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LANA VEENKER

CSA, ICDN, ATAS, OMPA
Founder

Eyes: Blue
Hair: Brown
Pronouns: She/Her
At CIS since: 1999

SPECIALTIES:
Business development, international liaison, casting overlord. Writer, producer, lecturer, connector extraordinaire. Board member, International Casting Directors Network.

SKILLS & INTERESTS
French (fluent), Spanish (good), German (intermediate), and a smattering of Italian, Portuguese, and Hindi. Yoga, cycling, hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, cooking, camping, world travel, cha dao.

TRAINING
École Supérieure du Spectacle, Forum du Mouvement, Théâtre en Actes, Shakespeare with Miranda Powell LGSM (Cambridge), College of Marin, Drama Studio of London (Berkeley), Marin Theatre Company, Theatre Artists of Marin, Portland State University – BA Performing Arts Cum Laude, Lycée Pothier – Baccalauréat in Economics & Social Studies Magna Cum Laude.


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ERYN GOODMAN

CSA, OMPA, PATA
Casting Director

Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown
Pronouns: She/Her
At CIS since: 2005

SPECIALTIES
Creative over-seer, comfort creator, negotiator, deal-doer, hand-holder, puller of rabbits out of hats.

SKILLS & INTERESTS
Caretaking (be it actors, clients or the three-year-old), remembering that one actor we saw six months ago who would be perfect for your project, theater-goer.

TRAINING
Western Washington University – BA Theatre (Children’s Theatre/Directing), School of a Gazillion Sessions Run.


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RANIELLE GRAY

CSA, OMPA, PATA
Casting Associate

Eyes: Hazel
Hair: Brown
Pronouns: She/Her
At CIS since: 2007

SPECIALTIES
Paper pusher, detail tracker, organizational dictator. Writer, manager, curmudgeon, list-making marvel.

SKILLS & INTERESTS
Logical thinking, problem solving, multitasking, behind-the-curtaining. Screenwriting, short film festival management, animal welfare, therapy animal handling, running, recipes, Jane Austen.

TRAINING
University of Washington – BA English (Creative Writing), TheFilmSchool (Storytelling), UCLA Extension (Feature Film Development, Story Analysis for Film and Television).

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WILL FENDON

WGA
Script Consultant

Eyes: Green
Hair: Black
Pronouns: He/Him
At CIS since: 2009

SPECIALTIES
Ace script consultant. Story structure hacker. Egoless champion of writers. Compassionate wielder of velvet hammer. Mischief-maker. Grammar police, repeat offender.

SKILLS & INTERESTS
West African drumming and Latin Percussion. Professional musician. PSIA certified level III Alpine ski instructor. Yoga. Mountain biking. Hiking. Adventure travel. Real Estate. Harried and happy father of twin boys.

TRAINING
Former Contributing Writer to “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” at NBC Television.  WGA West member and annual judge for WGA Awards, William Morris Endeavor (WME) – script and story analyst, Fox Searchlight Pictures – “Searchlab” graduate, Robert McKee – “Story” Seminar graduate, Blake Snyder – “Save The Cat” workshop graduate, Young Storytellers Program, LA – founding mentor, AFI Screenwriting Admissions Committee member, American Film Institute – MFA Screenwriting and first recipient of Jack Oakie Award for Comedic Writing, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York, Principia College – BA English Literature, Creative Writing.


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CALAMITY JANE

CGC, DOG, TA
Social Secretary

Eyes: Brown
Fur: Tri-Color
Pronouns: She/Her
At CIS since: 2013

SPECIALTIES
Client interaction, customer service, guest relations guru. Greeter, leaner, shedder, personal space invader phenom.

SKILLS & INTERESTS
Sit (expert), stay (intermediate), shake (if the mood is right and there’s a treat involved). Volunteering, fundraising, couch snoozing, bed snoring, cat herding, begging, eating, origami.

TRAINING
Oregon Humane Society, Bark Busters, Happy-Go-Lucky (Canine Good Citizen), Zoom Room (Agility Level 3), Yellowstone Dog Sports, Pet Partners (Complex Rating).


JUSTIN TIME

CGC, DOG, XO
Front-of-House Greeter

Eyes: Brown
Fur: Cream and Apricot
Pronouns: He/Him
At CIS since: 2014

BIO
A native of Los Angeles, Justin relocated to the Northwest in 2014. His first on-camera gig was at the age of 12 weeks in the role of Puppy with Kennel Cough on KOIN 6’s Second Chance rescue pet adoption segment. He got his big break, however, when he was discovered a week later by Casting Director Lana Veenker in a Hillsboro PetSmart.

He has since appeared on KATU’s AM Northwest, KGW’s On the Square, and in the Oregonian, among others. In 2017, Justin raised several thousand dollars for the Oregon Humane Society’s Doggie Dash, and in 2016 was the winner of the Cutest Pet Award at Grocery Outlet’s Halloween Petstival for his tarantula costume. While rumors persist that he may be sleeping with the casting director, Justin attributes his success–not to the casting couch–but to a vigorous exercise regimen, solid training, and a balanced diet.

SKILLS & INTERESTS
Fetch (advanced), hiking (advanced), yoga (beginner), cycling (shotgun), running (advanced), relay racing (intermediate), barn hunting (beginner), kayaking (shotgun). Great with kids, babies, and small dogs. Intrepid traveler, foodie, networker, and lap warmer.