This scene is heating up in Arizona

PHOENIX, Ariz. – We are becoming one of the most promising states for fashion and entertainment. With events like Phoenix and Tucson Fashion Week on the horizon, agencies like Ford Robert Black Agency in Scottsdale are working to get their models and talent booked.

Preparing for these events includes lots of walking practice, ordering comp cards and shooting with photographers statewide.

In years past, Arizona has not been a popular destination for clients to work out of-especially compared to other states like New York and California. However, recently agents have noticed an increase in clientele. More and more, big-named clients are coming to the valley to shoot their TV shows, commercials and photoshoots. But why?

“More than anything, we have great weather,” Matt Englehart, talent agent at Ford RBA, said. “We don’t have the smog you’re contending with. We do have some great support people here as well. The permit fees are considerably lower.”

While Phoenix still has a way to go before rivaling cities like NYC and LA for the entertainment limelight, the “small market feel” helps small business owners like Morgan Teresa to grow their networks.

“I definitely think that I’ve made some good connections here…about half of my business comes from referrals,” Teresa said.

For Teresa, those referrals and friends make working in a growing market all worthwhile.

“I love to come home from LA and New York and be like ‘I have my friends. I have my people I care about.'”

Starting a business, heading back to school, and writing my own book?!macduggalbluegown

Holding this incredible title has propelled me in directions I never thought I could reach. As Miss World America I have gained new business peers, travel opportunities and so many skills I will take with me for the rest of my life. Now that my year is drawing to an end, many have asked “what’s next for you?” and today I am excited to share with you my plans for the future!

Since I have competed for Miss Arizona, Miss World America and Miss World 2015, I have acquired an immense knowledge of what it takes to WIN. I have stood in the shoes of a contestant, a judge and an audience number.

This gained knowledge is owed to every single person who has contributed to my journey and helping me grow. From the bottom of my heart, I thank the people who have taught me everything I know. Now, I am proud to combine these skills I have learned into a one-stop-shop for ALL things pageant related. From styling wardrobe to acing interview and embodying a queen, Pageant Consulting with Victoria Mendoza will be a business dedicated to helping aspiring women achieve the titles they desire. More details about this endeavor will be included in a future post!

Along with growing this passion, I will be returning as a full-time student this fall. With only two more years remaining before achieving my undergraduate degree, I am eager to hit the books and study deeper into journalism and communication. Now, I’m returning with three internships and a whole lot of life experience (and TV interview practice) under my belt! IMG_2859.JPG

Finally, I am starting the early phases of writing a book about achieving your dreams at any age, any stage, from any walk of life. I am excited to be including exclusive memoirs from my year as Miss World America, working as a model and actress, and overcoming difficult personal challenges. This will be a TELL-ALL book with secrets I have never shared before. Additionally, my book will feature insight I’ve learned from powerful influencers (like the one and only, Joel Osteen!). This is a HUGE project I am looking forward to sharing with you all. PS. Are there any specific questions you would want answered in this book?

THANK YOU ALL for being supportive and loving always. Here’s to the next chapter, the next adventure!

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