Ever heard of Bill Alverson?
He's an Alabamian who lives in Andalusia, and over the weekend he was featured in The New York Times Magazine. Turns out that Alverson, an attorney, is also renowned for his ability to coach young women who are in beauty pageants.
Talk about a niche job. (At $125 an hour.)
The magazine wrote, "Alverson specializes in preparing contestants for the interview segment. In the pageant world, the interview is seen as supremely important, not merely for its own score but also for a halo effect it supposedly confers: A good (or bad) performance during offstage preliminaries is believed to influence scores in the other segments. (At Miss America, the onstage interview is also the contestants’ last test before the judges fill out their final ballots.) And while you can easily extend hair or augment a rhinestone-encrusted bust, it’s tougher to feign smarts and poise. According to Tammy Carver-Wells, a Mississippi pageant director who began sending competitors to Alverson this year: 'When a girl wins the pageant, it’s because she wins in interview. It’s like anything else in life. It’s not just about showing brains. You have to have a sense of humor. You have to be charming. You have to show personality. Bill’s the best at bringing that out.'"
Meanwhile, a majority of his time on his day job is spent on criminal-defense cases and working as a court-appointed guardian for the children of people with mental illnesses, according to The Times.
Alverson seems to be an Alabamian we should get to know.
-- Phillip Tutor