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Moving from Pageants to Entertainment
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Do you want to use your pageant competition as a stepping stone to a career in modeling or the entertainment industry? Andrea Patrick Forte is not only the CEO/Owner of one the world's most enduring and service-oriented modeling agencies, Patrick Talent, but she is one of the only titleholders to capture the crown in both systems being named Miss Pennsylvania-USA in 1980 and Miss West Virginia America in 1983. Join us as she shares her secrets to launching a successful modeling or entertainment career!
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Making the Transition
Andrea Patrick Forte talks about her pageant background, and how she was able to make the transition into modeling. She also shares advice on approaching an agency, the questions to ask a potential agent, and welcomes one of her clients who has made the transition from pageants to reality TV star.
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Modeling and Marketing
Andrea has advice for those looking to get into public speaking, and on how to get yourself noticed. She also talks about the common mistakes people make while transitioning, how stage parents can hurt your career, and how pageantry prepared her for modeling.
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Ask Valerie!
Need to know what types of shoes to wear in a swimsuit competition, how to choose the right pageant, find an agent or what to pack when going to your next pageant? Valerie has the answers to those questions and more!!!
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Andrea Patrick Forte

Andrea Patrick Forte is not only the CEO/Owner of one the world's most enduring and service-oriented modeling agencies, but she embodies everything her models represents. She is one of the only titleholders to capture the crown in both systems being named Miss Pennsylvania-USA in 1980 and Miss West Virginia America in 1983. Andrea has been working in the modeling and fashion industry for more than half her life and continues to keep her focus in the entertainment industry. This former model turned entrepreneur has appeared in Beverly Hills 213, LA Style, Whirl Magazine, Corridor Magazine, Star Magazine, Four Points Magazine, Pittsburgh Magazine and on several Covers and appeared in People Magazine with her husband, 50's icon, Fabian in their Most Beautiful Wedding Issue. Andrea is a former Director of Fashion and Beauty of an international magazine and her style has graced the pages of Pittsburgh Magazine as one of Pittsburgh"s 25 Most Beautiful People and her unique sense of fashion from red carpet events to everyday life has inspired those around her. In 2007, she founded and created her own line of inspirational statement apparel/product line that raises money for charity called Once Upon A Dream. Her experience as a Modeling Advice Columnist, Fashion Columnist, Clothing Designer and Published Writer inspired Andrea to publish her own magazine. Andrea Patrick Forte says what matters now at yet another crossroads in her life is not the resume she has compiled throughout her career but the beliefs she holds. Andrea is just taking the next step on her most remarkable journey she likes to call her Inspiration for Life and the name of it is Gladys Magazine.

Click here to check out Gladys Magazine.