Just got done with callbacks! Met with two scouts/agents (that I know of so far) that said I did well on my performances yesterday and they would love do me to work with them. I might be flying out to LA or NY soon!!!
To go from never being popular/favorited to winning Homecoming Queen and getting a callback from ITA LA/MMG NY agency, are my greatest accomplishments so far! Thank you to everyone who believes in me and supports me, and also to the past bullies in my life -- you've all kept me strong and helped me prove bullies will NEVER win! I AM A WARRIOR WHO NEVER STOPS FIGHTING!
— feeling strong.
- ZOE VASQUEZ
I have had a busy last two weeks since Launch! I am going to New York sometime in the first week of December! My mother and I are going to meet with 6-8 agencies there, I am beyond excited. Launch was amazing for me, and so full of opportunities!
Stephanie Peterson won the "Dare to Dream" Scholarship and signed with NY Quest Model Management
Dearest Friends at SMASH Talent,
Kale and I wanted to take the opportunity to express our gratitude for your guidance and expertise in preparing us for Launch Showcase Fall 2014. A few things that stood out to us is the professionalism of not only SMASH Representatives, but also the parents and participants from our group. The group support of each other and the helpful hints shared amongst us is appreciated. The amazing knowledge shared with us in preparation to help us stay focused and calm, given by all of the SMASH representatives is Amazing! The experience alone was worth the trip! We are very excited to be a part of SMASH and look forward to another trip in June 2015!
Jenna Larson and Kale Mitchell
Kale Mitchell won the "Rising Stars" Scholarship
Wow...what can I say about this past weekend... Just AMAZING! Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all of your kind words, love and support on this journey that Connor Jessee and I have taken together. Thank you to Jennifer Ladd, and Laurie Lewis for your friendship, early am text fests and fun filled carpools to Chicago.... WE DID IT!!! Haylee Ladd and Lauren Rae Lewis, thank you for the fun photoshoots and smiles. you are both Beautifil stars! Becky Brichta-Bachar and Tammy Morr with Smash Talent.. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you do!!! We are home and exhusted, but Ooooohhhhhh so HAPPY!!! — feeling thankful.
- Beth Richard Jessee, Parent of Connor Jessee
Connor Jessee signed with MMG NY and Chicago Entertainment Casting
This experience with Smash Talent has been incredible. To think that in 3 months Gavin has gone from singing at our city “Idol” contest to skyping agents in LA and setting up meeting in New York City with talent agents, is truly UNBELIEVEABLE! Without the help of Smash Talent, none of this would be happening. When Smash Talent approached us at the “Idol” contest, I must say I was a little skeptical, but after researching them and speaking with Becky on the phone, I was definitely convinced that Smash Talent had Gavin’s best interest in mind. Smash Talent understands the industry and knows how to brand the talent at Launch. Gavin was definitely prepared and stood out at Launch, but so were all of the other Smash Talent participants. As parents watching all of the talent at Launch, we could easily identify the Smash Talent kids.
We believe Gavin stood out because he was branded correctly.
Lauren Rae Lewis ended up with a call back from Miami and needs to schedule a visit with an agency in Detroit. This weekend has been an amazing experience. We have met some wonderful people we'll keep in touch with. If you are interested in any facet of the talent industry and are 100% committed I highly recommend #Launch. I should add that Lauren's "mother agency", Smash Talent was awarded for having the group with the most callbacks! GO #SMASHTALENT
- Laurie Lewis, Parent of Lauren Rae Lewis
Lauren Rae Lewis signed with Ta-Dah Productions
We were literally shocked by the 11 call-backs that he received from the agents, but the events that have happened since Launch have been beyond belief. We have had agents calling and emailing us starting the Monday after Launch. Within a week: we are in process of scheduling a visit to New York City for a meet and greet as well as a photo shoot; we have scheduled a skype meeting with an agency in LA; and we have received scripts from a few agencies for Gavin to self-tape auditions that will be used by the agents to determine Gavin’s acting skill level. There are no guarantees that anything will come from these contacts; however, there is one thing we know for sure and that is that no doors would be opening without the contacts that Launch and Smash Talent have provided Gavin. Thank you Smash Talent for finding, developing, and believing in Gavin. Even if nothing happens for Gavin’s career with all of the contacts, the life experience that you have provided has been a huge confidence builder that I know will last a life time.
- Dan and Marcine Zbynski, Parents of Gavin Zbynski
Gavin Zbynski shot a commercial for overstock.com and recently received a callback from Disney
SMASH Talent Reviews
Exactly one year ago, I would never have imagined that these amazing opportunities would happen. I was an ice skater. I've always loved acting and have done many plays and classes. But I wanted to start being more serious about it. Out of the blue, at a skating competition we saw a table for smash. They were promoting themselves. I auditioned with them and got in!! But little did I know how incredible the showcase in the summer would be. It was perfect, because this is exactly what I needed to get out there into the business!
I went to all of the practices and I practiced my for my events every day. Tammy and Becky suggested that I do the runway event too. I was like,"What??!" Until then i NEVER thought I could be a model or that I was not good enough. But my parents and I decided to invest in that along with the acting.
Once I got to Launch it was overwhelming. I was in about 5 showcases and was attending the workshops. It was stressful but I LOVED it. I knew I had to do my best there. On the last day I had been awarded 2 scholarships and many callbacks. I got a scholarship to come back next summer( And I can't wait!) but even better, I won the Dare to Dream scholarship, a modeling scholarship for someone who had the same determination and traits as Keisha. I was so honored to receive these scholarships and still am. I will do my best to live up to the awards I received.
I can't believe all of this has happened! I signed with amazing agencies and went to LA! I am so grateful for all of these amazing things that have happened in just ONE YEAR. Thank you to everyone who has helped me reach these things, especially SMASH Talent and the Dare to Dream family.
- Lianne Awah
We have been in contact with Aviva Skall with MMG in New York. Melissa and I are flying there on Dec.11th to sign Melissa with them. Melissa is very excited. Aviva has been great helping us with everything so hopefully this will start Melissa's career.
- Lise Fosse Wise, Parent of Melissa Wise
Thank you so much for all the tools you've shown Ariya to make it this far! It's been a great experience for her! She's gained so much confidence & self esteem with Smash since her dad passed away! Everyone in my family is commenting on how Ariya really came out of her shell! Thank you SMASH TALENT! Such an amazing company! You are all so supportive & personable! I've mentioned to numerous friends about SMASH for their kiddos!!!!
- Amy Nechodom Jansen, Parent of Ariya Jansen
Ariya Jansen signed with BMG Model and Talent Milwaukee
AARON WYCKLENDT signed with BABES 'N BEAUS Talent Agency