II. Contestant Requirements
Applications for the class of 2017 are due by January 15, 2017 at 5:00pm Pacific Standard Time (PST).
There is a block of rooms for Contestants that will be assigned after their application is submitted. ? Please do not book a hotel room until directed by the Contestant Coordinator. Contestants must arrive at the hotel by Wednesday, April 19, 2017 and be ready to meet on Thursday morning at 8:00am PST. The winner of the competition will need to stay through Sunday evening 7:00pm PST of the weekend, so it is recommended that Contestants book an open return ticket or stay through Monday, April 24.
III. Structure of Contest
Once the application and payment are made, you will receive details on the online calls. Contestant’s numbers will be drawn online during the first Contestant online meeting. These four (4) pre event online meetings will give each Contestant all the details needed to compete for the contest. Here is the meeting schedule to accommodate global Contestants:
Jan 22, 2017, 2:00pm PST – Draw #’s, Overview, Social Media
Feb 26, 2017, 2:00pm PST
PART 1 2:00 p.m PST IMsBB Only Tech Boot, Boot Lounge
PART 2 3:00 p.m. PST (IMsL + IMsBB) Speech, Introductory #, Release BB then start Fantasy.
Mar 12, 2017, 2:00pm PST – Silent auction and any final items
TBD – Fantasy Production Private call
It is a busy weekend and everyone will be provided with a Master Schedule: A full itinerary which includes where and when Contestants need to be for the entire weekend. You will receive a link to this schedule pre-event.
The categories for the competition are listed here but more detail will be provided in the FAQ that you should review and will be covered during the Contestant calls on each area.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
First orientation meeting occurs onsite at the host hotel (8:00am breakfast, 9:00am Contestant meeting – one handler should attend with the Contestant)
Judging begins: Judges and attendees can be anywhere in the hotel and are looking at how Contestants are responding to them as well as other people. Being friendly, open and enthusiastic is contagious. Contestants will also be judged on how Contestants interact with the other Contestants (both IMsL and IMsBB).
Contestant Photo Shoot (Thursday afternoon): Contestants will be professionally photographed by the IMsL staff photographer. Please dress in your best image as these photos will be used at the event, in social media and will appear on the website. They are also provided to press. They will also be the winner pictures for the first press releases.
Silent Auction Set-up (6:45pm-8:45pm): Contestants set up the plan on how to display their silent auction items. They are allowed up to two six foot tables to display their items in the silent auction room. No items can be placed on the floor, hung above the table or propped against the table. Items should be onsite by Thursday, April 20, 2017. One to three (1-3) Contestant team members will do the actual setup of the display without the Contestant present, based on the Contestant design. This setup will be Thursday night from from 6:45pm-8:45pm in Donner Room (silent auction room).
Raffle Ticket Sales (Thursday 6:30pm – 8:30pm): IMsL Contestants will be asked to sell auction tickets during the Queer Happy Hour event. How much you sell is not judged but your overall attitude and enthusiasm are part of the public image score. All monies raised from the sale of raffle tickets goes to the IMsL/IMsBB travel fund. This is also a chance to meet the attendees and judges so they may observe you interacting with the attendees.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Contestant Interviews (Friday afternoon – depending on the size of class may include Saturday morning)
Contestants will be part of rehearsals during the day for the opening number, speech practice and blocking/run through of fantasies (all fantasy participants must attend this rehearsal as well)
Contestants will be introduced on stage and compete in the speech/formal wear category during the opening ceremonies on Friday night*.
*In the event of 12 or more IMsL Contestants in a given year, only the top 10 Contestants, based on the interview scores, will be selected at the start of the contest to continue in the competition on Friday and Saturday night.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Contestant Interviews as needed (depending on the size of the class).
Contestants will be part of rehearsals during the day for opening number and blocking/run through fantasies (all fantasy participants must attend this rehearsal as well).
Contestants will be introduced on stage and compete in the pop question/hot wear and fantasy categories during the contest on Saturday night.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
All Contestants are expected to attend the brunch on Sunday morning regardless of winning or losing to support the new titleholders.
Winners will meet with the IMsL Productions, LLC Executive Producer and IMsL Foundation Board President on Sunday afternoon to review the contract and begin planning for the title year.
- Personal Interview/Teaching (40 points) – 25 minutes
Interviews are open to weekend attendees (note: Interviews are not open to other Contestants or primary handlers for other Contestants) and will be held on Friday and Saturday. Both the IMsL and IMsBB judges will be part of the interviews for the IMsL title.
(10 Points) Each Contestant will be asked to present a short demo/teaching moment (7 minutes maximum) when they come in for their interview. This can be on any topic and does not require PowerPoint’s, handouts or any other materials. The judges want to see how Contestants present and respond in front of an audience. You will have 5 minutes to set up if needed prior to your interview.
(30 points) The judging panel will interview the Contestants for a period of 15-18 minutes. Questions may include (but are not limited to) community contributions, personal history, leather history and current events.
- Fantasy (20 points)
Fantasies will be performed on stage during Saturday’s show. The fantasies are the highlight of the contest and our production team works with Contestants to provide the best possible production.
The performance may not exceed 3 minutes and must be completely performed within a 10’x10’ area on the stage.
Contestants should mindfully plan for ease of setting up/taking down of any props being used (must take no longer than 30 seconds to set up and 30 seconds to take down).
Contestants may use audio (music, spoken word, voiceovers) to enhance their performance (though this is not required).
If music/sound is used (the production staff will try to support live music but no additional equipment will procured for live performances); Contestants will be responsible for using music/sound that MUST be copyright free, open source, or actually original and recorded by you or for you. We believe in an artist value for their music to be used at fair value and copyrights cannot be purchased recorded media for use at IMsL/IMsBB Weekend. For a selection of copyright free songs, use can use websites like https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/music You may use other websites to find songs as well, as long as it is copyright free. You may use multiple songs that are mashed together as long as they follow the parameters above.
Contestants will provide the Ballroom team with an edited final version of the music (according to guidelines contained within the Fantasy Form – no longer than 3 minutes or it will be returned to the Contestant for editing).
Fantasy Form link will be sent out well in advance so that Contestants have time to prepare all requested information
Performance parameters, tips and best practices will be discussed during the Contestant pre-calls
An additional pre-event call will be scheduled to talk with the production team one-on-one about fantasy details if the Contestant requests the call.
Final Rehearsal: Prior to Saturday night’s show, the stage (complete with professional lighting and sound crew) will be available to Contestants for their final rehearsal. (Final rehearsal is for the Contestant and their performers to run through the Fantasy on the actual stage, with actual lights and sound on Saturday of the weekend. Everyone should arrive prepared, dressed, and ready to perform as stage time is very limited)
Details on this will be provided at the Contestant pre-calls. Thinking about the fantasy, originality scores points with the judges. One of the online calls will include the production team describing best practices for the fantasy.
- Speech/Formal Wear (20 points)
Contestants will present a ninety (90) second prepared speech (on any topic of their choice) on stage during the contest on Friday in their formal leather. This is designed to showcase your ability to get up in front of an audience, connect with them and motivate them! Although mics will not be turned off, judges will be informed if the speech exceeds 90 seconds which may impact your potential score. Fifteen (15) points for speech and five (5) points for formal wear are available.
- Hotwear/Pop Question (10 points)
The Contestants will be asked a Pop Question on stage on Saturday night and will have the opportunity to show the audience and judges the outfit that captures their leather image and makes them most confident! The tweet from the Contestant application will be read as their introduction. Contestants will draw a pop question, be given a chance to read it, then the MC will read it to the audience and Contestants will have a mic to answer the question! Avoid simply saying yes or no; Contestants should show off a quick wit and spontaneous side! Seven (7) points for pop questions and three (3) points for hotwear are available.
- Public Image (10 points)
Throughout the weekend the judges will observe how the Contestants present themselves and interact with the general public. Whether rehearsing or socializing, the judges will be looking for a Contestant with strong communication skills, politeness, a willingness to share knowledge and a genuine desire to help build community. Additionally, the Contestant Coordinator will track your deliverables prior to the event and on site (getting materials in by due dates, on time for meetings etc) and provide a report to the judges on Contestant compliance. Judges can award up to six (6) in this area.
Judges will also review your silent auction display and can award up to four (4) points under the public image category.
Heart & Soul Award
In addition to the IMsL/IMsBB title, each Contestant is considered for the “Heart & Soul Award”. One Contestant out of the entire Contestant class (IMsL/IMsBB) is selected for this award on Saturday night. During intermission on Saturday night, each Contestant votes by ballot for the Contestant who was most giving of time, energy, heart and soul during the weekend. The ballot is collected by the Contestant Coordinator. In the event of a tie, the den staff will also vote by ballot to select the winner.
If you need more information, contact the Contestant Coordinator.