Get Adobe Flash player
personal advice ● crowning concepts By Susie Castillo and Shandi Finnessey Pageantology 101 TM By creating their own scientific study of the world of pageantry, former Miss USAs Susie Castillo and Shandi Finnessey are offering young ladies the competition advice of a lifetime F or the first time in pageant history, two former Miss USAs have joined forces and are offering their pageant and entertainment industry expert- ise to aspiring women with hopes of following in their footsteps. Susie Castillo and Shandi Finnessey—Miss USAs 2003 and 2004, respectively—have created “The Pageantology TM Workshop” as a means of of- fering world class, proven winning advice to girls who are ready to take their competitive instincts to the next level. Both young women have established themselves as suc- cessful entertainers with careers in the television industry and beyond. Now they have put together an in-depth look at what it takes to win any competition at any level. This great quote from Malcolm S. Forbes is the inspira- tion for our first Pageantology TM article: “Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs.” Preparing for a pageant is like working a fun job. Win- ning Miss USA was not our first attempt at a national title. Susie competed in Miss Teen USA 1998 as Miss Massa- chusetts Teen USA and Shandi competed in Miss Ameri- 62 PAGEANTRY ca 2002 as Miss Missouri. We had desires of winning the national titles. We had dreams of being Miss Teen USA and Miss America, but were both sadly disappointed to not even make the semifinals during the live telecast. What felt like a tremendous letdown soon proved to be exactly what we needed to motivate each of us to go after the title of Miss USA. We knew what it felt like to miss out on our dreams. So while going after the crown of Miss USA, we each decided to not let that dream slip away again. We believe the girl who wins the crown is most often the one who wants it the most. Not just the girl who has dreams and desires, but the one who really sets her mind to it and goes after it. You see, the more you want it, the hard- er you’ll work to get there. And if you’re working hard that means you’ll be better prepared. Does this sound like you? If so, you need to prove it to yourself by making that commitment to yourself today. WHY DO I WANT TO WIN? When answering this question, be as authentic as possi- ble. No girl really decides to compete in a pageant in order