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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Another Successful Year for the NW Talent Diversity Initiative

by Georgia Luke

It’s a wrap!

On November 12th, the 2016 Talent Diversity Initiative students completed their six-week program with a reception at Cast Iron Studios.
Our 32 first-year students were joined by a group of 16 intermediate students who were able to come back for more training, thanks to the support and generosity of the Portland Film Office and the Governor’s Office of Film and Television.
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The need for more diverse actors in shows like The Librarians and Grimm is what led to the creation of the Initiative in 2015.
Turner Network Television, whose series The Librarians shoots in Portland, has been a primary financial partner in the project both years, thanks to their Manager of Casting, Alexis Booth.
Additional support was provided by Milagro Theatre, The August Wilson Red Door Project and Artists Repertory Theatre.
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The TDI has been lucky enough to provide excellent coaching by some of Portland’s best: Scott Rogers of Scott Rogers Studios and Jana Lee Hamblin of Act Now Studio returned this year to teach our intermediate program. Kristina Haddad of The Actor’s Lab Portland, and Ben Newman of Portland Actors Conservatory came on board in 2016 to work with our first-year students.
Their passion and enthusiasm was contagious, which really helped spark the desire to succeed in their students. Ben recently wrote:

“Being asked to teach–anything really–but especially something I’ve spent the majority of my life pursuing, is the greatest affirmation one can hope for. Empowering ‘young’ actors to reach full potential has quickly become the most rewarding thing in my life over the past few years. This group was no exception. Humility is key, but I’d venture to say that a few of these people had some big moments of self discovery. It also seems like they made some new and important friendships.”

As part of the application process, the nominees were able to list what specific things they felt they needed to work on in order to become more successful. Acting on camera, audition jitters, memorizing lines and taking direction are just a few examples of skills that they wanted to work on. Coaches Ben Newman and Kristina Haddad took this list into consideration when they planned their classes.
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The first-year program culminated on Saturday with mock auditions, two break-out sessions on special skills by Fight Choreographer Kendall Wells and Dialect Coach Mary MacDonald-Lewis, a Q&A with the Cast Iron Studios team, plus special guest speaker Norberto Barba, Director and Executive Producer on five seasons of Grimm. Norberto serves on the DGA Diversity Committee, as well as their Latino Committee and Creative Rights Committee, and shared invaluable information with our graduates.
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The second-year students joined our first-year students at a post-graduation reception at CIS.

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Cast Iron Studios is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive talent pool in the Northwest, and wants to thank all of its generous sponsors. We would love to see this program expand and flourish in the coming years, perhaps one day becoming its own entity!
PS: Check out our full photo gallery here, courtesy of NebCat Photography.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

6th Annual Meals for Monologues

by ranielle

We here at Cast Iron Studios are firm believers in giving back, especially during the holiday season.  We’re happy to announce our sixth annual “Meals for Monologues” canned food drive-slash-holiday get-together.

Meals for Monologues
Food Drive Benefiting

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Cookies ‘n Cocoa
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM* (M4M)
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM (cookies)

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

3 NON-PERISHABLES
GETS YOU SEEN BY A CASTING DIRECTOR
** FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED — AUDITION SLOTS ARE LIMITED **

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 (3) non-perishable food items benefiting the Oregon Food Bank.

  • 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. There are only so many auditions we can squeeze into the day; we appreciate your understanding if we run out of time!
  • If you’re a repped actor and a regular to our studio, we encourage you to drop off your non-perishables and leave audition slots open to the unrepped actors who may be new to us. (Repped and still want us to see what you’ve got? Try the self-tape option! Details below.)
  • Collection bins will be in our office from around Thanksgiving to the week after the event (specific dates TBD by OFB barrel delivery schedule), for those unable to attend/donate on the day.

COOKIES ‘N COCOA

Join us at the end of the day for an assortment of cookies and a hot cocoa! We’ll provide the sweet treats, you provide the Oregon Food Bank donations and good cheer!

*No auditions will take place 2:00PM-2:30PM to give Casting Directors a short break.

We’re looking to crack 1,000 lbs of food again this year! Not sure what to bring? Check out OFB’s list of Most Wanted Items and this article on How to Donate Food So It Won’t Go to Waste.

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? Repped by an agent, regularly seen at our office, and helping us out by leaving audition slots open to unrepped talent who may be new to us? We will accept demo reels or self-tapes from 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. Submission must be received by December 6th 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 VimeoYouTube 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 to make your donation.
  • Please list “Meals for Monologues” in the Leave a comment 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 6, 2016 at 11:59 PM PST. We cannot guarantee your video will be reviewed if received after the deadline.