Q: WHAT IS LAUNCH?
A: Launch is a national three day performing arts showcase held yearly in Chicago, Illinois. Launch is not a modeling school or agency. Our purpose is to bring the best new talent from across the country together with top casting directors and agents who are eager to represent new talent. This is your chance to showcase your skills in front of some of the nation’s top entertainment industry professionals in one place, at one time. No other event gives you this kind of interactive exposure to industry leaders from across the globe in a fun, family-friendly weekend.
Q: WHO IS SELECTED TO ATTEND LAUNCH SHOWCASE?
A: As professional model and talent scouts with ongoing relationships with industry leaders and years of experience, we know exactly what agents are looking for at any given time. Not just anyone is selected to attend Launch. Agents, directors and of course, talent, are all screened prior to their participation at Launch. Models must possess a certain “look”, while talent need experience and a great personality to back it up. Launch is by invitation only, and participant numbers are purposely kept small and manageable to easily accommodate interaction with our prestigious industry professionals.
Q: WILL I HAVE TO CHANGE MY FUTURE PLANS IF I GET “DISCOVERED”?
A: Absolutely not. What you choose to do with your opportunities is entirely up to you and your family. No one wants you to disrupt your education. Education always comes first! Some Launch participants, who are of age, will move to major markets to work with the agents they meet at the Launch Showcase, while many participants choose to live at home and work as models or actors only during the summer or when they are called for specific castings. This is completely acceptable within the industry for top-notch talent. Additionally, it is common practice nowadays for casting directors and agents to send scripts to actors via email, and then the actor can submit their audition “on tape” via email.
Q: WILL I NEED A COMPLETE NEW WARDROBE FOR THE LAUNCH SHOWCASE?
A: In all likelihood your current wardrobe contains everything you will need for the weekend. Wardrobe for the Launch weekend is very simple. For our Friday workshops and educational seminars, plan on dressing comfortably and casual (and ready to be on your feet and interacting with the instructors). For Saturday, the day of showcases on our main stage, you should dress confidently, and avoid overdoing your makeup or hair. Remember, the agents come to see you, not your clothes.
Q: WHAT IS LAUNCH?