When answering an on stage question at a child pageant, the most important thing is showing your personality. You can show personality by how loud you project while talking, the enthusiasm in your voice, and most importantly, through your answer. The most important thing is to elaborate! Don’t give one word answers, as this doesn’t give the judges enough to get to know you. Keep talking about the subject for a couple sentences, or tell why you picked the answer you did.
- What is your favourite thing to do with your family?
- If you could meet someone famous, who would you choose?
- What is your favourite thing to do in the winter?
- What is your favourite thing to do in the summer?
- What is your favourite TV show?
- What is your favourite movie?
- What is your favourite book?
- What is your favorite food?
- Who is your favourite singer?
- Who is your favourite actor/actress?
- If you had a million dollars, what would you spend it on?
- What has been your greatest accomplishment?
- If you could support one charity, what would it be?
- Do you have any pets?
- Do you have any siblings?
- What is your favourite subject in school?
- What is your favourite thing to do in your hometown?
- What is your favourite holiday?
- What is your favourite thing to do in your spare time?
- What do you want to be when you grow up?
- What do you like about pageants?
- If you could take a vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?
- If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
- What is your favourite Disney character?
- What is your favourite season?
- Who is your favourite person?
- Who is your role model?
- What’s your favourite sport?
- If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be?
- If you could only bring one thing to a desert island, what would it be?
Tell Me About… Questions
If you’re in a private interview, you might be asked some ‘Tell me about…’ questions. These will be questions based on your interview information sheet that you had filled out. They will be asking you to tell them more about some of the answers you gave. For example:
“I see here that you have a pet dog. Can you tell me about him?”
Your child should be prepared to talk a few sentences about each of the topics they filled out.
What If Your Child Is Shy?
Practice, practice, and more practice. The more comfortable they are with the questions, the more likely they will have already answered the question they get. Make sure they speak loudly when practicing. When you practice, get your child talking more than one word answers without being prompted. Practice exactly how it will be on stage. Get them to stand properly, practice with a pretend microphone, etc. Practice in front of a group of family or friends, so they get used to an audience.
Other Interview Tips
– Tell them to say the first thing in their head. Children often want to keep thinking of the ‘best’ answer. The answer doesn’t have to be their absolute favorite, just say the first thing they think of that they like, or kids will spend a long time thinking.
– Make sure they stand in ‘pretty feet’ with no fidgeting! Practice how they’re going to walk on stage and what they do after they’re finished answering their question.
– Practice saying thank you after their response.