Testimonials

Kari worked with Peyton as she prepared for Miss Junior High School America. Kari assisted with both walking and interview preparation. She was able to help Peyton out both with in person and online coaching since we do not live in California. The online coaching is amazing because she is able to send a recording of the session for reviewing and continued guidance in improving skills. She was instrumental in helping Peyton take her walking skills to the next level and integrate her model walking skills with pageant walks. Her coaching method helps push girls in a positive way that helps them to improve. She is highly supportive and caring toward the girls. Kari also was very helpful in guiding us in choosing wardrobe that made sense for her age level and the Miss High School America system. We are so grateful for all the help Kari provided Peyton to help her achieve this amazing goal. We would highly recommend her to anyone for pageant coaching services to take you to the next level.

- Peyton Stuewe - Miss Junior High School America -

Kari Volen is an absolutely amazing pageant coach, truly one of a kind. She takes the time to focus on each of your competition categories and makes sure you feel confident every time you step out on stage. Kari has helped me in so many ways and makes sure I'm always prepared. I don't know what I'd do without her.

- Jenai Wilcox - Royal International Miss 2019 -

I’ve been working with Kari Volen for almost three years. In that time, I’ve not only grown tremendously in pageantry but also in life. Without the help of Kari’s extensive pageant knowledge and constant motivation, I wouldn’t have earned the remarkable titles and placements I was able to accomplish. Kari helped me to place at NAM Nationals in 2017 as 3rd runner up to the All-American Junior Teen, win the 2017 NAM National Runway Model title, and place 3rd runner up in casual wear…JUST IN A FEW SHORT MONTHS OF COACHING! I also won the title of IJM California Teen 2019 and placed 3rd runner up at IJM Nationals, where I also won teen photogenic, was 4th runner up in casual wear, and was selected as the winner of best interview attire, best fun fashion, and best gown! Kari is an incredible coach, friend, and mentor! All PC&D girls are all beyond lucky and blessed to have such an amazing/ helpful person is our lives!

- Autumn Harabedian -

I have been working with Kari since the beginning of my pageant career and she has been with me every step of the way. She is remarkable because she works with you on every aspect of pageantry, whether it be interview preparation, platform development, or walking with confidence in every phase of competition. People always ask me what has made me successful in my pageantry journey, and I always stand by my recommendation of my phenomenal coach, Kari Volen!

- Rita Garabet - Awards include: 4 MAO titles (Miss Covina Valley 2013, Miss Inland Empire 2014, Miss Southland 2015, Miss Sierra Nevada 2016)Earned Best in Fitness (Miss Southland 2015, Miss Continents 2015, Miss California MAO 2016, Miss International 2019), Earned Best Interview (Miss Southland 2015, Miss California International 2019), Earned Best Evening Gown (Miss California International 2019), 2nd runner up to Miss Continents 2015, Miss California International 2019, 1st runner up to Miss International 2019 -

We have been with Kari Volen, Pageant Coaching and Designs, for over four years. Under her tutelage, my granddaughter has learned an incredible amount about competing in pageants, how to handle different situations while competing, how to speak clearly and eloquently, and so much more. Kari has not only been an awesome coach, but also an outstanding role model. Jayden won Royal International Miss International Sweetheart, 2018-2019, and is currently the National All American PreTeen, 2019-2020. She is also the National American Miss Most Promising Model, 2019-2020. She has also won many queens court titles, and numerous other titles. Kari is caring, knowledgeable about current trends in pageantry, responsible, reasonably priced, and over all, has the perfect package to coach anyone in need. As director now, myself, I recommend her to all my contestants and newly crowned queens.

- Lysa PeCoy, grandmother of Jayden PeCoy - the

2018-2019 Royal International Miss Sweetheart (RIM), 2019-2020 National All-American Miss Pre-Teen -

I first came to Kari while preparing to compete in a state pageant, Little did I know that with her help, I’d be taking home the national crown! She took my interview from average to standout, unique and memorable. I am so grateful for all of her help, that as a director, I now recommended her to all of my contestants and queens! We’ve had numerous national placements and it wouldn’t be possible without her ingenuity and dedication to each and every girl’s success!

- Samantha Riddle - Miss International 2014 -

Kari’s not only an extraordinary coach but an incredibly amazing human being that goes over and above for her clients.  Kari gives her girls the edge merely because she makes tangible changes with them and she emphasizes the importance of setting goals. Kari loves coaching and this is evident in her success of instilling confidence that reaches pass the stage.   Count yourself blessed if you work with Kari. 

- Kayln Terrell - National American Miss California Teen 2019-2020 -

To describe Kari in four words they would be Professional, Genuine, Wise, Focused.  I appreciate Kari and her genuine coaching that drives at the essence of what really matters; love and support.  Her authentic persona perfectly fits the wisdom she injects into her sessions, instilling confidence, and the most important goal which is do your best because at the end of the day – ONLY YOU can be the BEST YOU!!

- Mom of NAM California Teen 2019-2020 -

Kari Volen is an exceptional pageant coach! I’ve enjoyed watching my daughter grow and improve over the past two years. I’ve also seen Kari coach a variety of ages and my favorite observation is that she can coach any girl right where she is, regardless of age or experience. Kari Volen can up level anyone! Add to this the fact that she is knowledgeable on different systems and age divisions and has an excellent track record of success among her clients. We have enjoyed working with Kari and are so thankful for all of her guidance, which was pivotal in my daughter’s success of capturing the crown.

- Lelani Duckwitz- Mother of Lacy Duckwitz- National American Miss California Preteen 2019-2020 -

I’ve been competing in pageants for the past 14 years. Ever since the age of 5, I’ve always dreamt of holding the title of Miss California for National American Miss. Competing every year gave me such joy and I was honored to place in the top 20 and top 5 but I never walked away with the state title. I started to feel like I would never achieve this goal.

 A few years later, I found Pageant Coaching & Designs. At first, I never really thought I would train with a pageant coach, but when I researched and saw that this pageant coach had worked with previous NAM California winners, my eyes lit up. That’s when I reached out to Miss Kari Volen, the most wonderful lady you will ever meet!  Coaching with Kari taught me more than just nailing my walk or interview, she taught me to believe in myself and helped me to see that I was capable and had what it took to win the crown. I felt confident and actually believed that I could finally do this and in 2018, my dream came true as I was crowned the National American Miss California Teen!

If you’re looking to coach with Pageant Planet's #1 Pageant Coach, you should definitely be a part of the PC&D Team. Kari is an expert and not only will she help you prepare for every phase of competition, she will bring out the best in you. Kari is more than a coach, she is like family and she wants you to succeed in pageants and life. I’m thankful to have Kari as my pageant coach and am forever grateful for all she has done for me and my family. Join our Team and train with the best of the best!

- Madisen Fragosa -

What an AMAZING journey so far! Mrs Kari's professionalism, encouragement, honesty, and even her criticism comes with the highest level integrity and respect. My goal is ALWAYS growth and there is always room for improvement so I honestly look forward to Mrs Kari's reviews, suggestions, and professional opinions. She was a #1 fan to all of her girls at the state pageant. There was never a time of day that she wasn't sending an encouraging text, screaming in the audience, or taking photos with the girls. Being around Mrs Kari gives an immediate rush of positive adrenaline and the feeling that nothing is out my reach. She is everything one could hope for in a mentor, coach, and friend. To know her, is to be blessed. Love You Mrs Kari!

- JoVi Mongold - National American Miss California Junior Teen 2019-2020 -

Kari is a great coach, especially for interview! With her help, I have gone on to win titles such as 2017 NAM California Teen (3rd RU in NAM Nationals) and Miss Massachusetts Teen USA 2019 (Top 15 at Miss Teen USA). Living in San Francisco and Boston, I've worked with her both in person whenever I am down in LA, as well as over Facetime. When we work on walking at her studio, she always makes sure to film the practice, helping me to reference it and practice back at Harvard. I can then send her videos of my walk and she'll critique it, sending back videos of an example with her walk. Kari is a fantastic personal coach, and she will provide you with her thorough expertise in pageantry!

- Annie Lu- Miss Massachusetts Teen USA 2019 -

I began working with Kari when I was preparing to compete for Miss Montana 2017. After winning the title, as well as overall interview that year, I continued to work with her while prepping for Miss America 2018. Kari is always so kind and encouraging! No matter what time it is, she is always just a text or a phone call away. She truly cares about her clients! The skills I have learned from Kari have not only helped me succeed in pageants, but they are skills that will help me to succeed throughout life.

- Maddie Murray - Miss Montana 2017 -

I am a better leader today because of the coaching I received from Kari. Her coaching was the start of my journey to success in pageantry, and she led me to my winning an International title.  Because of Kari’s focus and discipline, I KNOW that my future is limitless.  Kari taught me how to prepare. She taught me how to plan.  She reminded me to practice, practice, practice.  Kari gave me the tools to develop into the person that I want to be, and how to show the world who I am.   The crown was a moment in time, but the skills Kari so generously and tirelessly gave me, has given me the tools to succeed at anything I tackle in life.  She is kind, she is my friend.  She is smart, she works hard.  She is a gift.  Hire her.

- Julia Gilmore, RIM International JR Teen Role Model 2019-2020 -

Kari is a diamond in the rough and assisted my daughter with preparations for NAM nationals as well as RIM California and RIM Nationals. Charlotte received the top interview score, placed in Actress, made top 10 in Talent and top 10 in Spokesmodel  as well as placed top 10 at NAM Nationals. Kari helped her focus the content of our introduction, create concise interview answers, and work on stage presence. For RIM Kari assisted with wardrobe selection, photogenic selection, Role Model interview prep, walking patterns, and Introduction prep. Charlotte took home many awards at the RIM National including the national Role Model title! We highly recommend Kari for your coaching needs.

- Charlotte Thompson - 2019-2020 Royal International

Miss Role Model Princess -

Kari is a diamond in the rough and assisted my daughter with preparations for NAM nationals as well as RIM California and RIM Nationals. Charlotte received the top interview score, placed in Actress, made top 10 in Talent and top 10 in Spokesmodel  as well as placed top 10 at NAM Nationals. Kari helped her focus the content of our introduction, create concise interview answers, and work on stage presence. For RIM Kari assisted with wardrobe selection, photogenic selection, Role Model interview prep, walking patterns, and Introduction prep. Charlotte took home many awards at the RIM National including the national Role Model title! We highly recommend Kari for your coaching needs.

- Abagail Maiden - National All American Miss Junior Teen 2018-2019 -

My daughter started doing pageants at the age of 13, just three years ago. During her first competition it was apparent which girls had a good coach and which girls needed one. We fell right into the bracket with the girls who needed one. Working with Kari as our coach has been a huge blessing. Kari has taken my beautiful daughter, Makayla, and has shown her that she already had everything she needed to win... she just needed to learn a little grace and finesse. After not placing at her first ever pageant, she went back the following year and won Miss Teen California 2018. Kari continued to work with Makayla and she placed 4th runner up at her first ever national pageant. After crowning her successor, Makayla worked again with Kari and was able to win Miss California High School 2020. Now we look forward to her one day winning a national title with Kari as her coach. Since Kari began working with her in 2018, she has won two state titles and 4th runner up at Teen International in just two years time! Kari truly knows how to build our girls up and give them the confidence to reach their goals!

- Joslynn Skelton - Mother of Makayla Skelton -

Miss Teen CA International 2018 & Miss CA High School 2020

I couldn’t have won my national title without Kari’s expertise. I’m incredibly thankful to have had the chance to work with her over the past five years. Not only is she punctual and professional, but she really has an insight on what systems are looking for in their next titleholders. There’s a reason why she’s so well-respected, and that’s because of the time she takes to really understand each of her clients. Kari’s taught me to polish and refine the skills I have, all while embracing the things that make me unique. She feels more like a mentor and a role model to me than a “coach” because of the years of support she’s given me. When I’m training with her and need advice, it’s never canned. She’s graciously given me styling tips and other industry connections that fit my needs best. Kari is an excellent communicator as well; during interview and personal intro training I get EXCITED because she knows exactly how to phrase things that define me perfectly. I couldn’t recommend anyone more than her. It’s been rewarding to watch her services get so popular over the years because she’s so deserving.

- Olivia Wynkoop - National All-American Miss Teen 2019-2020 -

Contact KARI

Brea, CA 92821

​​Tel: 714-732-3991

Email: ​pageantcoachinganddesigns@gmail.com

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