Heed the call.

For those times when we’ve thrown the gates wide, come straight here for news and updates on casting calls that are open to the public.

Open casting calls at our offices are relatively rare, unless we’re looking for something very specific. Tight turnarounds and rigorous quality standards typically mean there’s only time to see the most experienced performers, therefore the majority of our work goes through bona fide talent agencies (see our Submissions page for more details).

But when we do need to cast a wider net, here are three basic tips for answering an open casting call:

  1. Be professional. Our job is to find the best person for the part. Please, no rabid fans bent on causing a disturbance on set, or anyone who’s going to inundate us with multiple emails and phone calls. That type of behavior isn’t professional, and will get you noticed for all the wrong reasons.
  2. Fit the specs. Be the right age, ethnicity, and look. There’s a reason it’s all described in the casting call.
  3. Follow instructions precisely. If the instructions are to send an email with specific information, include all the requested info. Please don’t email every other person on the company roster. If the instructions are to attend an open casting call, be sure to show up at the correct date, time and location, and please bring anything you were asked to bring. Please don’t show up a day early. And if it says “no phone calls,” we really, really mean it.

All of this may seem obvious, but if hundreds of people fail to follow instructions, it prevents us from focusing on the work, and on the people who do follow instructions. Thanks in advance!

Pro Tip: If you want to make sure you never miss any of our open casting calls, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and add your email address to our actors mailing list.

 

Casting Calls

7th Annual Meals for Monologues

We here at Cast Iron Studios are firm believers in giving back, especially during the holiday season.  We’re happy to announce our seventh annual “Meals for Monologues” canned food drive-slash-holiday get-together. Meals for Monologues Food Drive Benefiting & Cookies ‘n … Continue reading

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Open Call for Transgender Actors

Cast Iron Studios teams with the Casting Society of America to hold open casting call for transgender actors on Sunday, October 22, 2017 Update: Barring any cancellations, all spots are currently full. Please join our mailing list, and follow us … Continue reading

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Casting Call: Physicians or Medical Residents, Business Owners, Executives, & HR Professionals

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Casting Call: Stand-Ins for HBO Series, August 15-19, 2017

Calling all Oregon/SW Washington stand-ins and people with significant on-set experience! We’re looking for STAND-INS for the Untitled Alan Ball HBO Series, shooting in Portland August 15-19, 2017. If you fit the specs below, have pretty open availability on our … Continue reading

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Casting Call: Persians, Mountain Bikers, Hipsters for New HBO Series

For Immediate Release July 10, 2017 PORTLAND CASTING COMPANY SEEKING PERSIANS, MOUNTAIN BIKERS, AND HIPSTERS TO WORK AS EXTRAS ON HBO SERIES Untitled Alan Ball HBO drama series returns to Portland July 17-21, 2017.   (PORTLAND, ORE). Cast Iron Studios … Continue reading

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Casting Call: Late 20s or Early 30s Portland Couple for Credit Union Commercial

SEEKING: An awesome couple in their late 20s or early 30s living in and enjoying the Portland community.* The commercial will be documentary-style, following the couple in their house, out and about in town at their favorite hangouts, or on … Continue reading

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Casting Call: South Asian Males 45-65 for Indie Short

Local independent production seeking talent for a role in upcoming SAG-AFTRA short film, directed by Shilpa Sunthankar and produced by Tara Johnson-Medinger. Auditions this Saturday, May 20th, 2017. Seeking South Asian Males, age 45 – 65. Open to both union … Continue reading

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Casting Call: Seeking extras for new HBO series

PORTLAND CASTING COMPANY SEEKING EXTRAS OF ALL TYPES FOR NEW HBO SERIES Untitled Alan Ball HBO Drama series is scheduled to shoot in Portland April 24-26; open casting call this Saturday   PORTLAND, ORE. Cast Iron Studios, a Portland-based film and … Continue reading

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Casting Call: Extras Experienced at Driving On-Set

Cast Iron Studios is currently seeking extras with EXPERIENCE DRIVING ON-SET for a major television series shooting in and around Portland, Oregon on April 24-26, 2017, and returning on several more occasions throughout the summer. This is not a call … Continue reading

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Casting Call: Experienced Stand-Ins for TV Series

Cast Iron Studios is currently seeking EXPERIENCED STAND-INS for a major television series shooting in and around Portland, Oregon on April 24-26, 2017, and returning on several more occasions throughout the summer. The positions are non-union, and paid at competitive … Continue reading

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Open Casting Call for Athletes!

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, … Continue reading

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

NOTE: “Grimm” completed its last season in early 2017. Extras casting companies are no longer casting for this show. NBC’s “Grimm,” filmed on location in Portland, Oregon, is continually looking for extras. The sixth season of the show, currently in … Continue reading

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5th Annual Meals for Monologues Post Game

Our 5th Annual Meals for Monologues event on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 was once again a rousing success, bringing our industry together to give back to those in need. We’re so proud of our community! We had an amazing turnout, … Continue reading

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CASTING CALL: Female Athletes – All Sports – All Levels

Cast Iron Studios is currently seeking Female Athletes All Sports, All Levels Ages 18-27 Cast Iron Studios is seeking female athletes who are active (from beginner to advanced levels) in any sport for a new project! To be considered for this project … Continue reading

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5th Annual Meals for Monologues

We here at Cast Iron Studios are firm believers in giving back, especially during the holiday season.  We’re happy to announce our fifth annual “Meals for Monologues” canned food drive-slash-holiday potluck. And new this year: toy drive! Meals for Monologues … Continue reading

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CASTING CALL: Seeking REAL Investors!

Cast Iron Studios is currently seeking Investors All Types, All Ethnicities Ages 25+ Cast Iron Studios is seeking individuals who are passionate about investing for a new project! To be considered for this project you should be 25 years of … Continue reading

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Lana Talks to More Good Day Oregon About Breaking Into the Biz

ICYMI: On Tuesday, August 11th, Casting Director Lana Veenker spoke with Stephanie Kralevich of More Good Day Oregon about what’s shooting in Oregon and how you can get involved! Have a peek:               More … Continue reading

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CASTING CALL: Break Dancers Who Can Do “The Worm” For National Commercial

Cast Iron Studios is urgently seeking highly-proficient break dancers who can do “The Worm” for a national TV commercial. Deadline is noon on Tuesday, March 17th, 2015. Are you as good as this guy? Applicants must be local hires in … Continue reading

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National Commercial “Ninja Turtles” Open Casting Call

Cast Iron Studios is currently casting a paid national television commercial for a household product. We are looking for people (ages 20-40) who carry important life moments around with them on their personal devices. We want people who have photos, … Continue reading

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Open Call for Tech Company Print Shoot

Cast Iron Studios is currently seeking Men and Women All Types, All Ethnicities Ages 25-50 An open casting call will take place on Thursday, October 9, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM at Cast Iron Studios, 1430 SE 3rd … Continue reading

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Open Call for Automotive Company Ad

Cast Iron Studios is currently seeking Yoga/Healthy Lifestyle Types Portland Musician Types Foodie Types Men & Women Ages 25-50 All Ethnicities   An open casting call will take place on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM … Continue reading

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Casting Call for Tween & Teen Girls

Cast Iron Studios is currently seeking Tween & Teen Girls Ages 11-15 All Ethnicities REAL Girls of ALL Types   TO BE CONSIDERED: Submit an email with ALL of the following to talent[at]castironstudios[dot]com NO LATER THAN 10AM on Monday, March … Continue reading

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LAST CHANCE: OPEN CALL THIS WEEKEND

UPDATED! Cast Iron Studios is currently seeking motorcycle riders, passengers, enthusiasts, and young, hip, urban types for a Harley-Davidson print ad to shoot in Portland this spring. Cast Iron Studios is seeking men and women, especially ages 18-35, all ethnicities … Continue reading

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Casting Call for Household Cleaning Product National Commercial

Cast Iron Studios is currently seeking real people for a PAID national commercial featuring a household cleaning product. Do you or someone you know fit into one of these categories? Families with children who work and/or spend a lot of … Continue reading

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Urgent Casting Call: Grimm seeking Filipino Talent

Cast Iron Studios is seeking Northwest-based Filipino talent for on-camera principal (speaking) roles an upcoming episode of NBC’s Grimm. UPDATE 12/4/13: Casting is closed! Thanks so much to all who applied. We can’t wait to see how the episode turns … Continue reading

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“Wild” Feature Film Casting Call

Wild Films, Inc. is looking for talent to fill a number of roles for the feature film “Wild”, based on the memoir by Cheryl Strayed and starring Reese Witherspoon. Interested talent must be based in Oregon or Washington, able to … Continue reading

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URGENT CASTING CALL: EXTRAS FOR UNION SHOOT

**********URGENT, LAST MINUTE CASTING CALL********** EXTRAS FOR UNION SHOOT TOMORROW, JULY 18TH IN THE DALLES Need 3-4 guys and gals, ages 21-33, in generally GOOD SHAPE, FUN and ATTRACTIVE. Shoot is in The Dalles, OR and may run all day, … Continue reading

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Open Casting Call for Choir Singers

We have client looking for ethnically diverse adult choir singers for a non-union television commercial for a tax software company. Looking to cast eight experienced singers, age 18-60, who can to work well with singers they have just met.  It … Continue reading

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URGENT: Casting Call for Product Testers

We have a client urgently looking for people 35+ for a product testing search this Wednesday, October 17th. This will be hosted at a central Portland location and will take about 15 minutes. No acting experience is required. If chosen … Continue reading

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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. CASTING TIPS 1. Be professional The … Continue reading

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Don’t Miss Our Casting Call for NBC’s "Grimm"!

Don’t miss our casting call for Grimm this afternoon! The new series starring David Giuntoli premieres October 28th on NBC. Here’s a round-up of news coverage about our auditions: Want To Star In “Grimm”? FM News 101 KXL October 18, … Continue reading

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Press Release: Open Casting Call for NBC’s "Grimm"

LANA VEENKER CASTING SEEKS YOUNG ADULTS FOR NBC PRIMETIME DRAMA “Grimm” is currently shooting in Portland and surrounding areas PORTLAND, ORE.  Lana Veenker Casting announced today that it is seeking 18-22 year olds, both male and female, all ethnicities to … Continue reading

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Submission Instructions for NW Actors and Extras

This is an outdated post. Our current submission instructions can be found here. Thanks! Are you interested in working as an actor or extra in Oregon? Looking for submission instructions for Lana Veenker Casting? You’ve found the place. NOTE: This … Continue reading

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Información para aspirantes a actores en Oregon

(For our Spanish-speaking friends in the Northwest!) ¿Está usted interesado en trabajar como actor o extra en Oregon? Usted ha venido al lugar correcto. ESCUELAS Y PROFESORES DE ACTUACIÓN Aquí tiene algunos lugares en los alrededores de Portland para estudiar … Continue reading

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AM Northwest Asks How to Get Cast in a Movie

Portland Casting Director Lana Veenker joined AM Northwest today to talk about the February 5th casting call for young boys to play Brendan Fraser’s two sons in a movie set to film in Oregon soon. Watch the video:

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