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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 at Cast Iron Studios, 1430 SE 3rd Ave, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97214. 

Applicants will fill out some brief paperwork, have their photos taken, and will be videotaped in a short get-to-know-you interview.

Interested parties 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 $800 per day (working one day only).

There is no charge to audition for any role.

Interested talent should be available May 1, May 2 or May 5, 2014 for the shoot. (Please be available at least two out of the three days.)

Details:

Open Call Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Open Call Time: 1:00PM-7:00PM on date listed ONLY, no appointment necessary
Shoot Dates: May 1, May 2, or May 5, 2014, working one day only
Rate: $800/day

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

No phone calls, please.

There are no charges for auditions, offers of classes or services for pay, or any other solicitations at the casting.

 

8 Tips for Mastering Monologues

Lana’s latest Expert column, courtesy of Backstage.

Lana Veenker CSAFretting over a monologue audition? Fear not. A monologue can be your moment to shine. Grab the bull by the horns with these great tips.

1. Keep it short. Just because you’ve been allotted two or three minutes doesn’t mean you have to choose a monologue that runs the full length of your time slot. A minute is usually enough for us to get a good idea of your type and skill level, so why not focus on nailing a shorter piece rather than memorizing more lines? Or choose two short, contrasting pieces (i.e., modern-classical or serious-comedic) to demonstrate your range.

2. Don’t go with the trendiest, coolest monologue. It’s probably being done a lot. At our last round of auditions, we saw a handful of actors performing the same scenes from recent films and plays. Likewise, if you are planning to use a monologue that your acting coach assigned you to learn for class, find out if other actors under their tutelage are also learning it. You may end up in the same audition room with three other Blanches or Desdemonas.

3. If in doubt, choose your funny, light piece. One tearful or angry audition after another can be draining to watch during a long day of casting. A humorous monologue well delivered, especially in the afternoon when energies are starting to flag, is most welcome.

4. Don’t slate like a robot; be yourself! If asked to slate your name or any other information, infuse it with your friendly, personable self. Some acting teachers grill their students (often kids and beginners) to slate the same way every time. Unfortunately, their slates end up devoid of personality—even becoming cringe-worthy—if all the actors from the same coach perform them like clones. We want to know that you’re fun, competent, self-assured, and easy to work with. Just make sure to demonstrate these qualities in your slate.

5. Don’t play the problem in the scene; overcome the problem. We tend to see a lot of Sturm und Drang in the audition room. Actors love to shout to the heavens and produce tears, but intense emotional pieces only work when their characters rise above their problems to pursue the outcome they are hoping for, despite the obstacles facing them. Wallowing in self-pity or projecting nothing but anger never works.

6. Choose a point of focus… Since you don’t have a reader or a real-life scene partner to play off of during a monologue, it can be confusing to know where in the room to plant your eyeballs. Rather than letting them float around aimlessly, choose a point of focus where you can anchor your gaze and direct your lines, whether it be the back wall, a seat in the auditorium at eye level, a lighting instrument, or just to the side of camera; whatever is appropriate to the situation.

7. …And don’t make it the casting director. Whatever you do, don’t force the person auditioning you to be your scene partner, unless specifically requested. It makes it extremely uncomfortable for them to look away or to jot down notes. It could even draw focus from your performance; at a recent audition, an actor decided to deliver her entire piece from “The Vagina Monologues” straight into the casting director’s eyes. One word: awkward.

8. Revel in it. Remember why you got into acting in the first place? To become another character, to move people, to entertain, to tell stories, to express yourself in ways you may not always get to in real life. Do that in your audition. It is a performance, no matter how short it is. Entertain, engage, soak it in, and make it yours.

Original article here. For more tips, check out Lana’s previous monologue article for Backstage.

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.

Recent projects include “Wild,” starring Reese Witherspoon, NBC’s “Grimm,” now in its third season, and 64 episodes of TNT’s “Leverage.” Gus Van Sant, Robert Benton, Guillermo Arriaga, Catherine Hardwicke and Tim Robbins figure among past film clients. Commercial accounts include Nike, Apple and Nintendo, and international campaigns from Shanghai to Santiago.

Lana is a member of the Casting Society of America and the International Casting Directors Network. She frequently lectures across the U.S. and abroad, most recently at the Finnish Actors’ Union in Helsinki, Amsterdam School of the Arts, The Actors Platform in London, The Acting Studio in Berlin, Studio Bleu in Paris and Prague Film School.

Complete her survey to be entered into a contest for a free career consultation here.

She has been featured in The Hollywood Reporter, USA Today, MSNBC.com, MTV.com, AccessHollywood.com, and Wired, among others. Follow her on Twitter @lanaveenker.

Thank Grimm It’s Friday: “The Law of Sacrifice”

Don’t miss these Pacific Northwest actors on “Grimm“ tonight at 9PM on NBC.

Michelle Damis, Jon Bebe, Harley Castro, Nathan Reimer, Josh Rice.

Michelle Damis, Jon Bebe, Harley Castro, Nathan Reimer, Josh Rice.

Thank Grimm It’s Friday: “Synchronicity”

Don’t miss these Pacific Northwest actors on “Grimm“ tonight at 9PM on NBC.

Damien Puckler, Gene Freedman, Matt Shimkus, Gene S. Thorkildsen, Kayla Lian, Brayden Tucker, Josh Rice, Allison Tigard, Ivan Heimbuch.

Damien Puckler, Gene Freedman, Matt Shimkus, Gene S. Thorkildsen, Kayla Lian, Brayden Tucker, Josh Rice, Allison Tigard, Ivan Heimbuch.

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