Talent Competition Tips to Perform Like a Professional
During the pageant talent competition, the the right talent music and costuming establishes the mood of a pageant talent, successfully selling a performance to the judges and audience requires experience. Repeatedly performing onstage (and surviving a few flubs in the process) trains a contestant to be confident with thousands of eyes upon her, handle a microphone comfortably, keep her cool when something goes wrong onstage, and project showmanship across the footlights. The more experience a contestant gains performing, the more confident and professional her performance becomes in the spotlight of competition.
Gain Experience Performing Your Talent
Carolyn Sapp, Miss Hawaii and America 1992, demonstrates how a singer who is not a professional performer can develop sufficient skill for
the talent competition. Sapp was a model and a business student who developed a commanding presence as a singer.
The easiest way to develop a stage talent is to take small steps to gain experience before an audience. Over time, many “steps” of experience performing in front of an audience can nurture a fledgling talent into a mature, confident performance.
“It’s important to make yourself get out and perform in public,” advises Christina Chriscione, a former Miss New Jersey, “even if it’s just at your local church. Get that experience. As corny as it sounds, stand there and perform in front of your family-just like your mom made you do when you were a kid,” she chuckles. “As a singer you’re opening up your heart and soul, and unless you’ve had some experience, it’s a frightening thing to ‘let go.’ You have a tendency to become introverted when you don’t feel comfortable. That’s the last thing you can afford to do when you’re performing. You need to get experience performing.”
Even small towns offer opportunities to perform: church services, birthday parties, school musicals, nursing homes, civic clubs, political events, holiday programs, talent contests, local pageants, and so on. By accepting increasingly challenging opportunities to perform, a new performer steadily increases her confidence.
“You have to do it to be good at it,” advises Kim Boyce, a Christian recording artist and semi-finalist at the 1983 Miss America Pageant. “I really think years of standing onstage is what develops stage presence. Whether your talent is singing, baton twirling, gymnastics, or whatever, you have to keep doing it to become good at it. If you haven’t had a lot of experience you just have to force yourself to go out there onstage, no matter how nervous you are, no matter how much you think you’re going to mess up. Just go ahead and do it – and know that you’re gaining valuable experience in the process.”
To gain experience with a vocal talent, Steve Bishop, of Express Trax, recommends that singers consider purchasing a karaoke, what he calls “a Sing-along machine that’s basically a portable public address system.” This lightweight, high-tech machine features two cassette players, speakers, a microphone, and some special effects. It is an ideal tool for a contestant to practice her talent, master microphone technique, and record herself performing with her background music. To gain experience performing, she can also bring it to public appearances where audio equipment is unavailable. Gain experience any way you can.
Pageant Tips | The Talent Competition | Best pageant talent music for musicians and other talents | Talent tips for singers | Best talent music for singers | More talent competition tips | Pageant Talent Costuming