Being IML - May 2004

Black and white photo of John, April 2004
Photo credit: David Magdziarz

Wow - that year went by incredibly quickly. People often ask what it's like to be IML. I think it's like being shot from a cannon, where you fly through the air for 12 months and then land with an enormous thud. (I'm still waiting for the thud...) Or maybe a more accurate description is to compare it to being hit by a truck, dragged along a road at high speed for a year and then left behind as it speeds off. Either way, you can prepare for this as much as you like and you'll still be overwhelmed at times by the experience.

Having said that, perhaps there's some advice I can give to the next poor sap, I mean lucky contestant, who wins International Mr Leather. Here's a combination of good advice given to me, along with some things that I wish I'd been told.

Notes for all IML contestants

Practical Advice



I'll leave the final quote to PR expert Mark Borkowski:

"Don't get blinded by the spotlight:
it's who's looking, and what they see of us, that matters,
not the simple fact that we're standing there."

I'm taking a short break after IML so my next column won't be posted until the second week of June. In the meantime thanks for all your support.

Best wishes,

John Pendal
International Mr Leather 2003

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