Friday, January 29, 2010

Thug Boot Camp trains out-of-work burly men for roles on "Leverage"

by admin

The Oregonian
January 28, 2010
by Kristi Turnquist



Think you’re pretty tough, do ya’? Well, here’s your chance to prove it. Sign up for Thug Boot Camp! This is a weekend training workshop for guys who’d like to learn basic acting and stunt technique for TV shows and movies. Lana Veenker Casting and Tools 4 Actors are putting on the session. Veenker’s company has handled casting for “Leverage,” the TNT series that has made Portland its location home. The series is set to film 15 more episodes here starting in March. Veenker says there’s “a need to train up a new generation of actors and stunt people — particularly men to play cops, security guards and thugs — in order to keep the jobs local.”

There’s high demand, Veenker says, for men with martial arts and military backgrounds, ethnic diversity and athletic, burly or muscular builds. The Thug Boot Camp is intended to train guys with these characteristics to deliver a few lines and handle uncomplicated fight scenes. The two-day session lasts 16 hours and includes participation in classes, Q&As, a behind-the-scenes session, networking and live teleconference with members of the “Leverage” team.

It happens from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 6-7 at the University of Oregon’s Portland campus, 70 N.W. Couch St. Cost is $275 when registered by Jan. 31 Feb 4. Details: or

Thanks to the Oregonian and Kristi Turnquist for the plug!

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