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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Another Successful Year for the NW Talent Diversity Initiative

by Georgia Luke

It’s a wrap!

On November 12th, the 2016 Talent Diversity Initiative students completed their six-week program with a reception at Cast Iron Studios.
Our 32 first-year students were joined by a group of 16 intermediate students who were able to come back for more training, thanks to the support and generosity of the Portland Film Office and the Governor’s Office of Film and Television.
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The need for more diverse actors in shows like The Librarians and Grimm is what led to the creation of the Initiative in 2015.
Turner Network Television, whose series The Librarians shoots in Portland, has been a primary financial partner in the project both years, thanks to their Manager of Casting, Alexis Booth.
Additional support was provided by Milagro Theatre, The August Wilson Red Door Project and Artists Repertory Theatre.
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The TDI has been lucky enough to provide excellent coaching by some of Portland’s best: Scott Rogers of Scott Rogers Studios and Jana Lee Hamblin of Act Now Studio returned this year to teach our intermediate program. Kristina Haddad of The Actor’s Lab Portland, and Ben Newman of Portland Actors Conservatory came on board in 2016 to work with our first-year students.
Their passion and enthusiasm was contagious, which really helped spark the desire to succeed in their students. Ben recently wrote:

“Being asked to teach–anything really–but especially something I’ve spent the majority of my life pursuing, is the greatest affirmation one can hope for. Empowering ‘young’ actors to reach full potential has quickly become the most rewarding thing in my life over the past few years. This group was no exception. Humility is key, but I’d venture to say that a few of these people had some big moments of self discovery. It also seems like they made some new and important friendships.”

As part of the application process, the nominees were able to list what specific things they felt they needed to work on in order to become more successful. Acting on camera, audition jitters, memorizing lines and taking direction are just a few examples of skills that they wanted to work on. Coaches Ben Newman and Kristina Haddad took this list into consideration when they planned their classes.
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The first-year program culminated on Saturday with mock auditions, two break-out sessions on special skills by Fight Choreographer Kendall Wells and Dialect Coach Mary MacDonald-Lewis, a Q&A with the Cast Iron Studios team, plus special guest speaker Norberto Barba, Director and Executive Producer on five seasons of Grimm. Norberto serves on the DGA Diversity Committee, as well as their Latino Committee and Creative Rights Committee, and shared invaluable information with our graduates.
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The second-year students joined our first-year students at a post-graduation reception at CIS.

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Cast Iron Studios is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive talent pool in the Northwest, and wants to thank all of its generous sponsors. We would love to see this program expand and flourish in the coming years, perhaps one day becoming its own entity!
PS: Check out our full photo gallery here, courtesy of NebCat Photography.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

6th Annual Meals for Monologues

by ranielle

We here at Cast Iron Studios are firm believers in giving back, especially during the holiday season.  We’re happy to announce our sixth annual “Meals for Monologues” canned food drive-slash-holiday get-together.

Meals for Monologues
Food Drive Benefiting

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Cookies ‘n Cocoa
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM* (M4M)
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM (cookies)

1430 SE 3rd Ave, Suite 100
Portland, OR 97214

3 NON-PERISHABLES
GETS YOU SEEN BY A CASTING DIRECTOR
** FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED — AUDITION SLOTS ARE LIMITED **

Actors from far and wide, you’re invited to come to our offices for an open general audition call, where you can be seen by a casting director in exchange for three (3) non-perishable food items benefiting the Oregon Food Bank.

  • Bring HEADSHOT & RESUME (stapled back-to-back or resume printed on back of photo).
  • Perform a short, prepared monologue (or two!) of your own choosing.
  • Choose a contemporary piece (we just don’t cast much Shakespeare).
  • Audition slots are 2 MINUTES MAX, so make the best use of your time!
  • No appointment necessary.  No phone calls.  One day only.  First come, first served. There are only so many auditions we can squeeze into the day; we appreciate your understanding if we run out of time!
  • If you’re a repped actor and a regular to our studio, we encourage you to drop off your non-perishables and leave audition slots open to the unrepped actors who may be new to us. (Repped and still want us to see what you’ve got? Try the self-tape option! Details below.)
  • Collection bins will be in our office from around Thanksgiving to the week after the event (specific dates TBD by OFB barrel delivery schedule), for those unable to attend/donate on the day.

COOKIES ‘N COCOA

Join us at the end of the day for an assortment of cookies and a hot cocoa! We’ll provide the sweet treats, you provide the Oregon Food Bank donations and good cheer!

*No auditions will take place 2:00PM-2:30PM to give Casting Directors a short break.

We’re looking to crack 1,000 lbs of food again this year! Not sure what to bring? Check out OFB’s list of Most Wanted Items and this article on How to Donate Food So It Won’t Go to Waste.

Spread the word!  You can join our event on Facebook.

SELF-TAPE AUDITIONS BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Not in Portland, but still want to audition? Repped by an agent, regularly seen at our office, and helping us out by leaving audition slots open to unrepped talent who may be new to us? We will accept demo reels or self-tapes from actors who are Oregon local hires (meaning you have a physical address in Oregon and/or are repped by an Oregon talent agency), in exchange for a screenshot of your donation to the Oregon Food Bank. Submission must be received by December 6th to guarantee viewing by our casting directors. See instructions below.

SELF-TAPE SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS FOR OUT-OF-TOWN ACTORS

  • You must be an OREGON LOCAL HIRE to submit for this general audition.
  • Self-taped monologue or professional demo reel must be no longer than TWO MINUTES.
  • If self-taping, be sure you are framed in a CLOSE-UP (head and shoulders), with good lighting and sound. Typically, you would direct your lines to the side of camera, not directly into the lens (it may help to use a real human off-camera).
  • Submission MUST be a LINK to view your video online, NOT a FILE attached to your email. Upload your video to VimeoYouTube or a similar platform and send us the direct URL only. Emails containing video attachments will be deleted.
  • You may password-protect your video, but be sure to send us the password with your submission.
  • Go to http://oregonfoodbank.org/donatenow to make your donation.
  • Please list “Meals for Monologues” in the Leave a comment text box on the donation form.
  • Please send a screenshot or PDF of your donation receipt with your submission.
  • You may include one headshot and resume (or a link to an online casting profile) with your submission.
  • Include your name, contact information, and city where you are currently based.
  • Please confirm in your email that you are a local hire, either because you have a physical address in Oregon or are repped by an Oregon talent agent or manager.
  • Email submission to talent[at]castironstudios.com, subject heading: M4M Local Hire. (Replace [at] with @ in the email address.)
  • Deadline for self-tape submissions is December 6, 2016 at 11:59 PM PST. We cannot guarantee your video will be reviewed if received after the deadline.
Friday, September 23, 2016

Cast Iron Studios, TNT & Film Offices team up to repeat Talent Diversity Initiative

by Georgia Luke

Last year, Cast Iron Studios and TNT–along with Act Now Studio and Scott Rogers Studios–hosted the first Northwest Talent Diversity Initiative. The 36-hour intensive acting course gave 32 performers of color the opportunity to hone their chops with two of Portland’s finest acting coaches and a myriad of guest speakers, at no cost to the actors.

Within weeks of graduation, the Class of 2015 began reporting an increase in their callback and booking rates on film, television, web and commercial projects. Cast Iron Studios therefore set out to repeat the initiative this year.

TNT agreed to return as the program’s main financial partner, thanks to Manager of Casting Alexis Booth, allowing Cast Iron Studios to send 32 new actors through the intensive this fall.

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Acting coaches Kristina Haddad of the Actor’s Lab, and Ben Newman of Portland Actors Conservatory–both experienced performers in their own right–will be leading two classes composed of 16 actors each.

The success of the program also garnered the attention of the Portland Film Office and the Governor’s Office of Film and Television, who both stepped up to provide additional funding to bring last year’s graduates back for an intermediate class. Sixteen students will be returning this fall to undertake 36 more hours of training, under the tutelage of coaches Jana Lee Hamblin and Scott Rogers.

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Participating actors were nominated by their agents as committed and talented individuals who would benefit from the initiative.

In-kind sponsors this year include The August Wilson Red Door Project, Artists Repertory Theatre and Teatro Milagro, without whose assistance this initiative would not be possible.

 

 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

How to Get Your Child into Show Business

by Georgia Luke

Lana got to join Tra’Renee Chambers on KATU’s new show Afternoon Live on September 20th to talk about how to get your child into show business.

Lana was able to give some great tips on the best way to go about it, and warning signs to look for with possible scams.

Here’s her full list of tips for parents whose children want to get into acting:

FIRST STEPS

  • Make sure it’s something THEY want to do
    • Is it your dream or theirs?
    • Don’t make them do it if it’s not fun for them
  • Network & do your research
    • Look for Facebook groups geared towards local actors, acting classes, indie filmmaking and casting calls
    • In Portland, join the longstanding Yahoo Group PDXBackstage
    • Talk to other actors who are working professionally and to their parents: learn from their experiences
    • Google any schools, coaches, casting companies or talent agencies you are considering and read the online reviews
  • Beware of scams
    • Don’t fall for the bait-and-switch:
      • You take your child to an audition, but it turns out to be a sales pitch for classes or talent competitions
      • Your child is approached in a mall by a so-called “talent scout” who promises to make them famous, only to try to sell you something later on
    • Avoid talent agencies that want money up front
      • Agents should only earn commissions off the work they find for their actors
      • Other than nominal website maintenance fees, agents should never charge actors for representation
    • Avoid any casting calls or auditions that require your child to pay to be seen; there should never be a charge to audition
    • Don’t join any paid casting websites, unless you know for sure that the casting directors in your area use them. Most are a waste of money
    • (We use Casting Frontier, where basic profiles are free. See our Submissions page for instructions on how to get into our database if you don’t have an agent)
  • Get GOOD training
    • Make sure your child learns good habits, so they don’t have to unlearn bad ones
    • In Portland, Northwest Children’s Theatre and Oregon Children’s Theatre offer good stage acting classes for kids
    • There are also several on-camera acting coaches in town; do your research and audit a class, if possible
  • Get experience
    • Do theatre, school plays
    • Let them make their own projects for practice: most kids are savvy with cameras and editing software
    • Have them do extras work to make sure they can handle standing around on set for hours
    • Find casting calls on Facebook or other websites (but research, be cautious)
    • Follow us on Facebook & Twitter or join our mailing list to be notified about open casting calls
    • Read up on how to participate in our periodic general auditions
  • Get Headshots
    • Don’t spend a lot on headshots for kids; especially before you find them an agent and know what they need
    • Snapshots will do until you find an agent who can guide you to a good headshot photographer
    • Headshots should cost a few hundred dollars, not thousands
  • Create an acting resume
    • Search online for examples
    • Include date of birth, height, weight, eye and hair color
    • Include acting experience, training, and any special skills they may have, like skateboarding, ballet and/or languages
    • Include your contact information (cell number, email address)
    • Never include your home address, the child’s direct contact info or their Social Security number
  • Find a GOOD talent agent
    • Look on the SAG-AFTRA website for SAG and AFTRA franchised agencies
    • SourceOregon also has a list of trustworthy agencies and managers
    • Remember: You should not have to pay a talent agent for representation, classes or photos. They may, however, recommend trusted coaches, classes or photographers who are unaffiliated with the agency
  • Celebrate small successes
    • Even auditioning is a success; don’t focus on bookings
    • Do they feel good about how they auditioned? Celebrate that!
    • However they feel, celebrate their bravery and accomplishment. Auditioning is hard!
    • Do something fun afterwards
  • Be a good actor parent
    • Always be reachable
    • Respond very quickly to emails and calls
    • Be an advocate for your child, but be easy to work with
    • We’re not just hiring your kid, we are hiring you!
    • Nobody wants someone on set who will create problems or drama

Good luck, be safe and have fun!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Cast Iron Studios Offices Damaged by Fire

by Georgia Luke

As some of you may have heard, our offices were damaged by a fire on Saturday, August 27th. Luckily, no one was injured, and the fire, which started on the roof, did not reach our floor. The smoke and water damage to our space, however, made it impossible to use and left us scrambling for an alternative. KATU covered the story:

Thankfully, we have been able to keep to our schedule by renting out space from nearby businesses. As we wade through waterlogged files, bag up garbage that used to be office supplies, and work out where to recycle the soaked electronics, we are staying positive, knowing that it could have been much worse.

We are grateful for the outpouring of support and offers of help that we received from our community through social media, phone calls and emails.

Meanwhile, the show must go on! Casting continues at a lively pace as we head into fall, and we’re grateful for that as well.

 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Open Casting Call for Athletes!

by admin

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Cast Iron Studios is looking for athletes, especially with a unique or different look. We’re open to a wide variety of specialities from MMA to rock climbing and running!

Men and Women, ages 20-35 (must be over 18)

CASTING: Thursday, September 1, 2016 from 11AM-6PM
LOCATION: Portland Opera, 211 SE Caruthers St, Portland, OR 97214
ATTIRE: Athletic – we’ll be doing some basic training moves
SHOOT DATES: September 8 and/or 9, 2016
SHOOT LOCATION: Portland, OR
PAY: $150/hr (4hr min)

Please feel free to share this. We look forward to seeing you there!

No calls or drop-by visits, please. Only attend the open casting call during the posted hours.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

How to Apply to Be An Extra on NBC’s “Grimm” (Update)

by ranielle

NOTE: “Grimm” completed its last season in early 2017. Extras casting companies are no longer casting for this show.

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NBC’s “Grimm,” filmed on location in Portland, Oregon, is continually looking for extras. The sixth season of the show, currently in production, will be shooting into the early months of 2017. All ages, types, and levels of experience are welcome to apply. All roles are paid at varying rates.

To apply, do not contact us. Instead, please send an email to Grimm Extras at grimmextras[at]gmail[dot]com with your name, a photo, contact information, general availability, and your stats (height, weight, hair color, eye color, clothing sizes, etc.).

For other projects, check out ExtrasOnly.com, a Portland company that specializes in background casting.

PLEASE NOTE: We cannot answer questions pertaining to working as a background performer on Grimm, as it is is not handled by us. Please contact Grimm Extras directly.

For Cast Iron Studios’ submission policy for professional actors regarding principal, on-camera speaking roles, please read our guidelines here.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Thank Grimm It’s Friday: “The Beginning of the End” Parts 1 & 2

by ranielle

Don’t miss these Pacific Northwest actors in the 2-hour season finale of “Grimm“ tonight starting at 8PM on NBC (check local listings).

Robert Blanche, Hannah R. Loyd, George Ketsios, Tim Becker, Jake Ynzunza, Lodric D. Collins, Ben Whitehair, Kacy Owens, June Eisler, Xander Steel, Dan Kyle. Not pictured: Tony Calvino.
Robert Blanche, Hannah R. Loyd, George Ketsios, Tim Becker, Jake Ynzunza, Lodric D. Collins, Ben Whitehair, Kacy Owens, June Eisler, Xander Steel, Dan Kyle. Not pictured: Tony Calvino.
Friday, May 13, 2016

Thank Grimm It’s Friday: “Bad Night”

by ranielle

Don’t miss these Pacific Northwest actors in an all new episode of “Grimm“ tonight at 9PM on NBC (check local listings).

Robert Blanche, M. Ben Newman, Xander Steel, Hannah R. Loyd, Brenda Braxton, Tim Becker, Dave Shecter.
Robert Blanche, M. Ben Newman, Xander Steel, Hannah R. Loyd, Brenda Braxton, Tim Becker, Dave Shecter.
Friday, May 6, 2016

The Grimm team supports the upcoming 2016 OHS Doggie Dash!

by Georgia Luke

Lana and her puppy Justin represented the Grimm Loves Pets Team last night on KGW’s Live at 7 to help spread the word about the 29th Annual Oregon Humane Society Doggie Dash, happening on May 14th!

They’d love for you to contribute to their fundraiser, or join the Grimm Loves Pets Team yourself!

Won’t you help Justin raise $10K to help other rescue puppies, like himself?

How can you say no to that face?!

Justin thanks you in advance.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Thank Grimm It’s Friday: “The Taming of the Wu”

by ranielle

Don’t miss these Pacific Northwest actors in an all new episode of “Grimm“ tonight at 9PM on NBC (check local listings).

Local Portland viewer? Tonight’s airing will be pre-empted by the Blazers game. Find out how to watch.

Robert Blanche, Dan Crisafulli, Shelly Lipkin, Sarah Siadat, Leah Huebner, Hannah R. Loyd, Seth Rue, Ezekiel Boston.
Robert Blanche, Dan Crisafulli, Shelly Lipkin, Sarah Siadat, Leah Huebner, Hannah R. Loyd, Seth Rue, Ezekiel Boston.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Thank Grimm It’s Friday: “Good to the Bone”

by ranielle

Don’t miss these Pacific Northwest actors in an all new episode of “Grimm“ tonight at 9PM on NBC (check local listings).

Robert Blanche, Del Lewis, Helena de Crespo, Nicholas Kessler, Paul Root, Phil Johnson, Dana Millican, Sidney Louie, Hannah R. Loyd.
Robert Blanche, Del Lewis, Helena de Crespo, Nicholas Kessler, Paul Root, Phil Johnson, Dana Millican, Sidney Louie, Hannah R. Loyd.
Friday, April 15, 2016

Thank Grimm It’s Friday: “Inugami”

by ranielle

Don’t miss these Pacific Northwest actors in an all new episode of “Grimm“ tonight at 9PM on NBC (check local listings).

Hannah R. Loyd, Scarlett McAlister, Nathan Kornelis, Aliina Sconiers, Kyler Morrison, Joel Ambo, Shelly Lipkin.
Hannah R. Loyd, Scarlett McAlister, Nathan Kornelis, Aliina Sconiers, Kyler Morrison, Joel Ambo, Shelly Lipkin.
Friday, April 8, 2016

Thank Grimm It’s Friday: “The Believer”

by ranielle

Don’t miss these Pacific Northwest actors in an all new episode of “Grimm“ tonight at 9PM on NBC (check local listings).

Anne Leighton, Damien Geter, Ehren McGhehey, Ben Blair, Darragh Kennan, Bob Olin, M. Ben Newman, Brenda Braxton.
Anne Leighton, Damien Geter, Ehren McGhehey, Ben Blair, Darragh Kennan, Bob Olin, M. Ben Newman, Brenda Braxton.