I received a letter in the mail for the open call, I got online, put in some information and set up the date and time. Well we went to open call.
The ladies there were super friendly and between the booklet and the video, I was given plenty of information. The costs were explained to me up front, and the rules for the dresses were plainly stated In the booklet. I was also informed that sponsorships from business's and people from our area would help with the cost, and that is exactly what we plan on doing. I received a phone call 2 days later, and both of my daughters were accepted.
Now I will be honest, I am a single mother of 2 beautiful little girls and I don't have a lot of money, so for people to say that they find you and find people who have deep pockets are sadly mistaken. Neither of my daughters have done pageants before, because they are super shy, but they are smart and beautiful. Now we haven't been to the pageant yet, but they give you plenty of time to prepare. I was given the date of the rehearsal, as well as the dates of the pageant, on the day of the open call.
They were very up front about everything. It doesn't matter if your daughter wins or loses, its not about that, it's about giving them every opportunity that you can, letting them know that you will support them no matter what. There is always going to be someone prettier and smarter, but that's the whole point! Its to teach them how to deal with life, even when its disappointing.
When we as parents get upset with end results and we throw our hands up, we are teaching our kids to give up and not to try again, and that is not the kind of parent I want to be. Both of my girls will compete in the 2016 State pageant, in 2 different age groups, and I can't wait!!!!
I will keep all you other skeptical parents up to date, on things as they go. This is a 1st for me and I will be more than happy to give you an honest opinion.
Reason of review: :).
National American Miss Pros: Teaches kids life skills, Friendly people.