(Sorry for the lack of photos)
Leading up to the contest I met and talked with a lot of people for advice, suggestions and just general confidence boosting. No amount of preparation had prepared me for the weekend I embarked on. Everything was extremely valuable, but as with most things, experiencing it and being told about it are still two very different things.
There were a total of 4 contestants. Sir Dan was my competition for the Sir title, boy Scott was competing for the boy title, and Kristen was competing for the Community Boot Black title. As you can see, I was the only one with actual competition. The others were mostly competing to prove themselves, and they did an amazing job at it. There ended up being a total of 10 judges including all ILSb/ICBB 2010 title holders, and many local leathermen and leatherwomen from the Dallas community.
This title and the ILSb titles are more of a “players” titles. They are target at those that are truly kinky fuckers that love sex, compared to the IML title which is more of a political title.
Friday night the contestants got to the Dallas Eagle around 7:30 for a Meet and Greet with the judges. It was an opportunity to introduce yourself to the judges and let them to to know you. One of the judges, DVNC, scared the hell out of me when I first met her while there were others I immediately connected with. Over the weekend though, I’d get to know them all better and they’d get to discover that I’m more than just a 26 yr old “puppy”.
The schedule for Friday was an extremely low-stress one, but I had another reason to be stressed out. The boy that I had found online and was going to use for a couple portions of the contest on Saturday had vanished. So I used every resource I had, and any helping hand I could to find some boys. I did manage to find amazing boys for both parts.
Friday night I was also educated by Solitaire and her slave (I believe), that in Old Guard traditions, jock straps are not appropriate to wear under jeans. This was news to me, but she was more than willing to cut it off. Just an FYI, it sounds like a jockstrap would come off a lot easier than one might imagine. It’s easier to just drop your pants when you do it.
The night came and went, leaving me to twist and turn in my bed all night. I couldn’t sleep past 6:30am and got some breakfast. I spent the morning before everything started working on my speech more. Before the contest, I was the most worried about my fantasy scene and the demo portion. Once I actually got there I was the most worried about my speech.
The afternoon contained the interview and non-judged demo portions of the contest at the Dallas Eagle. All while there were different bdsm/leather workshops going on.
I was the second to be interviewed. They called me into a section of the Eagle that had been portioned off with all 10 judges seated at a table. One of my mentors had told me to shake every judges hand before and after the interview. It was also a fun game to try to remember all their names. I actually did better than I imagined. The interview was supposed to be 10 minutes, but they allowed it to go over. After about the 4th questions, all my nerves and stress just faded away for rest of the weekend. I had some big problems with history questions, such as:
- What important event happened in 1969? (Stonewall)
- When was the Leather Pride flag created? (1989 by Tony DeBlase)
- How do you prefer to play – RACK or SSC? And what do they mean? (I knew RACK [Risk Aware Consensual Kink] and what SSC was about, but didn’t know SSC meant Safe, Sane and Consensual)