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Monday, December 7, 2020

Happy Holidays & a Meals for Monologues Report!

by Cast Iron Studios Staff

Just before Thanksgiving, Cast Iron Studios was thrilled to host the 10th installment of its classic Meals for Monologues event.

Can you believe it was our 10th M4M?!

Spurred on by the energy and excitement of the virtual food drive we held this April, our team was inspired to offer talent a live-audition option via Zoom. It was SO NICE to get some face time with actors in the midst of this bizarre year, and coupled with pouring over the clever and inspiring self-tapes, it was quite a festive event!

Ahhh… but what about the numbers you say? Once again, our community showed up big time, raising funds to provide over 6,377 meals for the Oregon Food Bank! That’s a figure that surpasses all previous events, and we’re just so thankful.

Here’s what OFB had to say:

Thank you so much for your generosity!  This [is] such a gift for those facing food insecurity!  I am so inspired by how much our collective support makes a difference, and with 140 people chipping in, it created a HUGE impact.  Thank you so much for your time, your support, and all the energy that went into making this event happen! 

Kathryn Kocarnik, Oregon Food Bank

Coupled with our April coronavirus edition of M4M, our efforts have raised almost 12,300 meals for the hungry this year alone. We couldn’t have done it without you!

We recently learned from Oregon Food Bank’s 2020 Donor Impact Report (see below) that in 2019, hunger in Oregon and SW Washington was on a decline, but now–due to the pandemic, the wildfires, the economic crisis, and inadequate social safety nets–rates of hunger in our area are equal to those of the Great Depression. So the need could not be greater, and we are humbled and grateful to everyone who took part.

As we start to put this unusual year to bed, we’ve been reflecting on what an honor it is to be of service to production, actors, and our larger community. We sincerely hope you find joy in this season, however different it may look. Stay home, stay safe, and we look forward to working together in the New Year!

Friday, November 13, 2020

Get into the holiday spirit with our 10th Edition of Meals for Monologues

by Cast Iron Studios Staff

Hone your skills & help your community!

It’s time to dust off that favorite monologue you’ve been clambering to perform, and blend it with your newfound, expert-level self-tape & Zoom skills! We’re excited to announce that the 10th edition of our “Meals for Monologues” open-casting-call-slash-food-drive will take place VIRTUALLY on Monday, November 23rd.  

If, like many, you’re adjusting your plans this holiday season—and foregoing travel—why not carve out some time to hone your acting skills, while helping the community?

In exchange for a screenshot of your donation of $5 or more to the Oregon Food Bank, actors are invited to submit a self-taped monologue of two minutes or less–OR sign up for a limited number of Zoom appointments between 10AM – 2PM on Nov. 23rd.  

Self-tape submissions must be received by Monday, November 23rd to guarantee viewing by our casting directors. 

See instructions below for both self-tape submitting, as well as scheduling a Zoom appointment.  

If finances are a hardship, email us, and we’ll find someone for you to “hitch a ride with”. (Interested in sponsoring someone who could “use a lift”? Please let us know!)

Spread the word!

SELF-TAPE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Self-taped monologue must be no longer than TWO MINUTES.
  • Smartphone videos are fine, but place phone or video camera on a solid surface or tripod. 
  • Be sure you are framed in LANDSCAPE (horizontal) mode, in a CLOSE-UP (head and shoulders), with good LIGHTING and SOUND. 
  • A neutral backdrop is recommended. Try to keep background noise to a minimum.
  • Typically, you would direct your lines to the side of camera, not directly into the lens (it helps to use a real human off-camera, if possible).
  • Upload your video to Vimeo. You will be sending us the direct link to your video on Vimeo only, not the actual file. Emails containing video attachments will be deleted.
  • You may password-protect your video, but be sure to send us the password with your submission.

IN-PERSON ZOOM APPOINTMENTS

  • From our Facebook page, click on the General Auditions tab. You’ll need to access the tab from a desktop computer, as it will not show up on mobile devices. 
  • Look for and click the dropdown arrow next to the “MORE” tab, and scroll down to “GENERAL AUDITIONS”. 
  • You’ll see a page with our Setmore calendar integrated. From there, you can click on “MEALS FOR MONOLOGUES”. 
  • The Setmore calendar will take you directly to the audition date with available appointments. They are all 5 minute slots.  
  • Once your appointment is scheduled, you’ll receive a confirmation email from Setmore.
  • Use this Setmore email to cancel or reschedule your appointment, if needed.
  • You’ll receive a separate email from us with a ZOOM LINK!

DONATION INSTRUCTIONS

  • Go to the Oregon Food Bank website to make your donation ($5 or more suggested).
  • Please list “Meals for Monologues” in the Leave a comment text box on the OFB donation form.
  • Get a screenshot or PDF of your donation receipt to include with your submission.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

  • Write us an email with your name, contact information, and HOME BASE (i.e. Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, etc.). Note: If you are a member of SAG-AFTRA, your home base is the local you are listed with.
  • You may include one headshot and resume (or a link to an online casting profile) with your submission.
  • Include the direct link (URL) to your video on Vimeo (and password, if applicable).
  • Include your proof of donation (screenshot or PDF, per the above).
  • Email your submission to talent[@]castironstudios[.]com, subject heading: M4M – your home base. For example: M4M – Seattle. (Remove brackets in the email address before sending.)
  • Deadline for self-tape submissions is Monday, November 23rd, end of day.  We cannot guarantee your video will be reviewed if received after the deadline.

HOT TIPS

  • Go for a contemporary monologue, please. We just don’t cast that much Shakespeare.
  • Comedic pieces are always appreciated. We could all use a good laugh these days!
  • We’ll also accept songs, poems, jokes—anything uplifting and fun. But if you’ve never—or rarely—auditioned for us, we suggest you prepare a contemporary monologue close to your type, so we can check out your mad skillz.
  • If you audition for us often—or if you just want to spread joy and not take things too seriously—anything uplifting is game. We love to be entertained!
  • Kids can do whatever they want. School play or musical canceled? Perform a short piece from that, if you like!
  • Don’t forget to include your proof of donation with your submission.

In the meantime, please stay safe, wash your hands and shine your creativity as bright as your holiday lights. If you have a few minutes to give back, consider helping out a fellow actor by coaching them via ZoomWeAudition, FaceTime, or your platform of choice.  

It is artists who are keeping us all inspired through these challenging times. We look forward to getting to know your work, or discovering a new side of you!

Friday, April 24, 2020

Virtual Meals for Monologues rakes in record numbers

by admin

On Friday, April 3rd, 2020, Cast Iron Studios held its ninth annual “Meals for Monologues” with a coronaviral twist.

Due to social distancing requirements under COVID-19, our open-casting-call-slash-food-drive took place virtually this spring, with actors from all across the U.S. submitting self-tape videos, along with receipts for their donations to the Oregon Food Bank.

 

We received and reviewed over 150 submissions from Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, Spokane, New York City, San Francisco, Atlanta, Montana, Colorado, Ohio, and more.

In all, our community raised enough dough (get it? ☺️) to fund around 6,015 meals for the hungry! This surpasses our previous record by over 1,330 meals. An astonishing feat, considering how many in our industry are currently out of work, and barely making ends meet themselves.

The Team at Cast Iron has been inspired not only by your generosity, but by your talent and your spirit.

If there’s one thing this pandemic has proven, it’s that artists and creative content are not just “nice to have,” but are crucial to our health and well-being. Where would we be right now without actors, musicians, filmmakers, animators, video-game creators, and artists of all disciplines?

Joy and Cameron
Joy Park and Cameron Wake were among the many actors who submitted self-tape auditions.

We salute our first responders, our medical workers, our grocery clerks, delivery drivers, and other essential workers.

And we bow deeply to all of the artists who have made this pandemic bearable, by making us laugh, keeping us entertained and inspired, and providing distraction, commentary, education, food for thought, comfort, reprieve, and hope in our darkest hours. Thank you for reminding us of all the beauty and potential of humanity.

May we come out of this pandemic stronger, more compassionate, more appreciative, and brimming with innovation, motivation, and insights.

A profound and heartfelt (virtual) hug to all who participated!

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Virtual Meals for Monologues: Hone your skills & help your community

by admin

The world has gone topsy-turvy, we’re stuck in our homes practicing proper social distancing, and never before have the arts been more crucial.

What better time than now to learn a new monologue, sharpen your self-taping skills, and do a little good for our community?

We’re excited to announce that our ninth annual “Meals for Monologues” open-casting-call-slash-donation-drive will take place VIRTUALLY next Friday, April 3rd, 2020.

3 Logos

In exchange for a suggested donation of $5 (or more) to the Oregon Food Bank, actors are invited to submit a self-taped monologue of two minutes or less.

Submissions must be received by April 3rd to guarantee viewing by our casting directors. See instructions below.

If finances are a hardship, we won’t turn any submissions away, but in the spirit of giving, please consider asking someone to be your sponsor. Alternatively, we will accept proof of a recent blood donation to the Red Cross.

Want to participate in our food and blood drive, but don’t want to audition? You can sponsor one or more actors by making a donation yourself.  Details below.

Please help us spread the word!

SELF-TAPE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Self-taped monologue must be no longer than TWO MINUTES.
  • Smart phone videos are fine. Be sure you are framed in LANDSCAPE mode, in a CLOSE-UP (head and shoulders), with good LIGHTING and SOUND. Try to keep background noise to a minimum.
  • Typically, you would direct your lines just to the side of camera, not directly into the lens (it may help to use a real human off-camera, if possible).
  • Upload your video to Vimeo. You will be sending us the direct link to your video on Vimeo only, not the actual file. Emails containing video attachments will be deleted.
  • You may password-protect your video, but you’ll need to be sure to send us the password with your submission.

DONATION INSTRUCTIONS

  • Go to the Oregon Food Bank website to make your donation ($5 or more suggested).
  • Please list “Meals for Monologues” in the Leave a comment text box on the OFB donation form.
  • Alternatively, schedule a blood donation with the Red Cross prior to April 3rd.
  • Get a screenshot or PDF of your donation receipt (or a selfie of you donating blood!) to include with your submission.

SPONSORING INSTRUCTIONS

  • If you want to use your donation to sponsor an actor, just email us your proof of donation at talent[at]castironstudios.com; subject heading “M4M Sponsor.” (Replace [at] with @ in the email address.)
  • Please let us know if it’s for someone specific (and include their name), or if it’s for any actor(s) in need.
  • You can also simply give your receipt to the actor you are sponsoring to submit with their audition.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

  • Write us an email with your name, contact information, and HOME BASE (i.e. Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, etc.). Note: If you are a member of SAG-AFTRA, your home base is the local you are listed with.
  • You may include one headshot and resume (or a link to an online casting profile) with your submission.
  • Include the direct link (URL) to your video on Vimeo (and password, if applicable).
  • Attach your proof of donation (screenshot, PDF or selfie, per the above).
  • Email your submission to talent[at]castironstudios.com, subject heading “M4M – your home base.” For example: M4M – Seattle. (Replace [at] with @ in the email address.)
  • Deadline for self-tape submissions is Friday, April 3rd at 11:59 PM PST. We cannot guarantee your video will be reviewed if received after the deadline.

HOT TIPS

  • Go for a COMEDIC monologue, if possible! We could all use a good laugh.
  • We’ll also accept songs, poems, jokes–anything uplifting and fun. But if you’ve never–or rarely–auditioned for us, we suggest you prepare a contemporary monologue, so we can check out your mad skillz.
  • If you come in for us often–or if you just want to spread joy and not take things too seriously–anything uplifting is game. We want to be entertained.
  • Kids can do whatever they want. School play or musical canceled? Perform a short piece from that, if you like.
  • Don’t forget to include your proof of donation with your submission.

In the meantime, stay home, stay safe, wash your hands, prepare your home audition space for future casting calls, and help coach each other’s monologues via Zoom, WeAudition, FaceTime, or your platform of choice.

We’ve been inspired by the creativity of performers all around the world helping others make it through these challenging times. Your work is important, and we can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with!

In solidarity,
Lana, Eryn & John
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Cast Iron Studios Celebrates 20 Years with Fundraiser for Stone Soup

by Cast Iron Studios Staff

On February 8th, the Cast Iron Studios team hosted its 20th anniversary gala at Classic Foods in Northeast Portland.

The Roaring-20s-themed event doubled as a fundraiser for Stone Soup, a new Portland non-profit providing life skills and hands-on culinary expertise to people at risk of homelessness.

Josh Fuhrer, Lana Veenker and Brian Van Flandern
Josh Fuhrer, Lana Veenker and Brian Van Flandern. Photo Credit: Flo Barth

More than 100 guests turned out in their flapper dresses and wingtips to dance the Charleston, and raise a glass to twenty years of Oregon film and TV production.

Katie O'Grady
Katie O’Grady. Photo Credit: Flo Barth

“It was heartwarming to be surrounded by so many friends, family and longtime colleagues, many of whom flew in from distant locations to attend,” said Cast Iron Studios’ Founder Lana Veenker. “We have such a wonderful community, and we know we wouldn’t be where we are without them.”

Gramophone
Gramophone courtesy of Sammuel Murry-Hawkins. Photo Credit: Flo Barth

Many guests commented on how they felt transported back to the era of silent films, sequins and suffragettes. Authentic 1920s music was served up by the Ne Plus Ultra Jass Orchestra, under the deft direction of bandleader Sammuel Murry-Hawkins. Actor and Comedian Jason Rouse kept the audience in stitches as MC.

Sammuel Murry-Hawkins and the Ne Plus Ultra Jass Orchestra
Sammuel Murry-Hawkins and the Ne Plus Ultra Jass Orchestra. Photo Credit: Flo Barth

And a special pre-Prohibition cocktail called “The Last Word” was prepared by master mixologist Brian Van Flandern (author of Vintage Cocktails, named Best Cocktail Book in the World at the 2009 Gourmand World Cocktail Awards in Paris), using Portland’s own Aviation Gin.

Brian Van Flandern and Sean Dodder
Brian Van Flandern and Sean Dodder mix up “The Last Word”. Photo Credit: Flo Barth

Sean Dodder
Sean Dodder. Photo credit: Flo Barth

Elegant hors d’oeuvres, cheese and charcuterie platters were prepared by the staff and students of Stone Soup, with the guidance of Chef Scott Dolich, multiple James Beard Award Nominee and former owner of Park Kitchen and The Bent Brick.

Stone Soup
Staff and students of Stone Soup commandeered the kitchen at Classic Foods to dish out elegant hors d’oeuvres and platters. Photo credit: Lana Veenker

Dolich sourced the ingredients directly from Classic Foods, a locally-owned handmade pasta factory and purveyor of artisan specialty products located in Portland’s Dekum district.

Classic Foods
Searchlights outside Classic Foods. Photo credit: Flo Barth

The art deco building (a former ice house redeveloped in 2010 to include an event space) was perfectly suited as the party’s off-the-beaten-track speakeasy. Classic Foods Owner, Jake Greenberg, had generously opened up not only his event gallery, but his industrial kitchen and warehouse in service of the fundraiser.

Arielle Clark and Jake Greenberg
Arielle Clark and Jake Greenberg of Classic Foods. Photo credit: Flo Barth

A silent auction was held, with packages including everything from Blazers tickets, spa and restaurant gift cards, acting classes and hotel stays, to a private screening room at Living Room Theaters, a coffee date with Grimm star Sasha Roiz, and audition coaching with Grimm star Claire Coffee. In total, the event raised closed to $10,000 for Stone Soup.

Jason Rouse
MC Jason Rouse provided comic relief and served as auctioneer. Photo credit: Flo Barth

In-kind sponsors included Aviation Gin, Barnard Griffin Winery, Breakside Brewery, Cast Iron Studios, Classic Foods, Eunice Chiweshe Goldstein Winery, Oregonic Tonic, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and Stone Soup.

Craig Gerard
Craig Gerard of Stone Soup. Photo credit: Flo Barth

Auction donors included the Ace Hotel, Acting for Kids & Teens, Artists Repertory Theatre, Aviation Gin, Broder Nord, Claire Coffee, Classic Foods, Gado Gado Restaurant, Hi-Lo Hotel, Hotel Eastlund, Hoxton Hotel, Kimpton Hotels, Kristen Arnett Celebrity Make-Up Artist, Levy Moroshan Photography, Living Room Theatres, My Path Wellness, Portland Center Stage at the Armory, Portland Film Festival, Portland Trail Blazers, Rejuvenation Day Spa, Sasha Roiz, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Stone Soup and The Studio NW.

Eryn Goodman, Arielle Clark and Brian Van Flandern
Eryn Goodman, Arielle Clark and Brian Van Flandern. Photo credit: Flo Barth

Special thanks go to Arielle Clark, Courtney Bell, Craig & Ronit Gerard, Eric Hertzfeld, Eryn Goodman, Flo Barth Photography, Jake Greenberg, John Srednicki, Lana Veenker, Michael J. Anderson, Michael Sudan, NebCat Photography, Sammuel Murry-Hawkins, Scott Dolich, and all of our event staff and volunteers.

Check out more photos below, and at the following link, courtesy of our generous photographers, Flo Barth of Flo Barth Photography and Deneb Catalan of NebCat Photography.

Misbehave – CIS 20th Anniversary Photos

The crowd enjoying Jason Rouse’s comedy set. Photo credit: Flo Barth

The crowd enjoying Jason Rouse’s comedy set. Photo credit: Flo Barth

Sammuel Murry-Hawkins singing authentic 1920s tunes. Photo credit: Flo Barth

Lana Veenker
Lana Veenker. Photo credit: Flo Barth

Katie O'Grady
Katie O’Grady cuts a rug to the Charleston. Photo credit: Flo Barth

Microphone
Period microphone courtesy of Sammuel Murry-Hawkins. Photo credit: Flo Barth

Jordi Barnes and Ted Douglass
Jordi Barnes and Ted Douglass. Photo credit: Deneb Catalan

Cholee Thompson, Taylor Harris and Jennifer Arndt
Cholee Thompson, Taylor Harris and Jennifer Arndt. Photo credit: Deneb Catalan

Ronit and Craig Gerard
Ronit and Craig Gerard of Stone Soup. Photo credit: Deneb Catalan

 

 

Monday, December 30, 2019

In with the new: Here’s to 2020!

by admin

All of us at Cast Iron Studios want to thank our community for another terrific year. We really have the best clients, and are supported in our work by many wonderful talent agents, managers and actors!

Appreciation also goes out to Oregon Film, the Portland Film Office, OMPA, SAG-AFTRA, our fine legislators, and the hardworking crew and vendors who contribute to our industry year round.

Lana Veenker, Eryn Goodman and John Srednicki, the CIS Dream Team!

 

Ever cognizant of our good fortune, we were proud to support the following non-profit organizations in 2019.

We’d be thrilled if you were to choose one (or several) to support yourselves. Many are matching donations through the end of the year, so please, please give them a boost!

Access Fund (Climbing Land Conservation)
American Civil Liberties Union (Civil Rights)
Calamity for a Cause (Supporting Animals)
Community Warehouse (Non-Profit Furniture Bank)
Emily’s List (Supporting Progressive Female Candidates)
Gladstone Community Food Pantry (Fighting Hunger)
Goodwill Industries (Job Search, Career Skills & ESL)
Greenpeace (Environmental Solutions)
Harbor of Hope (Helping Portland’s Homeless)
Haven (Supporting Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victims)
Kiva (Microloans to Low-Income Entrepreneurs around the Globe)
Munlochy Animal Aid (Rescue Service for Animals)
NAMI (Mental Illness Advocacy)
National Foundation for Transplants (In Support of Robert Blanche)
Natural Resources Defense Council (Environmental Advocacy)
Our House (HIV Support)
PAWS Chicago (No-Kill Communities for Animals)
Planned Parenthood (Reproductive Healthcare)
Salvation Army (Helping Neighbors in Need)
Sisters of the Road Café (Meals and Advocacy for the Homeless)
Southern Poverty Law Center (Fighting Hate/Extremism/Bigotry)
Toys for Tots (Christmas Gifts for Low-Income Children)

As we continue to fête our landmark 20th year in business, we wish everyone a happy and prosperous 2020!

 

Lana, Eryn, John and the CIS Team

Friday, December 20, 2019

Cast Iron Studios hosts Old-School Headshot Happy Hour & Fundraiser

by Cast Iron Studios Staff

A VERY VINTAGE HOLIDAY EVENT!

Cast Iron Studios celebrated the holidays by launching an all new fundraiser with a collection of old gems! Taking a break from the popular “Meals For Monologues” this year, actors in the community dug out their dusty old, vintage headshots from seasons past and let them shine for charity.

 

Lana Veenker, Eryn Goodman and John Srednicki

 

Entrance into the event was an old headshot along with a suggested $5.00 minimum donation.  Participants were instructed to write their favorite charitable organization on the back of their photo and post it on the wall for all to see.  As guests mingled and enjoyed holiday bevs and bites, a secret ballot box collected everyone’s vote for their favorite old headshot.

 

 

 

Thanks to @winebridgeimports for the variety of tasty wines.

 

 

 

The winning photo revealed the winning charity where the evenings proceeds were sent.  A big CONGRATS to ANNA NICHOLAS, pictured below, who was the WINNER.  Her charity of choice was Planned Parenthood and all proceeds from the event went directly to them. Thanks ANNA!

 

 

Thanks again to everyone who came down to Cast Iron Studios and participated.  Another page in the holiday history books!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

8th Annual Meals for Monologues Post Game

by ranielle

From left to right, Eryn Goodman, Lana Veenker, and Ranielle Gray stand in front of a Christmas tree.
(L-R) Casting Director Eryn Goodman CSA, Casting Director Lana Veenker CSA, and Casting Associate Ranielle Gray CSA

Thank you so much to everyone who showed their support for the Oregon Food Bank by participating in the 8th annual Meals for Monologues event on December 14, 2018. We were thrilled that The Studio NW invited us into their beautiful space and hosted us all for the day.

Official word from the Oregon Food Bank is that we as a community pulled together 336 pounds of food and $453.07 in donated funds this year. All combined, that’s enough to provide approximately 1,611 meals for hunger relief directly to our neighbors.

In addition, we were given amazing total numbers that Meals for Monologues has gathered over the 8 years we’ve been doing this! Since 2011 we’ve helped to provide over 16,000 meals! We couldn’t do it without you, and we’re thrilled to spearhead this event year after year.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Happy New Year from Cast Iron Studios!

by Cast Iron Studios Staff

The team at Cast Iron Studios wants to thank our clients, and the Northwest talent agents, managers and actors who helped make 2018 our busiest year to date!

Many thanks also to Oregon Film, the Portland Film Office, OMPA, SAG-AFTRA, our supportive city and state legislators, and our wider film and television community for making this a wonderful place to carve out a profession in the entertainment and advertising industries.

In gratitude, Cast Iron Studios was proud to support the following non-profits in 2018:

Oregon Food Bank (Food & Donation Drive via Meals for Monologues)
Central City Concern (Portland Homeless Outreach)
California Community Foundation (Wildfire Relief Fund)
Natural Resources Defense Council (Environmental Advocacy)
Southern Poverty Law Center (Fighting Hate/Extremism/Bigotry)
American Civil Liberties Union (Civil Rights)
MercyCorps (Disaster Relief)
Habitat for Humanity (Fostering Home Ownership)
Emily’s List (Supporting Progressive Female Candidates)
OSPIRG (Save the Bees Campaign)
FreeGeek (Digital Equity through Environmental Sustainability)
Kiva (Microloans to Low-Income Entrepreneurs around the Globe)
Impact NW (Combating Poverty in Portland)
Planned Parenthood (Reproductive Healthcare)
Vietnam Veterans of America (Veterans’ Advocacy)
The Rebuilding Center (Salvaging & Recycling Building Materials)

And in honor of our furry friends:

Oregon Humane Society
Humane Society for Southwest Washington
West Columbia Gorge Humane Society
Home at Last Humane Society
DoveLewis Emergency Pet Hospital
Pet Partners (Therapy Pets)
Intermountain Therapy Animals
Guide Dogs for the Blind
Guide Dog Foundation

Please consider making a year-end donation to one of these deserving organizations. As a bonus, many of them are currently matching donations through December 31st!

Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous 2019,

Lana, Eryn, Ranielle and the CIS Team

 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

8th 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 that our eighth annual “Meals for Monologues” canned food drive-slash-holiday get-together will be a co-production with The Studio NW!

Be sure to note the new address: The Studio Northwest, 1633 NW Glisan.

Not sure what to bring? Check out OFB’s list of Most Wanted Items.

Spread the word! RSVP and share our Facebook Event.

SELF-TAPE AUDITIONS BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Live in Oregon, but outside of the Portland Metro area and 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 Oregon actors, in exchange for a screenshot of your donation to the Oregon Food Bank. Submission must be received by December 14th 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 with a permanent Oregon address 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 LANDSCAPE mode, 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 and contact information.
  • Please confirm in your email that you are an Oregon local hire.
  • Email submission to talent[at]castironstudios.com, subject heading: M4M Oregon Hire. (Replace [at] with @ in the email address.)
  • Deadline for self-tape submissions is December 14, 2018 at 11:59 PM PST. We cannot guarantee your video will be reviewed if received after the deadline.
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 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

&

Cookies ‘n Cocoa
with

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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Monday, January 9, 2017

6th Annual Meals for Monologues Post Game

by ranielle

We have just one word for you all: WOW!

Our 6th Annual Meals for Monologues event on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 was the BIGGEST. YEAR. EVER.

Photo by Deneb Catalan from 2014 Meals for Monologues.
Photo by Deneb Catalan from 2014 Meals for Monologues.

When you combine a fabulous turnout of actors in our office with the number of actors utilizing our self tape option (nearly tripled from 2015!), we collected 595 pounds of food and $1,395.12 in donations. All combined, that’s enough to provide 4,681 meals. That is double the amount of meals we’ve donated in any other year.

“…[this] blows our average drive out of the water,” reported Kyle Hummel, Corporate and Community Relations Coordinator for the Oregon Food Bank. “I can’t state enough how lucky we (OFB) and our community are to be able to work with such a thoughtful group like [Cast Iron studios] and your clients. Amazing stuff right there and I hope you take as much pride in those numbers as we do in working with you to help achieve them.”

So there you have it, folks. You have truly outdone yourselves! Thank you once again to everyone who participated, both near and far and far and wide. We couldn’t do it without you and your generosity is a testament to the acting and production community as a whole.

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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
with

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.
Friday, May 6, 2016

The Grimm team supports the upcoming 2016 OHS Doggie Dash!

by Georgia Luke

Lana and her puppy Justin represented the Grimm Loves Pets Team last night on KGW’s Live at 7 to help spread the word about the 29th Annual Oregon Humane Society Doggie Dash, happening on May 14th!

They’d love for you to contribute to their fundraiser, or join the Grimm Loves Pets Team yourself!

Won’t you help Justin raise $10K to help other rescue puppies, like himself?

How can you say no to that face?!

Justin thanks you in advance.

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Columbia Gorge Int’l Film Festival Seeks Actors for Live Script Reads

by ranielle

CGIFF

The 8th annual Columbia Gorge International Film Festival will be taking place, Aug 6-16. They have two Screenplay Workshops with screenwriters attending from around the world and they are looking for talent!

In the past, talent have booked roles with writer/directors who loved their work in the live reads. Talent have also made influential changes to works by offering their invaluable insight and suggestions. Talent can truly be a part of something very exciting!

If you or anyone you know may be available and interested you will be scheduled for the session(s) you can attend. You will be sent the scripts in advance and you will be able to suggest which role you would like to read for.

All participating talent:

  • Will be given credentials for themselves and their guests for entire film festival
  • Will be given a Special Guest Gift Bag
  • Will be able to leave headshots in the Filmmaker Lounge
  • Will be invited to dinner at ANGAELICA FARMS the evenings of the script reads to meet and mingle with attending filmmakers.
  • Will be invited to participate in the awards ceremony and invited to speak about the winning screenplays

SCREENPLAY WORKSHOP WEEK 1
Saturday, August 8th at 5:00PM
1201 39th Street, Washougal, WA 98671

SCREENPLAY WORKSHOP WEEK 2
Friday, August 14th at 7:00PM
1201 39th Street, Washougal, WA 98671

Simply email Angaelica@gmail.com if you or anyone you know can attend.

Please send:

  • Full Name:
  • Email:
  • Cell Phone:
  • Screenplay Workshop you are available for: Week 1 and/or Week 2

The first workshop is soon, so again, please email Angaelica@gmail.com ASAP if you are interested. (Don’t contact Cast Iron Studios, as your inquiry may not get to the film festival in time!)

 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Magic Wheelchair Non-Profit Seeks Volunteer Builders

by ranielle

Film industry and theatre peeps, this could be right up your alley!

Are you creative? Good with tools? Magic Wheelchair is seeking local Portlanders who would be interested in helping to build amazing costumes for kids who use wheelchairs.

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Drew Grabham, father to Wren Grabham, whom we cast in Grimm (Season 3, Episode 9, “Red Menace”), writes to us that non-profit Magic Wheelchair is seeking volunteer builders.

Can’t swing a hammer without bashing your thumb? You can still help! Check out their Kickstarter or head to their website to donate and find more information about helping out.

About Magic Wheelchair:

Three families in the Portland area (all with kids who have Spinal Muscular Atrophy and use power chairs) started the non-profit. Magic Wheelchair’s mission is to make epic Halloween costumes for children in wheelchairs, at no expense to their families, and assisted by technical support from a board member who is also a co-founder of the Stan Winston School for Character Arts. Ryan Weimer (local dad and board president) has been building elaborate costumes for his kids for several years and would now like to spread the joy to others. Magic Wheelchair wants to connect artists with kids to help them both express their talents through costume. You can also find Magic Wheelchair on Facebook.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

PHOTOS: Portland’s ‘Wild’ Cast & Crew Screening

by ranielle

If you attended Portland’s Wild cast and crew screening on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at the Hollywood Theatre, or just want to see fabulous photos from the event, this is the blog post for you! This is just a sampling of photos taken on the night. You can find the full gallery of photos here.

Photo Credits: Nathan Coltrane & amber smith with SpokenRAD

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Lights, camera, action at the Hollywood Theatre!

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Casting Director Lana Veenker, author Cheryl Strayed, Casting Director Eryn Goodman, and Casting Associate Ranielle Gray.

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Actors Jeffree Newman and Robert Alan Barnett.

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Actor Randy Schulman with author Cheryl Strayed.

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Agent Mary Dangerfield, author Cheryl Strayed, and actress Jeanine Jackson.

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Ranger danger? Ranger awesomeness!

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Actors Greg James and Jerry Bell.

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Author Cheryl Strayed with actor Jerry Carlton.

Full gallery of photos here.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Portland Viewing Party for “The Librarians” Series Premiere

by ranielle

TheLibrarians

Sunday, December 7, 2014
7:30PM
(show airs at 8:00PM)

Morrison Hotel Bar
719 SE Morrison St
Portland, OR 97214

From our friends at APP-NW, OMPA and SAG-AFTRA, as well as Chris Joseph of Portland’s Morrison Hotel Bar, Portland’s film and TV community is graciously invited to a no-host viewing party!

OMPA has offered to help us reach our food drive goal before we return our donation barrels! To be entered to win a door prize at the screening, please bring a non-perishable food item for the Oregon Food Bank. Thank you so much!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

23 Must-Follow L.A. CDs on Twitter

by admin

This week, Lana somewhat curiously made Backstage‘s list of the top Los Angeles-based casting directors to follow on Twitter.

While it’s an unusual honor–seeing that she’s actually based in Portland, Oregon–there are quite a few CDs on this list whom actors may want to track down on Twitter and follow themselves.

(We also spot at least one New York-based CD, but nonetheless, the advice is good!)

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You’re an actor—you already know that the going can get tough. And if you live in L.A., you’re familiar with seeking out the tiniest edge that will slip you ahead of your competitors. To help you find that edge, we’ve compiled a list of 23 must-follow casting directors on Twitter (listed alphabetically below). Whether they’re tweeting about audition tips or just reacting to what they’re watching on TV, their insights can be beneficial. Besides, it doesn’t hurt having your name pop up as a notification in their Twitter account.

1. Amy Jo Berman

Amy Jo Berman is former Vice President of Casting at HBO and for 14 years has overseen the casting of over 150 films, mini-series, and series. She is the founder of Audition Polish, a membership-based audition coaching program that has helped actors around the globe nail their auditions on the first take.

2. Risa Bramon Garcia

Risa Bramon Garcia is partnered with Steve Braun in The BGB Studio, dedicated to revolutionary acting and audition training. For the past 30 years Bramon Garcia has worked consistently as a director, producer, casting director, writer, and teacher, collaborating with some of the most groundbreaking artists in the world.

3. Tracy Byrd

Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd is a Brooklyn-born and raised casting director with more than 24 years of experience in the industry. Byrd has the vision to spot actors who can bring complicated and nuanced story lines from page to motion picture. Her work on the Sundance/Cannes-winning film “Fruitvale Station,” Stomp the Yard,” “The Blind Side,” “Notorious,” “Jumping the Broom,” and “Sparkle” prove as much. Byrd has spent decades channeling her super power of finding the perfect person for every character.

4. Dream Big Casting

Casting Directors Sherrie Henderson & Dan Velez of Dream Big Casting say its misson is, ” … to provide affordable casting with creative passion and the determination to leave “no stone unturned” (as the great Mali Finn used to say), at the level of any other casting director working in Los Angeles today, or anywhere worldwide.”

5. Danielle Eskinazi

Danielle Eskinazi is an award-winning casting director. With more than two decades casting films, television, theater, and commercials, Eskinazi has cast such talent as David Bowie, Rosanna Arquette, and Woody Harrelson, while also launching the careers of now-successful actors including Hank Azaria and Milla Jovovich.

6. Geralyn Flood

From Twitter: “NYer for life, LA for now. Sometimes I cast actors in shows you might watch.”

7. Gohar Gazazyan

Gohar is a Casting Director with Bialy/Thomas & Associates. In her six years with Bialy/Thomas, Gohar has collaborated on the casting of a variety of projects including numerous television series and pilots as well as feature films and theatre.

8. Bonnie Gillespie

Bonnie Gillespie is living her dreams by helping others figure out how to live theirs. She casts SAG-AFTRA indie feature films and series.

9. Jeremy Gordon

Jeremy Gordon is known for his work on “We’re the Millers,” “The Wolverine,” and “Knight and Day.”

10. Ivy Isenberg

From Twitter: “Casting Director living in LA, Credits include TripTank, Call of Duty, ROBOT CHICKEN, STARGATE SG-1, CURSE OF CHUCKY,etc-PROUD TO BE A GEEK !!!! ;)”

11. Matthew Lessall

From Twitter: “Casting Director, lover of film, television, theatre and of course, great acting…”

12. Caroline Liem

Caroline Liem is a casting director, audition coach and teacher based in Los Angeles. She has cast independent films, studio features, and television pilot/series.

13. Marci Liroff

From Twitter: “Casting Director, Producer, Acting Coach, Animal Rights Activist, Social Media Consultant, food lover, & all around cool chick.”

14. Ricki Maslar

Ricki Maslar, CSA is a successful casting director and producer with over thirty five years’ experience in the entertainment industry.

15. Killian McHugh

From Twitter: “Commercial Casting Director / Workshop offered with a unique, effective approach that yields national bookings and exponential self growth.”

16. Helen McCready

From Twitter: “I am an independent casting director for feature film and TV.”

17. Mike Page

From Twitter: “Manager of Casting for TNT & TBS. Just your basic Colorado guy who moved to Hollywood. Haven’t yet given up my faith in humanity. ;)”

18. David Rapaport

Casting Director for “Arrow,” and “The Flash.”

19. Cathy Reinking

From Twitter: “20 Years in the Casting Trenches (Emmy-Winning Network TV, film, theatre, web).”

20. Jen Rudin

Jen Rudin is an award-winning New York based Casting Director and audition coach, and author of the book Confessions of a Casting Director. She owns and operates Jen Rudin Casting which casts for film, television, animation and theater.

21. Russell Scott

Casting Director at Bialy/Thomas & Associates.

22. Stuart Stone Casting

“Stuart Stone Casting has an uncanny ability to find the most engaging, fresh and original talent in any medium.”

23. Lana Veenker

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, Cast Iron Studios.

Thanks, Backstage! It’s an honor to be listed in such great company.

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