As a contestant and pageant judge, Lisa Quast understands the ins and outs of successfully participating in pageants. She is a certified career coach and an expert trainer in interview skills, which is extremely important, as scoring well in the interview portion and answering on-stage impromptu questions are often the most crucial part of winning. Lisa’s career experience as a corporate executive allows her to teach skills that translate from the pageant world into her clients’ future careers.
Lisa provides detailed guidance on every stage of pageant competition, including: personal interview, impromptu questions on stage, evening gown competition, wardrobe, hair, and makeup. As a former competitive gymnast, bodybuilder, runner, and personal trainer, Lisa is also uniquely qualified to help contestants prepare for the swimsuit/fitness portions of pageants. Read more about Lisa here.
To learn how pageants can help women excel in their careers, read “Find Your Inner Pageant Queen to Excel in Your Career.”
Lisa provides coaching in person, via telephone, and FaceTime for:
“Teen” pageant contestants (ages 13-17)
“Miss” pageant contestants (ages 18-26)
“Mrs” pageant contestants (married, age 21 and over)
“Senior” pageant contestants (age 65 and over)
“Plus” size pageant contestants (teen and up)
Lisa’s special pageant coaching package includes five hours for $500, with any additional coaching time at $50 per hour. Book your session now.
Mrs. Washington America 2015
Congratulations to my client, Dionne Tarter, on earning the title of Mrs. Washington America 2015. Dionne represented the state of Washington at the 2015 Mrs. America Pageant held September 20-24, 2015 in Las Vegas. Congratulations on her Top 12 placement!
(Photo Credit: Terry Wright; Hair and Makeup: Judy Wright)
Miss Oregon World 2015
Congratulations to my client, Courtney Prather, on earning the title of Miss Oregon World 2015. Courtney represented the state of Oregon at the 2015 Miss World America Pageant, held in Washington DC June 29th through July 3, 2015.
(Photo Credit: Justin Hebert Photography)
Miss Oregon Teen USA 2015
“There is no way I could have won the title of Miss Oregon Teen USA 2015 without Lisa’s help along the way. Lisa makes coaching so much fun as well as very informative because of her vast amount of pageant knowledge. I learned so much in my time working with her and I will forever be grateful for that. I use her techniques on a daily basis when meeting new people or when getting interviewed for jobs (which I got, thanks Lisa!). I can say, without a doubt, that I gained so much more confidence because of Lisa’s coaching and friendship. There is no doubt that when I compete again I will come back to Lisa for more coaching.”~ Kenna Sloy
(Photo Credit: Julian James Wilde/WildeVision Studio)
2015 National United Miss
“It was incredible to have someone with Lisa’s background and expertise during my pageant preparation. Lisa has tremendous advice for every aspect of pageant preparation. Her in-depth knowledge of how pageant systems work was invaluable in helping me prepare, especially for the interview competition. Interview has always been my weak area, and I truly believe her interview tips and wardrobe advice carried me through to my best interview ever. The confidence I gained from feeling successful in my interview carried through to my on-stage presence. Lisa can help with every detail of a pageant. She was very thorough in helping me prepare for my pageant, which helped me stand out from the other contestants. As with every great coach, it is easy to see how her advice in interview skills will transfer into future job interviews, as I look forward to a business career.” ~ Sylvia Coulson
(Photo Credit: Shawna Peterson)
2014 Miss Washington Teen USA and winner of photogenic award
“When I first competed in the Miss Washington Teen USA pageant, I did not even make the semi-finals. When I returned one year later, I placed as the First Runner-Up. I owe this vast improvement to my pageant coach, Lisa Quast. What I love about Lisa’s style of training is that she did not change me into a “cookie-cutter” pageant contestant. Rather, she targeted my best qualities and taught me how to refine and improve them for the benefit of my performance in pageants. Although I did not win the 2013 crown, I did not walk away from the experience empty-handed. Through my training with Lisa, I gained interview and public speaking skills. Most importantly, I gained self-confidence. I am absolutely thrilled to apply these skills as I work towards a career in broadcast journalism. Choosing Lisa Quast as my pageant coach is one of the best decisions I have ever made.” ~ Starla Sampaco
2013: Starla was the 1st runner up and winner of the academic award and photogenic award.
SPECIAL UPDATE: On Saturday, October 19, 2013, after another year with Lisa as her pageant coach, Starla’s dream came true and she was crowned the 2014 Miss Washington Teen USA!
(Photo Credit: www.jerryandloisstudios.com)
2012 Miss Washington USA
“Having Lisa as my pageant coach has elevated my skill set to an entirely new level because she has an incredibly diverse background that is perfect for shaping individuals who are serious about competing in pageants. In addition to being a certified career coach and interview expert, she has spent her career successfully climbing the ladder in corporate America and has also competed in pageants at local, state, and national levels. Her passionate, thorough approach to coaching helped me achieve my goal to become Miss Washington USA 2012 and I am very fortunate to have Lisa on my team as I prepare to compete at Miss USA. I encourage anyone looking to become a titleholder to see Lisa for coaching, because to me, she is the absolute best. Lisa has truly left a lasting impact on my life as both a coach and confidant, and for that I am eternally grateful! ” ~ Christina Clarke
(Photo Credit: www.jerryandloisstudios.com)
2012 Mrs. Washington United States
“When I was referred to Lisa at the start of this adventure, I was unsure of how she would be able to assist me with my journey within the Mrs. United States pageant system. After our first conversation on the phone, all concerns were dashed aside as she expertly — and kindly — responded to my flurry of questions, e-mails, and phone calls following that initial call. Lisa is a pillar within the business community and has a plethora of knowledge to share. Coupling that with her pageant experience, the wisdom she bestowed upon me is capacious. Being completely new to the pageant world, I was inexperienced and needed her guidance and expertise. Under her tutelage, I have successfully graduated from Mrs. King County United States to Mrs. Washington United States and am off to nationals. With Lisa’s guiding hand and expansive knowledge, she has helped me to be successful in my goals thus far. From attire and choreography to interviewing skills and attitude, her input is insightful and encouraging. Throughout it all, she consistently touts: be yourself. Thank you, Lisa, for being by my side and on my team.” ~ Kat Sturgess
2011/2012 Washington State Dairy Ambassador
“I am so thankful I had the opportunity to work with Lisa. Her friendly and supportive manner helped me feel very comfortable working with her. I cannot begin to count all of the practical ways she helped me prepare for my three-day state contest. One of the most helpful things was her insight on preparing for and answering impromptu questions. I also received great coaching to prepare for interviews, wardrobe, make-up, and making an entrance with poise and confidence. She even assigned homework and research assignments that I can honestly say made a big difference for me compared with other candidates. Most of all, her preparation helped me have fun with the whole process in a way the judges could see my enjoyment too. I highly recommend Lisa if you are preparing for a pageant, or if you just want to brush up on your professional appearance and interactions. I know the skills I learned from her will serve me my entire life.” ~ Shannon Rodeffer