Hello MGAA Fans & Supporters!
I can’t believe its March and pageant season is in full swing! Congratulations to Nevaeh McKenzie on capturing the title of Miss Gay Phoenix America and Candi Colee as 1st Alternate. I’m so happy to see these two back competing in the America System this year! Congratulations on your ticket to the “big dance.”
As I contemplated on what to share, the same three topics seem to keep coming up.
#1.) With the introduction of so many other drag pageants to our state, I often find myself explaining the differences between pageants and various systems.
Miss Gay Arizona America is the longest running pageant system in Arizona. We will celebrate 30 years of Excellence this year. (June 27th and 28th) Miss Gay Arizona America is part of The Miss Gay America System; MGA was founded in 1973 and is the longest running female impersonation pageant system in the country. The MGA tagline really sums it up, “Where boys are boys and female impersonation is an art!”
In Arizona, the first step in competition would be to quality at a city preliminary. We have 5 this year; Miss Gay Tucson America, Miss Gay Phoenix America, Miss Gay Copper City America, Miss Gay Queen of the Desert (Sunday, April 19th) and Miss Gay Cosmopolitan (Sunday, April 26th). The winner and 1st Alternate from each city prelim then go on to compete as Miss Gay Arizona America. Then, Miss Gay Arizona America and the 1st Alternate then go on to compete at Nationals.
Topic #2 is for contestants and potential contestants.
#2.) Male Interview
This category often times gives contestants trouble or is a “weak” category. Personally, this is one of my favorite categories in the America system. There is a whole lot more to being a “symbol of excellence” than wearing a crown and looking gorgeous. Male Interview is your opportunity to show your judge’s panel that you are more than a pretty face and a great entertainer. As Miss Gay Arizona America or Miss Gay America you will be put in many situations that require you to think on your feet, respond to situations in a concise and professional manner.
Have a strong bio/introduction. Think of your bio as bullet points of your life in about 30 to 45 seconds.. I give very little information about “Drag” but keep it focused on my male persona. Your bullet points need to be strong and create a little mystery that will probe the judge’s panel to ask more about YOU. For example, I always state in my bio that I grew up in a small town in Montana. This usually prompts a judge to ask me: “What brought you to Arizona? What was it like growing up gay in a small town? Does your family know about your female persona etc.” These are all very easy questions for me to answer; after all it’s part of who I am.
Even though the judges are asking the questions, you can still control your interview.
When answering the question, I always try to “Lead the next question.” To go back to my example, I would add into my response that I grew up hunting, fishing, riding 4 Wheelers etc. in an effort to “lead the next question.” The follow up question is usually “do you still hunt? Do you own a gun? Etc… Again, all things I can answer because it’s personal and may be interesting to the judges.
My example is probably a little out there for most people, but it’s one example of how I try to set myself apart from other contestants and leave a memorable impression.
Remember, you aren’t being judged for who you are, but rather how well you speak. Are you communicating clearly? Are you making eye contact? Do you sound like you know what you’re talking about?
Do you sound confident? …. Or do you sound arrogant?
Do you look the part?
Make eye contact!
Leave them wanting more!
The bottom line: Be you!
Topic #3) TC’s words of wisdom
I seem to be getting asked my opinion or advice a lot lately. I have found myself sharing my “words of wisdom” in a lot of the different groups of friends, both personally and professionally. They are words and beliefs I live by. I find they apply to many different facets of our lives.
· Avoid being part of the problem; instead be part of the solution.
· pick and choose your battle
· People buy confidence.
· people say “NO” because they don’t “KNOW”
· See first to understand, then be understood
· A true friend will tell you if you are “Wrapped around the axel”
· When you point the finger, 3 point back at you.
· You wear the crown, the crown doesn’t wear you.
In closing, I would like to wish Forever Miss Gay Arizona America 2013, Tyra Marie the best of luck as she competes this weekend for Miss Arizona Entertainer of the Year!
Pageant Promoter Miss Gay Copper City America & Miss Gay Queen of the Desert America
Forever Miss Gay Arizona America 2009