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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

We Provide Leverage: “The Low Low Price Job”

by ranielle

The scheme team is back!  Don’t miss these Pacific Northwest actors in an all new episode of “Leverage“, tonight at 10PM on TNT.

Top Row (L-R): Tierra Valentine, Rod Pilloud, Ryan Stathos. Bottom Row (L-R): Michael Jaffe, Matt Barnett, Karl Holzheimer.
L-R: Dominic Cicero, Bryar Freed-Golden, Jerry Bell, Charles Wall.
Monday, November 26, 2012

2nd Annual Meals for Monologues

by ranielle

It’s that time of year again!  We here at Cast Iron Studios are firm believers in giving back, especially during the holiday season.  Inspired by Claire Simon, CSA, in Chicago, and bolstered by last year’s successful inaugural event we’re happy to announce our second annual “Meals for Monologues” canned food drive-slash-holiday potluck.

Meals for Monologues
Food Drive Benefiting

Holiday Meet-n-Greet Potluck

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM*

1430 SE 3rd Ave, Suite 100
Portland, OR 97214


Actors from far and wide, you’re invited to come to our offices for an open general audition call, where you can be seen by a casting director in exchange for three** non-perishable food items benefiting the Oregon Food Bank.

  • Bring a HEADSHOT and RESUME (stapled back-to-back or resume printed on back of photo)
  • Perform a short, prepared monologue (or two!) of your own choosing.
  • Choose a contemporary piece (we just don’t cast much Shakespeare).
  • Audition slots are 2 MINUTES MAX, so make the best use of your time!
  • No appointment necessary.  No phone calls.  One day only.  First come, first served.


Before or after you read for one of our casting directors—or even if you’re not auditioning and just want to say hi—feel free to bring an appetizer, potluck dish or dessert treat and have a bite at this unique holiday party & open house.

If you’re a regular at our office, please consider leaving the audition spots open for others and simply come for the party. We’d love to see you!

*No auditions will take place 12PM-12:30PM or 4PM-4:30PM to give Casting Directors a short break to stretch, eat, and say hello outside of the studio.

**We’re looking to beat last year’s 800+ lbs of food collected, so we’ve upped our requested donation from 2 items to 3.  Let’s make this year even bigger than the last!

Spread the word!  You can join our event on Facebook.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Lana’s Top 5 Audition Tips in 1859 Oregon’s Magazine

by admin

You may have spotted Lana in the November/December print edition of 1859 Oregon’s Magazine, talking about five things she looks for in an audition.

Here’s a scan, if you missed it. Click the thumbnail to view a larger version.

Here’s a link to the web version.

*A few small corrections: Lana worked as an actress in France, England and Venezuela. She worked in casting in England and spent a year on the back of a motorcycle in India. Cast Iron Studios is a casting and production development company, not a talent development agency.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Medford and Bend Actors Go Pro!

by admin

Lana just got back from her Oregon regional tour, where she worked with actors from Medford and Bend on audition technique and the business of acting.

Many thanks to Teresa Pollman and IMD in Medford, and Derek Sitter and The Actors’ Realm in Bend for hosting!

We can’t wait to do it again!

Washington actors: stay tuned. It looks like a Tools for Actors regional tour may be in the cards for your neck of the woods.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Thank Grimm It’s Friday: “To Protect and Serve Man”

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): Max Masin, Beth Harper, Bill Geisslinger. Center Row (L-R): Nahanni Arntzen, Bradley Goodwill, Pierre Brulatour. Bottom Row (L-R): Zach Myers, Ken Ballenger, Patrick Oury.
Thursday, November 8, 2012

Casting Director Lana Veenker to Teach Bend Actors How to Go Pro

by ranielle

Lana is making a rare tour of Southern & Central Oregon in the coming days, stopping in Bend next week to teach one of her popular Tools For Actors workshops.

Casting Director Lana Veenker to Teach Bend Actors How to Go Pro

Posted Nov. 6, 2012

Location casting director of films such as Twilight, Management, Untraceable and Feast of Love brings her successful business-of-acting workshop to Bend November 13.

Casting Director Lana Veenker will teach at Volcanic Theatre Pub. Veenker is the owner of Cast Iron Studios, one of the most successful location casting companies in North America and, over the past decade, has built a career helping actors outside Hollywood break into the business.

She offers Go Pro and Auditioning for TV & Film in regional markets across the country to help actors learn what they need to do to make themselves attractive commodities in their hometowns and beyond.

Link to full article.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Open Casting Call for Choir Singers

by ranielle

We have client looking for ethnically diverse adult choir singers for a non-union television commercial for a tax software company.

Looking to cast eight experienced singers, age 18-60, who can to work well with singers they have just met.  It is secular choir music, but all are welcome!  Must be 18 to audition.  No minors, please.

If you are interested and available for the callback and shoot dates (see below), please attend our open casting call on Monday, November 12, 2012 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM.

OPEN CASTING CALL LOCATION: Cast Iron Studios, 1430 SE 3rd Ave, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97214

No appointment necessary.  Just show up on Monday within the designated time frame.

Choirs are encouraged to attend as groups, whenever possible.

CALLBACKS: 11/15/12
SHOOT DATES: 3 days TBD, between 11/19/12-11/30/12
SHOOT LOCATION: Portland, OR and surrounding areas
RATE: $500/day, for two shoot days and one studio (recording) day ($1500 total)

**These are the only roles available at this time. Please no calls or drop-by visits regarding anything other than the advertised casting call.**

Friday, November 2, 2012

Thank Grimm It’s Friday: “The Hour of Death”

by ranielle

Don’t miss these Pacific Northwest actors on an all new episode of “Grimm“, tonight at 9PM on NBC.  And tune in to NBC at 8PM for Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together, a benefit concert for relief efforts.

L-R: Robert Blanche, Danny Bruno.
Top Row (L-R): Michael Patten, Sapphire Lichelle, Shelley B. Shelley, Gary Gatewood. Bottom Row (L-R): Christian Lagadec, Anneke Wisner, Glen Baggerly, Susan Hess Logeais.