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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Cast Iron Studios announces 2018 Talent Diversity Initiative Scholars

by Cast Iron Studios Staff

While TNT is no longer participating as a fiscal sponsor of Cast Iron Studios’ Talent Diversity Initiative (TDI), the Portland Film Office and Oregon Film Office both expressed a wish to continue supporting the program, whose goal is to increase opportunities for actors of color in our market.

Thanks to them, and to the generous sponsorship of several of our top local acting coaches, including Katie O’Grady of The Studio NW/Acting for Kids & Teens, Ted Rooney, Scott Rogers Studios, Kristina Haddad of The Actor’s Lab, and Shelly Lipkin, we were able to offer scholarships to 17 local actors to attend the acting course of their choice.

Special thanks go out to Brian Lord of the Portland Film Office/Prosper Portland, who encouraged us to keep the program going, even if on a smaller scale; to Tim Williams, Executive Director of Oregon Film, for his unwavering support over the years; and to the coaches, who helped us to nearly double the value of our available funds.

We are thrilled to have these wonderful and talented actors as part of this year’s Talent Diversity Initiative!

Kady Lorenz
Eva Calderon
Kayla Banks
Angela Chandra
Anthony Martore
Bobbi Mackenzie
Billy Boudavong
Tom Avila
Connie Wellman

Grace London
Tonea Lolin
James Dixon
Jenny Meeker
Renee Rose
Gihee Jong
Noelle Rainey
Anna Clark


From left to right: Kady Lorenz, Eva Calderon, Kayla Banks, Angela Chandra, Anthony Martore, Bobbi Mackenzie, Billy Boudavong, Tom Avila, Connie Wellman, Grace London, Tonea Lolin, James Dixon, Jenny Meeker, Renee Rose, Gihee Jong, Noelle Rainey, and Anna Clark.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Another Successful Year for the NW Talent Diversity Initiative

by Georgia Luke

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 come back for more training, thanks to the support and generosity of the Portland Film Office and the Governor’s Office of Film and Television.
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The need for more diverse actors in shows like The Librarians and Grimm is what led to the creation of the Initiative in 2015.
Turner Network Television, whose series The Librarians shoots in Portland, has been a primary financial partner in the project both years, thanks to their Manager of Casting, Alexis Booth.
Additional support was provided by Milagro Theatre, The August Wilson Red Door Project and Artists Repertory Theatre.
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The TDI has been lucky enough to provide excellent coaching by some of Portland’s best: Scott Rogers of Scott Rogers Studios and Jana Lee Hamblin of Act Now Studio returned this year to teach our intermediate program. Kristina Haddad of The Actor’s Lab Portland, and Ben Newman of Portland Actors Conservatory came on board in 2016 to work with our first-year students.
Their passion and enthusiasm was contagious, which really helped spark the desire to succeed in their students. Ben recently wrote:

“Being asked to teach–anything really–but especially something I’ve spent the majority of my life pursuing, is the greatest affirmation one can hope for. Empowering ‘young’ actors to reach full potential has quickly become the most rewarding thing in my life over the past few years. This group was no exception. Humility is key, but I’d venture to say that a few of these people had some big moments of self discovery. It also seems like they made some new and important friendships.”

As part of the application process, the nominees were able to list what specific things they felt they needed to work on in order to become more successful. Acting on camera, audition jitters, memorizing lines and taking direction are just a few examples of skills that they wanted to work on. Coaches Ben Newman and Kristina Haddad took this list into consideration when they planned their classes.
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The first-year program culminated on Saturday with mock auditions, two break-out sessions on special skills by Fight Choreographer Kendall Wells and Dialect Coach Mary MacDonald-Lewis, a Q&A with the Cast Iron Studios team, plus special guest speaker Norberto Barba, Director and Executive Producer on five seasons of Grimm. Norberto serves on the DGA Diversity Committee, as well as their Latino Committee and Creative Rights Committee, and shared invaluable information with our graduates.
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The second-year students joined our first-year students at a post-graduation reception at CIS.

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Cast Iron Studios is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive talent pool in the Northwest, and wants to thank all of its generous sponsors. We would love to see this program expand and flourish in the coming years, perhaps one day becoming its own entity!
PS: Check out our full photo gallery here, courtesy of NebCat Photography.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Cast Iron Studios, TNT & Film Offices team up to repeat Talent Diversity Initiative

by Georgia Luke

Last year, Cast Iron Studios and TNT–along with Act Now Studio and Scott Rogers Studios–hosted the first Northwest Talent Diversity Initiative. The 36-hour intensive acting course gave 32 performers of color the opportunity to hone their chops with two of Portland’s finest acting coaches and a myriad of guest speakers, at no cost to the actors.

Within weeks of graduation, the Class of 2015 began reporting an increase in their callback and booking rates on film, television, web and commercial projects. Cast Iron Studios therefore set out to repeat the initiative this year.

TNT agreed to return as the program’s main financial partner, thanks to Manager of Casting Alexis Booth, allowing Cast Iron Studios to send 32 new actors through the intensive this fall.

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Acting coaches Kristina Haddad of the Actor’s Lab, and Ben Newman of Portland Actors Conservatory–both experienced performers in their own right–will be leading two classes composed of 16 actors each.

The success of the program also garnered the attention of the Portland Film Office and the Governor’s Office of Film and Television, who both stepped up to provide additional funding to bring last year’s graduates back for an intermediate class. Sixteen students will be returning this fall to undertake 36 more hours of training, under the tutelage of coaches Jana Lee Hamblin and Scott Rogers.

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Participating actors were nominated by their agents as committed and talented individuals who would benefit from the initiative.

In-kind sponsors this year include The August Wilson Red Door Project, Artists Repertory Theatre and Teatro Milagro, without whose assistance this initiative would not be possible.

 

 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

KPTV covers Talent Diversity Initiative Graduation at Cast Iron Studios

by ranielle

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), Kendall Wells (fight choreographer and instructor), and Grimm Executive Producer Norberto Barba.

The celebration ended with a press reception, with guests including Mayor and First Lady Hales, Representative Lew Frederick, Portland Development Commission’s Brian Lord, Portland City Council candidate Fred Stewart and many others.

We had a blast producing this Initiative, along with our partners at TNT, Act Now Studio and Scott Rogers Studios. Here’s to making it a yearly event!
KPTV – FOX 12

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

XRAY FM’s Jenn Chavez covers the Talent Diversity Initiative

by ranielle

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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 a graduation on November 21st, the Initiative offered intensive acting training and coaching at no cost to Oregon actors of color, whom she’s found have been underrepresented in the top acting schools and acting classes, places that are often the gateway to talent representation and introduction to casting directors.  She argues that these and other barriers faced by actors of color can make diverse casting in Oregon a challenge, and hopes that graduates of the initiative are provided with the tools and confidence to book roles in regional film and television.

(Interview on 11/19/15; story starts at ~51:13)

 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Talent Diversity Initiative Coach: Jana Lee Hamblin

by Kelsey Norene

Meet our Talent Diversity Initiative Class of 2015 acting coach, Jana Lee Hamblin, owner/founder of Act Now Studio.

Jana Lee Hamblin 2Jana brings 20 years of experience, along with a true love of acting to create an environment for the actors that is wildly safe and groundbreaking. Her commitment to each student builds confidence and trust in the simplest of ways. Her ability to see each actor with clarity and love is what makes her classes unique.

Jana is known to be the person that can work with actors at all levels. As a working actor herself, Jana stays current with what is happening in the audition room now. She’s teaching our Talent Diversity Initiative actors how to walk into a casting office and to be of service – to the character, to the scene, to the director, to the moment.

From script analysis to finding the way the writer wants the text to be spoken, Jana is teaching our actors tools that are guaranteed help them to go from audition, to callback, to booked it! Using various techniques, her goal is to help our TDI actors get to the place where they can seamlessly fulfill a role; be it co-star or guest star.

Jana is high energy, engages with the actors, helps them connect with each other, and encourages everyone to get on their feet and be willing to fall on their face. She does repetition warm ups, cold reading exercises, on camera slates, mock auditions, and physical workouts that keep the actors bodies energized. She is helping our TDI actors learn how to have a strong point of view about the world around them, as this is one of the essential keys to good audition work!

Thanks, Jana, for your commitment to our program and to the community!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Talent Diversity Initiative Coach: Scott Rogers

by Kelsey Norene

Meet our Talent Diversity Initiative Class of 2015 acting coach, Scott Rogers of Scott Rogers Studios!

scott-rogersScott served as Acting Coach for 20th Century Fox Studios under a 3-year, exclusive contract, coaching actors for film and television projects. Scott has coached principal actors, for more than 3000 hours on the sets of motion pictures and national television shows. He has produced, cast, and/or directed more than 100 professional productions and written, directed, and produced dozens of TV commercials. He was the full-time, on-set, Acting Coach for the TV series North Shore and was previously the full-time Acting Coach for the hit TV show Baywatch. In 1994, after living and working in Los Angeles for more than 25 years, Scott moved to Hawai`i with his wife, Jeanne, in order to raise their (soon to be) two children in a safe and sane environment. They opened their school in 2000, to train actors for film and television. Scott has extended his school’s teaching to Portland, Oregon and serves as an acting coach in both regions!

Scott is using exercises from all around the world to help our Talent Diversity Initiative actors work more efficiently on camera and develop a deeper understanding of how to get from a page in a script to a real and captivating character that draws the audience in. Pulling from the teachings of masters such as Constantine Stanislavski, Lee Strasberg, Sanford Meisner, and Michael Chekhov, Scott uses text analysis, scene study, audition drills, camera exercises, specially designed improvisations, physical and imagination exercises to give actors the ability to trigger real and truthful emotions on demand.

His students are about halfway through the training program now, and we can’t wait to see how their skills have improved.

For more information about Scott and his acting classes, check out his website. Thanks, Scott, for being a part of our Initiative!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

More Good Day Oregon on NW Talent Diversity Initiative

by admin

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 is partnering with TNT on a talent diversity initiative that provides acting opportunities for local actors.

KPTV – FOX 12

Link to source.

Monday, October 19, 2015

NW Talent Diversity Initiative on More Good Day Oregon!

by admin

Stephanie Kralevich stopped by our studios recently to interview students from our Northwest Talent Diversity Initiative Class of 2015!

Stephanie KralevichBe sure to tune into More Good Day Oregon on KPTV/Fox 12 this Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 at 9:00 AM.

We are the lead story, so don’t be late!

Please spread the word!

 

 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Oregon film and media types tackle talent diversity issues

by admin

(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 of performers to stage and screen.

The project is training 32 Northwest actors. Along with TNT — which has shot a handful of series in Portland— backers include Cast Iron Studios, which is working in partnership with Act Now Studio and Scott Rogers Studios.

Lana Veenker and TNT are doing their part to bring more diversity to Portland’s acting scene. Photo Credit: Cathy Cheney

“We realized that we shared a common goal in that we all want to see more diversity represented in the projects that shoot in the Northwest.” said Lana Veenker, president of Portland-based Cast Iron Studios, a film and television casting company, in a release.

Veenker said producers, directors and executives always want more diversity in their productions, but that it’s difficult finding that diversity in Portland.

“Actors of color are underrepresented in the top acting schools and acting classes, places that are often the gateway to talent representation and introduction to casting directors,” she said. “And when they are not able to train at the highest level, it becomes even more difficult to compete and to succeed.”

Cast Iron Studios has worked on the TNT series “Leverage” and “The Librarians,” which continues to be shot in Portland.

The classes began Oct. 10. On Nov. 21, the training will culminate in a mock audition session. Veenker hopes those actors will begin getting work in 2016.

Link to original article.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Cast Iron Studios, Acting Coaches Host Talent Diversity Initiative

by admin

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 Talent Diversity Initiative to take place this fall in Portland. The program is being produced by Cast Iron Studios, in partnership with Act Now Studio and Scott Rogers Studios, and will be sponsored by TNT.

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“We realized that we shared a common goal,” said Casting Director Lana Veenker, president of Portland-based Cast Iron Studios, a film and television casting company, “in that we all want to see more diversity represented in the projects that shoot in the Northwest.”

This can be challenging, however, in a city with the notorious distinction of being the “whitest city in America.” “On every commercial, series and film that we cast, producers, directors and executives are always telling us, ‘more diversity, more diversity.’ And believe me, we bend over backwards, but it can be really hard here.”

Veenker understood that the issue was not one of talent or even numbers, but of opportunity and access. “Actors of color are underrepresented in the top acting schools and acting classes, places that are often the gateway to talent representation and introduction to casting directors. And when they are not able to train at the highest level, it becomes even more difficult to compete and to succeed.”

The reasons behind this disparity are as varied as the individuals affected by it: Economic hardship, work or familial duties, cultural stigma, language barriers, lack of support by immediate family, even a perception that there’s no place in the industry for actors of color or their stories.

“We thought, ‘the one thing we can do is remove one of those barriers,’” said Veenker. “Let’s find a way to put a pool of actors through an intensive training program at no charge, and get them to a place where they can be booking roles more consistently. It will benefit all of us.”

Veenker approached Alexis Booth, Manager of Casting at TNT. Cast Iron Studios has had a long relationship with the network, after casting four seasons of Leverage, two seasons of The Librarians and a few TV pilots. Her goal was to see if they would underwrite the program. She also approached known Portland acting coaches Jana Lee Hamblin of Act Now Studio and Scott Rogers of Scott Rogers Studios, to ask if they would provide the bulk of the training. The response was enthusiastic from all camps.

Cast Iron Studios next petitioned Northwest talent agents to nominate actors they felt could most benefit from the program. “We wanted performers who had already been vetted as having talent and a strong commitment to their craft,” said Veenker. “And then we wanted to give them that extra boost; some high-level coaching that will help them close the deal in the audition room. These are already actors in whom we have a lot of faith. Now we want to see them crossing the goal line.”

Beginning on October 10th, two classes of 16 actors each will hone their skills by working closely with coaches Hamblin and Rogers over five 6-hour-long sessions. On November 21st, the course will culminate in a mock audition session and Q&A at Cast Iron Studios, with members of its casting team, followed by a media reception. “Over the coming year, we’ll hopefully start seeing our Class of 2015 on big and small screens nationwide. That’s the goal,” said Veenker.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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

by admin

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 information about pricing. Both SAG-AFTRA events are free.

Psst: Don’t miss Casting Director Lana Veenker on Wednesday, August 27th and Casting Director Eryn Goodman on Thursday, August 28th!

 

Women in Film Networking Event & Panel
Wednesday, August 27 • 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209

Come out and listen to a panel of professionals in the film industry. Networking before and after. This is the monthly meetup for the WOMEN IN FILM non-profit in Portland, Oregon. Anyone interested in film should attend and learn from the over 50 years of experience from panelists. Space is limited. RSVP today.

Moderator: Alexandra Blatt and Amy Conway
Speakers: Abbe Meryl Feder, Tara Johnson-Medinger, Alicia J. Rose, Lana Veenker

Tickets

Actors Workshop: Living & Working in LA
Wednesday, August 27 • 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Pro Photo Supply Event Center – 1801 NW Northrup Street, Portland, OR 97209

You’ve trained, you’ve studied, and you’ve been on set and in local theater productions. Thinking about taking the next step in your career and moving to Hollywood? Prepare yourself to succeed. Come take part in our Q&A and listen to experienced actors talk about the reality of living and working in LA.

Moderator: Alexandra Blatt
Speakers: Abbe Meryl Feder and Blake Robbins

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Actors Workshop: Working with Casting Directors
Thursday, August 28 • 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Pro Photo Supply Event Center – 1801 NW Northrup Street, Portland, OR 97209

Getting in front of casting directors can be one of the biggest challenges in the industry. Eryn Goodman of Cast Iron Studios leads this discussion on how to get in the door, and the best way to impress them once you do.

Speaker: Eryn Goodman

Tickets

Actors Workshop: How to Get & Work with an Agent
Thursday, August 28 • 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Pro Photo Supply Event Center – 1801 NW Northrup Street, Portland, OR 97209

Everybody knows that to be a professional actor you have to have the best possible agent on your team. Listen to two of Portland’s top agents talk about how to win a spot on their roster, and the best ways to keep that relationship running smoothly once you’re there.

Moderator: Alexandra Blatt
Speakers: Cholee Thompson and Dennis Troutman

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Actors Workshop: Directors on Actors
Friday, August 29 • 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Private Rooftop 1015 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

In this workshop, directors will discuss all areas of working with actors and why they love them. We’ll cover what they look for in casting, the best ways to communicate on set, and what makes a great actor different from the rest.

Moderator: Alexandra Blatt
Speaker: Emilie Sabath and Jason Satterlund

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Actors Workshop: Improv for Actors
Friday, August 29 • 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Private Rooftop 1015 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Throughout film, television and the internet many of the most hilarious, poignant and gripping performances have at their core the immediate authenticity of improvisation. Currently auditioning actors have become very familiar with requests for “strong improv skills.” This workshop pushes beyond quick wit and wild characters and hones the skills of Strong Choices, Responsive Listening and Authentic Dialogue. Create relationships in an instant, and fuel them with taut honesty that grabs attention and captivates audiences for film/TV and stage alike.

Speaker: Nicholas Kessler

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Actors Workshop: Auditioning
Saturday, August 30 • 1:30pm – 3:00pm
5th Avenue Cinema 510 SW Hall Street Portland OR 97201

Time and time again actors fall into the same auditioning traps. Learn how to properly prepare for and exexcute your best possible audition, what casting directors are looking for, and what skills you need to take your career to the next level.

Moderator: Alexandra Blatt
Speakers: Todd Robinson and Ted Rooney

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“We’re Here to Make a Movie”: SAG-AFTRA Indie Theatrical & New Media Agreements
Saturday, August 30 • 3:00pm – 4:30pm
5th Avenue Cinema, 510 SW Hall Street, Portland, OR 97201

Have you ever wanted to hire SAG-AFTRA performers for a project, but were frightened away by the prospect of filling out “All that union paperwork”? Are you new to filmmaking and curious about the various low-budget agreements offered? The SAG-AFTRA Indie Theatrical and New Media Agreements have been created specifically to accommodate the needs of student & emerging filmmakers. In this workshop you’ll get the “inside scoop” on how you can hire union talent for your next production!

Topics Will Include:

  • Importance of adding talent into any proposed project’s budget
  • Informed discussion of basic Union contracts & their benefits
  • Raising the bar of legitimacy by hiring TOP industry professionals

This workshop is a “must attend” for producers, directors, actors and film school students interested in educating themselves on the ease of using SAG-AFTRA contracts to hire the most highly skilled professionals available for future film and New Media projects.

Speaker: Chris Comte

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SAG/AFTRA Actors Networking Event
Saturday, August 30 • 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Wallace Park 1600 NW 25th Ave, Portland, OR 97210

Network with other acting professionals. Limited Capacity seats available.

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Actors Workshop: Marketing for Actors
Sunday, August 31 • 12:00pm – 1:30pm
5th Avenue Cinema 510 SW Hall Street Portland OR 97201

What do you need as an actor in today’s competitive market? These are the several marketing tools that will put you in the running for roles. Learn how to make sure yours are up to par, and make sure you’re employing everything you can to get noticed and be cast.

Moderator: Alexandra Blatt
Speakers: Levy Moroshan, Rich Morris, Cholee Thompson

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Films, music, and more!

For more information about the festival, click over to http://portlandfilmfestival.com.

If you’d like to receive an early morning email from the festival with a rundown of hot films, sign up for their mailing list.

There are over 154 hours of film waiting for you. Whether you’re into documentaries, animation, drama, or comedy, they’ve got you covered.

Have a great time at the festival!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Portland Film Festival presents Actors Workshop with Eryn Goodman

by ranielle

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 them once you do.

Eryn is about to celebrate her ninth year with Cast Iron Studios and is on the front lines of all of our casting projects. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear straight from the horse’s mouth what you need to do to land the audition and book the gig, courtesy of the Portland Film Festival!

Buy tickets

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Actors Workshop
Working with Casting Directors

Featuring Casting Director Eryn Goodman

Portland Film Festival
Thursday, August 28, 2014
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Pro Photo Supply Event Center
1801 NW Northrup St
Portland, OR 97209

Buy tickets

Monday, August 25, 2014

Portland Film Fest to host powerhouses at Women In Film panel

by ranielle

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. Networking before and after! Be there or be square.

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Women In Film
Networking Event & Panel

Portland Film Festival
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
5:30 pm-7:00 pm

Mission Theater
1624 NW Glisan St
Portland, OR 97209

Panel moderated by Alexandra Blatt and Amy Conway. This is the monthly meetup for the Women In Film non-profit in Portland, OR. Anyone interested in film should attend and learn from the over 50 years of experience from the panelists. Space is limited. RSVP today.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Audition Workshop in Amsterdam with Casting Director Lana Veenker

by admin

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.

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Master your Audition, Steer your Career

A Business of Acting and On-Camera Audition Workshop in Amsterdam
Presented in English by U.S. Casting Director Lana Veenker CSA, ICDN

De Theaterschool (AHK), Studio No. 605
Jodenbreestraat 3, 1011 NG Amsterdam, Netherlands

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TUESDAY, 29 APRIL 2014
14:00-17:00 “Master your Audition, Steer your Career” – 89.95 Register by 11 April and pay only 79.95!

 

BUSINESS OF ACTING
In the first half of the workshop, Lana will discuss the business side of acting and reveal how show business works in the U.S.

Topics include:

  • Taking your career into your own hands
  • Making yourself invaluable to agents, casting directors, producers and directors
  • Productivity and creativity
  • Marketing and branding
  • Mapping out a strategy to achieve career goals
  • How to work as an actor in Los Angeles, New York and other American cities

 

ON-CAMERA AUDITIONING FOR TV & FILM
In the second half, actors will perform scenes from Lana’s past film and television projects in a mock audition environment.

  • Learn how film & TV auditions are conducted in the States
  • Discover what directors, producers and casting directors are looking for
  • Practice auditioning in English
  • Improve your on-camera audition technique

 

ABOUT LANA VEENKER, CSA, ICDN
Lana Veenker CSAWith more than twenty years of experience in the entertainment industry, Lana Veenker’s credits span the globe. Before founding her casting company in 1999, she acted in France, England and Venezuela, lived in India and the West Indies, and helped hire European leads for major studios and networks as part of a London casting office.

In the U.S., she has grown Cast Iron Studios into one of the top location casting companies in the country by working with directors such as Gus Van Sant, Robert Benton, Guillermo Arriaga, Catherine Hardwicke, Frank Oz, Tim Robbins and Sean Penn. Recent projects include Wild (directed by Jean-Marc Vallée of Dallas Buyers Club), NBC’s Grimm, TNT’s Leverage, Twilight, Paranoid Park, Gone, Extraordinary Measures, Management, Feast of Love, and several TV pilots.

Her company’s commercial division has spearheaded countless award-winning projects for brands such as Nike, Apple, Nintendo, Intel, Facebook, and Volkswagen, and has worked on major international campaigns everywhere from Shanghai to Santiago.

As a member of the International Casting Directors Network, the Casting Society of America and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Ms. Veenker maintains strong partnerships worldwide. She speaks French and Spanish, and frequently lectures in the U.S. and abroad, most recently at the Finnish Actors Union in Helsinki, Prague Film School, The Actors Centre in London, IfiF Productions in Vienna, The Acting Studio in Berlin, Studio Bleu in Paris, and in ports of call from Tonga to Trieste aboard the luxury liner M/V The World. A former expat, her passion is helping actors who live outside Hollywood to succeed.

Lana is an Expert Columnist for Backstage. Follow her on Twitter and join her Tools for Actors mailing list.

Please note: This workshop is an educational experience. It is not an audition or employment opportunity. The presence of a casting director is neither a guarantee nor a promise of work. As such, casting director will not retain, nor be given access to your headshot, resume or any of your other promotional materials after the workshop. This workshop and its facilitators adhere to CSA teaching guidelines approved by SAG-AFTRA.

Due to expenses to bring Lana to Amsterdam, all sales are final. If you must cancel, please find another actor to take your spot. No refunds will be issued after purchase.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

KINK FM on Oregon film & our workshops for kids

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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 our “Acting Like a Pro” workshops featuring LA Kids’ Casting Director Christine Scowley, click here.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Interview with Casting Director Christine Scowley

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Lana gave Kids’ Casting Director Christine Scowley a buzz this morning to chat about her workshops for kids and parents in Portland on April 5-7, 2013. We love her warm demeanor and encouraging approach. Perfect for working with kids!

Have a listen:

Use this link if the player above doesn’t work in your browser: Scowley Interview

There are still slots available for the Friday night “Parents’ Boot Camp,” featuring a panel with Casting Directors Christine Scowley, Eryn Goodman and Lana Veenker, as well as for the kids’ weekend workshops “Acting Like a Pro.”

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2013 CASTING DIRECTOR MASTER SERIES

ROUND ONE: Kids’ Casting Director Christine Scowley CSA

Young actors can join us on April 6-7, 2013 for a two-day acting workshop (morning sessions for ages 8-12; afternoons for ages 13-17) with Kids Casting Director Christine Scowley CSA.

We’re also offering a PARENT ONLY night on Friday, April 5th, featuring a panel with CDs Christine Scowley of Christine Scowley Casting and Bizzy Blondes Entertainment, and Eryn Goodman and Lana Veenker of Cast Iron Studios. This will be your opportunity to learn straight from casting directors how to help your young actor succeed in film and television.

Your child does not need to be enrolled in the weekend workshop in order for you to enroll in the Parents’ Boot Camp. Please also note that the parent night is at a different location than the workshops.

More information on future Master Series guests coming soon. (We could tell you whom we’ve lined up, but then we’d have to kill you! Suffice it to say that we’re FREAKING EXCITED.)

BIO: CHRISTINE SCOWLEY CSA

Christine ScowleyScowley is the Casting Director of the hit Nickelodeon series HOW TO ROCK and Disney Channel’s MOVIE SURFERS. She also cast the series SMASH CUTS for the CW and conducted the nationwide search for the pilot HUGE for ABC Family.

Her Nickelodeon credits include pilots such as BIG TIME RUSH and EVERY WITCH WAY (to air this coming year), and a special episode of TRUE JACKSON, VP. Scowley also casts for DisneyFamily Online. She has several upcoming projects in the works for various networks and she’s currently consulting on a music project for Sony Music International.

Additionally, Scowley created and produced the series ROCK THE CRADLE with Fremantle Media for MTV, which featured the children of rock stars competing in a sing-off.

She often conducts nationwide searches, traveling the country to uncover new talent. She loves working with actors and music talent, and is continually inspired by all those who work tirelessly at pursuing their creative goals!

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PARENTS’ BOOT CAMP
With CDs Christine Scowley, Eryn Goodman and Lana Veenker
No kids allowed!

A chance for parents to learn everything they ever wanted to know about navigating the shark-infested waters of the entertainment industry and preparing child actors for a potential Hollywood career (or not!). You’ll hear the Northwest perspective as well as the Los Angeles one, and have plenty of opportunities to ask your burning questions about kids and acting. Topics may include marketing materials, representation, training, resume building, managing a child’s acting career and more.

Friday, April 5, 2013
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

University of Oregon Portland Extension
White Stag Block
70 NW Couch Street
Portland, OR 97209
map

ANY PARENT OR INTERESTED ADULT CAN ATTEND. REGISTER NOW!

$75 for up to two parents or guardians (OPTION E)
*$49 for up to two parents or guardians, if child is registered for Acting Like a Pro (choose OPTION B or D)

__________________________________________

ACTING LIKE A PRO
With CD Christine Scowley
Morning Session (ages 8-12)

This workshop will feature a business of acting component tailored especially for kids to help them navigate the adult world of show biz. Christine will engage them in improvisational exercises, teach the art of hosting for kids’ shows, and cover audition and cold reading techniques. Then they’ll be assigned scenes to rehearse and perform for the Sunday session in a mock audition setting, using sides from real projects that Christine has cast. Young actors will have ample opportunities to ask questions and get advice from one of LA’s top kids casting directors!

Saturday, April 6, 2013
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
&
Sunday, April 7, 2013
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Cast Iron Studios
1430 SE 3rd Ave, Suite 100
Portland, OR 97212
map

ONLY 16 SPACES AVAILABLE. REGISTER NOW!

$199 (OPTION A)
Add on Parents’ Boot Camp for only $49 (a 35% discount), total $248: choose OPTION B

__________________________________________

ACTING LIKE A PRO
With CD Christine Scowley
Afternoon Session (ages 13-17)

This workshop will feature a more prominent business of acting component, tailored especially for teens to help them navigate the adult world of show biz. Christine will cover audition and cold reading techniques, and teach attendees the art of TV hosting. They’ll learn how to break down a script, and take home scenes to rehearse and perform for the Sunday session in a mock audition setting, using sides from real projects that Christine has cast. Actors will have ample opportunities to ask questions and get advice from one of LA’s top kids casting directors!

Saturday, April 6
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
&
Sunday, April 7
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Cast Iron Studios
1430 SE 3rd Ave, Suite 100
Portland, OR 97212
map

ONLY 18 SPACES AVAILABLE. REGISTER NOW!

$199 (OPTION C)
Add on Parents’ Boot Camp for only $49 (a 35% discount), total $248: choose OPTION D

__________________________________________

Please note: This workshop is an educational experience. It is not an audition or employment opportunity. The presence of a casting director is neither a guarantee nor a promise of work. As such, casting director will not be retaining, nor be given access to actors’ headshots, resumes or any other promotional materials after the workshop. This workshop and its facilitators voluntarily adhere to CSA teaching guidelines approved by SAG-AFTRA.

Due to the vagaries of the film and television industry, guest facilitators may occasionally have to cancel their appearances. Cast Iron Studios and Tools for Actors reserve the option to replace a canceled guest facilitator with an industry professional of equal or greater caliber.

REFUNDS: A full refund will be issued if registrant cancels at least one week prior to start of workshop. All hardships will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. For any cancellations or refund requests or concerns, you must contact us directly at toolsforactors[at]castironstudios.com.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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

by admin

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 their parents! Don’t miss this rare opportunity.

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2013 CASTING DIRECTOR MASTER SERIES

ROUND ONE: Kids’ Casting Director Christine Scowley CSA

Young actors can join us on April 6-7, 2013 for a two-day acting workshop (morning sessions for ages 8-12; afternoons for ages 13-17) with Kids Casting Director Christine Scowley CSA.

We’re also offering a PARENT ONLY night on Friday, April 5th, featuring a panel with CDs Christine Scowley of Christine Scowley Casting and Bizzy Blondes Entertainment, and Eryn Goodman and Lana Veenker of Cast Iron Studios. This will be your opportunity to learn straight from casting directors how to help your young actor succeed in film and television.

Your child does not need to be enrolled in the weekend workshop in order for you to enroll in the Parents’ Boot Camp. Please also note that the parent night is at a different location than the workshops.  UPDATE: Both events will take place at Cast Iron Studios.

More information on future Master Series guests coming soon. (We could tell you whom we’ve lined up, but then we’d have to kill you! Suffice it to say that we’re FREAKING EXCITED.)

BIO: CHRISTINE SCOWLEY CSA

Christine ScowleyScowley is the Casting Director of the hit Nickelodeon series HOW TO ROCK and Disney Channel’s MOVIE SURFERS. She also cast the series SMASH CUTS for the CW and conducted the nationwide search for the pilot HUGE for ABC Family.

Her Nickelodeon credits include pilots such as BIG TIME RUSH and EVERY WITCH WAY (to air this coming year), and a special episode of TRUE JACKSON, VP. Scowley also casts for DisneyFamily Online. She has several upcoming projects in the works for various networks and she’s currently consulting on a music project for Sony Music International.

Additionally, Scowley created and produced the series ROCK THE CRADLE with Fremantle Media for MTV, which featured the children of rock stars competing in a sing-off.

She often conducts nationwide searches, traveling the country to uncover new talent. She loves working with actors and music talent, and is continually inspired by all those who work tirelessly at pursuing their creative goals!

__________________________________________

PARENTS’ BOOT CAMP
With CDs Christine Scowley, Eryn Goodman and Lana Veenker
No kids allowed!

A chance for parents to learn everything they ever wanted to know about navigating the shark-infested waters of the entertainment industry and preparing child actors for a potential Hollywood career (or not!). You’ll hear the Northwest perspective as well as the Los Angeles one, and have plenty of opportunities to ask your burning questions about kids and acting. Topics may include marketing materials, representation, training, resume building, managing a child’s acting career and more.

Friday, April 5, 2013
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

University of Oregon Portland Extension
White Stag Block
70 NW Couch Street
Portland, OR 97209
map

UPDATED LOCATION:

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

ANY PARENT OR INTERESTED ADULT CAN ATTEND. REGISTER NOW!

$75 for up to two parents or guardians (OPTION E)
*$49 for up to two parents or guardians, if child is registered for Acting Like a Pro (choose OPTION B or D)

__________________________________________

ACTING LIKE A PRO
With CD Christine Scowley
Morning Session (ages 8-12)

This workshop will feature a business of acting component tailored especially for kids to help them navigate the adult world of show biz. Christine will engage them in improvisational exercises, teach the art of hosting for kids’ shows, and cover audition and cold reading techniques. Then they’ll be assigned scenes to rehearse and perform for the Sunday session in a mock audition setting, using sides from real projects that Christine has cast. Young actors will have ample opportunities to ask questions and get advice from one of LA’s top kids casting directors!

Saturday, April 6, 2013
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
&
Sunday, April 7, 2013
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

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

ONLY 16 SPACES AVAILABLE. REGISTER NOW!

$199 (OPTION A)
Add on Parents’ Boot Camp for only $49 (a 35% discount), total $248: choose OPTION B

__________________________________________

ACTING LIKE A PRO
With CD Christine Scowley
Afternoon Session (ages 13-17)

This workshop will feature a more prominent business of acting component, tailored especially for teens to help them navigate the adult world of show biz. Christine will cover audition and cold reading techniques, and teach attendees the art of TV hosting. They’ll learn how to break down a script, and take home scenes to rehearse and perform for the Sunday session in a mock audition setting, using sides from real projects that Christine has cast. Actors will have ample opportunities to ask questions and get advice from one of LA’s top kids casting directors!

Saturday, April 6
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
&
Sunday, April 7
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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

ONLY 18 SPACES AVAILABLE. REGISTER NOW!

$199 (OPTION C)
Add on Parents’ Boot Camp for only $49 (a 35% discount), total $248: choose OPTION D

__________________________________________

Please note: This workshop is an educational experience. It is not an audition or employment opportunity. The presence of a casting director is neither a guarantee nor a promise of work. As such, casting director will not be retaining, nor be given access to actors’ headshots, resumes or any other promotional materials after the workshop. This workshop and its facilitators voluntarily adhere to CSA teaching guidelines approved by SAG-AFTRA.

Due to the vagaries of the film and television industry, guest facilitators may occasionally have to cancel their appearances. Cast Iron Studios and Tools for Actors reserve the option to replace a canceled guest facilitator with an industry professional of equal or greater caliber.

REFUNDS: A full refund will be issued if registrant cancels at least one week prior to start of workshop. All hardships will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. For any cancellations or refund requests or concerns, you must contact us directly at toolsforactors[at]castironstudios.com.

Monday, January 21, 2013

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

by ranielle

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 attend. If you are a student of Webster University, please contact Holger Lang in the Media Department for your promo code, and bring your student ID to the event.

Tools for Actors
and
the Media Department of Webster University Vienna
present

“The Business of Show Business”
Lecture and Q&A
with
U.S. Casting Director Lana Veenker

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013
16:00-17:00

Webster University

Webster University
(Private University)
Berchtoldgasse 1
1220 Vienna
Conference Center (3rd Floor)

€25 General Admission
(Free to Webster Media Students with Promo Code from Instructor and Student ID)

Lana Veenker CSA

THE BUSINESS OF SHOW BUSINESS

Whether you are an aspiring filmmaker or actor, gaining access to the entertainment industry can be daunting, particularly if you have no professional experience. Casting Director and Producer Lana Veenker CSA has a few tips for you. Originally a stage actor and director, Veenker has worked in show business for over 25 years and on three continents, including 14 years as a film and television casting director.

In “The Business of Show Business,” Veenker will help you identify your professional goals in this challenging and rewarding industry, and develop a strategy to reach them. This lecture and Q&A is appropriate for anyone looking to gain insights on working in television, film and new media.

ABOUT LANA VEENKER

After a decade of living, acting and directing in France, England, Venezuela, India and the West Indies, Veenker took a job at a London casting office, helping to hire European leads on features and mini-series for major studios and networks. In 1999, she returned to her roots and launched Cast Iron Studios, which is now one of the top location casting companies in the United States.

Her film division has cast for directors such as Gus Van Sant, Robert Benton, Guillermo Arriaga, Catherine Hardwicke, Tim Robbins, and Sean Penn.  Her commercial division boasts countless award-winning projects for brands such as Nike, Apple, Facebook and Nintendo.

She is one of the casting directors of the NBC hit series Grimm, now in its second season, and TNT’s Leverage, with 64 episodes under her belt. Other projects include Extraordinary Measures starring Harrison Ford, Catherine Hardwicke’s Twilight, Gus Van Sant’s Paranoid Park, and the Amanda Seyfried thriller Gone.

As a member of the International Casting Directors Network (ICDN) and the Casting Society of America (CSA), she has strong partnerships around the globe. She frequently lectures across the United States and Europe, most recently at The Actors Platform in London, IfiF Productions in Vienna, The Acting Studio in Berlin, Studio Bleu in Paris, Prague Film School, and in ports of call from Tonga to Trieste aboard the luxury liner M.V. The World.

Lana has been featured in the Hollywood Reporter, USA Today, Access Hollywood, MSNBC.com, MTV.com and Wired, and is a regular contributor to Backstage. Follow her on Twitter @lanaveenker.