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Monday, October 29, 2012

Workshops with Lana Veenker in Medford and Bend

by admin

After her successful joint workshop with Paul Weber in October, Casting Director Lana Veenker is hitting the road to work with actors in Southern and Central Oregon.

On Saturday, November 10, 2012, she will be in Medford and on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, she will be in Bend.

(Two additional sessions, originally scheduled for the 11th and 12th, have been canceled, due to a scheduling conflict.)

 

For more information and to register, please visit these links:

 

 

 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Thank Grimm It’s Friday: “La Llorona”

by ranielle

Don’t miss these Pacific Northwest actors on an all new episode of “Grimm“, tonight at 9PM on NBC.  (And tune in at 8PM to check out the Munsters in NBC’s special Halloween event, “Mockingbird Lane“!)

Top Row (L-R): Robert Blanche, Olga Grovic, Enrique Andrade. Bottom Row (L-R): Isidora Geranios, Anna Ostrem, Marceleno Dumaoal.
Top Row (L-R): Bryce Walters, Dietrich Burmester, Jonah Kellams. Bottom Row (L-R): Tirzah Vest, Isaiah Espinosa, Mackie Mallison.
L-R: Hannah Barefoot, Ethan Rogers, Dre Slaman.

 

 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Revealing spoilers: A good way to end your acting career

by admin

In April of 2011, aspiring actress and Glee extra Nicole Crowther tweeted a spoiler about the season finale of the hit Fox series to her followers on Twitter:

Her revelation of the identities of the show’s prom queen and king evoked the rage of Glee fans worldwide, as well as the show’s co-creator Brad Falchuck, who lashed out at her with this response:

In the face of such a massive faux pas and its aftermath (Nicole was fired from her extras agency and even received death threats from fans), it appeared that her acting career was over.

After learning of her story, however, Jeff Probst of Survivor fame decided to give Nicole a second chance. He invited her to appear as a guest on his new nationally-syndicated daytime talk show, The Jeff Probst Show this fall.

After a segment in which they discuss the far-reaching effects of oversharing on social media (and whether or not she has learned from her mistake), Jeff invited Nicole on an “Ambush Adventure,” giving her the opportunity to audition for a role on NBC’s Grimm with Casting Director Lana Veenker on national television. Talk about an actor’s nightmare!

Watch here to see what happens:

DISCLAIMER:

Not everyone gets a second chance after an error in judgment of this magnitude, and it should be mentioned that revealing confidential information about a show you’ve been cast on can irrevocably damage your career and your professional relationships.

Because of problems we’ve had in the past with actors posting spoilers on their Facebook pages and other social media platforms, we now require all talent booked through our office to sign a non-disclosure agreement, even prior to the one they receive on set with their contract.

This is because excited actors, rushing to share the news of their bookings with family and friends, often include plot points and character descriptions, which must remain absolutely confidential until the episode airs or the film is released.

If in doubt about what you can reveal, ASK. Or to be safest, keep the information to yourself.

Has someone ever given you a second chance in the entertainment business after you made a big mistake? Share your story in the comments.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Things Get Grimm On Syfy’s “FaceOff”

by ranielle

Looking for your fix to get you through the week before Friday’s all new spooky Halloween episode?  Check out Syfy’s “FaceOff” tonight at 9PM to watch the contestants create a crime-committing creature inspired by “Grimm”.  You might even see a familiar face!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Thank Grimm It’s Friday: “The Other Side”

by ranielle

Don’t miss these Pacific Northwest actors on an all new episode of “Grimm“, tonight at 9PM on NBC.

Top Row (L-R): Robert Blanche, Tierra Valentine, Hans Altwies. Bottom Row (L-R): Jacob Bean-Watson, David Knell, Jesten Mariconda.
L-R: Cazzey Cereghino, Johnny Fergus, Troy Lund
L-R: Mike G, Armand Jalayeri

 

 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

URGENT: Casting Call for Product Testers

by admin

We have a client urgently looking for people 35+ for a product testing search this Wednesday, October 17th.

This will be hosted at a central Portland location and will take about 15 minutes.

No acting experience is required.

If chosen to attend, you’ll just be asked to walk in front of a camera and will then be able to walk away with $50. This is for a commercial client doing product testing and really is as easy as it seems.

We’re especially looking for ethnically diverse people, ages 35 and older for this opportunity.

If you meet the above requirements, please email a close-up photo of your face to talent@castironstudios.com by 2:00 pm today.

If you are chosen, we will send you the time and location. Then all you have to do is show up tomorrow, follow instructions, and the $50 is yours!

Please spread the word, but note that the deadline to submit is 2:00 pm today.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Thank Grimm It’s Friday: “The Bottle Imp”

by ranielle

Don’t miss these Pacific Northwest actors on an all new episode of “Grimm“, tonight at 9PM on NBC.

Top Row (L-R): Bradford Farwell, Jim Crino, October Moore. Bottom Row (L-R): Tim Sampson, Rick Walters, Roshan Maloney.
Top Row (L-R): Jeanette McMahon, Karen Wennstrom, Skyler Verity. Bottom Row (L-R): Amariah Willard, Keith Cable, Abby Dylan.
Thursday, October 11, 2012

Think Hollywood is the only place for an acting career? Think again.

by admin

Regional markets are booming, while production flees Los Angeles.

What does this mean for actors? Find out in Lana’s latest Backstage column!

Think Hollywood Is The Only Place For An Acting Career? Think Again.

By Lana Veenker, CSA | Posted Oct. 10, 2012, 3 p.m.

To the chagrin of many a Hollywood-based actor, production is booming in regional markets. Even with Governor Brown’s recent extension of California’s film tax credits, it’s likely that productions will continue to shoot in incentive states like Louisiana, Michigan and Oregon, as they can be easier on producers’ bottom lines and provide fresh new locations as a backdrop.

What does this mean for actors? Well, if you live in L.A. and you’re not a celebrity, good luck getting cast on a series based halfway across the country. Producers shooting on location often hire only the “name” guest stars out of L.A., with all the smaller guest and co-star roles going to regional actors.

If you’re a skilled actor in a regional production hub, however, your employability just might skyrocket.

Link to full article.

What do you think? Have you had better luck working in L.A. or in a smaller market? Let us know in the comments.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Interview with Casting Directors Paul Weber & Lana Veenker

by admin

In anticipation of their upcoming joint workshops in Portland, Lana Veenker gave Paul Weber a call to talk about what they plan to cover in “The Art of the Audition; The Business of the Art.”

Among other things, Paul mentions that he worked with Michael Shurtleff in his early days as an actor. Both he and Lana agree that Shurleff’s book Audition is essential reading for all actors.

Out of this phone conversation came the suggestion that attendees read the acclaimed book prior to the workshop. It’s not a requirement, but it will certainly help to have everyone on the same page. If you don’t have a copy, find a cheap used one at Powell’s or on Amazon!

Hear more about Paul and Lana, and what participants can expect at The Art of the Audition; The Business of the Art in this 12-minute audio interview:

Paul Weber & Lana Veenker Interview

Use this link, if the player above doesn’t work in your browser:
Paul Weber & Lana Veenker Interview

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Is Acting the Business for You?

by admin

Lana’s first contribution as a Back Stage Expert is now available on Backstage.com. Check it out and take the quiz to decide if you have the mettle for an acting career!

12 Questions to Determine Whether You’re Ready to Pursue Acting

By Lana Veenker, CSA | Posted Oct. 2, 2012, 5:41 p.m.

Think you have the temperament and business sense to survive in the entertainment industry? Take Lana’s self-evaluation quiz and see how you score.

1. Is acting the only career that will make you happy? Would you be miserable if you only pursued acting for fun?

2. Are you comfortable not knowing where your next paycheck will come from? Or realizing that it may depend on something as arbitrary as your looks or the way you deliver a line? Does security sound like death to you?

 

Link to full article.

How did you score? Let us know in the comments below, and if you’re not already following Lana on Twitter and subscribed to her Tools for Actors weekly newsletter, you should be!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Introducing Paul Weber CSA & Lana Veenker CSA

by admin

Hey Portland actors! Spots are still available for our October 27 & 28, 2012 workshops with Paul Weber CSA and Lana Veenker CSA, but our early bird prices won’t last long, so be sure to sign up now if you’re planning to attend!

In case you don’t know Paul, here’s a video to introduce you:

And here’s an oldie with Lana:

If you missed our original blog post about the workshop, you can find it here.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Tools for Actors Workshops in Bend, OR

by ranielle

Cast Iron Studios & Volcanic Theatre Pub
present

TOOLS FOR ACTORS WORKSHOPS
IN BEND, OR

with Casting Director Lana Veenker

 

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2012
This workshop has been canceled due to scheduling conflicts; please register for Tuesday.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2012
6:00PM-10:00PM “Go Pro” and “Auditioning for TV & Film” – $200

REGISTER USING PROMO CODE “SUPERSAVER” & PAY ONLY $189!

 

Volcanic Theatre Pub
70 SW Century Drive
Bend, OR 97702

GO PRO with Lana Veenker

Sometimes talented actors blow their chances, because they don’t understand that it takes more than being a good actor to book jobs.  It takes the mindset and focus of a pro.  This is not an acting or auditioning workshop.  Instead, Lana’s most popular course provides simple, proven techniques to help actors go from amateur to professional.  This workshop is appropriate for actors 18 and older, as well as parents of child actors. (Actors age 14 to 17 accepted, if they’re serious about pursuing a career in acting and have prior experience.)

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 and lifestyle goals

 

AUDITIONING FOR TV & FILM

Try your hand at auditioning with real film and television scripts.  Learn techniques and get feedback on how to improve your chances at getting hired.  This workshop is appropriate for actors 18 and older. (Actors age 14 to 17 accepted, if they’re serious about pursuing a career in acting and have prior experience.)

 

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. Past projects include Twilight, Paranoid Park, Gone, Extraordinary Measures, Management, Feast of Love, and many others.

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

As a member of the International Casting Directors Network and the Casting Society of America, Ms. Veenker maintains strong partnerships worldwide. She speaks French and Spanish, and frequently lectures in the U.S. and abroad, most recently at 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. An Oregon native and former expat, her passion is helping actors who live outside Hollywood to succeed.

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 your headshot, resume or any of your other promotional materials. This workshop and its facilitators adhere to CSA teaching guidelines approved by SAG-AFTRA.

Fine Print

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@castironstudios.com.

Contact Tools For Actors for event and ticket information.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Tools For Actors Workshops in Medford, OR

by ranielle

Cast Iron Studios & Image Modeling Development
present

TOOLS FOR ACTORS WORKSHOPS
IN MEDFORD, OR

with Casting Director Lana Veenker

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2012
10:00AM-2:00PM “GO PRO” (includes lunch break) – $129*
2:00PM-5:00PM “Auditioning for TV & Film” – $129
REGISTER FOR THE SUPER SAVER & GET BOTH WORKSHOPS FOR ONLY $229!

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2012
UPDATE: This workshop has been canceled, due to scheduling conflicts. Please register for Saturday, November 10.

*NOTE: The lecture-style “GO PRO” workshop accommodates more attendees than the “Auditioning for TV & Film” workshop, so a limited number of LECTURE ONLY tickets are available.  Please verify whether you want to register for a FULL DAY (SUPER SAVER) or a LECTURE ONLY ticket before completing your purchase.

IMD (Image Modeling Development)
1257 N Riverside Dr, Suite 10
Medford, OR 97501

GO PRO with Lana Veenker

Sometimes talented actors blow their chances, because they don’t understand that it takes more than being a good actor to book jobs.  It takes the mindset and focus of a pro.  This is not an acting or auditioning workshop.  Instead, Lana’s most popular course provides simple, proven techniques to help actors go from amateur to professional.  This workshop is appropriate for actors 18 and older, as well as parents of child actors. (Actors age 14 to 17 accepted, if they’re serious about pursuing a career in acting and have prior experience.)

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 and lifestyle goals

 

AUDITIONING FOR TV & FILM

Try your hand at auditioning with real film and television scripts.  Learn techniques and get feedback on how to improve your chances at getting hired.  This workshop is appropriate for actors 18 and older. (Actors age 14 to 17 accepted, if they’re serious about pursuing a career in acting and have prior experience.)

 

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. Past projects include Twilight, Paranoid Park, Gone, Extraordinary Measures, Management, Feast of Love, and many others.

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

As a member of the International Casting Directors Network and the Casting Society of America, Ms. Veenker maintains strong partnerships worldwide. She speaks French and Spanish, and frequently lectures in the U.S. and abroad, most recently at 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. An Oregon native and former expat, her passion is helping actors who live outside Hollywood to succeed.

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 your headshot, resume or any of your other promotional materials. This workshop and its facilitators adhere to CSA teaching guidelines approved by SAG-AFTRA.

Fine Print

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@castironstudios.com.

Contact Tools For Actors for event and ticket information.