We had the good fortune of connecting with Krystle Saulsberry and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Krystle, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I created Krystle Clear Pageantry in 2015 initially as a pageantry blog. I had been in the pageantry industry since the age of 17, and I believed I had wealth of knowledge and experience to share with others. As the brand grew, I decided to create a platform that encompassed pageant coaching and education. I believe this is important for her to manifest the crown she desires.
Krystle Clear Pageantry operates under the umbrella of Krystle Clear Enterprises, LLC which includes an apparel brand known as Crown Culture Apparel and a virtual 5K event known as Race To The Crown.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My story began at 17 years old when I received some information in the mail about competing in a pageant. It took me by surprise because initially, I had no interest in pageantry. Prior to competing, I struggled with self-esteem and a lack of confidence. After doing some research on this particular pageant system, I decided to move forward with competing. Through pageantry, I have been able to build my confidence, improve my communication skills, and discover my purpose. I wanted to be able to help others reach their potential through this industry known as pageantry.
In 2015, I created Krystle Clear Pageantry. Krystle Clear Pageantry is a web-based platform that is designed to coach and educate women and girls on how to have a winning mindset, make a good presentation, and develop self-confidence. I offer one on one coaching, books, digital products, and content creation. Krystle Clear Pageantry is unique because I focus on building the self-esteem of a woman or girl before we move to training for other aspects of pageant competition. I believe this is important for her to manifest the crown she desires.
Starting and building a business is no easy task. It takes hard work, sacrifice, patience, and discipline. I have to show up for my business every day regardless if no one books a coaching call, reads a blog post, or comments on a social media post. My why and purpose keep me going. I have struggled in the past with comparing myself to other successful entrepreneurs in my industry, but I had to realize that my journey is my journey. I will experience the success I desire in due time if I stay the course and don’t give up. My timing is not always God’s timing so that is where I must have patience.
Now, 18 years later, I am a 36-year-old successful pageantry professional who has held several pageantry titles, judged and coached contestants all over the Southeast, served on staff for a national pageant system, written five books, and appeared in major publications.
I can also be seen in Season 2 of the Netflix Series, Insatiable.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love downtown Atlanta, and I would take them to my favorite spots which include Skyview Atlanta, Georgia Aquarium, Centennial Olympic Park, and the College Football Hall of Fame (Roll Tide!)
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my mother, Sandra Bell, who planted the seed of competing in pageants. I would also like to dedicate this shoutout to American Pageants which is the very 1st pageant system I competed in that literally changed my life.
Had it not been for my mother and this pageant system, I don’t believe I would have discovered my purpose in pageantry.