Using Her Voice to Educate & Empower

February 11th, 2016 — 6:57am

Brain Game: Female Athletes Also Affected by High Number of Concussions

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While the media has mainly focused on male athletes who have suffered and struggled with concussions, Colleen reminds us that female athletes are also at risk.  She is using her voice to draw attention to a real problem in order to offer a solution.  We first met Colleen as she was preparing for Miss Massachusetts USA, but now Model Makers and Sashes & Crowns is helping her seek professional agency representation for her spokesmodeling work.  We are so proud of Colleen and are happy to help her share her voice. 

~Tara Darby & Cristina Nardozzi 

Colleen is using her voice for positive change.

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Jill left her job to do something beautiful.

February 25th, 2015 — 6:31pm

In this day and age, I marvel at the super young movers and shakers who set their hearts to something and do it.  No education, per say, and no formal training, they just do it.  They’re creating social networks and getting art into galleries and turning their YouTube videos into record deals and creating their own non-profits and the list goes on and on.  On one hand, it’s simply amazing.  And, on the other hand, it’s sometimes appalling when you’e an adult going through the motions of your regular work day, doing your “job,” collecting a paycheck- you know, living “responsibly.”  Seeing others launch their dreams with far less education or experience is somewhat stifling, but what we’re really appalled by is the audacity they have to put their genius out there not knowing if they’ll sink or swim.  And, when we see them swim, in our hearts, we want to dive in, too.

To that point, going after our dreams requires audacity to turn that little dream you’ve carried in your heart into all you’ve imagined it to be.  The responsible mind, tell us, “Wait just a little while longer.  Save a little more money.  Take one more class.  Learn one more technique.”  But, the audacious mind tells us, “You’ve really got something special here.  Go after it.  Make it happen.  Seize the day.”  Which voice wins, is totally up to us.

For years and years, I worked at my “big girl” job in Public Relations.  There were so many things I loved about that job from developing relationships with clients to helping them achieve their goals as a business, but I always had this little feeling in my heart that I could be doing more with the gifts God had given me.  And, when I saw others doing more, it lit a fire under those very feelings.  One summer, I was in Missoula, Montana with my beloved friend, Laura.  We went into an incredible bead store, and, of course, I wanted to buy everything.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t afford everything.  As the saying goes, “necessity is the mother of invention.”  I asked if they could take three pairs of beads and convert them to charms for my large hoop earrings, and they did just that.  We’d taken one staple pair of sterling silver hoop earrings and given them infinite possibility and style.  When I returned home to Dallas, Texas, I enrolled in a basic beading class, then, moved onto more advanced classes.  I mastered how to make those little bead charms and more, got them into stores, started selling them online, and the rest (and, hopefully, the best) is yet to come.


There are three things I know to be true about myself.  I love beautiful things and, even more so, I love creating beautiful things.  If there was one thing I feel confident God put me on this earth to do, it’s to find beauty in others and encourage them.  And, I’m unequivocally my very best self when I’m serving others.  My business, JL PARISH, has been the conduit through which those strengths freely flow.  We create beautiful things to enhance one’s style.  We encourage others spirits through the messaging of our brand, products, packaging and blog.  Lastly, we serve others by increasing awareness and raising money to transition women and children out of Domestic Violence.  To me, JL PARISH is my own trifecta in the business world as it allows me to follow my dream, do what I love and have been gifted by God to do and help others in the process.

I believe that we’re all designed to do something beautiful.  And, by that I mean, acknowledging our dream, giving it wings and making it fly is really where the beauty is at.  It’s the beauty of doing something that says, “I believe in myself and my life’s work is important.”  All of us, I mean, every single one of us has this in our heart.  The question is, will you be the one to quiet that dream you hold so tightly in your heart, or will you acknowledge it fully and unabashedly go after it with a whole heart?  I hope the answer is the latter and not the former.

I just cannot wait to hear your story.  See your dream realized.  And, be affected positively by what you had the audacity to do with the gifts God has given you!

Stay Divine,

JL PARISH

www.jlparish.com


 

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Unapologetically Authentic

February 2nd, 2015 — 6:41pm

My first year competing in Miss Alabama USA, I went in with great expectations. I had lost 30 lbs and had a rockin’ body, I knew how smart I was and that I would give an amazing interview, I had a great walk, I had great stage presence, and my wardrobe was to die for. What else did I need? I walked into registration in a tight but classy dress with a fur vest, makeup and hair perfectly in place, and my head held high. I had prepared myself for this moment. No matter how much any pageant girl denies it, registration is vitally important because it’s where you get the first in-person glimpse of your competition; it’s where you size everyone up. I bought my photography package, I met with the videographer, I spoke with the director and thanked her for all of her hard work to make the pageant happen, and I got my banner. I looked around at all of the girls, and knew my chances were high because I had done everything I could possibly do to be the best that I could be. In my mind, and even aloud to my mother, I compared myself to the other contestants, explaining the edge each contestant had over the others. I came to the conclusion that in my own mind that I was in the top 10, but that I really stood a great chance to WIN! I felt great. I was nervous, I was excited, I was ready for this challenge, and I was going to leave no stone unturned. Pageant weekend had kicked off, and I had my game face on. I made friends, but was careful not to lose site of the goal at hand: winning Miss AL USA 2014.

I competed in swimsuit and evening gown, and I took in feedback after prelims about how great I did and what I could improve on. It seemed that I had “nailed it”. Going into interview the next morning, I was confident and was completely myself. I was articulate, intelligent, poised, and personable. I knew the judges loved me. That night, it was time for finals. I started doing my hair and makeup, and put my ear buds in to focus. Of course, I listened to the most cheesy inspirational music which included “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus because this was going to be my moment. “I could almost see it. That dream I’m dreaming!” Funny, but I actually went through this process!! Looking back, I can’t help but laugh at myself. At the end of the night, I was called into the top 5. I nailed my onstage question and though the crown was mine. They called 4th runner-up and I was still standing, then they called 3rd runner-up and I heard my name. My jaw dropped a little and I was confused. I was so discouraged. I had worked so hard, and I had done everything I could, but I still fell short. I decided to give myself some time to think, and to decide if I would return the next year.

I took the beginning of 2014 as a time to make myself happy. I did what I wanted, I ate what I wanted, I laughed a lot, I worked a lot, and I took care of myself for once. What’s important here is that I took care of myself and paid attention to what I wanted in life. I pressed put the brakes on trying to be perfect. May 2014 rolled around, and I decide to compete in Miss AL USA once again. I began my prep. I started working out more often, but I stayed focused on other things that mattered in my life outside of the pageant. I met with the genius designer Gionni Straccia to design the evening gown of my dreams, and I continued on with my life. Competing in Miss Alabama USA this year was different. It felt different and I didn’t know why. It felt different because the pageant was not my life. It did not define me, and I did not need it. I didn’t need the title of Miss Alabama USA 2015. I knew that I was intelligent and articulate. I knew that I had successfully founded my own non-profit organization and had raised over $50,000 for Children’s Hospital of Alabama. I knew that I had a great job in sales and marketing that many people my age would kill for. I knew how blessed I was, and that while winning the pageant would help me in a lot of ways, that I would be absolutely fine without the crown. I realized that I didn’t NEED the pageant. My life had direction without it. To even escalate matters, my wonderful boyfriend of 3 years asked me to marry him in October, about a month before the pageant. I was happy and I was in control of my own life.

When I walked into registration in November 2014 for the Miss Alabama 2015 pageant, I went through the same procedure I had the year before. I made sure my hair and makeup was in place, and I walked in with my head held high. The difference was, I found myself looking around and I wasn’t comparing myself to my competition. I realized that none of us were better or worse than the others, but that we were all very different. I realized that we all had different things to offer, but that there were so many people there that could learn from me, and so many people there that I could learn from. On that day, I discovered what confidence is. Confidence is walking into a room and not thinking you’re better than anyone, but not having to even think about who is better. It’s walking into a room and knowing that comparing yourself to anyone else is a waste of time. Pageant night rolled around and I wore my amazing swimsuit, and my drop-dead-gorgeous dress. The following morning, I executed my interview with poise, passion, and finesse. Finals night, I was calm and I wondered if one of the girls had slipped a sedative into my water bottle (just kidding). But honestly, I was strangely calm. I made it into the top 5, and saw the crown and banner sitting on the table. I looked at it then looked at the stage, and I thought to myself “that crown is about to be on my head. I’m about to have the biggest opportunity of my life.” I walked out on stage for the top 5 question. The question was: “What can we do to increase the voter turn out for 18-25 year olds?”. I had a great response. It was something I didn’t even think about. I blurted out something like, “Knowledge is power. We need to let our young adults know that our votes count; that we have the power to support legislation we agree with; that we hold the future of this country in their hands if we make our voices heard.” I walked off stage- “Nailed it.”. All of my friends backstage were cheering. “You have this!!! You did it!!! Jenna!!!!” They called out the top 5. I was thinking: Fourth runner-up…not me!!! Third runner-up…not me!!!! Oh my gosh this is mine!!! Second runner-up….me….” I would be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed. I would be a fantastic Miss AL USA. Heck, call me cocky, but I think I could win Miss USA. I don’t think I could win Miss USA because I think I’m just so much more beautiful than everyone else; I think I could win Miss USA because I know my value. I know that a crown or the lack of a crown does not define me. It does not make me any more or less valuable. I could win Miss USA because Miss USA is “Confidently Beautiful.” Miss USA is well spoken, she is a role model, and she is a strong and independent woman. I know that I meet all of those requirements. I was never meant to be Miss Alabama USA, but I was meant to compete in Miss Alabama USA to learn some of the most important lessons anyone can learn: always know your value, never compare yourself to anyone, and always be unapologetically authentic.

~Jenna Elizabeth King

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A Father’s Perspective on TRUE Beauty

January 22nd, 2015 — 6:43pm

 

With Four Daughters & His Gorgeous Wife, Joe Is Outnumbered in The Gumm Household

With Four Daughters & His Gorgeous Wife, Joe Is Outnumbered in The Gumm Household

 

Every morning we play a fun game in our house called, Who Will Cry First? It begins around 6:45 when my four daughters get out of bed. The winner is usually upset because she has to get out of bed, but the crying intensifies when she canʼt find a bow that matches her favorite pair of tights, leggings or skinny jeans. Itʼs the exact same routine at night. When I want to hear high-pitched squealing, I either turn on a Mariah Carey song or tell my girls to go to bed. Itʼs Planet Estrogen and me and our neutered dog (Gus) are the minority. Weʼre overrun by five females (and our female dog Glamour) with bright colored bows, sweet-smelling lotions, fake rhinestone jewelry from Claireʼs, and lots of spontaneous crying.

Itʼs fun being a father of four daughters! Itʼs a huge responsibility God has given me as their protector and provider. Their mom and I love them with all of our hearts, but with that love, thereʼs also discipline and correction. Some days, that might mean Iʼm not their best friend…and Iʼm okay with that. When the ages range from 13 to 5, the scenario of issues vary with topics like how high the skirt can be, to not being able to find Barbieʼs left heel. In every situation, we do our best to teach some sort of lesson (taking care of what we have and not allowing the dog to chew it up was the lesson of Barbieʼs left shoe).

Now, when Iʼm not at home, I work in media. Iʼve been a news anchor on TV, an actor, a sports anchor on radio and TV, a model, a director and even a published author. My daughters have seen (firsthand) the good, the bad and the ugly of what it means to be in the spotlight. In fact, there are plenty of lessons Iʼve learned and have passed on to them regarding real life tragedy and triumph, both on the air and off. One of the greatest examples they witness is when they watch beauty pageants with their grandmother. My daughters havenʼt been involved in pageants, but they certainly pretend enough and know what it takes to become Miss_____________(fill in the blank). To some people, beauty pageants might be just that…a competition to decide whoʼs more beautiful than the rest. However, my wife and I know better-we have several friends who have competed. The life lesson here is that there is also preparation, perseverance, hard work, dealing with losing and winning, talent, personality, financial cost and most important, an intelligence factor (answering questions from the judges can be tough).

My daughters might not ever compete in beauty pageants, but they will most definitely understand that true beauty is not just about applying makeup and donning a crown. True beauty can be found in volunteering to help others who are less fortunate. Itʼs also found in using their God-given talents and not burying them. Itʼs earning a degree, respecting and loving others, accomplishing goals in life, starting a business and eventually one day, getting married and becoming a mother.

~Joe Gumm

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What Re’Chelle Gained By Becoming 48 Pounds Lighter & 6 Dress Sizes Smaller

January 19th, 2015 — 11:37am

 

ReChelles Before & After

Re'Chelle's Before & After

 

 

Every year my family and I would watch Miss USA; I loved seeing all of the beautiful girls compete for the title of Miss USA and Miss Universe. I always told myself I would be on that stage one day and that I would not stop until I got there. In May of 2014 I decided to compete for the title of Miss Alabama USA 2015.  Being a previous contestant the year before I knew I had a lot of work to do to improve in every phase of competition. My mother has been my backbone throughout my entire journey. I had my dream gown in mind and luckily since my mother is a seamstress, she was able to make my evening gown for me! It was everything I wanted and more. She also designed and created my opening number dress for the pageant. She is the most amazing woman I know!

I was so thankful to have Tara and Cristina along the way helping and coaching me for the pageant!  From interview, to wardrobe they helped me at every turn. Day or night, phone call, text or Skype, the Sashes & Crowns girls were always there for me. They helped me in so many ways and prepared me for the pageant and obstacles in life.

My biggest accomplishment during my journey was gaining a healthy lifestyle. Competing the year before, I wanted to become more physically fit and look more confident on-stage! I had tried every diet in the book; none of them worked. Finally, I decided to buckle down and choose healthier food options and work-out every day no matter what. It was not easy at first, but with hard work and determination, I became 48 pounds lighter, 6 dress sizes smaller and lost 8 and 1/2 inches off my waist! Standing on stage in swimsuit was the best feeling in the world because I knew I had worked hard! Although I didn’t win the pageant, I was overwhelmed by the love and support I received. Tons of people reached out to me and told me I was their motivation; that gave me a great sense of accomplishment!
Here’s the lesson I learned: No matter your size, height or weight, you can achieve anything you want!

~ Re’Chelle Turner

 

 

Her Mother Custom Made Her Gown

Her Mother Custom Made Her Gown

 

 

 

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BEAUTY UNVEILED- by Brittany McGowan Miss NV USA

December 22nd, 2014 — 10:56am

 

Miss NV USA 2015

Miss NV USA 2015

When people think about pageantry one of the first words that comes up is, ‘Beauty.’ Beauty pageants, Beauty queens; the word beauty has been inserted into the foundation of pageantry and is almost synonymous with the industry.

 

This undeniable truth has always raised an important question in me. How can a whole industry be defined by something that everyone has a different definition of?

 

The idea of what it means to be beautiful has always intrigued me. I had a hard time understanding ‘beauty’ because my entire life I have always been drawn to images that did not reflect what others around me perceived as alluring. Graffiti art, urban street photography, even tragic love stories like Casablanca and Roman Holiday; when the couple didn’t end up together at the end of the film, I saw beauty in the heartbreak. My definition of beauty lies between John Keats’ “truth beauty” ideology, and the Japanese characteristics of “Wabi-Sabi;” a beauty that is defined by imperfection, acceptance, and impermanence.

 

As you can imagine, entering into the world of pageantry with this set of beauty ‘values’ definitely made me an outsider looking into the industry. When I first began competing in pageants five years ago, I thought the industry reflected a very narrow-minded definition of beauty. It wasn’t until I competed, and lost several times, that I realized I was trying to fit into the stereotypical mold of what the world defined as “pageant beauty.” I was becoming a reflection of someone else’s opinion of what was beautiful, and not my own.

 

It wasn’t until this year, when I competed in the Miss Nevada USA pageant, that I realized I had it wrong. Pageantry is just as introspective as beauty. Every woman who competes brings her own symmetry and charm. As contestants we have the power to define the industry the way we want to define it; we don’t have to see it the way the world does.

I finally understood that if I was going to win, I was going to win by being myself. Though physical beauty can be influential, shining the light of your own individuality and connecting to another person emotionally always trumps physical beauty.

 

Now, it would be short-sighted not to acknowledge that physical beauty does play a large part in crowning the winner in a pageant. However, how many times have you and your friends disagreed on who you thought was the most beautiful girl on the stage? Beauty is biased. Beauty is personal.

 

To all the girls who enjoy competing in pageants, I urge you to spend more time developing WHO you are rather than just what you look like. If you can walk out on that stage and give people a sense of who you are, you will radiate a charisma that transcends the stereotype of what it means to be a beauty queen. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog post. STAY YOU and STAY BEAUTIFUL.

 

XOXOX

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Bullies to Broadway- Jacob’s Journey

December 15th, 2014 — 12:41pm
Alabama Based Actor

Alabama Based Actor

My name is Jacob Powell, I’m 19 years old and I live in Tuscaloosa, AL (let the church say “Roll Tide”). Since I was in elementary school, I have LOVED to make people laugh. I loved (and still love) to have all the attention on me! When other kids were saying “I want to be doctors and teachers”, I was saying “I want to be a comedian.”! Yes, since I was seven that was my job of choice! Making others laugh was my passion. Then I got into middle school and decided to do choir. I was entirely too scared to try out for any show or sing a solo for THREE years…..that was until I got into High School.

First, let me say that school was rough, I was bullied constantly, received threats, and ended up in the counselor’s office many afternoons. When I became a freshman, I decided to do show-choir. I did my first show on stage in 2009 and it was “White Christmas”. My voice cracked and my knees buckled during the audition, but by the grace of God, I landed the part!. And that was it. The acting bug bit me. Though I was still getting bullied, acting and drama became my outlet. I was able to escape reality and pretend to be someone else while I was on stage. I did seven shows during my High School career and those I’m most proud of are “Hairspray” when I played Edna Turnblad and “The Wizard of Oz” when I played the Wizard. After graduation in 2013, most of my friends were going to school to be engineers and teachers. I was focused on HOW I was going to make a living acting the rest of my life. So I did some community theatre in the mean time to keep me busy, but knew that I wanted to turn my passion into my paycheck! My mom is an educator, so not going to college right after graduation was frowned upon. She wanted me to go to school and get a…a…a degree. I can’t even say the word. The thought of school makes me want to have a panic attack. But, I did get a part time job and researched not only Broadway auditions, but film and commercials. I then heard from a friend about Tara and Cristina and their business, Sashes and Crowns. I was confused to why I being referred to modeling and pageant coaches but I emailed them anyway telling them about what I wanted to do. I was reluctant to reach out to them because I didn’t know how they could help me, but I waited for a response. They responded immediately and told me they could help me, and how they would do it. These were two pageant queens with a purpose. I was thrilled! So, I started the Skype sessions with them and they helped me tremendously. They helped me build a resume, make headshots and business cards, get an agent, and make a game plan! AHHHHH! I was on my way to having a career in entertainment and I could not believe it. Being in Alabama, the film market is very small, so I signed with an agent in Nashville, TN. I have been to some auditions and booked a few things and I would not have gotten this far without their help! I am so thankful for them and their expertise. I don’t have full support from family and friends and financially, it is tough on me, but that fuels me even more. I live to show the world what I CAN do!

My 2015 resolution is to stick in the swing of things and focus more on how I can do this full time. I might even be planning a trip to the West Coast to further my dreams. Honestly though, I’m still scared out of my mind but I am standing on the promise of Jeremiah 29:11 and focusing on my future! Stay tuned!

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Tragedy to Triumph- 8 Days in a Coma

August 5th, 2014 — 8:55am

 

 

Miss Plus Texas USA 2014

Miss Plus Texas USA 2014

 

 

My name is Treonta’ Gray I am 22 years old and I live in Dallas, TX. I moved to Dallas in 2010 after graduating from Mexia High School. I absolutely love it here. There is so much to do, and a ton of things to learn.

 

Early one Saturday morning I was preparing to spend the weekend with my boyfriend C.J. (now my fiancé) whom I had only known for about 6 weeks. We were going to attend a car show in Houston, TX. I was excited to be able to get away from the transitional homeless shelter where I was living at the time, at least for a day or two, or maybe a week. Why not a couple of weeks? What about forever? Forever almost didn’t come, since later that day we were involved in a terrible car accident that forever changed our lives.

It has now been 20 months since I woke from my eight day coma and I have to say God is good and heaven is real. It hasn’t been easy for me, but it has been worth it. I enjoy my life so much better than I did before.  After dying and God bringing me back to life I know that tomorrow isn’t a promise.

I have accepted the honor of representing the state of Texas in a national competition. My passion and desire is to bring awareness to the homeless. I am excited about traveling to Seattle August 10th-17th to compete for the title of Miss Plus USA. The final day of the competition will make exactly 21 months since the car accident. It will be a very touching and life changing experience for me, but I am EXCITED and working very hard!

I have just released my first book “8 Days”. It is an inspirational, motivational, life- changing novel. I am passionate about sharing my story of life after death.  You can learn more about the book on my website:

www.treontagray.com

 

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From Stage to Red Carpet!

June 23rd, 2014 — 2:23pm

Here is a little backstory on me! I grew up a theater nerd. I loved performing in church, on stage, and in front of the camera. However, the whole pageant scene couldn’t have been more foreign to me. When I was eighteen, I entered into and won the Miss NC preliminary title of Miss Fayetteville because of a dare I accepted while eating ice cream with my best friend. I had no idea that that decision would end up propelling me towards my future career.

 

As Miss Fayetteville, I was blessed to have a huge committee of people who were all pro’s in this whole pageant world (pro’s just like Tara and Christina…shameless plug!), and they all put me through a super intense pageant prep boot camp. Little did I know that it was that boot camp that gave me all the tools I needed to pursue my career as an entertainment host and producer!

So what did I learn that was so valuable? Well, I am so glad you asked because I am going to break down 5 things that I learned from pageantry that also helped to me launch my career as a host.

Know Your Brand: During my pageant prep I learned that while you do have to show up looking your best, pageant titles are more often won in the interview than in any other area of competition. This meant that in order for me to be successful, I really needed to know who I was and what I stood for. The eighteen-year-old “me” had to work extremely hard to cultivate my personality, all the while searching for things in life that made me happy and that inspired me. These same exact rules apply to hosting. Long gone are the days of networks casting a generic entertainment host. You need to have a special and unique personality that showcases your own perspective on life. In order to have a strong brand yourself you have to find a niche that you’re passionate about. You need to hone in on a specific area that you are an expert in or something that can set you apart from every other host that is out there.

Cultivate Your Brand: Once you decide who you are and what makes you unique, it’s time to get to work! Erin “the pageant girl” immediately signed up for public speaking lessons and interview coaching sessions, which was one of the best things I could have ever done for myself. Erin “the host” invested in some really great hosting classes and private lessons with some serious hosting pros. Once you know what you want (either the crown or the hosting job), you’ll need to jump in head first to get the training that can take you from good to great.

Make Smart Investment Choices: I just talked about getting into lessons, but there are a lot of other “investments” that you’ll need to make along the way. When I was preparing for Miss NC, there were a lot of times where I spent way too much money on things that so freaking unnecessary things and hindsight still kicks me in the booty about it. I remember buying a suit for a ribbon cutting appearance that cost around $400 that I bought with my scholarship money. How dumb was that move, right?! So, when I started prepping for my hosting career, I made sure that I made smart financial investments in areas that really mattered. For instance, your headshots are definitely important, but they don’t need to cost $500+. Mine cost me around $250 and I loved them and more importantly they got me work! Contrary to what many people will tell you, you also don’t need to spend $1500 on a hosting reel. I found a producer/editor who would shoot and edit my very first reel for $400 and it was good enough to land me my first hosting audition which led to me being offered my first full time hosting job. Shop around, and don’t feel the need to spend thousands with a vendor or teacher just because they call themselves the “best of the best.”

Market Yourself – If you don’t promote yourself, no one else will…unless of course your mom is really savvy at social media! Marketing can help you out in two very important ways. One way is that you can grow your personal audience, which is a crucial part of having a hosting career today. Networks or “buyers” want to see how many people in the world are already coming to you as the “expert” in your area of expertise. The second, and most important way that I have found, is that it helps open doors for other people to see you and reach out to you for potential job opportunities! I remember when I was Miss Fayetteville and was contacted by a guy who saw me in the local newspaper doing something connected with my pageant title. He called me up and offered me a hosting job on a local community television show. I spent about four years on that show, and learned invaluable lessons that I still use today, and that would have never happened if my boss didn’t know I was out there! Network, get to know people, and get your name out there as much as you can.

Research – It’s really hard to master anything until you know what else is already out there. I was as green as grass when I was prepping for Miss NC, but I spent a ton of time online researching current events, present and past titleholder’s legacies, and my platform. I also sought advice from other pageant girls who had achieved success.  I went from being the new kid on the pageant stage to placing third runner up at Miss NC, and then went on to make top 10 at Miss California USA alongside three future Miss USA’s. I took a similar approach when I started looking into a full-time hosting career. I probably spent thousands of hours watching television shows and videos online of other hosts. I kept a journal with a running list of hosting quirks that I liked and hosting styles that I didn’t quite like, and I would use that as a tool for myself as I worked on my own hosting technique. When I could, I also asked other working hosts questions about how they got their agent, where they studied, and who their favorite hosts were. I committed to submerging myself in the industry, and not only was it valuable to my own growth as a host, but a lot of it didn’t even cost me a penny! Shout out to Coffee Bean for their free wifi!

So, there are 5 ways that the world of pageantry has helped me land my dream job. I am beyond blessed to wake up every day and do what I do. God has been crazy good to me.

Right now, I produce and co-host a daily entertainment news show called The Daily Hollywood Rundown on Clevver News online, and I am also the company’s movie expert over on Clevver Movies, and right now I have over 100 million people who have seen news stories that I have written and produced. It seems so crazy to me sometimes. I also make sure to pinch myself every time I get to hang out with a celebrity to talk movies with them!! If you want to check me out or have any other questions, feel free to connect with me on Twitter and Instagram @heyerinrobinson.

Also, if you’re looking for a great team of mentors, I hope you will seriously consider working with Sashes and Crowns. Tara and Christina took me under their wing and worked to help me land in the top 10 at Miss California USA, and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them. They are pretty much rockstars.

Much Love – Erin Robinson – Entertainment Host and Movie Expert at Clevver Media

 

 

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FOR HER, IT’S A LIFESTYLE NOT A DIET

June 4th, 2014 — 10:24am

Amanda Kimmel eats vegetarian to stay strong & lean.

 

“I’ve always been passionate about health and animals so I have some information I want to share with you that will not only help you maintain a healthier lifestyle but also help stop farm-factory cruelty. I’m a vegetarian because of the animal cruelty that’s happening, but if you do eat meat and dairy there are ways to help too without giving it up completely.

 

First, It’s important to know where your meat and dairy come from. More and more companies are using farm-factories where they keep pigs, chickens and cows in tiny cages and in most cases the animal can barely move. Some are beaten daily, never see daylight or are rarely shown an ounce of mercy their entire lives (there are worse things that happen which I won’t go into.) It is so terrifying and sad but important to know so you don’t support these companies. Some companies are great, like Applegate, which actually label their products “humanely raised” which I love.

Next, make sure you buy local or organic hormone-free meats and cheeses. You just have to take the time to look at your local stores selection. Looking at labels on packaging is key. Getting “cage free” and “hormone free” eggs instead of regular eggs means the eggs are going to be better for you and better conditions for the chickens. Getting “free range” pork and beef is also going to be much better for you and the animal. We have a big Amish community where I live and I get my butter and dairy from a local grocery store that carries their products. So look locally. Farmer’s markets are a great resource as well.

I believe in love, happiness and respect with all life. Please help spread the word and support.”

~Amanda Kimmel
Miss Montana USA 2005, Survivor Finalist

 

She has appeared on 3 seasons of Survivor on NBC.

She has appeared on 3 seasons of Survivor on CBS.

 

 

 

 

 

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