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Friday, March 29, 2013

Thank Grimm It’s Friday: “Nameless”

by ranielle

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

Top Row (L-R): Christian Lagadec, Chris Murray, Quinn Franzen, Beth Thompson. Bottom Row (L-R): Brian Koch, Jennifer Rowe, Tabor Helton, Joan Campbell.
Top Row (L-R): Christian Lagadec, Chris Murray, Quinn Franzen, Beth Thompson. Bottom Row (L-R): Brian Koch, Jennifer Rowe, Tabor Helton, Joan Campbell.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

KINK FM on Oregon film & our workshops for kids

by admin

Tune into Sheila Hamilton‘s March 26th interview with Casting Director Lana Veenker on 101.9 KINK FM about Oregon’s film and TV industry, its film production incentive program, and Cast Iron Studios upcoming workshops for kids and parents:

To register for our “Acting Like a Pro” workshops featuring LA Kids’ Casting Director Christine Scowley, click here.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Interview with Casting Director Christine Scowley

by admin

Lana gave Kids’ Casting Director Christine Scowley a buzz this morning to chat about her workshops for kids and parents in Portland on April 5-7, 2013. We love her warm demeanor and encouraging approach. Perfect for working with kids!

Have a listen:

Use this link if the player above doesn’t work in your browser: Scowley Interview

There are still slots available for the Friday night “Parents’ Boot Camp,” featuring a panel with Casting Directors Christine Scowley, Eryn Goodman and Lana Veenker, as well as for the kids’ weekend workshops “Acting Like a Pro.”

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2013 CASTING DIRECTOR MASTER SERIES

ROUND ONE: Kids’ Casting Director Christine Scowley CSA

Young actors can join us on April 6-7, 2013 for a two-day acting workshop (morning sessions for ages 8-12; afternoons for ages 13-17) with Kids Casting Director Christine Scowley CSA.

We’re also offering a PARENT ONLY night on Friday, April 5th, featuring a panel with CDs Christine Scowley of Christine Scowley Casting and Bizzy Blondes Entertainment, and Eryn Goodman and Lana Veenker of Cast Iron Studios. This will be your opportunity to learn straight from casting directors how to help your young actor succeed in film and television.

Your child does not need to be enrolled in the weekend workshop in order for you to enroll in the Parents’ Boot Camp. Please also note that the parent night is at a different location than the workshops.

More information on future Master Series guests coming soon. (We could tell you whom we’ve lined up, but then we’d have to kill you! Suffice it to say that we’re FREAKING EXCITED.)

BIO: CHRISTINE SCOWLEY CSA

Christine ScowleyScowley is the Casting Director of the hit Nickelodeon series HOW TO ROCK and Disney Channel’s MOVIE SURFERS. She also cast the series SMASH CUTS for the CW and conducted the nationwide search for the pilot HUGE for ABC Family.

Her Nickelodeon credits include pilots such as BIG TIME RUSH and EVERY WITCH WAY (to air this coming year), and a special episode of TRUE JACKSON, VP. Scowley also casts for DisneyFamily Online. She has several upcoming projects in the works for various networks and she’s currently consulting on a music project for Sony Music International.

Additionally, Scowley created and produced the series ROCK THE CRADLE with Fremantle Media for MTV, which featured the children of rock stars competing in a sing-off.

She often conducts nationwide searches, traveling the country to uncover new talent. She loves working with actors and music talent, and is continually inspired by all those who work tirelessly at pursuing their creative goals!

__________________________________________

PARENTS’ BOOT CAMP
With CDs Christine Scowley, Eryn Goodman and Lana Veenker
No kids allowed!

A chance for parents to learn everything they ever wanted to know about navigating the shark-infested waters of the entertainment industry and preparing child actors for a potential Hollywood career (or not!). You’ll hear the Northwest perspective as well as the Los Angeles one, and have plenty of opportunities to ask your burning questions about kids and acting. Topics may include marketing materials, representation, training, resume building, managing a child’s acting career and more.

Friday, April 5, 2013
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

University of Oregon Portland Extension
White Stag Block
70 NW Couch Street
Portland, OR 97209
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ANY PARENT OR INTERESTED ADULT CAN ATTEND. REGISTER NOW!

$75 for up to two parents or guardians (OPTION E)
*$49 for up to two parents or guardians, if child is registered for Acting Like a Pro (choose OPTION B or D)

__________________________________________

ACTING LIKE A PRO
With CD Christine Scowley
Morning Session (ages 8-12)

This workshop will feature a business of acting component tailored especially for kids to help them navigate the adult world of show biz. Christine will engage them in improvisational exercises, teach the art of hosting for kids’ shows, and cover audition and cold reading techniques. Then they’ll be assigned scenes to rehearse and perform for the Sunday session in a mock audition setting, using sides from real projects that Christine has cast. Young actors will have ample opportunities to ask questions and get advice from one of LA’s top kids casting directors!

Saturday, April 6, 2013
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
&
Sunday, April 7, 2013
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Cast Iron Studios
1430 SE 3rd Ave, Suite 100
Portland, OR 97212
map

ONLY 16 SPACES AVAILABLE. REGISTER NOW!

$199 (OPTION A)
Add on Parents’ Boot Camp for only $49 (a 35% discount), total $248: choose OPTION B

__________________________________________

ACTING LIKE A PRO
With CD Christine Scowley
Afternoon Session (ages 13-17)

This workshop will feature a more prominent business of acting component, tailored especially for teens to help them navigate the adult world of show biz. Christine will cover audition and cold reading techniques, and teach attendees the art of TV hosting. They’ll learn how to break down a script, and take home scenes to rehearse and perform for the Sunday session in a mock audition setting, using sides from real projects that Christine has cast. Actors will have ample opportunities to ask questions and get advice from one of LA’s top kids casting directors!

Saturday, April 6
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
&
Sunday, April 7
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Cast Iron Studios
1430 SE 3rd Ave, Suite 100
Portland, OR 97212
map

ONLY 18 SPACES AVAILABLE. REGISTER NOW!

$199 (OPTION C)
Add on Parents’ Boot Camp for only $49 (a 35% discount), total $248: choose OPTION D

__________________________________________

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 actors’ headshots, resumes or any other promotional materials after the workshop. This workshop and its facilitators voluntarily adhere to CSA teaching guidelines approved by SAG-AFTRA.

Due to the vagaries of the film and television industry, guest facilitators may occasionally have to cancel their appearances. Cast Iron Studios and Tools for Actors reserve the option to replace a canceled guest facilitator with an industry professional of equal or greater caliber.

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[at]castironstudios.com.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Thank Grimm It’s Friday: “Mr. Sandman”

by ranielle

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

Top Row (L-R): Vince Valenzuela, Chantal DeGroat, Mary McDonald-Lewis. Middle Row (L-R): Suzanne Tufan, Eric S. Meyer, Carita Louise. Bottom Row (L-R): Viola Pruitt, Mark Richert, Jim Becker.
Top Row (L-R): Vince Valenzuela, Chantal DeGroat, Mary McDonald-Lewis. Middle Row (L-R): Suzanne Tufan, Eric S. Meyer, Carita Louise. Bottom Row (L-R): Viola Pruitt, Mark Richert, Jim Becker.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Announcing ‘Casting Director Master Series’ with first guest: Nickelodeon, Disney CD Christine Scowley

by admin

Cast Iron Studios and its educational division, Tools for Actors, are thrilled to announce an upcoming master series of workshops featuring prominent LA and NY casting directors. Even more exciting, the first of the series is aimed at KIDS and their parents! Don’t miss this rare opportunity.

CastIronStudios_Logo_Small

2013 CASTING DIRECTOR MASTER SERIES

ROUND ONE: Kids’ Casting Director Christine Scowley CSA

Young actors can join us on April 6-7, 2013 for a two-day acting workshop (morning sessions for ages 8-12; afternoons for ages 13-17) with Kids Casting Director Christine Scowley CSA.

We’re also offering a PARENT ONLY night on Friday, April 5th, featuring a panel with CDs Christine Scowley of Christine Scowley Casting and Bizzy Blondes Entertainment, and Eryn Goodman and Lana Veenker of Cast Iron Studios. This will be your opportunity to learn straight from casting directors how to help your young actor succeed in film and television.

Your child does not need to be enrolled in the weekend workshop in order for you to enroll in the Parents’ Boot Camp. Please also note that the parent night is at a different location than the workshops.  UPDATE: Both events will take place at Cast Iron Studios.

More information on future Master Series guests coming soon. (We could tell you whom we’ve lined up, but then we’d have to kill you! Suffice it to say that we’re FREAKING EXCITED.)

BIO: CHRISTINE SCOWLEY CSA

Christine ScowleyScowley is the Casting Director of the hit Nickelodeon series HOW TO ROCK and Disney Channel’s MOVIE SURFERS. She also cast the series SMASH CUTS for the CW and conducted the nationwide search for the pilot HUGE for ABC Family.

Her Nickelodeon credits include pilots such as BIG TIME RUSH and EVERY WITCH WAY (to air this coming year), and a special episode of TRUE JACKSON, VP. Scowley also casts for DisneyFamily Online. She has several upcoming projects in the works for various networks and she’s currently consulting on a music project for Sony Music International.

Additionally, Scowley created and produced the series ROCK THE CRADLE with Fremantle Media for MTV, which featured the children of rock stars competing in a sing-off.

She often conducts nationwide searches, traveling the country to uncover new talent. She loves working with actors and music talent, and is continually inspired by all those who work tirelessly at pursuing their creative goals!

__________________________________________

PARENTS’ BOOT CAMP
With CDs Christine Scowley, Eryn Goodman and Lana Veenker
No kids allowed!

A chance for parents to learn everything they ever wanted to know about navigating the shark-infested waters of the entertainment industry and preparing child actors for a potential Hollywood career (or not!). You’ll hear the Northwest perspective as well as the Los Angeles one, and have plenty of opportunities to ask your burning questions about kids and acting. Topics may include marketing materials, representation, training, resume building, managing a child’s acting career and more.

Friday, April 5, 2013
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

University of Oregon Portland Extension
White Stag Block
70 NW Couch Street
Portland, OR 97209
map

UPDATED LOCATION:

Cast Iron Studios
1430 SE 3rd Ave, Suite 100
Portland, OR 97214
map

ANY PARENT OR INTERESTED ADULT CAN ATTEND. REGISTER NOW!

$75 for up to two parents or guardians (OPTION E)
*$49 for up to two parents or guardians, if child is registered for Acting Like a Pro (choose OPTION B or D)

__________________________________________

ACTING LIKE A PRO
With CD Christine Scowley
Morning Session (ages 8-12)

This workshop will feature a business of acting component tailored especially for kids to help them navigate the adult world of show biz. Christine will engage them in improvisational exercises, teach the art of hosting for kids’ shows, and cover audition and cold reading techniques. Then they’ll be assigned scenes to rehearse and perform for the Sunday session in a mock audition setting, using sides from real projects that Christine has cast. Young actors will have ample opportunities to ask questions and get advice from one of LA’s top kids casting directors!

Saturday, April 6, 2013
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
&
Sunday, April 7, 2013
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Cast Iron Studios
1430 SE 3rd Ave, Suite 100
Portland, OR 97214
map

ONLY 16 SPACES AVAILABLE. REGISTER NOW!

$199 (OPTION A)
Add on Parents’ Boot Camp for only $49 (a 35% discount), total $248: choose OPTION B

__________________________________________

ACTING LIKE A PRO
With CD Christine Scowley
Afternoon Session (ages 13-17)

This workshop will feature a more prominent business of acting component, tailored especially for teens to help them navigate the adult world of show biz. Christine will cover audition and cold reading techniques, and teach attendees the art of TV hosting. They’ll learn how to break down a script, and take home scenes to rehearse and perform for the Sunday session in a mock audition setting, using sides from real projects that Christine has cast. Actors will have ample opportunities to ask questions and get advice from one of LA’s top kids casting directors!

Saturday, April 6
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
&
Sunday, April 7
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Cast Iron Studios
1430 SE 3rd Ave, Suite 100
Portland, OR 97214
map

ONLY 18 SPACES AVAILABLE. REGISTER NOW!

$199 (OPTION C)
Add on Parents’ Boot Camp for only $49 (a 35% discount), total $248: choose OPTION D

__________________________________________

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 actors’ headshots, resumes or any other promotional materials after the workshop. This workshop and its facilitators voluntarily adhere to CSA teaching guidelines approved by SAG-AFTRA.

Due to the vagaries of the film and television industry, guest facilitators may occasionally have to cancel their appearances. Cast Iron Studios and Tools for Actors reserve the option to replace a canceled guest facilitator with an industry professional of equal or greater caliber.

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[at]castironstudios.com.

Monday, March 18, 2013

12 Steps To Surviving Open Casting Calls For Parents

by ranielle

Lana Veenker CSAWhile we rarely conduct open calls, sometimes clients request them for specific reasons. And so it was that several hundred babies, kids, and toddlers recently tottered through our doors over the course of a long Saturday. Afterwards, my team and I compiled this list for parents to make the process easier.

Courtesy of Backstage.

 

 

 

 

1. Confirm that it’s a bonafide audition, not a bait-and-switch. Real casting calls are free. If it turns out they’re selling classes, photos, or talent competitions—or someone offers to “represent” your child for a fee—it’s not an audition, it’s a sales pitch. Research, read up, and ask around.

2. Make sure your kids fit the specs exactly. If we’re looking for 5-year-olds, we’re not looking for 11-year-olds. Children who don’t fit the specs slow the process down for everyone.

3. Don’t burn them out on the lines. If there are lines to learn, consider soliciting an acting teacher’s help, if you’re not an actor yourself. Kids can have a certain delivery drilled into them by well-intentioned parents, rendering them impervious to direction. (Check out this article for more great advice!)

4. Read carefully and follow all instructions (photos to bring, wardrobe, arrival time, etc.). Don’t be the dad who shows up on the wrong day, or the mom who clogs the casting director’s inboxes with questions that have already been answered.

5. Dress and groom kids appropriately. Keep outfits simple. No fancy dresses or weird shoes; it’s not Easter. Barring specific requests, we want kids being KIDS in their regular play clothes. (Please, no heavy make-up or high heels on young girls. That’s just creepy.)

6. No sugar prior to the audition. Well-behaved children often start bouncing around like ping-pong balls or succumb to mood swings after consuming empty carbs. This creates chaos in the waiting area and reduced focus in the studio. Keep healthy snacks on hand and distribute sweets afterwards, if you must.

7. Leave siblings and other miscellaneous humans at home. It’s not always feasible, but your efforts to help are truly appreciated. We may only be auditioning 200 youngsters, but with parents and siblings in tow, it can add up to 600 people over the course of the day, wearing everyone down.

8. Have your child’s info handy and current (height, weight, date of birth, clothing/shoe sizes). And please relay it to whoever brings the child to the audition (grandma, dad, etc.).

9. Be patient. Casting directors try to run a tight ship, but sometimes there’s still a wait. Bring something quiet for you and your children to do.

10. Smile: It’s your audition, too! Our clients are just as interested to know if you’re going to be easy to work with as your offspring!

11. Don’t force a child to audition. And no need to be embarrassed if your child acts up on a particular day. Kids go through phases and just because they aren’t into it today doesn’t mean we’ll overlook them next time.

12. Celebrate afterwards. Help kids enjoy the experience, without putting too much pressure on them.

Link to original article.

Casting Director Lana Veenker began her career in London and, upon returning to her Northwest roots, founded one of the top location casting companies in the country.

Recent projects include NBC’s Grimm, now in its second season, and 64 episodes of TNT’s Leverage. Gus Van Sant, Robert Benton, Guillermo Arriaga, Catherine Hardwicke and Tim Robbins figure among past film clients. Commercial accounts include Nike, Apple and Nintendo, and international campaigns from Shanghai to Santiago.

Lana is a member of the Casting Society of America and the International Casting Directors Network. She frequently lectures across the U.S. and abroad, most recently at The Actors Platform in London, IfiF Productions in Vienna, The Acting Studio in Berlin, Studio Bleu in Paris and Prague Film School.

Complete her survey to be entered into a contest for a free career consultation here.

She has been featured in The Hollywood Reporter, USA Today, MSNBC.com, MTV.com, AccessHollywood.com, and Wired, among others. Follow her on Twitter @lanaveenker.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Thank Grimm It’s Friday: “Natural Born Wesen”

by ranielle

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

L-R: Robert Blanche, Eric Martin Reid, William Warren Ward
L-R: Robert Blanche, Eric Martin Reid, William Warren Ward
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Top Row (L-R): Kyle Vahan, Robert Alan Barnett, Jim Crino. Bottom Row (L-R): Nurmi Husa, Spencer Conway, Ithica Tell.
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Top Row (L-R): Thomas Zalutko, Elizabeth Fournier, Tori Padellford. Bottom Row (L-R): Casey Vann, Jerry Bell, Danny Hart Donoghue.

Not pictured: Sophie Soong, Ed Depee.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Thank Grimm It’s Friday: “Face Off”

by ranielle

Grimm“ is back!  Don’t miss these Pacific Northwest actors tonight at 9PM on NBC.

Top Row (L-R): Christian Lagadec, Jeb Berrier, Eleanor O'Brien. Bottom Row (L-R): Martyn G. Krouse, Simone Leorin, Carolyn Marie Monroe.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013

8 Tips for Networking at Film Festivals

by admin

On assignment at this year’s BerlinaleLana Veenker CSA, Casting Director Lana Veenker asked actors from a dozen countries for their top networking tips. Here is their best advice!

Courtesy of Backstage.

 

 

 

 

1. Commit. If your film is accepted in a festival and you can afford to go, GO! It’s an excellent opportunity to meet people in the context of your work. Relationships may form and doors may open. You’ll also feel like you have a reason for being there. You’re not just a hanger-on, but an integral part of the festivities.

2. Prepare. Once you’ve committed, conduct a little research. Which films will be screening? Who would you like to meet? Be realistic and read up on the smaller independent films. Chances are slim you’ll be hanging with Tarantino or Clooney, but an up-and-coming director whose work intrigues you could turn into a good contact so familiarize yourself ahead of time and purchase screening tickets. Some multilingual actors even reach out to attending filmmakers to offer their services as translators. Smart cookies!

3. Get Invited. Festivals occasionally post lists of the major parties on their websites. If you contact them early enough, you might score some invites. Seek out Facebook pages or other groups organizing parties or get-togethers. Join the conversation and you may already have friends on the ground when you arrive. Be sure to pack business cards that include your photo, contact info and a link to your reel.

4. Sleuth. Once you’ve touched down, identify where people hang out. Clock the nearest fast food joint to the main theaters. One actor said everyone from movie stars to producers zip over for a quick bite between screenings, and he’s met a lot of people this way. Nearby restaurants and cafés will do the same trick. For longer conversations, hotel lobbies and bars are prime hotspots.

5. Participate. Certainly attend screenings of your own film, but check out others as well then stick around afterwards to chat. The best icebreakers are conversations about the movie you just watched (and preferable to simply talking about yourself). Perhaps you’ll click with someone or meet the filmmakers and cast. Hit up the panels and seminars as well. Learn from the pros and make friends at the same time.

6. Enjoy. Don’t just be on a mission to hand out postcards or collect business cards. The best exchanges happen when you’re being yourself, having fun, and taking the time to really get to know people. If you’re feeling negative or needy, psych yourself into the right mood or stay in.

7. Beware. Festival parties are primarily for producers, directors, financiers, and distributors. Actors are there, but they’re not the main focus, so don’t impose yourself or hover. If you interrupt a conversation, you might make a bad impression, especially if you’re not directly involved with the project. You risk choosing the wrong moment or gushing. Be open to opportunities, but aware of how you’re coming across and always have a professional approach. If you’re desperate or slutty, they won’t take you seriously. Above all, don’t drink too much! Crossing paths at sloshed o’clock in the morning with the one person you wanted to meet can be disastrous.

8. Follow-Up. Once home, follow-up with your connections. Depending on the contact, it might be appropriate to email them, add them to your social media accounts, or make plans to reconnect. Look for ways you can help your acquaintances, instead of asking for things, and they’ll be more receptive to staying in touch.

Link to original article.

Casting Director Lana Veenker began her career in London and, upon returning to her Northwest roots, founded one of the top location casting companies in the country.

Recent projects include NBC’s Grimm, now in its second season, and 64 episodes of TNT’s Leverage. Gus Van Sant, Robert Benton, Guillermo Arriaga, Catherine Hardwicke and Tim Robbins figure among past film clients. Commercial accounts include Nike, Apple and Nintendo, and international campaigns from Shanghai to Santiago.

Lana is a member of the Casting Society of America and the International Casting Directors Network. She frequently lectures across the U.S. and abroad, most recently at The Actors Platform in London, IfiF Productions in Vienna, The Acting Studio in Berlin, Studio Bleu in Paris and Prague Film School.

Complete her survey to be entered into a contest for a free career consultation here.

She has been featured in The Hollywood Reporter, USA Today, MSNBC.com, MTV.com, AccessHollywood.com, and Wired, among others. Follow her on Twitter @lanaveenker.