The Casting Scoop

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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Link to full article.

23 Must-Follow L.A. CDs on Twitter

This week, Lana somewhat curiously made Backstage‘s list of the top Los Angeles-based casting directors to follow on Twitter.

While it’s an unusual honor–seeing that she’s actually based in Portland, Oregon–there are quite a few CDs on this list whom actors may want to track down on Twitter and follow themselves.

(We also spot at least one New York-based CD, but nonetheless, the advice is good!)

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You’re an actor—you already know that the going can get tough. And if you live in L.A., you’re familiar with seeking out the tiniest edge that will slip you ahead of your competitors. To help you find that edge, we’ve compiled a list of 23 must-follow casting directors on Twitter (listed alphabetically below). Whether they’re tweeting about audition tips or just reacting to what they’re watching on TV, their insights can be beneficial. Besides, it doesn’t hurt having your name pop up as a notification in their Twitter account.

1. Amy Jo Berman

Amy Jo Berman is former Vice President of Casting at HBO and for 14 years has overseen the casting of over 150 films, mini-series, and series. She is the founder of Audition Polish, a membership-based audition coaching program that has helped actors around the globe nail their auditions on the first take.

2. Risa Bramon Garcia

Risa Bramon Garcia is partnered with Steve Braun in The BGB Studio, dedicated to revolutionary acting and audition training. For the past 30 years Bramon Garcia has worked consistently as a director, producer, casting director, writer, and teacher, collaborating with some of the most groundbreaking artists in the world.

3. Tracy Byrd

Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd is a Brooklyn-born and raised casting director with more than 24 years of experience in the industry. Byrd has the vision to spot actors who can bring complicated and nuanced story lines from page to motion picture. Her work on the Sundance/Cannes-winning film “Fruitvale Station,” Stomp the Yard,” “The Blind Side,” “Notorious,” “Jumping the Broom,” and “Sparkle” prove as much. Byrd has spent decades channeling her super power of finding the perfect person for every character.

4. Dream Big Casting

Casting Directors Sherrie Henderson & Dan Velez of Dream Big Casting say its misson is, ” … to provide affordable casting with creative passion and the determination to leave “no stone unturned” (as the great Mali Finn used to say), at the level of any other casting director working in Los Angeles today, or anywhere worldwide.”

5. Danielle Eskinazi

Danielle Eskinazi is an award-winning casting director. With more than two decades casting films, television, theater, and commercials, Eskinazi has cast such talent as David Bowie, Rosanna Arquette, and Woody Harrelson, while also launching the careers of now-successful actors including Hank Azaria and Milla Jovovich.

6. Geralyn Flood

From Twitter: “NYer for life, LA for now. Sometimes I cast actors in shows you might watch.”

7. Gohar Gazazyan

Gohar is a Casting Director with Bialy/Thomas & Associates. In her six years with Bialy/Thomas, Gohar has collaborated on the casting of a variety of projects including numerous television series and pilots as well as feature films and theatre.

8. Bonnie Gillespie

Bonnie Gillespie is living her dreams by helping others figure out how to live theirs. She casts SAG-AFTRA indie feature films and series.

9. Jeremy Gordon

Jeremy Gordon is known for his work on “We’re the Millers,” “The Wolverine,” and “Knight and Day.”

10. Ivy Isenberg

From Twitter: “Casting Director living in LA, Credits include TripTank, Call of Duty, ROBOT CHICKEN, STARGATE SG-1, CURSE OF CHUCKY,etc-PROUD TO BE A GEEK !!!! ;)”

11. Matthew Lessall

From Twitter: “Casting Director, lover of film, television, theatre and of course, great acting…”

12. Caroline Liem

Caroline Liem is a casting director, audition coach and teacher based in Los Angeles. She has cast independent films, studio features, and television pilot/series.

13. Marci Liroff

From Twitter: “Casting Director, Producer, Acting Coach, Animal Rights Activist, Social Media Consultant, food lover, & all around cool chick.”

14. Ricki Maslar

Ricki Maslar, CSA is a successful casting director and producer with over thirty five years’ experience in the entertainment industry.

15. Killian McHugh

From Twitter: “Commercial Casting Director / Workshop offered with a unique, effective approach that yields national bookings and exponential self growth.”

16. Helen McCready

From Twitter: “I am an independent casting director for feature film and TV.”

17. Mike Page

From Twitter: “Manager of Casting for TNT & TBS. Just your basic Colorado guy who moved to Hollywood. Haven’t yet given up my faith in humanity. ;)”

18. David Rapaport

Casting Director for “Arrow,” and “The Flash.”

19. Cathy Reinking

From Twitter: “20 Years in the Casting Trenches (Emmy-Winning Network TV, film, theatre, web).”

20. Jen Rudin

Jen Rudin is an award-winning New York based Casting Director and audition coach, and author of the book Confessions of a Casting Director. She owns and operates Jen Rudin Casting which casts for film, television, animation and theater.

21. Russell Scott

Casting Director at Bialy/Thomas & Associates.

22. Stuart Stone Casting

“Stuart Stone Casting has an uncanny ability to find the most engaging, fresh and original talent in any medium.”

23. Lana Veenker

Casting director Lana Veenker began her career in London and, upon returning to her Northwest roots, founded one of the top location casting companies in the country, Cast Iron Studios.

Thanks, Backstage! It’s an honor to be listed in such great company.

Link to original article.


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