PAGEANT Talks Presents:
Ms. American Coed 2016 Rebecca Chisolm
Introduction: My name is Rebecca Lea “Becca” Chisholm. I am a BFA graduate from AMDA, (The American Music and Dramatic Academy”. I love the theater. I am a triple threat and have worked my whole life for this time. I am a model and also do commercial work. I love pageantry and all the good it represents. And, I am beyond excited to be the new Ms. American Coed!
Why did you decide to compete for the title of Ms. American Coed?
My dad was the City Manager in South Padre Island, Texas. Back in the 90’s, he helped to bring the Texas USA pageant to the Island and eventually The Miss USA Pageant. After growing up watching the USA system, (and I was very little) it helped me discover my love for the stage and pageantry at an early age.
What is Ms. American Coed (MAC)? Why should young women like yourself enter?
I’ve grown up competing in the American Coed System and have held (2) Florida State Titles. Now, that I have finished my college degree, it was time for me to come back and try to achieve a life -long dream of representing American Coed at a National Level. American Coed is a traditional pageant, with scoring on your: Personal Introduction, Interview and Evening Gown. Ms. American Coed is the division for young women 22 – 29. Miss American Coed is all about who you are on the inside. It’s all about being proud of who you are and being an example for young women. I encourage young women to compete in MAC (Miss American Coed) to show that we represent the modern day woman, in a very diverse society and MAC provides a platform to do just that.
When you heard your name called and put on that sash what emotions or thought were going through your head?
….ha…The first thing I thought was…are you serious? I felt shocked and very humbled. I just kept saying…Oh my gosh! It was a dream come true!
What was the first thing you did after the pageant?
I celebrated with my parents and friends at the pageant and my life long coach and mentor, Tiffany Johnson. My parents have supported me through everything in my life. Pageantry is a family affair.
I am a huge fan of your evening gown! You looked like a movie star. I must also admit it’s not a typical gown you would see walk across the MAC stage. Why did you decide to wear it?
Thank you so much! I love this gown because it is so different. It’s so theatrical, so old Hollywood Magic! It embodies being classy and sassy all at the same time. The gown has no slits, and while one-shouldered, I am covered…it’s chic!
I know you are a huge animal lover and fan of adoption. Why is adoption so important to you and how can others get involved?
I see stories on social media all the time about animals be dropped off at shelters. When people are looking to add a pet to their family, I believe it’s important to see if they could find their new family member at a shelter. I believe that every animal deserves to be loved. Look in your community for a shelter you might be able to volunteer at, or recommend to a family looking to adopt.
What are you looking forward to during your reign?
Giving back! I have volunteered my whole life. The important thing about being a Title Holder isn’t about the crown itself, it’s about what you do with the crown!
What was your favorite moment at the national pageant?
Seeing my parents after crowning. Coed has always been a family affair!
What advice would you give to someone (around your age) who was going to compete in their very first pageant?
The outcome of any pageant is the result of several judges opinions, understand that going into the pageant. On any given day- the outcome can change. Set your goal to do the best you can do and leave it on the stage. Be yourself and have fun!
You are a professional actress and dancer. What made you decide to go into the field of entertainment?
I have always loved the stage and performing. My first dance recital, I was probably 3 years old. I saw The Phantom of the Opera with my parents, on Broadway, when I was little. For me it was a first and a once in a lifetime experience. In theater, anything can happen. Th actors created a memory that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I want to be a part of that memory for someone else.
What is your favorite Broadway show?
Phantom of the Opera, hands down. I have lost count of the number of times I have seen it and listened to the sound track!
Who are your heroes?
My parents are my heroes. My mom is the strongest and most honest person I know. My dad has taught me the importance of being hard working, but making time for the things that matter the most, like family. We are exceptionally close!
What should every young woman try at least once in her life?
Something that scares you! It’s important to know that it’s ok to be scared. But more importantly, it’s important to know- how to overcome your fears.
What’s your one biggest pet peeve?
When people don’t say what they mean! I am a firm believer in saying what you mean and meaning what you say!
What’s do you like most about the holidays?
Being with my family. We are always together for the holidays, regardless of whether I was in New York or California. I wouldn’t trade it for anything!
Describe yourself in two words?
Outgoing and Determined
What makes you laugh?
Abigail, my baby Pomeranian- she’s almost 2. She’s a DIVA dog that believes that she a human. We are perfect for each other.
What item in your closet do you wear the most?
I live in dance and work- out clothes. When I am not dancing, I am always working out, stretching or doing yoga!
What is one item you can’t live without?
My gold pendant necklace, with the pink heart shaped stone. My parents gave me the is necklace for you my 16th birthday. I wear it on special occasions or when I am having a challenging day.