Just like any national show, the roster of events could be quite overwhelming and the days are long. It is very exhausting. You train your ass off to compete among the best of the best from all over the nation and then ...you don't even place.
Let me tell you something - the other day my FB status read something in the lines of me not liking to make negative comments about anyone woman who is a competitor and her physique or how she looks on stage. Same for men. I try my hardest to not do this because I sure as hell don't want it done to me. I don't want to hear someone commenting and highlighting all my flaws. There's a huge difference between constructive criticism and useful feedback and just plain s**t talking.
As I was walking to and from my car I could spot tons of beautiful women and men...gorgeous really, from the lobby all the way out to the parking lot. But damn when you see these beautiful people complain and whine and down the next man/woman because they didn't place it gives me a feeling of ...well... UGLY!
|2010 Atlantic States|
First of all, you should already know that this sport is subjective. How many times do we have to go over this? If you are not in it for yourself, and if you are not doing it because you already love it and think earning a pro card will suddenly change your life then quit now. As an athlete and competitor you should already be doing things to promote yourself and be a part of "something". A pro card should be the icing on the cake. There are tons of amateur athletes who are doing an excellent job at reaching the larger population, get endorsements, etc. without pro status. If it is a personal goal of yours to achieve, treat it like any other goal in life - it has its ups and downs and no one else is to blame or fault for it.
|2010 Atlantic States|
Third - winning a smaller regional or local show is totally and completely different from placing at a national show. Regardless of your placing, you should be HONORED by the experience. It takes a tremendous amount of cojones and dedication to step on a stage, let alone a national one. Check your attitude before you go up there thinking you are owed something! BE GRATEFUL and BE GRACEFUL! Don't bad mouth the judges and your fellow athletes! Show SPORTSMANSHIP!
Four - cut the conspiracy theory crap - Bombshell this, Oddo's Angels that...if I were with one of them I bet I'd win/place higher...blah blah blah. Stop it. Stop it now. I have been competing for years and not been affiliated with either one of those teams yet I have placed and won shows. Those who belong to a particular team probably have coaches who have studied and KNOW what the judges want. Maybe, just maybe, their athletes place because of this. And ...here's the kicker...not all of their athletes place! Yes, I do belong to a team this year, but my placings and improvements have been pretty consistent because I STUDY and pay attention to the sport.
|Having FUN backstage at the 2009 Atlantic States|