Val’s Views – January Edition

Valentino Rios Mister USofA MI Classic 2016

Valentino Rios
Mister USofA MI Classic 2016


I hope you all had an outstanding holiday season. Mine was filled with family, friends, and food. Lots of food way too many carbs, but I’m not complaining. They were delicious! As I look back on the past year, I am amazed at what an incredible year 2016 was for me and my family.

I am truly blessed. The places I’ve been. The memories I’ve made and all the wonderful people that I’ve met. It has been magical and more than I ever thought it could be.

Thank you all for making 2016 so spectacular!

Recapping December, I only had one prelim this past month. Mister Missouri USofA MI Classic was held in Springfield, MO on December 10th. Congratulations to Tawny Choate on a very well run triple crowning that day. Tawny is a master at time management and had that day scheduled down to the minute. Well, done Tawny! Congratulations to your newly crowned Mister Missouri USofA MI Classic, RC Mischief and his 1st Alternate, TomCat Quinn Akers. Both earned their ticket to Nationals in March. A final shout out to Logan Rider on a great reign and fantastic step down.

There are three Mister USofA MI Classic prelims still on the calendar. Mister California USofA MI Classic will be held on January 22nd in Long Beach, CA. The promoter for California is Robert VanBeveran. Looking ahead to February, Mister Southern States USofA MI Classic will be held in Little Rock on February 10th. Promoters for Southern States are Marco Del Gatto and Drew Samuelson. And, the final prelim will be Mister Indiana USofA MI Classic on February 18th in Evansville, IN. I’m extremely excited that Jody Bockman and Tiffany Farley have added Mister Indiana USofA MI Classic to their Indiana prelims. Any potential contestants that are interested in any of these prelims, please let me know.

Now, my next segment on pageant prep, Interview. The dreaded interview, but it doesn’t have to be. Contestants spend countless hours and thousands of dollars on Creative Evening Wear and Talent. How much time and money do you invest in Interview? If the answer is “not much”, then you aren’t doing all you can do to increase your chances of a successful pageant experience. Research interview techniques, practice interview questions, and get with your promoter about setting up “mock” interviews. All of these things will help you become more comfortable with interview. You may even want to get an interview coach. There are lots of great interview coaches out there. Remember, this is a job interview, so be professional and dress accordingly. Relax and breathe. The judges are just wanting to get to know you. Speak with confidence, and most importantly, speak from the heart. Honest and sincere communication goes a long way. Being witty or funny doesn’t hurt either! Make your interview fun! You have 7 minutes to set yourself apart from your competition. Prepare for interview as you would any other category. We all know consistency win’s pageants, so make sure your pageant prep is consistent across all categories. And, as always, have fun!

So, as you enter 2017, dream BIG! There is no telling what this year will hold for you. Who knows? You might be entering the best year ever. Be positive and have faith in better days to come. Be committed to making 2017 AWESOME!

Until next month.

Much love,

Valentino “Val” Rios

Mister USofA MI Classic

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