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How to Minimize the Jitters Before Your First Competition

How to Minimize the Jitters Before Your First Competition


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Oh, my gosh I was so nervous before my first competition. As with anything new, it is hard to know what to expect if you've never done it before. Add to that the fact that I would be getting up on a stage in front of hundreds of strangers dressed in about 6 ounces of velvet and the butterflies were almost unavoidable.

Well, I have a few suggestions for minimizing the jitters that inevitably come before your first show (or your second or third for that matter!)

1. Act like a Boy Scout. Be prepared. Create checklist of show time to-dos and supplies. Pack your bag three or four days before the contest. Bring an extra set of everything if possible a back up posing suit, shoes, jewelry or at least pins and crazy glue! Your nerves will be less jangled if you avoid last minute preparations for showtime.

2. Practice, practice, practice. It is not possible to do too much posing practice. It will help you go into auto-pilot when the expeditor calls your class and you are whizzing through your quarter turns. If possible, go to a workshop or two run by someone with experience in your federation. They can tell you exactly what to expect where you will be asked to stand, what the order of the poses will be, and what the judges are looking for.

3. Outsource. I really find it takes a load off my mind if I throw money at the glamor piece. You probably hired someone to do your hair, makeup and nails for prom or your wedding. This is no different. Having your tan sprayed by a professional will save you a lot of stress, too, and they may even be available to do touch ups on site the day of the show. That way, if you sprinkle while you tinkle, no one will ever have to know.

4. Smile. Not only will this improve your mood, it will also help you get some support back stage. Chances are, you will be on your own for hours behind the scenes. Friends and family are welcome to sit out in the audience, but backstage hovering is not allowed. If you are a first-timer, you may not know many of the other competitors. A friendly smile can go a long way toward connecting with some of the other nerved-up ladies. You may need an ally to assist with the butt-gluing or crave a little encouragement before you step out on stage.

5. Keep your perspective. Remember, this is supposed to be fun! Competing in figure or bikini is a hobby and a passion for most of us who will never earn a living (or much more than a hollow trophy) for our efforts. This is your chance to shine and celebrate months of hard work. You earned it! To take the pressure off during my first contest, I chose to think of it as graduation day. A culmination of weeks of preparation and recognition for my efforts.

And finally, a sense of humor helps. After all, you're wearing false eyelashes and a thong. And if you screw it up, well...there's always the next time!

Author: Elaine Morales

Member Comments

Very helpful and inspirational, I have a first competition coming up soon and I am freaking out. Comforting words

I am two weeks out from my competition and I am feeling really nervous! These tips definitely help thank you!

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