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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Actor (and Aspiring Actor) Survey

by admin

Hi everyone,

As some of you may know, I’m the author and moderator of a no-nonsense online course on the business of acting called “Marketing Tools for Actors.”

For the past seven years, this course has been offered to rave reviews in over 1500 colleges and universities worldwide.

Well, my contract is up, so now I’m free to expand and rebrand the material…AND I NEED YOUR HELP.

If you are an actor or aspiring actor, I’d love to hear from you to find out your answers to the following questions:

* Why are you driven to become an actor?
* What is your biggest frustration as an actor or aspiring actor?
* What’s your biggest fear and/or anxiety?
* What’s your biggest problem and/or challenge?

* What do you want and aspire to more than anything else, as an actor or aspiring actor?
* What will your life look like if you achieve your wildest dream?
* What will it look like if you don’t achieve it?
* What do you need more than anything else to help you reach your objective?
* What could someone with an insider’s knowledge of the industry do to best assist you?

* Anything else about yourself that you feel like sharing? Your age, gender, geographic region, background, training, experience, skills, whatever….

Please email your name and your answers to tools4actors (at) slateplease (dot) com.

Just for fun, the contributors of the top three responses will win a 60-minute phone consultation with yours truly. I can provide guidance from a casting director’s perspective, no matter where you are in your career, and answer questions about breaking into the industry, increasing your marketability, moving to the next level, etc. A hundred bucks of advice for FREE, in appreciation for your help!

UPDATE: CONTEST CLOSED AS OF DECEMBER 5, 2008. STAY TUNED FOR CONTEST WINNERS!

Thanks in advance and please pass this information on to anyone who may be interested.

Lana Veenker

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

What will we be casting next?

by admin

Since we keep getting asked how to stay informed about any open casting calls we may hold on future projects, here’s the scoop:

Sign up to be one of our friends on our MySpace pages:

Lana Veenker Casting
(for actors)

Rutabaga Background Casting
(for extras)

We will send out bulletins and post information as it becomes available. We promise!

If you’re particularly interested in the “Twilight” series, you can send your name and email address to: twihard @ slateplease . com (remove the spaces). For the moment, nothing has been greenlighted to be cast by our offices, but we will keep you informed if it is.

NOTE: DO NOT CALL THE OFFICE OR DROP BY. DO NOT TRY TO CONTACT US BY ANY MEANS OTHER THAN THE ONES LISTED ABOVE.

Transgressors will be added to the list of people who do not follow instructions and will be eliminated from any future consideration. You don’t want that, now, do you??

Thanks for helping us stay organized!

Monday, November 24, 2008

KATU: Vampire Fans line up for "Twilight" Premiere

by admin

Joe English of KATU News hits the “Twilight” premiere party at Rocket on Thursday night, before heading to Lloyd Center Cinemas where fans wait in line for the midnight screening.

PORTLAND, Ore. – One of the most anticipated movies of the year is hitting the silver screen and fans could not be happier.

Twilight, based on a best selling book series by Stephenie Meyer, is about a 17-year-old girl who moves to a small town in the Northwest and falls in love with a mysterious classmate, who turns out to be a vampire.

The movie holds a special interest for folks in our neck of the woods because many of the scenes were shot in Oregon and Washington. And a lot of the cast and crew are locals, like 7-year-old Catherine Grimme from Portland, who played the main character Bella as a little girl.

Link to full article.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Portland Monthly Attends Oregon "Twilight" Cast & Crew Party

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“Twilight’s” Portland Premiere
Portland Monthly
November 20, 2008
by Stacey Wilson

You’d have to be a member of the undead to not know that the movie version of Twilight, Stephenie Meyer’s juggernaut book series about lost boys and the girls who love them, opens nationwide today. But you may not know that scads of Portland locals worked on and acted in the film, which was filmed in various Oregon and Washington locales earlier this year. They celebrated their collective achievement Thursday night at an exclusive party hosted by local casting director Lana Veenker. Custom cocktails were consumed (the non-alcoholic “Edward’s Tears” was a favorite among the youth set) and stories were swapped. At a midnight screening the crew and its biggest fangs –-er, fans-–bit into Hollywood’s made-in-Oregon ode to vampires.

Photos by Kim Nguyen.

Link to full article.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Twilight Premiere in LA

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For Lana’s full report of the star-studded LA premiere of “Twilight” on Monday night, head over to Shawn Levy’s Mad About Movies blog.

Been trying to sit down to write this post all day, but my cell phone has been ringing and beeping non-stop since 7:00 am: “OMG, how did it go? Tell me everything!”

Friends, family and staff, many of whom are die-hard “Twilight” fans (otherwise known as “Twi-hards”), couldn’t wait to get the scoop on last night’s premiere at the Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, Los Angeles. Never mind that I got home from the after-party at around 2:00 am. […]

Link to full article.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Location, Location, Location

by admin

Backstage recently interviewed several industry professionals, including Lana, on the health (or lack thereof) of five important moviemaking markets around the country:

Location, Location, Location
A look at five places where Hollywood happens outside of California.
Backstage
November 3, 2008
By Mark Dundas Wood

…”Lana Veenker has been casting in Portland for nine years. Before she arrived, Oregon had been doing moderately well in attracting projects (including the 1995 UPN television series ‘Nowhere Man‘). But as with Seattle, much of the work was being siphoned off by British Columbia.

“These days things are looking decidedly up. Veenker recently worked on the teen vampire project ‘Twilight‘ and the Stephen Belber feature ‘Management,’ starring Jennifer Aniston. Veenker says she believes Gov. Ted Kulongoski ‘gets it’ when it comes to the benefits of film production. ‘A big feature film will come into someplace like Madras, which is on the edge of an Indian reservation,’ she says. ‘They’ll come in and bring Jennifer Aniston and drop a couple million dollars and not leave any mess behind. It’s kind of a good deal.'”

Link to full article.