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Thank Grimm It’s Friday: “Thanks for the Memories”

They’re back! Don’t miss these Pacific Northwest actors on the Season 4 premiere of “Grimm“ tonight at 9PM on NBC.

Robert Blanche, Rodney Sherwood, Jennifer Brian, David Frederick White, Andrew Stearns, Michael Ochoa, Matt Nolan, Joseph Bertot, Cobey Mandarino, Jasper Louis, John Ryan Custodio, Jenifer Yeuroukis, Michael Fisher-Welsh, Marcella Laasch, Robert Fuentes.

Robert Blanche, Rodney Sherwood, Jennifer Brian, David Frederick White, Andrew Stearns, Michael Ochoa, Matt Nolan, Joseph Bertot, Cobey Mandarino, Jasper Louis, John Ryan Custodio, Jenifer Yeuroukis, Michael Fisher-Welsh, Marcella Laasch, Robert Fuentes.

4th 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 fourth annual “Meals for Monologues” canned food drive-slash-holiday potluck.

Meals for Monologues
Food Drive Benefiting

Holiday Meet-n-Greet Potluck

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
12:00 PM to 6:00 PM* (M4M)
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (potluck)

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


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 two or three** 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.
  • Barrels will be in our office November 20th to December 2nd, for those unable to attend/donate on the day.


Bring an appetizer, potluck dish or dessert treat and have a bite at this unique holiday party & open house. After you read for one of our casting directors—or even if you’re not auditioning and just want to say hi—stick around for elbow rubbing and general merriment.

If you’re a regular at our office, please consider leaving the audition spots open for others and simply come for the party. We’d love to see you!

*No auditions will take place 2:30PM-3PM 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 list of 10 Things Food Banks Need But Won’t Ask For.

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


Not in Portland, but still want to audition? We will accept demo reels or self-tapes from out-of-town 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 (minimum $10). Submission must be received by November 24th to guarantee viewing by our casting directors. See instructions below.


  • 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 Vimeo, YouTube 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 to make your donation ($10 is the minimum accepted online by the Food Bank).
  • Please list “Meals for Monologues” in the Name, Event or Occasion 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], subject heading: M4M Local Hire. (Replace [a] with @ in the email address.)
  • Deadline for self-tape submissions is November 24, 2014 at 11:59 PM PST. We cannot guarantee your video will be reviewed if received after the deadline.

Open Call for Tech Company Print Shoot

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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 Ave, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97214. 

Applicants will fill out some brief paperwork and have their photos taken.

Interested parties who fit the above specifications should simply show up at our office on the open call date within the designated time frame; no appointment necessary.  Feel free to bring your friends (as long as they fit the specs, of course)!

Anyone hired will be paid $500 per day (working one day only). This is a print campaign for a tech company.

There is no charge to audition for any role.

Interested talent must be fully available Monday, October 13, 2014 for the photo shoot.


Open Call Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014
Open Call Time: 9:00AM-7:00PM on date listed ONLY, no appointment necessary
Shoot Date: Monday, October 13, 2014 (must be fully available for the day)
Rate: $500/day (1 day only)

Questions?  Contact us via email at talent[at]castironstudios[dot]com.

UPDATE: If you’re unable to attend the open call, but are fully available for the shoot date, you may submit two (2) current photos (1 full body, 1 close-up) to talent[at]castironstudios[dot]com.

No phone calls, please.

There is no charge to audition, no offers of classes or services for pay, nor any other solicitations at the casting.


PBJ: Tax credits and the advantage of being in Oregon

Erik Siemers of the Portland Business Journal, who recently interviewed Lana on Oregon’s film tax incentive program, now speaks to Travis Knight of LAIKA to get his take.

Over the last few months, I’ve interviewed several people connected to Portland’s film industry who said — appropriately, as if from a script — that the state must expand or lift its cap on production tax credits in order for the industry here to grow.

The Oregon Production Investment Fund offers film productions a 20 percent tax credit on all goods and services purchased in the state and 10 percent tax credit on labor costs. But it’s capped at $10 million in credits per year. Between recurring series’ like “Portlandia,” “Grimm” and “The Librarians,” the fund is tapped pretty quickly.

“Grimm” casting director Lana Veenker and “Librarians” producer Dean Devlin have each told me this year why it’s a no-brainer to expand the program. Veenker said the state has lost productions written specifically for Portland because of the cap. Devlin told me he’d “be the first guy to break ground and build a studio if that limit ever got raised.”

When I had the chance to sit down with Travis Knight, CEO of Hillsboro-based stop-motion animation studio Laika Inc., I wanted to ask the same thing.

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