Friday, November 25, 2011
Qawnana Crockett IFPA PRO World Championships Interview
Q: First Qawnana, thanks for taking the time for another interview.
A: THANK YOU AGAIN FOR THE OPPORTUNITY.
Q: For those who may not be familiar, can you tell a little about yourself.
A: MOM, COACH,FITNESS PROFESSIONAL, STYLIST, MAKE UP ARTIST..........
Q: You recently competed. Can you share with people what show you did and how you did.
A: YES, I COMPETED IN THE 2011 MUSCLEPHARM IFPA PRO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS HELD IN MARYLAND. I PLACED 3RD IN THE FIGURE SHORT CATEGORY.
Q: How did you feel about your chances after pre judging?
A: HONESTLY, I HAD NO IDEA BECAUSE EVERYONE LOOKED SO GOOD!
Q: How do you decide which shows you want to do?
A: WELL, IT USUALLY DEPENDS ON WHAT MY KIDS HAVE GOING ON BECAUSE THEY ARE BOTH ATHLETES AS WELL. IT STILL ISN'T ALWAYS EASY BECAUSE LIKE THIS YEAR, BOTH KIDS AND I OVERLAPPED WITH OUR ACTIVITIES, SO WE WERE ALL MISSING SOMETHING OF ONE ANOTHER OCCASIONALLY.
Q: Looking at last year and this year, what do you feel you have made the biggest improvements on?
A: DEFIANTLY CONDITIONING, AND LEANNESS. OVER THE PAST 6 YEARS, THAT HAS BEEN THE MOST CONSISTENT FEEDBACK, GET LEANER, SO......I DID!
Q: Is there anything you feel you need to improve on for the next year?
A: YES, I HAD MORE SIZE AND DENSITY IN MY UPPER BODY BEFORE, I WANT TO GET THAT BACK SO I CAN BALANCE OUT WITH MY LEGS.
Q: Do you ever compare yourself to others before you actually step on stage?
A: ABSOLUTELY NOT. I ACTUALLY THINK IT'S REALLY SILLY. WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT AND WE ALL HAVE OUR STRONG POINTS AS WELL AS OUR CHALLENGING ONES. AS A COMPETITOR, YOU JUST HAVE CONFIDENCE IN WHO YOU ARE A WHAT YOU ARE BRINGING TO THE STAGE AND LEAVE THE REST.
Q: How was the prep for the show?
A: IT WENT PRETTY WELL, I DID CATCH THE FLU DURING PEAK WEEK, BUT SEVERAL OF US GOT SICK, SO I KNEW I HAD TO PUSH THROUGH, SHAKE IT OFF, AND KEEP GOING. OTHER THAN THE FLU, IT WENT WELL, ALMOST TOO WELL!
Q: What is the changes you make to your routine for prep?
A: FOR THIS SHOW, I HARDLY EVER DID CARDIO (NO I'M NOT COMPLAINING EITHER). OUTSIDE OF TEACHING MY LATIN/HIP HOP DANCE CLASS TWICE A WEEK, I DIDN'T REALLY DO CARDIO.
Q: Whats the hardest part of the prep process for you?
A: I COACH CHEERLEADING FOR THE YOUTH FOOTBALL LEAGUE, SO COACHING 13 GIRLS (INCLUDING MY DAUGHTER), TRAINING FOR THIS SHOW, TRYING TO ATTEND MY DAUGHTERS TRACK MEETS, AND SUPPORT MY SON'S FIRST YEAR IN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL WAS THE HARDEST, AND MOST STRESSFUL. I COULD NOT WAIT FOR ALL OF OUR SEASONS TO END SO WE COULD ALL TAKE A BREAK
Q: Whats the first thing you ate once you got off stage?
A: WHEN I GOT HOME, I ORDERED PIZZA. I ATE 1 SLICE, AND PASSED OUT! IT WASN'T REALLY UNTIL HALLOWEEN 2 DAYS LATER THAT I GOT TO INDULGE IN TOOTSIE ROLLS :)
Q: Does it take a win for you to be happy, or is just making improvements the thing you look to accomplish?
A: FOR ME IT'S ABOUT KNOWING I BROUGHT MY ABSOLUTE EVERYTHING TO THAT STAGE, IT SHOWS AND IT WAS REMEMBERED WHEN THAT SHOW IS OVER. WE ALL WANT TO WIN, WE ALL DEAL WITH SOME FORM OF DISAPPOINTMENT (SOME MORE THAN OTHERS) IF WE DON'T PLACE FIRST. WHEN I DON'T PLACE FIRST, I TAKE A STEP BACK AND I LOOK AT ALL OF THE VARIABLES THAT WENT ALONG WITH PREPPING FOR THAT SHOW. I AM ONLY NOT HAPPY WITH MYSELF IF I KNOW I DIDN'T GIVE MY VERY BEST AND IT MAY HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO MY PLACING. EVERYONE'S PREFERENCE ON WHAT THE FIRST PLACE BODYBUILDER OR FIGURE COMPETITOR SHOULD LOOK LIKE IS ALWAYS GOING TO BE DIFFERENT, AND EVERYONE IS GOING TO HAVE AN OPINION. THERE COMES A POINT WHEN YOU JUST HAVE TO TAKE THE FEEDBACK AND MOVE ON, AND NOT LET IT STOP YOU IN YOUR TRACKS. THIS SPORT HAS TO BE ABOUT MORE THAN THAT FIRST PLACE WIN, IT SHOULD BE ABOUT PROGRESSION AND CHALLENGE.
Q: Whats the last thing you think about right before you step on stage?
A: RIGHT BEFORE STEPPING ON THE STAGE AT THE SHOW, 3 WORDS.....I......DID....IT!!! THIS YEAR WAS MY 3RD ATTEMPT AT WANTING TO COMPETE IN THE WORLDS. ILLNESS AND MAJOR SURGERIES STOPPED ME BOTH IN 2009 AND 2010. SO IN MY OWN WAY, THIS WAS MY "COME BACK". I WAS JUST SO THRILLED I FINALLY MADE IT, AND EVEN WITH THE FLU I FELT MY ABSOLUTE BEST :)
Q: Where there any competitors you shared the stage with who impressed you?
A: WELL, WE ALL HAD TO QUALIFY JUST TO COMPETE IN THIS SHOW, SO I WAS IMPRESSED WITH EVERY SINGLE PERSON I SHARED THE STAGE WITH THAT DAY.
Q: Do you get nervous at all before you get on stage?
A: OH GOODNESS! SO NERVOUS, I WANT TO PASS OUT LOL!! BUT AS SOON AS MY MUSIC COMES ON AND I TAKE THAT FIRST STEP, IT'S ON!
Q: Do you try and read judges reactions while on stage or just focus on what you are doing?
A: NO, I'M USUALLY TOO BUSY TRYING TO MAINTAIN MY COMPOSURE ON STAGE AND KEEPING MY SMILE. I WOULD JUST FREAK MYSELF OUT EVEN MORE IF I FOCUS ON THEM.
Q: How important is support from family and friends during the prep process?
A: IT IS REALLY UNREALISTIC TO ASK FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO UNDERSTAND WHAT I DO. I APPRECIATE ANY SUPPORT I CAN GET AND AS LONG AS THERE IS NO NEGATIVE ENERGY I'M GOOD. I HAVE PRETTY PROUD, AND SUPPORTIVE FRIENDS AND FAMILY. I HAVE NEVER HAD A PROBLEM LETTING THEM KNOW WHAT I NEED TO SUCCEED, AND THEY USUALLY UNDERSTAND.
Q: Finish this sentence. In five years Qawnana Crockett will be__?
A: MORE DRIVEN, PASSIONATE, AND SUCCESSFUL THAN I AM TODAY NO MATTER WHAT I AM DOING.
Q: When you are done competing, how would you like Qawnana Crockett the competitor to be remembered?
RESPECTFUL, DRIVEN, HELPFUL, FRIENDLY, AND A TOUGH COMPETITOR.
Q: Anything I missed you want to talk about?
A: I'M SURPRISED YOU DIDN'T ASK ME ABOUT MY PLANS FOR NEXT YEAR........LET'S JUST SAY BIGGER AND BETTER :)
Q: Anything you want to plug or promote?
A: MOST PEOPLE KNOW I AM A POSING AND CONTEST PREP COACH, BUT MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW THAT I ACTUALLY DO STAGE MAKE UP AS WELL! I GUESS YOU CAN SAY I AM A JACK OF ALL TRADES :)
Q: Qawnana, again, thanks so much for doing this. Any last words before you go?
A: WORK WITH WHAT YOU HAVE, NOT AGAINST IT