Roadmap to the Stage- Part 3
As we continue our roadmap to the stage, let’s recap Part 1 and Part 2!
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Step 1- Reach out to someone who has competed
Step 2 – Research the different federations.
Step 3 – Find a trainer or a team
Step 4 – Hire a posing coach
Step 5 – Find a competition suit
Step 6 – Book grooming appointments
Step 7 – Do a photo shoot
Step 8 – Show Day
Step 9 – Back Stage Tips
Now that the competition is over and you’ve experienced the highs of being on stage, let’s talk about what happens when you get home! You will hopefully leave the stage on a high note. Even if you didn’t place, we hope that you took our advice and enjoyed every minute of the journey.
Step 10- Post-show plan. It is very important to make sure you have a post-show plan. Your coach or trainer should be advising you on how to introduce non-prep foods back into your eating habits. A reward meal is definitely well deserved but don’t get too far off track. It’s easy to indulge in all the foods you missed, but that could wreak havoc on your digestion system as well as your body. Bask in the glory of one post show meal and then get right back on the wagon and follow your trainer/coach’s instruction for your post show meal plan.
Step 11- Make a new goal. It’s very easy to get off track after a competition. Set a new goal immediately after your competition to keep you going. Whether it’s another competition, a marathon, a 5K, a vacation or whatever it may be…don’t let yourself slide. You have worked this hard and come too far to have any setbacks now.
Step 12- Share your experience. Use social media to share your experience and journey in a positive light. Make sure you do not post anything negative. For example, “you should have placed higher” or “someone didn’t deserve their win”. This can be received as poor sportsmanship and invite more negative feedback. It’s best to talk to your coaches and close friends and family about those feelings. On another note, you are going to meet so many people at your competition, so make sure you follow, tag and like on social media. Be supportive and you will get support in return. You will be proud of your accomplishments and want to share your experience.
That brings us to the end of the road! We hope this blog series has helped you with your “roadmap to the stage” as a first time competitor. Competing is something we hold near and dear to our hearts as it was the stage that brought us together to create Imprint. We want you to Make Your Mark whatever journey you are on and hope that we can be a small part of something great!