageant contestants to get
the clear picture and not to be like robots when competing.”

When participants call to enrol Mr.
McLean tells them to take winning from their minds; he wants them to be focused
on training and preparation. “Winning will fall in place, but you have no
control over who wins, but you do have control on how well you perform.”

Mr. McLean estimates it will take
up to eight months to get a new contestant fully prepared and less if the
participant has had previous training.

The free training service covers introduction
to pageants; interview, stage presentations; wardrobe
selection, hair, makeup, financing and more.

Mr. McLean conducts the workshop,
which is based on a one-to-one basis with no more than five participants in the
class. It also covers 30 hours of DVD instructions.

 Times, dates and locations are worked out with
individual schedules.

For more information or to arrange
training times, those interested can contact Special Effects Entertainment Service
by calling 323-3617.

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