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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Open Casting Call Tips

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Now that we’ve announced a new open casting call for “Grimm”, we thought it was a good time to post a reminder about how to ensure you have the best chances at being chosen.


1. Be professional

The casting company’s job is to find the best and most professional candidates for the parts. Your chances of being chosen will increase if you demonstrate that you are reliable, responsive and serious about working as an actor.

2. Fit the specs

We are currently seeking males and females, ages 18-22 based in Oregon or Washington, who can portray under 17. Those who fit these specs most closely will be given first priority.

We may take photos of each candidate. Dress as yourself.

We do not need to see anyone significantly older or younger than the given ages. Definitely no one under 18.

Reminder: This casting call is for these specific age demographics only. Submitting for any other roles at this time will only waste your time and the casting office’s. Please help us stay on top of all the work we have to do by only attending if you fit the specs.

In general, it’s best if you don’t bring a group of friends and family with you, unless they fit the specs and are also auditioning. This slows down the process considerably and makes our facilities much more crowded and uncomfortable for everyone. The only people who should attend the casting call should be the ones who fit the casting specs.

3. Follow instructions precisely

Be sure to fill out all requested information on the card you will be given at the casting call.

Please do not show up outside of our 2:00PM to 6:00PM window on Wednesday, October 19, 2011.  We ask that you be respectful of our time, our limited number of phone lines and already heavy work load. Thanks!!

4. Be patient

We really do love and adore you, but we are unable to respond to requests for news and updates. We’ll only get in contact if and when there is news. Unfortunately, that means a lot of waiting and not knowing, but due to time constraints, there’s simply no other alternative. That’s show biz! 🙂

5. Gain as much experience as you can

If you’re interested in pursuing acting as a career and you don’t have a lot of experience, take some classes, find a mentor, read books and get up to speed on how the industry works, so you come across as a professional.

There’s a lot of free info on this blog and in our newsletter that will help you. You may even attend one of Lana Veenker’s workshops in the future, if you’re interested (join mailing list in the right sidebar for updates). But most importantly, find a way to learn as much as you can about the business.

Hope this helps and best of luck to everyone. We can’t wait to see you on the silver screen!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Don’t Miss Our Casting Call for NBC’s "Grimm"!

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Don’t miss our casting call for Grimm this afternoon! The new series starring David Giuntoli premieres October 28th on NBC.

Here’s a round-up of news coverage about our auditions:

Want To Star In “Grimm”?
FM News 101 KXL
October 18, 2011

“Grimm” is the latest television show filming in Portland and local casting director Lana Veenker needs young people of all ethnicities and backgrounds between the ages of 18 and 22. She won’t go into specifics about what kind of roles these people could be playing though. The show tells the story of a Portland homicide detective, who solves the crimes of the Grimm Fairy Tales. The casting call is Wednesday, 2:00 to 6:00pm at Lana Veenker Casting, 1430 SE 3rd Avenue, Suite 100, Portland. The show debuts next Friday night on NBC. For more information, check out her website or listen to this interview:

Link to interview with Lana Veenker.

‘Grimm’ holds casting call for Portland actors
KGW News Channel 8
by Teresa Blackman
October 17, 2011

PORTLAND – The NBC prime-time show, “Grimm” wants to fill a number of roles with local 18-22 year-old actors and actresses, so they’re holding a casting call in Portland.

The open casting call will be held on Wednesday, October 19, from 2 pm to 6 pm at Lana Veenker Casting, 1430 SE 3rd Ave, Suite 100, in Portland.

Link to full article.


Monday, October 17, 2011

Press Release: Open Casting Call for NBC’s "Grimm"

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“Grimm” is currently shooting in Portland and surrounding areas

PORTLAND, ORE.  Lana Veenker Casting announced today that it is seeking 18-22 year olds, both male and female, all ethnicities to fill a small number of roles in the NBC primetime drama “Grimm”, which premieres Friday, October 28, 2011 on the network.

“We are widening our search to find young actors 18 and older who can pass for late teens in an upcoming episode,” says Casting Director Lana Veenker, owner of the Portland, Oregon-based casting company.  “While this open call is primarily for a specific episode, this will also enable us to keep a pool of young actors in our files for use on future episodes or projects.”

An open casting call will take place in Portland on Wednesday, October 19, 2011, from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Lana Veenker Casting, 1430 SE 3rd Ave, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97214.  Applicants who fit the age requirements (18-22 years old only) will have their photos taken and may be asked to read lines in front of the casting director.

There is no charge to audition for any role.

Interested talent should be available to audition and work as locals in Portland, Oregon. No other roles are open to the public at this time, and the casting company cannot accept drop-in or telephone inquiries.

Applicants who are unable to attend Wednesday’s open call should email their contact information, acting resume and a photo to  More information about Lana Veenker Casting is available on the casting company’s website at