Say Cheese!

In 2011 at SJSU, I was part of Chicano Commencement, a special graduation ceremony for all Latino students and our families. Chicano Commencement, or “CC”, focused on highlighting the achievements of all Latinos in our community and so the majority of contributors to help make “CC” a success were Latinos. This included everything from the live music to the photography. The photographer, Sergio Estrada, had already been a friend of mine as he had photographed many Latino related events on campus. Graduation night was quite a success, with all the photographs to cherish.

From the moment I was accepted into the pageant, I knew one of the key components I would need was having a complete portfolio. Though it had been a few years since graduation, I quickly whipped up an email proposal and sent it over Sergio’s way and thankfully he agreed to take on the role. We set up the photo shoot during Memorial Weekend since he’d be in town photographing CC’s Class of 2013. After some indoor studio shots, we ventured out to Penitencia Creek in San Jose where we spent about 30 minutes posing with various backdrops.Though I was not able to see all photos, I was able to get a glimpse of a few and from what I saw, they looked amazing! I’m really excited to get the photos back and I’m thankful Sergio was able to be part of this experience with me.

Love,
Kassie P.

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Scored Another One!

!Viva Mexico!…Mexico Lindo restaurant, that is! A few months ago, I had the opportunity to meet the owner, Lino, through a mutual friend. We exchanged contact information as he suggested we could possibly collaborate and both benefit from one another during this pageant experience of mine. After much discussion (and even a job offer) Lino generously agreed to cover the entire cost of my professional photographs and offered to have multiple fundraisers/meet-and-greets at the restaurant, in San Jose. Luckily for me, Lino is quite familiar with pageants as he has sponsored other women who have competed for multiple competitions.

I’ve been extremely fortunate to have all of these sponsors support me through this journey and I’m very excited to start promoting these businesses as much as possible! As of now, I thankfully have all financials covered by my sponsors but that doesn’t mean I won’t be on the lookout for sponsors in other categories, like beauty!

Love,
Kassie P.

Here’s My Card For Ya!

Earlier this week, I looked over my calendar of pageant events in San Jose that I will be attending and thought it would be great PR for me to pass out business cards to those I come in contact with. I quickly logged onto Vistaprints.com and created 250 fun, colorful business cards that have all of my social media contact information. In general, I think it’s always important to promote ones self and now with this pageant title under my belt, I truly want to get out in my community and let people know who I am and how they can support me. With my multicolored zebra print business cards, I know I will be able to create a larger network both personal and business.

I’m very excited to start attending events while meeting lots of new people of all different walks of life in San Jose. I know getting lots of exposure in this city will lead to great opportunities for me because you never know whose hands my business card may fall into!

Love,
Kassie P.