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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

They’re… The Librarians: “…and the Christmas Thief”

by ranielle

Don’t miss these talented Pacific Northwest actors in a brand new episode of “The Librarians” at 8PM on TNT (check local listings). Then stay tuned for another all-new adventure at 9PM!

Patricia Ferguson, Ashley Jackson, Verona Masongsong, Bobby Bermea, Tyler Klingerman, Kevin Warren, Edward Stiner, Drew Hobson, Mikki Lipsey, Jason Daniel, Tiffany Luce.
Friday, December 15, 2017

7th Annual Meals for Monologues Post Game

by ranielle

Thank you once again to everyone, near and far, who participated in our 7th Annual Meals for Monologues event on November 28, 2017.

Casting Director Eryn Goodman CSA, Casting Associate Ranielle Gray CSA, and Front-of-House Assistant Kristen Epland.

Through both the in-person donations by actors at our office plus the monetary donations made by actors using our self-tape option, we collected 420 pounds of food and $1,041.60 in donations. All combined, that’s enough to provide 3,460 meals to people in need this holiday season.

As always, we couldn’t do it without all of you, our wonderful community. We look forward to next year!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Life After First Failure Launches on CW Seed

by admin

This week, the first season of Oregon-produced Life After First Failure launches on the CW’s web platform, CW Seed.

The series was executive produced and directed by Tripp Reed (Significant Mother, Pretty Little Liars), and stars more than a dozen Northwest actors, several in recurring roles.

We had a blast working on this project, and hope it gets picked up for another season by the CW!

Check out the trailer, and watch Season 1 at the link below.

Watch the first season here.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

CSA Open Call for Transgender Actors a Global Success

by ranielle

On Sunday, October 22, 2017, 45 CSA members saw approximately 500 underrepresented transgender actors (including non-binary, gender non-conforming and genderqueer actors) in 12 locations across 5 countries.

PORTLAND TEAM (L to R): Ranielle Gray, Casting Associate CSA and Eryn Goodman, Casting Director CSA.

We here at Cast Iron Studios are grateful for the opportunity to partner with CSA and the CSA Inclusion & Diversity Committee for this landmark open call.

Participating talent, Jamila Loubriel. (Photo provided by talent, with permission.)

The day was a big success and we were excited to meet a new pool of up-and-coming actors.

Participating talent, Denise Chanterelle DuBois (Photo by James Westby; used with permission)

We look forward to doing it again next year. Many thanks to everyone who turned out, and here’s to more equity and diversity on screen!

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Friday, October 20, 2017

7th 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 seventh 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, November 28, 2017
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM* (M4M)
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (cookies)

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

3 NON-PERISHABLES
GET 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 11/20-12/1, 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 12:00PM-12:30PM & 3:30PM-4:00PM to give Casting Directors a short break.

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! RSVP and share our Facebook Event.

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, in exchange for a screenshot of your donation to the Oregon Food Bank. Submission must be received by November 28th 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.
  • 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 November 28, 2017 at 11:59 PM PST. We cannot guarantee your video will be reviewed if received after the deadline.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Open Call for Transgender Actors

by admin

Cast Iron Studios teams with the Casting Society of America to hold open casting call for transgender actors on Sunday, October 22, 2017


Update: Barring any cancellations, all spots are currently full. Please join our mailing list, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay in the loop about future casting calls and general auditions. You are also invited to join us at our upcoming Meals for Monologues food drive and open casting call, benefiting the Oregon Food Bank on November 28th, 2017. All are welcome!

On Sunday, October 22, 2017, Cast Iron Studios, along with CSA members around the world, will be opening their offices to union and non-union transgender actors (including non-binary, gender non-conforming and genderqueer actors). Artists who are professionally trained as well as those actively pursuing professional careers as performers are welcome to attend. Artists will be given an opportunity to do a prepared scene in front of a panel of professional casting directors.

The open call will offer underrepresented actors the opportunity of auditioning in a professional environment, while introducing casting directors to undiscovered gems and a pool of talent who, with the right training, could become the next generation of diverse film and television stars.

To register, please follow this link.

Things to know:

  • As a limited number of spots are available, please only register if you have previously taken acting classes and/or have performed professionally (on stage or on camera).
  • If you are represented by a Northwest talent agent and already known to our office, we encourage you to leave these spaces open to new and unrepped actors. You are welcome to submit a self-taped audition to us instead. Please contact us via your agent to make arrangements.
  • Your scene should be 1-2 minutes long and ideally be a dialogue between two people. You can bring your own reader, or an extra set of pages and one of our staff will read with you.
  • You’re welcome to use one of our sample audition sides or choose your own. Pick a scene that best represents you and your ability.
  • If using our sample sides, please prepare only the lines of the character whose name appears at the top of the page; the off-camera reader will read all of the other characters. You may disregard character descriptions and change gender identifiers as you see fit. Be sure to bring an extra copy for the reader, if you’ve made any changes to the dialogue.
  • NOTE: Participants will be required to sign a basic release allowing CSA members to view and internally distribute scenes.
  • If you can no longer attend, please be sure to cancel your audition via the registration link, so that others are able to participate.

To register, please follow this link.

Please help us spread the word about this opportunity!

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Casting Call: Stand-Ins for HBO Series, August 15-19, 2017

by admin

Calling all Oregon/SW Washington stand-ins and people with significant on-set experience!

We’re looking for STAND-INS for the Untitled Alan Ball HBO Series, shooting in Portland August 15-19, 2017.

If you fit the specs below, have pretty open availability on our dates, and know your way confidently around a TV or film set, please fill out our Extras Submission Form ASAP, and include in the notes that you’re applying for a STAND-IN role.

All roles are paid at $123.50 for a 9.5 hour guarantee, plus overtime. Deadline is Thursday, August 10th, 2017.

STAND-IN ROLES:

ROLE #1: Middle-Eastern Male, age 18-30, 5’9″, 126 lbs, black hair

ROLE #2: Caucasian Male, age 20-40, 6’0″, 195 lbs, wavy brown to reddish-brown hair

ROLE #3: Latino Male, age 18-30, 6’1″, 165 lbs, shoulder-length dark brown hair

ROLE #4: Caucasian Male, age 20-40, 5’11”, 170 lbs, wavy dark brown hair

ROLE #5: Caucasian Male, age 45-65, 6’5″, 240 lbs, grey hair

Do you fit one of the descriptions above? Apply now:

Extras Submission Form

NOTES:

Being a stand-in is an important job that requires you to know and duplicate every action that your character does, so we are especially interested in people with prior experience.

If you’ve never done it before, but have worked several times on set, we might still consider you, if your sizes very closely match our actors and you can follow detailed instructions.

If you don’t fit these specs, but have done lots of stand-in work in the past, you may still complete the application form. Let us know that you are applying for future stand-in work.

PS: If you previously filled out our Extras Submission Form, we already have your information on file and will be in contact if you are the right type for one of the roles we are casting. No need to complete a new application. Thanks!

Please, no phone calls or drop-by visits. No other roles are available at this time. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates and future casting calls.

 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Casting Call: Persians, Mountain Bikers, Hipsters for New HBO Series

by admin

For Immediate Release
July 10, 2017

PORTLAND CASTING COMPANY SEEKING PERSIANS, MOUNTAIN BIKERS, AND HIPSTERS TO WORK AS EXTRAS ON HBO SERIES

Untitled Alan Ball HBO drama series returns to Portland July 17-21, 2017.

 

(PORTLAND, ORE). Cast Iron Studios announced today that it is seeking experienced mountain bikers, and people of Persian descent to work as background on Alan Ball’s new HBO drama series.

The mountain bikers should be 20s-30s, with a fit, athletic build appropriate for extreme sports, and be able to bring their own mountain bike, vehicle with bike rack, and cycling shoes to set, if cast.

“They will not be cycling during the shoot,” says Casting Director Lana Veenker. “Instead, they will be seen post-race, as if they had been cycling. The stylists may even pretty them up with a bit of mud and dirt, to make it look like they were riding.”

The Portland-based casting company is also seeking extras of Persian descent for a night shoot. “We’ll mostly be hiring men and women ages 30-50, but we’ll also need some Persian children, young adults, and seniors in the mix,” Veenker stated.

The series will shoot scenes in the Portland area July 17-21, 2017. Cast Iron Studios, which also cast “Grimm” and currently “The Librarians,” is handling the local principal and extras casting.

Asked if any other background positions are available, Veenker said that Portland hipster types are always in demand for this show. “We’re constantly combing our database for great beards and mustaches,” she noted.

The positions are non-union, and pay starts at minimum wage (8-hour guarantee, plus overtime) for general extras, to between $100-$150/day for other background positions. Background performers can also earn bumps for the use of their cars, bicycles, pets, etc. Plus, minimum wage just went up to $11.25/hour on July 1st!

Those interested in working as extras on the show can submit online via the company’s extras submission form. Deadline is Wednesday, July 19th, 2017.

NOTE: This casting call is for non-union background performers only.

Please only submit if you fit the specs above. No other background or principal (speaking) roles are available at this time.

There is no charge to be listed in the company’s database, and no fees will be charged to extras who take part in the show.

For additional information, visit castironstudios.com.

No phone calls, please.

 

Updated 7/10/17 at 5:02 PM to clarify that all above roles are background, not principal roles! Thanks!

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Casting Call: Late 20s or Early 30s Portland Couple for Credit Union Commercial

by ranielle

SEEKING: An awesome couple in their late 20s or early 30s living in and enjoying the Portland community.*

The commercial will be documentary-style, following the couple in their house, out and about in town at their favorite hangouts, or on nature adventures with them. Couple should be interested in sharing their lives, their home, their interests, their hobbies, and their favorite places to be in and around Portland.

*No visible tattoos, please. If they can be easily covered up, that’s OK!

CASTING: Monday, May 22, 2017 – BY APPOINTMENT ONLY; LIMITED NUMBER AVAILABLE**
CALLBACK: TBD
SHOOTS: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 -or- Wednesday, June 14, 2017
SHOOT LOCATION: Portland, OR (and perhaps your house and favorite hangouts!)
PAY: $1,250 per person

Sound like you or someone you know? Send an email ASAP to talent@castironstudios.com with the following info:

  1. First and Last Name of Both Members of the Couple
  2. Contact Phone Number(s)
  3. FOUR PHOTOS: One of each of you separately, one of you together, and one of your home; these can be photos you’ve already taken, or photos you snap with your cell phone just for this submission, but please be sure they resemble the way you look today! They DO NOT need to be professional photos.
  4. Let us know if you have a connection to OnPoint, such as a checking/savings account, home mortgage loan, or other membership. Please note: OnPoint connection is NOT required to submit for this casting.

**Once we receive your email, we will review your submission. If you are a good fit, you will be contacted with an appointment time. Please confirm your appointment quickly; otherwise, we may replace you with the next suitable submission.

Check out last year’s spot to get an idea of the style and scope!

No phone calls, please.

If you are represented by a talent agent, please have them submit you through Casting Frontier for this opportunity. This notice is meant for unrepresented talent.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Casting Call: South Asian Males 45-65 for Indie Short

by admin

Local independent production seeking talent for a role in upcoming SAG-AFTRA short film, directed by Shilpa Sunthankar and produced by Tara Johnson-Medinger.

Auditions this Saturday, May 20th, 2017.

Seeking South Asian Males, age 45 – 65. Open to both union and non-union actors.

Shoot is June 3rd & 4th. Rate is $100/day inclusive.

If interested, please contact tara@sourappleproductions.com.

NOTE: Please contact the production directly for this casting call. Thanks!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Casting Call: Seeking extras for new HBO series

by admin

PORTLAND CASTING COMPANY SEEKING EXTRAS OF ALL TYPES FOR NEW HBO SERIES

Untitled Alan Ball HBO Drama series is scheduled to shoot in Portland April 24-26; open casting call this Saturday

 

PORTLAND, ORE. Cast Iron Studios, a Portland-based film and television casting company, announced today that it is seeking general background performers, experienced stand-ins, photo doubles, Portland hipster types, and extras who own vehicles, bicycles and pets for Alan Ball’s new HBO drama series.

The series will shoot scenes in the Portland area April 24-26, 2017. Cast Iron Studios, which also cast “Grimm” and currently “The Librarians,” is handling the local principal and extras casting.

“Hundreds of extras are needed over the span of the three-day shoot,” says Casting Director Lana Veenker.

The positions are non-union, and pay starts at minimum wage (8-hour guarantee, plus overtime) for general background, to between $100-$150/day for other positions. Background performers can also earn bumps for the use of their cars, bicycles, pets, etc.

Those interested in working as extras on the show can submit online by this Wednesday evening according to the instructions below, or attend our open casting call this Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Cast Iron Studios, 1430 SE 3rd Avenue, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97214. (No appointments needed; just show up. First come, first served.)

NOTE: This casting call is for non-union background performers only. No principal (speaking) roles are available at this time.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or join our Tools for Actors mailing list to stay apprised of upcoming casting calls.

No phone calls, please.

Cast Iron Studios is committed to diverse, inclusive casting. There is no charge to create a basic profile on Casting Frontier, and no fees will be charged to extras who take part in the show.

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TO SUBMIT ONLINE:

Please note: Fully-completed online submissions must be received by end of day this Wednesday, April 19, 2017 to be considered. Otherwise, please attend our open casting call this Saturday, April 22nd.

Those with an existing Casting Frontier account should submit via the Direct Submit Board instead. Please ensure that your profile contains a recent photo, and that all information is current, including your sizes and contact info.

If you fit the requirements, but do not have a Casting Frontier profile, please complete this form:

EXTRAS SUBMISSION FORM

Thanks, and good luck!

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Casting Call: Extras Experienced at Driving On-Set

by admin

Cast Iron Studios is currently seeking extras with EXPERIENCE DRIVING ON-SET for a major television series shooting in and around Portland, Oregon on April 24-26, 2017, and returning on several more occasions throughout the summer.

This is not a call for on-set precision drivers (although if you have that experience, please go ahead and submit; we may need you, too!).

This is a call for extras who have previously brought their own car to set and driven it during a film or TV shoot.

The positions are non-union, and paid at competitive rates. No agency fees.

Those who have previous on-set driving experience should send their Casting Frontier Public Profile link* to talent[at]castironstudios[dot]com.

Please include the subject line: On-Set Driver, and let us know in the body of your email if you are available April 24, 25 and 26, 2017.

If you fit the requirements, but do not have a Casting Frontier profile, please create one:

  • Go to The Casting Frontier
  • Create a Basic (Free) profile in the Pacific NW Region
  • Fill out your profile completely, including headshot, wardrobe sizes, resume (detailing previous on-set driving experience) and contact information
  • Send your Public Profile link* to talent[at]castironstudios[dot]com.
  • Include the subject line: On-Set Driver.
  • Let us know in the body of your email if you are available April 24, 25 and 26, 2017.

*Hint: Your Public Profile link contains a lot of random letters and numbers. (This URL won’t take us to your unique profile: https://database.castingfrontier.com/account/my_profile.)

You can send us your Public Profile link by selecting More Options from your profile page, then choosing either Public Profile, which opens a new window where you can grab the URL from the address bar, or Share Profile, which will email your Public Profile to us. See example below:

Thanks, and good luck!

NOTE: This casting call is for experienced on-set drivers (and precision drivers) only. Please do not submit for these positions unless you meet the requirements. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or join our Tools for Actors mailing list to stay apprised of upcoming casting calls. No phone calls, please.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Casting Call: Experienced Stand-Ins for TV Series

by admin

Cast Iron Studios is currently seeking EXPERIENCED STAND-INS for a major television series shooting in and around Portland, Oregon on April 24-26, 2017, and returning on several more occasions throughout the summer.

The positions are non-union, and paid at competitive stand-in rates. No agency fees.

Those who have previous stand-in experience should send their Casting Frontier Public Profile link* to talent[at]castironstudios[dot]com.

Please include the subject line: Stand-In, and let us know in the body of your email if you are available April 24, 25 and 26, 2017.

If you fit the requirements, but do not have a Casting Frontier profile, please create one:

  • Go to The Casting Frontier
  • Create a Basic (Free) profile in the Pacific NW Region
  • Fill out your profile completely, including headshot, wardrobe sizes, resume (detailing previous stand-in experience) and contact information
  • Send your Public Profile link* to talent[at]castironstudios[dot]com.
  • Include the subject line: Stand-In.
  • Let us know in the body of your email if you are available April 24, 25 and 26, 2017.

*Hint: Your Public Profile link contains a lot of random letters and numbers. (This URL won’t take us to your unique profile: https://database.castingfrontier.com/account/my_profile.)

You can send us your Public Profile link by selecting More Options from your profile page, then choosing either Public Profile, which opens a new window where you can grab the URL from the address bar, or Share Profile, which will email your Public Profile to us. See example below:

Thanks, and good luck!

NOTE: This casting call is for experienced stand-ins only. Please do not submit for these positions unless you meet the requirements. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or join our Tools for Actors mailing list to stay apprised of upcoming casting calls. No phone calls, please.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

‘Grimm’ may be ending, but its impact on Portland remains

by Georgia Luke

Many are mourning the ending of Grimm, which aired its final episode, “The End,” on Friday, March 31st.

Kristi Turnquist of The Oregonian talked to the cast, as well as other players in the Oregon film industry–including our own Lana Veenker–about the impact that Grimm had on Portland. According to Kristi:

[S]aying goodbye to “Grimm” isn’t just a sentimental farewell to a TV favorite. For Portland viewers, it’s the end of a show that made a significant impact on the city, from showcasing Oregon scenery to bringing jobs and money into the local economy.

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Lana Veenker […] estimates that close to 1,000 individual Northwest actors were cast on “Grimm” in principal roles, and that nearly 200 of them appeared in multiple episodes, such as Danny Bruno, who played Bud, the beaver-like Eisbiber Wesen.

“Not only did ‘Grimm’ provide a lot of work for local actors,” Veenker says, “but it also helped raise the bar on the level of talent here.”

Veenker agrees that, thanks to “Grimm,” more people know about Portland, and not just as the hipster enclave satirized in “Portlandia.”

“I remember, going back to Season 1 of ‘Grimm,’ the producers telling us that in Los Angeles, they kept asking, ‘When you’re shooting in the forest up there, how do you get that color of green on the trees?’ They thought it was lighting, or special effects.”

Link to full article.