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Whether repped or unrepped, if you’re local and want to be considered for auditions, you need to be in our Casting Frontier database.

So you want to be considered for film and television work in the Northwest United States?  Getting on our radar is certainly crucial to that endeavor, but for best results, you’ll want to follow our submission instructions to the letter. Please note that all actors must be legally able to work in the U.S.

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Extras Based in the Northwest
If you are seeking work as an extra, you’ve come to the wrong place.  We’re not extras casting directors.  We primarily cast experienced, professional actors in principal (i.e. speaking) roles.

To apply to work as an extra on Grimm or other projects shooting in the Northwest, please contact Extras Only.

(On rare occasions, we may hire a couple extras for a commercial project, but in this case, we usually pull from the pool of actors who auditioned for the speaking parts.)

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Unrepped Actors in the Northwest
If you are a professional actor based in Oregon or Washington and you are NOT represented by a talent agency, we highly recommend that you find representation with a bona fide local talent agency or management company that receives our breakdowns.  An agent or manager will be able to submit you for the roles you are right for in a timely manner, which helps to ensure that as many qualified actors are being seen for our projects as possible.  Only rarely do we dip into the unrepresented talent pool, due to time constraints, so having an agent is crucial to your success.

Please contact SAG-AFTRA for a list of franchised agencies, or check the Production Directory on the Source Oregon website under Talent Agencies (Principals) or Talent Managers for vetted companies representing actors.

Unrepped talent based in the Northwest can still create a free profile in our casting database.  Occasionally, we search the database when we’re having trouble finding specific types through the talent agencies we work with.  While the calls may be few and far between, it can’t hurt to make it easy for us to find you when needed.

To create a free* profile:

  • Go to The Casting Frontier
  • Create a Basic (Free*) profile in the Pacific NW Region
  • Fill your profile out completely, including your headshot, resume and contact information
  • Send the Public Link of your profile to talent[at]castironstudios[dot]com, subject line: NW Actor Submission
  • You may include a link to your acting reel or self-tape in your email, but DO NOT send the file as an attachment, or your email will be discarded. Only send us links to your reel on YouTube, Vimeo or your personal website. Be sure to include the password, if any.

Hint: Your public link contains a lot of random letters and numbers. If there aren’t a lot of random letters and numbers, it’s not a link we can use.

Reminder:  We are a casting company, not a talent agency, so we don’t represent actors. Creating a Casting Frontier profile will put you in our database, but this may or may not translate into audition opportunities.  You still need a bona fide talent agent to ensure you are submitted for projects regularly.

*Basic talent profiles will no longer offer a free photo change.  Signing up for a Basic profile and your initial photo upload remains free.  A one-time photo change will cost $9.99.  Casting Frontier is currently working on an option for profiles of minors (whose looks change more often and rapidly than adults), and we will keep this space updated with that information.

Keep in mind that you can always drop us a postcard letting us know about your latest film, TV or theatre project.  Make sure your headshot and contact info are on the card.

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Repped Actors in the Northwest
If you are a professional actor based in Oregon or Washington and you ARE represented by a bona fide talent agent or manager, you should already be on Casting Frontier. There is no need for you to resubmit or self-submit. Just let your agent know you’re interested and available for upcoming projects, and they’ll do the rest.

If you want to stay on our radar, you can always drop us a postcard letting us know about your latest film, TV or theatre project.  Or just send large amounts of cash.  We’re easy!

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Oregon Local Hires Based Elsewhere
If you are a professional Oregon actor currently based OUTSIDE of Oregon or Washington, but able to work as a local in Oregon (meaning production does not cover any of your travel costs), we highly recommend that you maintain local representation to submit you for our projects, even if you already have representation in a different market.  Having an agent or manager on the ground in the Northwest means you won’t miss out on any opportunities, as they receive all of our breakdowns and are constantly in contact with our office.

However, you need to fully understand what it means to work as a local, and you should discuss how commissions will be handled between your current and your Northwest representation, if you have both.  Some agents and managers agree to split commissions; others take commissions only on the work in their respective markets.  You need to have this conversation with your reps ahead of time, so that everything is clear up front.

Please contact SAG-AFTRA for a list of franchised agencies, or check the Production Directory on the Source Oregon website under Talent Agencies (Principals) or Talent Managers for vetted companies representing actors.

If your agent outside of the Northwest refuses to allow you to have dual representation, he or she should contact Casting Frontier about receiving our breakdowns themselves, but it will be up to them to be proactive about submitting you for our projects.

To create a free* profile:

  • Go to The Casting Frontier
  • Create a Basic (Free*) profile in the Pacific NW Region
  • Fill your profile out completely, including your headshot, resume and contact information
  • Send the Public Link of your profile to talent[at]castironstudios[dot]com, subject line: Oregon Local Hire
  • You may include a link to your acting reel or self-tape in your email, but DO NOT send the file as an attachment, or your email will be discarded. Only send us links to your reel on YouTube, Vimeo or your personal website. Be sure to include the password, if any.

Hint: Your public link contains a lot of random letters and numbers. If there aren’t a lot of random letters and numbers, it’s not a link we can use.

NOTE: There are no fees to be listed in our database, nor do we charge actors any commissions. We are paid by the production companies that hire us. Furthermore, we earn nothing from actor profiles on Casting Frontier; this is simply the company we use for our online casting system. There is no charge to create a basic profile and no requirement to upgrade to a premium account.

*Basic talent profiles will no longer offer a free photo change.  Signing up for a Basic profile and your initial photo upload remains free.  A one-time photo change will cost $9.99.  Casting Frontier is currently working on an option for profiles of minors (whose looks change more often and rapidly than adults), and we will keep this space updated with that information.

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Out-of-Town Actors Temporarily in Oregon
If you are a highly experienced actor temporarily based in Oregon because, for example, you are rehearsing or performing in a local stage or on-camera production, AND your schedule will allow you to read for and book outside projects, AND you have a resume as long as your arm, it can’t hurt to let us know that you’re here.

First, create a free* Casting Frontier profile, so that you’re in our database:

  • Go to The Casting Frontier
  • Create a Basic (Free*) profile in the Pacific NW Region
  • Fill your profile out completely, including your headshot, resume and contact information
  • Send the Public Link of your profile to talent[at]castironstudios[dot]com, subject line: Temporary Oregon Hire
  • You may include a link to your acting reel or self-tape in your email, but DO NOT send the file as an attachment, or your email will be discarded. Only send us links to your reel on YouTube, Vimeo or your personal website. Be sure to include the password, if any.

Include a note in your email outlining the dates you are in Oregon and the project you’re working on, if applicable.

Hint: Your public link contains a lot of random letters and numbers. If there aren’t a lot of random letters and numbers, it’s not a link we can use.

Then snail mail us your headshot and resume, so that we have a hard copy right in front of us, along with the same note with your dates (see our Contact page for the address).

You might also consider trying to sign with a local agency for the time that you’re here. Refer to Oregon Local Hires above for instructions.

NOTE: There are no fees to be listed in our database, nor do we charge actors any commissions. We are paid by the production companies that hire us. Furthermore, we earn nothing from actor profiles on Casting Frontier; this is simply the company we use for our online casting system. There is no charge to create a basic profile and no requirement to upgrade to a premium account.

*Basic talent profiles will no longer offer a free photo change.  Signing up for a Basic profile and your initial photo upload remains free.  A one-time photo change will cost $9.99.  Casting Frontier is currently working on an option for profiles of minors (whose looks change more often and rapidly than adults), and we will keep this space updated with that information.

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Extras & Professional Actors Based Elsewhere, with No Ties to the Northwest
Sorry, but if you’re not living in Oregon or Washington, or don’t have some kind of home base or representation here, you’re unlikely to be considered for any project shooting in the Northwest.  Unless you’re Ryan Gosling.  In that case, please step to the front of the line.

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More Information
For more information on film production in Oregon, check out the Oregon Governor’s Office of Film and Television‘s website, the OMPA website, or the Confluence website.

Portland has proven to have a wealth of talented actors, and Lana, Eryn and the team have demonstrated time and time again to be the go-to resource for this talent. Week after week, we are pleasantly surprised with the options they bring us, so much so that we often forfeit flying up actors from LA in order to hire locally.
PAUL BERNARD, PRODUCER | 'THE LIBRARIANS," "LEVERAGE", "LEGIT", "BRAIN TRUST", "FOLLOW THE PROPHET"

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