Pageant Interview Questions  

Pageant interview is your time to shine. Highlight your personality and tell the judges why you are the right person for the job. Here are some thought provoking and personal questions for your next pageant. Practice being honest and authentic while having fun. Try relating answers back to personal experiences and stories that will help make your answer unique to you. 


1. If you could create a new tradition for your family to enjoy and pass on to future generations, what would it be?

2. If you could make sure 3 words were never used on the internet, what would they be?

3. What is a hidden quality you possess that you wish people knew about? 

4. What is one mistake from the past that you hope your generation does not repeat?

5. What is one important lesson you learned from someone older than you? 

6. Describe an aspect of your personality that makes you most misunderstood?

7. Does pageantry help or hurt the advancement of women in society? Explain.

8. If you could spend an entire school day/work day counseling peers on one issue, what would it be?

9. What is one area where you and your parents/spouse disagree?

10. What is the bravest thing another person has done for you? 


Amanda Beagle is a former Miss Ohio and professional pageant and personal development coach. Based in NYC, Amanda is available for remote and on location training for your next pageant. Inquire for details at 

Pageant Sponsorship Do's and Don'ts 

I encourage all my students to make every effort to get sponsors to help support their pageantry goals. Whether you are looking for cash or free or discounted services, here are some DO's and DONT'S to help you on your quest for sponsors.

DO start with people and businesses you know! Most sponsors will invest in you for YOU! They just want to see you succeed. Businesses that you or your parents frequent are a great place to start. 

DON'T approach a business without researching their company first. Tell the sponsor what you like about their business and why you think you are a good fit for their company.

DO use your program book ads to thank sponsors. You can purchase a full page ad and list all sponsors. You can even have levels of sponsorship i.e. Silver, Gold, Diamond etc. 

DON'T forget to proofread. I receive a lot of inquiries from teenagers chock full of misspelled words and text abbreviations. The letter needs to be professionally written. This is not the time for using "texting language." Save that for your friends!

DO utilize social media to thank your sponsors! Tweet a shout of thanks. Share links to the sponsor's website or recent promotions. Not all posts should be about you. Contestants who can shine a light back on those who help them are the most successful. Be gracious.

DON'T forget to write a personal hand written thank you note to all sponsors. The social media shout outs are not enough! You must personally thank those who support you with a personalized thank you note. It may seem like a dying art, but it will be so appreciated if you make the extra effort. These little details will influence the possibility of that sponsor supporting you in the future. 

DO offer to make an appearance for your sponsor's business. Visit a local elementary school on their behalf or spend an afternoon greeting customers at their business. This is a great way to build relationships with sponsors and show that you can give back in return. 

DON'T use the same generic letter for each sponsor. You can have a template or general content that remains the same, but be sure to personalize the letter to suite the individual or business you are approaching. Be sure to share your goals and explain the benefits you are gaining through the process of pageantry i.e. scholarship, personal development, self-confidence etc. 

DO understand that potential sponsors have a right to say no. They can't support every person or organization in one calendar year. If you get a no, apply elsewhere and never criticize them for their decision. Be respectful. 

DON'T make assumptions. If a sponsor supports you this year, but next year needs to cut back, respect their decision and don't pass judgement. 

DO remember that garnering support is all about building relationships. Conduct yourself in a manner that would make that sponsor proud and keep in touch with updates on your progress. Deliver on your promises to promote that sponsor on ad pages and social media. If you've promised an appearance, make sure you set it up in a timely manner and follow through with what you promised to do. 

Always remember, those young women who can promote themselves while still remaining humble and giving are the most successful. The modern age of pageantry requires that you promote yourself on social media and build your brand. Be sure to do it in a tasteful manner. Give of yourself and shine a light on those around you. This shows that you have an altruistic spirit and genuine desire to build relationships. For me, this is the most important thing.

Top 5 Pageant Talent Coach of 2016 

Hello Friends, 

I'm excited to share that I was recently honored by The Pageant Planet as one of the "Top 5 Pageant Talent Coaches of 2016!" It's truly an honor to be recognized for the work that I do, especially because I enjoy the work so much. Here is a link to the article about all the honorees! Special thanks to the Pageant Planet!

After a very busy holiday season, I'm excited to return to my intense weekends of pageant coaching in Youngstown, OH. My Ohio home studio is The Fred Astaire Dance Studio on Market Street in Boardman, OH and I will be available February 25th & 26th for one-on-one pageant coaching, talent consultations and voice lessons. Whether your goal is to win a pageant or perform on Broadway, I will design a personalized training experience just for you. 

Contact me anytime for details! 

Personal Development Tip No. 1 

Finding your voice and defining your message is all about personal development. Here is your personal development tip for today!
Spend more time investing in yourself than worrying about what others are doing. Here are a few suggestions to help you expand your view of yourself in the hopes that it will enhance your overall pageant and interview preparation.
  • Get out there in the world and experience life! Visit museums, watch live theater, volunteer, cook with friends, take a class, try a new hobby or travel somewhere new. What ever you fill your time with, put down your phone and get out there in the world.
  • Remember and appreciate how much life you have under your belt! Chances are you've already done some pretty cool things and have some amazing memories. Take some time to remember those moments by looking through photo albums and reminiscing with family and old friends. It helps to remember where you come from when considering how you might impact the world around you the most.
More tips to come! Get out there in the world and be bold, be you!

Amanda Beagle is a former Miss Ohio and works as a personal development coach and pageant coach. For more information email

Pageant Coaching in New York City 

The holiday season is a wonderful time for reflection and rebirth! What better time to set goals and plan for the year ahead?!

A former Miss Ohio for the Miss America Organization, I am passionate about the world of pageantry and how it can help develop young women into empowered leaders! An active pageant judge, blogger, and mentor, I love all things pageantry and can't wait to help you achieve your dreams!

My home base of Astoria, NY allows me to serve clients from New York City's 5 boroughs as well as New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Can't meet with me in person? No problem!

Work with me 3 different ways!
  • Remotely, via Skype or Face Time
  • On location in a rehearsal studio, either in Manhattan or Long Island City
  • In-home within a 25 mile radius of Queens, NY
Coaching sessions are tailor made to fit YOUR needs and include interview preparation, wardrobe styling, runway techniques, stage presence, confidence building, platform development, and marketing for the pageant competitor. 

Coaching appointments are available during the week and on limited weekends. Inquire for details by contacting me directly at


Mrs. Gotham City, Alexandra DeBourcy competed at Mrs. New York America and placed First Runner-up.

 The reigning Miss South New York Pre-Teen Alyssa Dass placed 2nd runner up at National American Miss Nationals 2015.
Emily Ertz is the newly crowned USA National Miss New York Jr. Teen 2016.

Thriving Through Pageantry's Ups & Downs 

Every pageant journey has it's ups and downs. It's common to become discouraged and feel that you simply don't have what it takes to win a title. 
  • First of all, no crown and sash define who you are as a person. Pageantry is a subjective sport, so try to remember that on any given day, a different panel of judges would choose a completely different young lady.
  • Second, no one brings to the table what you bring to the table. You are a sum of all your experiences making you uniquely you. No one has that, but YOU!
When you are feeling blue, take this confidence boosting challenge! Take out your pageant journal and write down three things that make you unique and special. Maybe you are a devoted volunteer or mentor. Perhaps you have an amazing singing voice or other special talent.  Do you always make people laugh or have a flare for politics? What ever it is, find your strengths in the haze of self doubt. Pageantry is an endurance race. Thriving through the highs and lows is half the battle. 
Be confident. Be bold. Be you. 
You can do it!
Amanda Beagle is a former Miss Ohio, professional singer and personal development coach for young women. She is passionate about mentoring young women towards success. Contact Amanda at

Pageant Coaching in Ohio: December 

Tis' the season to be jolly and I am thrilled to offer my upcoming December pageant coaching dates in Ohio. My roots in Ohio run deep! A former Miss Ohio, I continue to help develop young women in the tri-state area, helping them to achieve their dreams of holding local and state titles.

My Ohio home base for teaching is the spacious and elegant Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Youngstown, Ohio. My next Ohio dates are December 26th and 27th. Join me and take your skills to the next level!
Student spotlight!

The reigning Miss South New York Pre-Teen Alyssa Dass placed 2nd runner up at National American Miss Nationals 2015. 

Sydney Rowland, top ten in the nation All-American Jr-Teen at National American Miss Nationals 2015.
Contact Amanda Beagle directly

Pageant Interview Questions 

Getting to know you questions are common in pageant interviews, but often catch contestants off guard. Take this opportunity to have fun, show off your personality and be creative with your answers.

1. How does gratitude show up in your life?

2. If you could print something on a t-shirt, what would it be?

3. Would you rather visit the world 100 years into the past, or 100 years into the future?

 4. Do you feel you have a purpose or calling in life?

5. What is a time when you were in big trouble with your parents and what did you learn from that experience?

6. If you were being sent to the space station for 3 months and could only take 3 possessions, what would you take?

7. On the soundtrack of your life, what one song would absolutely have to be on it?

8. What would you sing on Karaoke night?

9. Who do you consider to be a champion?

10. Would you rather be stranded on a deserted island alone or with someone you don't like?

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3 Qualities Needed for Success 

I have found that the most successful people in life share three common qualities! A strong work ethic, humility and generosity.

  • Successful people love the process of bettering themselves. Self-evaluation and self-improvement are a way of life and they understand that education is never ending. The work is never finished!

  • Living life with humility means you don't need to seek out praise from others by bragging about your accomplishments. Rather you enjoy the work you are doing and live passionately through your purpose in life.

  • The most memorable people love helping others. They have a generous spirit, devoted to serving their community as well as lifting people up along their journey. They don't need to judge others because they are too busy spreading positivity and joy!

Whether your goal is to be a great artist or performer, or to hold a state or national title, embody and live these qualities every single day. Live authentically, with purpose and intent.

Amanda Beagle:

Sometimes you have to walk through the mud... order to get to solid ground.

We all have had things happen in our lives that shake our very foundation. Sometimes they are unfortunate twists of fate and others are a result of our own poor decision making. Often, the cause of our struggles are beyond our control and it's how we deal with the aftermath that will define our future and the person we will become. From failed relationships and addiction to life threatening disease and the sudden loss of a loved one, everyone has a story to tell.  

Many people say, "everything happens for a reason." Though I understand their sentiment, these are words you will never hear me say. I don't believe bad things happen to people in order to deliberately alter their lives and teach them lessons. However, I do believe we are defined by how we choose to live our lives after major life disruptions and hardships. We can create a sense of purpose in the midst of chaos that allows us to repair our own spirits and help others trudge through similar muddy pathways. As we help others rebuild their lives, we begin to recognize our rise from the ashes.

When we are willing to share our personal stories, we can be blessed with a greater calling to help make the lives of others better. As a pageant coach and mentor, I've worked with countless women  who have found their message by gaining the courage to share their personal stories of tragedy and triumph. Their platforms have championed issues like cancer prevention, domestic violence, suicide awareness, divorce recovery, understanding learning disabilities, anti-bullying, women's rights, mental health and so much more. 

We can all walk this muddy walk to more solid ground, empowering one another to be whole again and live empowered, enriched lives. You may find your message in the mud. Dig deep to find the courage to share your untold story. There are people out there who need to hear it.