Don’t miss these Pacific Northwest actors in an all new episode of “The Librarians” tonight at 8PM on TNT (check local listings).
On Saturday, November 21st, the 32 actors from our Class of 2015 Talent Diversity Initiative graduated at Cast Iron Studios.
The fun-filled day featured mock auditions, a Q&A with the team at CIS, and guest speakers Mary McDonald-Lewis (dialect coach), Kendall Wells (fight choreographer and instructor), and Grimm Executive Producer Norberto Barba.
The celebration ended with a press reception, with guests including Mayor and First Lady Hales, Representative Lew Frederick, Portland Development Commission’s Brian Lord, Portland City Council candidate Fred Stewart and many others.
Lana Veenker, the President of Cast Iron Studios, discusses diversity in Oregon film and television casting and her studio’s Talent Diversity Initiative with Jenn Chavez of XRAY FM’s The Five Quadrants of Portland. Running through October and November and culminating in a graduation on November 21st, the Initiative offered intensive acting training and coaching at no cost to Oregon actors of color, whom she’s found have been underrepresented in the top acting schools and acting classes, places that are often the gateway to talent representation and introduction to casting directors. She argues that these and other barriers faced by actors of color can make diverse casting in Oregon a challenge, and hopes that graduates of the initiative are provided with the tools and confidence to book roles in regional film and television.
Don’t miss this Pacific Northwest actor in an all new episode of “The Librarians” tonight at 8PM on TNT (check local listings).
Cast Iron Studios is currently seeking
All Sports, All Levels
Cast Iron Studios is seeking female athletes who are active (from beginner to advanced levels) in any sport for a new project!
To be considered for this project you should be between the ages of 18 and 27, and active in any sport (such as soccer, swim, basketball, running, gymnastics, yoga, dance, volleyball, tennis, cheerleading, rowing, football, ice skating, track & field, roller derby, lacrosse, rugby, boxing, surfing, skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, etc.).
Submission deadline is 12PM on Monday, November 16, 2015.
Applicants must be local hires in Oregon, and available to audition in Portland on Tuesday, November 17, 2015, with the possibility of a callback on Wednesday, November 18, 2015. Auditions are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
Shoot will be one half-day on either Thursday, November 19, 2015 or Friday, November 20, 2015 in Portland.
This is for a non-union, internet project.
The shoot will pay $500. You must be able to clear your schedule to work on the chosen shoot day.
Role is open to any type and any ethnicity. Only requirement is activity at any level in any sport!
To be considered for this role:
Email the following information to talent[@]castironstudios.com (remove the brackets in the email address):
Contact Number and Email:
*Tell us what sport you participate in and at what level*
Submissions must be received by 12PM on Monday, November 16, 2015 in order to be considered. If you match our specs, you will be contacted and given an audition appointment. ALL AUDITIONS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
Please no calls or drop-by visits. Email submissions only, per the instructions above.
We will contact you if we need more information, or if we would like to schedule you for an audition on Tuesday, November 17, 2015.
There is no charge to audition, no offers of classes or services for pay, nor any other solicitations at the casting.
We here at Cast Iron Studios are firm believers in giving back, especially during the holiday season. We’re happy to announce our fifth annual “Meals for Monologues” canned food drive-slash-holiday potluck. And new this year: toy drive!
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
12:00 PM to 6:00 PM* (M4M)
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM** (potluck)
1430 SE 3rd Ave, Suite 100
Portland, OR 97214
1 NEW, UNWRAPPED TOY
GETS YOU SEEN BY A CASTING DIRECTOR
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 or 1 new, unwrapped toy benefiting Toys for Tots.
- Bring HEADSHOT & 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.
- Collection bins will be in our office November 18th to December 9th, for those unable to attend/donate on the day.
HOLIDAY MEET-N-GREET POTLUCK
Bring an appetizer, potluck dish or dessert treat and have a bite at this unique holiday party & open house. After you read for one of our casting directors—or even if you’re not auditioning and just want to say hi—stick around for elbow rubbing and general merriment.
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 2:30PM-3PM to give Casting Directors a short break.
**Nibbles available throughout the day. Potluck “officially” starts at 5PM.
Spread the word! You can join our event on Facebook.
SELF-TAPE AUDITIONS BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
Not in Portland, but still want to audition? We will accept demo reels or self-tapes from out-of-town actors who are Oregon local hires (meaning you have a physical address in Oregon and/or are repped by an Oregon talent agency), in exchange for a screenshot of your donation to the Oregon Food Bank or Toys for Tots. Submission must be received by December 4th to guarantee viewing by our casting directors. See instructions below.
SELF-TAPE SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS FOR OUT-OF-TOWN ACTORS
- You must be an OREGON LOCAL HIRE to submit for this general audition.
- Self-taped monologue or professional demo reel must be no longer than TWO MINUTES.
- If self-taping, be sure you are framed in a CLOSE-UP (head and shoulders), with good lighting and sound. Typically, you would direct your lines to the side of camera, not directly into the lens (it may help to use a real human off-camera).
- Submission MUST be a LINK to view your video online, NOT a FILE attached to your email. Upload your video to Vimeo, YouTube or a similar platform and send us the direct URL only. Emails containing video attachments will be deleted.
- You may password-protect your video, but be sure to send us the password with your submission.
- Go to http://oregonfoodbank.org/donatenow or https://web.charityengine.net/Default.aspx?tsid=1320 to make your donation.
- Please list “Meals for Monologues” in the Name, Event or Occasion text box on the donation form.
- Please send a screenshot or PDF of your donation receipt with your submission.
- You may include one headshot and resume (or a link to an online casting profile) with your submission.
- Include your name, contact information, and city where you are currently based.
- Please confirm in your email that you are a local hire, either because you have a physical address in Oregon or are repped by an Oregon talent agent or manager.
- Email submission to talent[at]castironstudios.com, subject heading: M4M Local Hire. (Replace [at] with @ in the email address.)
- Deadline for self-tape submissions is December 4, 2015 at 11:59 PM PST. We cannot guarantee your video will be reviewed if received after the deadline.
Jana brings 20 years of experience, along with a true love of acting to create an environment for the actors that is wildly safe and groundbreaking. Her commitment to each student builds confidence and trust in the simplest of ways. Her ability to see each actor with clarity and love is what makes her classes unique.
Jana is known to be the person that can work with actors at all levels. As a working actor herself, Jana stays current with what is happening in the audition room now. She’s teaching our Talent Diversity Initiative actors how to walk into a casting office and to be of service – to the character, to the scene, to the director, to the moment.
From script analysis to finding the way the writer wants the text to be spoken, Jana is teaching our actors tools that are guaranteed help them to go from audition, to callback, to booked it! Using various techniques, her goal is to help our TDI actors get to the place where they can seamlessly fulfill a role; be it co-star or guest star.
Jana is high energy, engages with the actors, helps them connect with each other, and encourages everyone to get on their feet and be willing to fall on their face. She does repetition warm ups, cold reading exercises, on camera slates, mock auditions, and physical workouts that keep the actors bodies energized. She is helping our TDI actors learn how to have a strong point of view about the world around them, as this is one of the essential keys to good audition work!
Thanks, Jana, for your commitment to our program and to the community!
Scott served as Acting Coach for 20th Century Fox Studios under a 3-year, exclusive contract, coaching actors for film and television projects. Scott has coached principal actors, for more than 3000 hours on the sets of motion pictures and national television shows. He has produced, cast, and/or directed more than 100 professional productions and written, directed, and produced dozens of TV commercials. He was the full-time, on-set, Acting Coach for the TV series North Shore and was previously the full-time Acting Coach for the hit TV show Baywatch. In 1994, after living and working in Los Angeles for more than 25 years, Scott moved to Hawai`i with his wife, Jeanne, in order to raise their (soon to be) two children in a safe and sane environment. They opened their school in 2000, to train actors for film and television. Scott has extended his school’s teaching to Portland, Oregon and serves as an acting coach in both regions!
Scott is using exercises from all around the world to help our Talent Diversity Initiative actors work more efficiently on camera and develop a deeper understanding of how to get from a page in a script to a real and captivating character that draws the audience in. Pulling from the teachings of masters such as Constantine Stanislavski, Lee Strasberg, Sanford Meisner, and Michael Chekhov, Scott uses text analysis, scene study, audition drills, camera exercises, specially designed improvisations, physical and imagination exercises to give actors the ability to trigger real and truthful emotions on demand.
His students are about halfway through the training program now, and we can’t wait to see how their skills have improved.
For more information about Scott and his acting classes, check out his website. Thanks, Scott, for being a part of our Initiative!