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Another Successful Year for the NW Talent Diversity Initiative

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 … Continue reading

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KPTV covers Talent Diversity Initiative Graduation at Cast Iron Studios

On Saturday, November 21st, the 32 actors from our Class of 2015 Talent Diversity Initiative graduated at Cast Iron Studios. The fun-filled day featured mock auditions, a Q&A with the team at CIS, and guest speakers Mary McDonald-Lewis (dialect coach), … Continue reading

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XRAY FM’s Jenn Chavez covers the Talent Diversity Initiative

Lana Veenker, the President of Cast Iron Studios, discusses diversity in Oregon film and television casting and her studio’s Talent Diversity Initiative with Jenn Chavez of XRAY FM’s The Five Quadrants of Portland. Running through October and November and culminating in … Continue reading

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More Good Day Oregon on NW Talent Diversity Initiative

In case you missed it, here’s the segment about our Talent Diversity Initiative on More Good Day Oregon with Stephanie Kralevich, which aired on KPTV Fox 12 on Tuesday, October 20th: Portland Casting Director Lana Veenker of Cast Iron Studios … Continue reading

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NW Talent Diversity Initiative on More Good Day Oregon!

Stephanie Kralevich stopped by our studios recently to interview students from our Northwest Talent Diversity Initiative Class of 2015! Be sure to tune into More Good Day Oregon on KPTV/Fox 12 this Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 at 9:00 AM. We … Continue reading

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Oregon film and media types tackle talent diversity issues

(Thanks to the PBJ for this article on our training program!) Portland Business Journal October 12, 2015 By Andy Giegerich TNT and three film and television groups are hosting a “talent diversity initiative” that could help bring a wider range … Continue reading

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Cast Iron Studios, Acting Coaches Host Talent Diversity Initiative

32 Northwest Performers Selected to Complete 36-Hour Actor Training Intensive for Film & Television For Immediate Release October 10, 2015 (PORTLAND, OR) Thirty-two Northwest actors have been chosen to complete a six-week intensive training program, as part of a new … Continue reading

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L.A. Workshop: How to Book Roles Outside of Hollywood

On Saturday, October 24, 2015, Casting Director Lana Veenker (Wild, Twilight, The Librarians, many others) will offer two workshops in Los Angeles on how to book roles outside of Hollywood. With so much production happening in places like Georgia, Louisiana … Continue reading

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Don’t Miss These 10 Actor Workshops and Panels at Portland Film Fest!

Our friends over at the Portland Film Festival are offering a line up of workshops tailored just for actors, along with a panel discussing women in film. Details are below. Here’s a link to tickets for all the events with … Continue reading

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Portland Film Festival presents Actors Workshop with Eryn Goodman

Getting in front of casting directors can be one of the biggest challenges in the industry. Casting Director Eryn Goodman will be leading a discussion THIS THURSDAY on how to get in the door, and the best way to impress … Continue reading

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Portland Film Fest to host powerhouses at Women In Film panel

Actress Abbe Meryl Feder, POWFest Executive Director Tara Johnson-Medinger, Director Alicia J. Rose, and Casting Director Lana Veenker will participate in a panel THIS WEDNESDAY, August 27th as part of the Portland Film Festival. 5:30 PM at the Mission Theater. … Continue reading

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Audition Workshop in Amsterdam with Casting Director Lana Veenker

Casting Director Lana Veenker hits the road again, taking her popular workshop for actors to the Amsterdam School of the Arts (AHK) on April 29, 2014. Tools for Actors presents Master your Audition, Steer your Career A Business of Acting … Continue reading

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Lana Veenker at Audition Master Class in Berlin on 2/10/14

Once again, Lana will be joining Prague Casting Director Nancy Bishop (The Bourne Identity) at her Audition Master Class during the Berlin International Film Festival.

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KINK FM on Oregon film & our workshops for kids

Tune into Sheila Hamilton‘s March 26th interview with Casting Director Lana Veenker on 101.9 KINK FM about Oregon’s film and TV industry, its film production incentive program, and Cast Iron Studios upcoming workshops for kids and parents: To register for … Continue reading

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Announcing ‘Casting Director Master Series’ with first guest: Nickelodeon, Disney CD Christine Scowley

Cast Iron Studios and its educational division, Tools for Actors, are thrilled to announce an upcoming master series of workshops featuring prominent LA and NY casting directors. Even more exciting, the first of the series is aimed at KIDS and … Continue reading

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Casting Director Lana Veenker to Lecture on “The Business of Show Business” in Vienna

As Lana heads to Europe once again for European Film Promotion’s Shooting Stars program at the Berlinale, she makes her yearly stop in Vienna and will speak this time at Webster University. All aspiring actors and filmmakers are encouraged to … Continue reading

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Nancy Bishop Casting Workshop in Berlin – with Special Guest Lana Veenker

Prague Casting Director Nancy Bishop CSA has invited Lana to help coach actors at her annual Casting Workshop during the Berlinale. This will mark Lana and Nancy’s fifth year of collaboration in Berlin. Please note: This is not a Cast … Continue reading

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Medford and Bend Actors Go Pro!

Lana just got back from her Oregon regional tour, where she worked with actors from Medford and Bend on audition technique and the business of acting. Many thanks to Teresa Pollman and IMD in Medford, and Derek Sitter and The … Continue reading

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KOBI-TV 5 Medford talks to Lana Veenker

Lana recently visited the studios of NBC affiliate KOBI-TV 5 to talk about her upcoming workshop in Medford. Click to view this Five-on-5 segment: She’s also teaching in Bend on Tuesday, November 13th! Tickets are still available here. Link to … Continue reading

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Casting Director Lana Veenker to Teach Bend Actors How to Go Pro

Lana is making a rare tour of Southern & Central Oregon in the coming days, stopping in Bend next week to teach one of her popular Tools For Actors workshops. Casting Director Lana Veenker to Teach Bend Actors How to … Continue reading

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Workshops with Lana Veenker in Medford and Bend

After her successful joint workshop with Paul Weber in October, Casting Director Lana Veenker is hitting the road to work with actors in Southern and Central Oregon. On Saturday, November 10, 2012, she will be in Medford and on Tuesday, … Continue reading

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Tools for Actors Workshops in Bend, OR

Cast Iron Studios & Volcanic Theatre Pub present TOOLS FOR ACTORS WORKSHOPS IN BEND, OR with Casting Director Lana Veenker     MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2012 This workshop has been canceled due to scheduling conflicts; please register for Tuesday. TUESDAY, … Continue reading

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Tools For Actors Workshops in Medford, OR

Cast Iron Studios & Image Modeling Development present TOOLS FOR ACTORS WORKSHOPS IN MEDFORD, OR with Casting Director Lana Veenker   SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2012 10:00AM-2:00PM “GO PRO” (includes lunch break) – $129* 2:00PM-5:00PM “Auditioning for TV & Film” – … Continue reading

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Audition Workshop with Casting Directors Paul Weber & Lana Veenker

Cast Iron Studios presents a joint workshop with Casting Directors Paul Weber CSA and Lana Veenker CSA The Art of the Audition: The Business of the Art SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27 — 10:00AM-4:00PM -OR- SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28 — 10:00AM-4:00PM SPACE IS … Continue reading

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Fight Workshops with Kendall Wells in March

Announcing new fight workshops with Kendall Wells at Cast Iron Studios.  Based on feedback we received the last time he was in town, this is not to be missed!  More information is below and at http://kendallwells.com. Contemporary Fights for Film … Continue reading

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On-Camera Workshop with Top Hollywood Fight Master & Protégé

Cast Iron Studios (formerly Lana Veenker Casting) is always on the lookout to bring new learning opportunities to our talent pool. We are proud to present ACTION FOR ACTORS, a unique and exciting on-camera fight workshop this December. SEE BELOW … Continue reading

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U.S. Casting Director to Visit Austria: Guest Lecturer at Webster University & Workshop at IfiF Productions

For our German-speaking friends: An article on Lana’s upcoming lecture and workshop on Austria’s university portal, Studium.at: US Casting-Direktorin zu Besuch in ÖsterreichGastvortrag an der Webster University sowie Workshop bei IfiF ProductionsStudium.at22 September 2011 Lana Veenker (bekannt durch Filme und … Continue reading

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Mayor’s office chimes in on Leverage Boot Camp & Oregon jobs

“Chance favors the well-prepared.” By Jennifer Yocom Tue, February 9, 2010 1:32pm When John Rogers, writer and creator of TNT’s Leverage, talked to Portlanders at this weekend’s Leverage Boot Camp, one quote especially stuck out to me. Borrowed from great … Continue reading

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Thug Boot Camp trains out-of-work burly men for roles on "Leverage"

The Oregonian January 28, 2010 by Kristi Turnquist UPDATE: EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT EXTENDED TO FEB 4! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. Think you’re pretty tough, do ya’? Well, here’s your chance to prove it. Sign up for Thug Boot Camp! This … Continue reading

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It has been a real pleasure to attend Lana's workshop because not only it allowed me to meet her and receive some credible, relevant infos on the job & Hollywood market but also to meet other actors. Thanks to Lana, I feel more confident now about the fact of moving to L.A since I have now some tools about CVs, photos and how to contact CDs and I feel relieved about my choice of the Lee Strasberg school.
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