This section is relevant only for parents and kids.
To make the entire process more clear and simple we have added a section to our website for parents. Here we have enlisted some frequently asked questions and their replies. We are also working on a Talent’s Forum where Talents and Clients (Production Houses) can blog and post their queries. Forum is currently active on a trial mode.
What is a Talent or Model or Artist Management agency?
A Model/Artist Management agency represent and cast Talents for Advertising campaigns, Feature Films, Runways, Fashion Editorials and Television Shows. It works with Production Houses, Ad Agencies, Television Channels, Magazines and Fashion Houses for Casting Talents in their upcoming projects.
What are the kids’ activities of Launchpad?
Launchpad has a special section called Small Wonders. It is not only about representing kids as Talents and Artists, but also creating a platform (online and offline) for kids to learn about this industry and have fun stuff like cool pictures, audition workshops, online magazine with videos games and music. . etc.
Launchpad keeps itself limited to working with reputed Brands, Brands that we are confident will take perfect care of kids. All kids auditions and shoot activities are mainly scheduled during week-ends and vacations.
Are parents bound to participate in shoots if the child gets selected?
No. The Parents have full rights to decline child's participation in any shoot or auditions.
Does Launchpad give any guarantee or assurance of assignments?
No. Casting and Talent agency represent talents, using its best endeavors, through Picture Profiles, Website, Emailers, Casting book, etc. but can not guarantee a selection for any assignment. Selections are done by the Production Houses / Ad Agencies or Brands and depends on multiple factors like looks, talent, match with the character required etd. Hence no genuine Talent / Casting agency will ever give assurances or guarantees for any assignment. Same goes for professional adult models.
Should I take modeling/acting as a possible career option for my Child?
No. Launchpad is strongly of the view that all the activities regarding Shoots, Studio Auditions, Pictures, website, interactive sessions, etc. should be participated in as fun and extracurricular activity and not as a professional or a possible carrear option for kids. Moreover, kids would enjoy more if there is no sense of competition or selection involved.
Do I need a modeling portfolio for my child? Does Launchpad make modeling portfolios?
Launchpad does not recommend a modelling portfolio for kids. Getting a portfolio can cost 15-20 thousand and is absolutely not necessary for kids.
Kids appearance change faster and hence spending thousands on a portfolio is not a good idea.
We click in-house semiprofessional pictures of kids for free. These pictures are edited and uploaded on our kids section.
Is there any membership fee to join the Agency as a Talent? Is there any fee for website?
No. The Agency does not charge any yearly membership/registration or audition fees.
The Agency may charge a onetime website fee for processing, editing, uploading and maintaining pictures on the website.
The Agency does not charge to click pictures. Talents can get new pictures clicked twise in a year without any cost.
What are Auditions?
Audition is a video screening process where talents are asked to perform a part of the script on camera. The auditions are then reviewed by the producer/director for the final selection.
For kids less than 4-5 yeas and babies the auditions, ofcourse, does not involve lines. Mainly they are captured on camera smiling and playing.
Do I have to go for every audition in my kids age group? And how many Auditions in a year can I expect?
No, age group is not the only criterion. A talent is called for those auditions where he/she gets shortlisted by the productions and fits the character entirely. Selection can also happen through pictures without going for auditions, this mainly happens for print advertising campaigns. A talent can expect 3 to 8 auditions in a year, depending on the requirements in his/her category. Same goes for professional models as well.
When do I get a feedback after an audition?
The selected kids are informed within 7 to 15 days of the audition. However, parents can call the agency anytime to have a feedback
Can I view my kid’s pictures on the website?
Yes. You will require your Website-Code and Password as kids the section on “www.launchpadmedia.in” is entirely password protected. Web-Code and Password can be obtained by calling launchpad office after 20 working days of signing with Launchpad.
The website is user-friendly and easy to excess. To view your pictures on the website please follow the method:
1.. Go to www.launchpadmedia.in
2.. Click on “Browse Models”
3.. Select your category (E.g. Kids, Models-F, Models-M, Characters)
4.. Select your subcategory (E.g. Kids-F, Kids-M, Babies)
5.. Enter the password and Web-Code. Click Submit
6.. Click on the icon (Small Picture) to open a full page.
Incase you are facing any problem in viewing the pictures; please contact Launchpad office for assistance.
Can I send new self clicked (clicked at home) pictures by Email?
Yes, you can send some self clicked pictures to the agency. If the pictures are appropriate, they will be edited and uploaded on the website. Please take following things into consideration when you are sending self clicked pictures :
Make your child wear bright color cloths.
Take close up and full length pictures.
Don’t send bulk pictures. Shortlist and send maximum 10 pictures.
Click pictures in a bright corner of your house preferably with plain wall as a background and don’t use flash.
Can I join other Agencies?
Yes you can. Launchpad does not have an exclusive contract with the Kids; hence they are free to join other Agencies. Other professional agencies may also charge a processing or a technical fee. However, avoid modelling agencies or coordinators who ask huge charges for portfolio or picture and membership fees.
Should I enroll my child in any Acting Classe?
Acting classes are not required for kids. However, you can enroll them in short summer workshops for performing arts like dancing, this will do good to their confidence. There are a lot of good performing arts institutes who run weekend workshops for kids. Get hold of a Talent Manager at Launchpad to help you identify good workshops.