Every time I've worked with young women in a pageant or fashion show setting, I've always heard at least one story about how they got into the industry as a young girl. Most of the time, it's either the love of performing or the excitement of working the runway. I started dance when I was four years old. When I performed at my first dance recital, my dance instructor had to come get me because I didn't want to leave the stage (to those that know me, you can probably imagine that lol). My parents were MORTIFIED, lol.
It's a great confidence builder, but (more importantly, in my opinion) a greater sense of confidence in being comfortable in your own skin. Let's face it, being in the entertainment / pageant industry is one of the toughest paths you can go down, but by taking the stage they have already achieved the first step. It doesn't matter if you're five years old or fifty five, there's something to be said for the courage it takes to get on the stage. Then it's imperative to get some training so you're not taken back by the vocabulary, direction or trends in the industry. To some it's a hobby, but first and foremost, it's a business. The entertainment or/and The Pageant Industry, is constantly evolving (Slightly irritating, but hey, if it was the same thing over and over we would get bored).
When you see someone who is nervous or unsure about getting on the stage, remember we were all there once upon a time. Be encouraging and non judgmental. To anyone new to the industry (either one), besides getting training, the next best advice I could give is to get on the stage as much as possible. When you place yourself in a new environment constantly, you get used to it and it becomes more difficult for things to throw you (lights, chaos, press, loud music, any last minute changes). Take that first step and go for what you want out of the experience.
Keep it reel ;) until next time!