Blog Series - Motorsports Pageants
Social media and professionalism unfortunately go hand in hand in today’s day of pageants and Motorsports. There are no limits to the power of social media. Professionalism comes in all forms, and takes it to a whole new level when social media is thrown into the mix. In any pageant, including Motorsports pageants, anything you post on social media is subject to criticism, or possible rejection from competing in any pageant, and could eventually cost a win, if you would win.
We’ve seen it happen…
That’s crazy to think about.
Or is It?
Social media has become a place where most people will post rants, quotes, memes, or gifs as a form of expressing themselves and whatever is going on in their life at that specific time. In the current day and age, where everything seems to be posted to social media, I highly stress being aware of what you are posting, and what others may use to form an opinion of you, as a contestant or as a winner of a pageant. Believe it or not, these pageants do check into social media accounts, to see what their possible representatives or current representatives are posting. If the director, themselves, isn’t, they’re are others that are delegated to reviewing what is being posted. Just a little food for thought, that most don’t think about when signing up. Not only do the pageants boards’ look at this type of content being posted, the fans also look at your profiles when fan voting look into this kind of behavior. They do this to get a good idea, of who possibly might be representing their community in the coming weeks of the pageants.
If I could stress one thing the most, that you try to keep those types of things off of your social media accounts, whether they’re rants or posts about other girls, other forms of racing, or just everyday things happening in your life that can stress you out and change your current state of mind into something a little out of the ordinary way you may act. I understand we all have those kinds of days, but being professional for pageants, it doesn’t look good having rants plastered to your social media. Just remember that anything you post, can be subject to being reviewed or screen shot by someone else.
I have been questioned prior to these pageants, and on stage in the interview process about “How I would react, if a girl on social media was talking poorly about me?”. This question really had got me thinking about this in our everyday lives. Everyone has been talked about poorly, I’m sure. It’s just life. However, how you react is more important than what they are saying about you. As a title holder, or an individual involved in any sport, you should try to remain positive in any situation, and just not focus your attention on what someone else is saying. You are in the public eye, and always being watched, whether you have a crown on your head and a sash draped over your shoulder or not. Always. At all times. By older generations and younger generations, alike. As long as you’re not entertaining the drama, you will be A-Okay in the long run.
Keep in mind, I’m not saying you can’t do these things, but they are often frowned upon, and I think this year has put things more into perspective as far as social media. Not only with pageants, but let’s not forget that Robert Ballou was also refrained from racing with USAC, due to his continued comments that was posted to his social media. No matter if right or wrong in your own mind, you just can’t do that, when in the public eye, and not think something will be reprimanded and consequences in the end due to your actions. Sometimes being silent in certain situations is better than knocking down the China cabinet in others.
SOCIAL MEDIA POST SHOW
We see this problem every year happen, after every Motorsports pageant. I think the logic behind what is posted after each show, shows a lot of frustration from contestants, fans, and other people that aren’t really involved in the pageant at all, but form an opinion regardless. We all have an opinion. Let’s not kid ourselves. But how you choose to voice that opinion, could be hurting the future of the pageants or the future contestants of pageants.
A competition or pageant is just that. You, as a contestant, are paying (entrance fee) to compete for someones opinion of yourself, on how well you do and scored accordingly. You don’t have to agree with the scores that you are given, win or lose, but you really shouldn’t take to social media to complain or bash the winner, because in your mind it should have played out differently. Just stay away from your phone. You can vent to your friends. We all do that, but just don’t post it on social media.
Contestants are pretty good about this because they’re generally supportive of every other women that is competing, the fans are not, however. The best way to look at it if your contestant didn’t win, there’s always next year. However, taking to social media, and bashing a competition, competitor, winner, or trade show, is just wrong, and detrimental to the sport itself. These pageants really do a great job at providing women with opportunities some may never have, and it’s great to see the girls represent the sport in their own ways. As a community, I think we should welcome each winner in with open arms, and be supportive, because you will be seeing them at the tracks on race day and they care about the sport just as much as you do as a fan.
Professionalism takes on a whole new trend as far as pageants. Professionalism really takes shape on competition day. I believe in being on your best behavior on pageant day. Remember, you are now in the public eye, more than ever for the day, and possibly, for the future, if chosen the winner. You are competing for a job, essentially. You should be acting no different than you would going into a new work area, for an interview. Cursing, slurs, being rude, or talking how you would when your just around your friends isn’t how you should be acting on show day. These are extremes, but a contestant should be able to handle themselves in the public eye in a professional manor, and conduct themselves in the same way they would, if they were crowned the winner. I think thanking sponsors of the show goes a long way. Being appreciative through several different ways goes a long way in the racing industry or any industry really. You might not see the reasons, but as a business owner, it goes a long way.
CRACKING DOWN & TAKING ACTION
Knowing how much this has become a trend on social media, pageants and trade show boards have been cracking down on treatment of contestants and winners, as far as bullying. As a former contestant in these Motorsports pageants, I have signed waivers prior to show day, that have stated that you as a contestant will not harass or bully previous contestants, current and past title holders, or you will be risking the opportunity of never competing in a certain pageant again. I try to keep opinions out of these blogs, because I believe it’s easier to give facts, rather than opinions, but I think to drive this home I’ll give you my thoughts on this topic. I honestly agree with that waiver, as bullying and harassment is a huge concern in 2018, not just limited to the racing industry but anyone’s hometown across America. I think it’s a great addition to have noted in the pageant rules, even though I think it shouldn’t even need to be said. The girls are of adult age when competing, 18 is the youngest age allowed for these competitions, but every once in a while, you get the few girls that need to bring drama or baggage. I have met some of my closest friends in the Motorsports Industry and to this day, have never had an issue with drama. I think forming friendships in the racing industry with the other girls at the show is great and there isn’t really a need for the drama. You are all there, competing to improve, impact, or grow the sport of racing, not tear each other down.
I have attached each sign up form below, if you are interested in signing up for a pageant in 2019. Deadlines are approaching fast, so don’t wait until the last minute to get those applications in!
I am not associated or affiliated with any of the Ms. Motorsports, Ms. Racing Xtravaganza, or Ms. Motorama Organization(s).
Be sure to check back next Friday, for the part 3 of this blog series, Motorsports Pageants, for another post. If you missed the first part of this series, click here! The next post will be leading up to the pageants, 3 tips on how to better prepare you for the show!