Monday, March 2, 2009

Margie Boulé writes about Portland casting director Lana Veenker

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The Oregonian
Sunday, March 01, 2009
by Margie Boulé

Lana Veenker is a casting director. She looks for people to fill roles in major motion pictures shot in the Northwest.

You might think Lana would walk down the aisles of Zupan’s looking not for noodles or tins of tea but at the people behind the grocery carts, searching for the perfect face for the next movie she’s casting.

Nope. “I try to turn it off,” Lana says. “First, because we only need what we need when we need it.” Today she may be looking for an Asian man in his 50s. Tomorrow it could be a skinny teenager who looks like a drug addict. She’s not looking for beautiful people she can turn into stars. She’s looking for specific physical attributes to fill particular roles.

“And not in supermarkets. Because most people don’t know how to act.”

There’s another reason Lana doesn’t spend her off hours looking, looking, looking. It’s what she does all day. “I like to turn it off,” she says. “And sometimes it gets awkward.”

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