Open Casting Call Tips

Now that we’ve announced a new open casting call for “Grimm”, we thought it was a good time to post a reminder about how to ensure you have the best chances at being chosen.


1. Be professional

The casting company’s job is to find the best and most professional candidates for the parts. Your chances of being chosen will increase if you demonstrate that you are reliable, responsive and serious about working as an actor.

2. Fit the specs

We are currently seeking males and females, ages 18-22 based in Oregon or Washington, who can portray under 17. Those who fit these specs most closely will be given first priority.

We may take photos of each candidate. Dress as yourself.

We do not need to see anyone significantly older or younger than the given ages. Definitely no one under 18.

Reminder: This casting call is for these specific age demographics only. Submitting for any other roles at this time will only waste your time and the casting office’s. Please help us stay on top of all the work we have to do by only attending if you fit the specs.

In general, it’s best if you don’t bring a group of friends and family with you, unless they fit the specs and are also auditioning. This slows down the process considerably and makes our facilities much more crowded and uncomfortable for everyone. The only people who should attend the casting call should be the ones who fit the casting specs.

3. Follow instructions precisely

Be sure to fill out all requested information on the card you will be given at the casting call.

Please do not show up outside of our 2:00PM to 6:00PM window on Wednesday, October 19, 2011.  We ask that you be respectful of our time, our limited number of phone lines and already heavy work load. Thanks!!

4. Be patient

We really do love and adore you, but we are unable to respond to requests for news and updates. We’ll only get in contact if and when there is news. Unfortunately, that means a lot of waiting and not knowing, but due to time constraints, there’s simply no other alternative. That’s show biz! 🙂

5. Gain as much experience as you can

If you’re interested in pursuing acting as a career and you don’t have a lot of experience, take some classes, find a mentor, read books and get up to speed on how the industry works, so you come across as a professional.

There’s a lot of free info on this blog and in our newsletter that will help you. You may even attend one of Lana Veenker’s workshops in the future, if you’re interested (join mailing list in the right sidebar for updates). But most importantly, find a way to learn as much as you can about the business.

Hope this helps and best of luck to everyone. We can’t wait to see you on the silver screen!

7 Responses to Open Casting Call Tips

  1. kristin says:

    was wondering…. are all of your castings for current shows just auditioning that age criteria?? and if i have submitted my profile and resume will i be wasting my time? i am very interested in these portland projects, and am passionate and dedicated, just wondering if there may be a role for me in any future projects?
    thankyou guys,
    you are definitly the most inspiring source for nw aspiring actors ect.
    -kristin meade

  2. ranielle says:


    We cast shows according to the roles written in each episode, which include a wide range of ages and types. The specs in this particular blog post are for a particular set of roles we were looking to cast in a particular episode of a particular show. If, say, you saw this particular open casting call and read the specs and submitted yourself without fitting the criteria, yes, it would have been a bit of a waste of everyone’s time, yours included. The tip to pay attention to is “fit the specs”. They’re always given, and usually include an age range, sex, and ethnicity. Specs may also include a particular skill the role is requiring such as “skateboarding” or “horseback riding”. If you’re deathly afraid of horses, you’re not going to want to submit yourself for a role that requires you to work with horses. Hope that helps!


  3. James Leader says:

    I was just wondering if their were going to be any more casting calls for GRIMM or any other Sci-fi fantasy style t.v. shows or movies in the next few months? Do you get a list? Do you post that information elsewhere? Thank you!

  4. ranielle says:

    Hi James,

    Our open calls are published & publicized as needed, so we can’t exactly predict them months out. If we end up being hired to cast any other TV shows or movies in the next few months, it’s possible, but we’re not currently working on any shows other than “Grimm” and, eventually, Season 5 of “Leverage”. Hope this helps!


  5. James Leader says:

    Yes, It does help. I thank you for your time!

  6. Rose Schreiber says:

    I was wondering if there were any casting calls for Grimm, in the near future or if I missed it. 🙂 Btw Silas Weir Mitchell as monroe is the best! 🙂

  7. ranielle says:

    You can keep an eye on our blog for open calls.

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