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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

XRAY FM’s Jenn Chavez covers the Talent Diversity Initiative

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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.

(Interview on 11/19/15; story starts at ~51:13)


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Portland Radio Project features Diversity Initiative Coach Jana Lee Hamblin

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UPDATE: In case you missed it, here’s the link to Jana’s interview on Biz503! Her segment starts at 20:29.

Be sure to tune in on Friday, October 23rd at 1:00 PM to Portland Radio Project‘s new show, Biz503, talking about jobs in the arts.

Jana Lee Hamblin

Our Talent Diversity Initiative acting coach Jana Lee Hamblin of Act Now Studio is one of the guests, along with Portlandia producer David Cress, RACC Executive Director Eloise Damrosch and several others. Rebecca Web is the host. is a music-based station, with a mission of giving a voice to local artists, nonprofits and businesses. With deep roots in the local music and nonprofit communities, they are now focusing on the the third prong of their mission: local small businesses and startups.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Lana on Will Roberts Weekly Telegram Radio Show

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This week on the Will Roberts Weekly Telegram, Will interviews Lana Veenker on the benefits of working regionally.

“It doesn’t take long for a skilled actor to become known to all the local casting directors when there are only a few offices. When someone’s good, it’s common for us to read him or her a half-dozen times a week for various projects.” – Lana Veenker

The interview starts at around 08:40.

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Marilu Henner interviews Lana on Wild, Grimm and casting in Oregon

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Got a call out of the blue to go on the Marilu Henner Show on Friday, February 20th, to talk about Wild, Grimm and casting in Oregon, thanks to my college friend and long-time radio producer Gina Yates!

Marilu was a blast to chat with, but she immediately went off script, so in my attempt to answer on the fly, I failed to mention Casting Director Eryn Goodman, who is equally responsible for the casting of Wild and all of our projects. Ugh. Mea culpa!



Tuesday, February 3, 2015

KINK Radio: Lana Veenker on casting and Oregon production

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Sheila Hamilton talks with Lana Veenker of Cast Iron Studios about Oregon film and television, and casting for an increasing number of commercials and major motion pictures.

This segment airs on KINK FM 101.9 on Sunday, February 8th, 2015 at 6:30 AM, and again on KXL FM 101.1 at 7:00 AM.

It will also be part of the morning news cycle on KINK on Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 at 7:30 and 8:30 AM.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

KINK FM on Oregon film & our workshops for kids

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Tune into Sheila Hamilton‘s March 26th interview with Casting Director Lana Veenker on 101.9 KINK FM about Oregon’s film and TV industry, its film production incentive program, and Cast Iron Studios upcoming workshops for kids and parents:

To register for our “Acting Like a Pro” workshops featuring LA Kids’ Casting Director Christine Scowley, click here.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

‘Leverage’ co-creator John Rogers on shooting in Oregon

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John Rogers, the brilliant creator of Transformers and the hit series “Leverage” talks about his love of Portland and the reasons Oregon is perfectly suited to become Hollywood north (without the traffic jams and paparazzi.)



Interview with Sheila Hamilton on 101.9 KINK.FM.

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*For a discussion of how OPIF (the Oregon Production Incentive Fund), is creating jobs and benefiting local businesses, jump to 09:43!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Don’t Miss Our Casting Call for NBC’s "Grimm"!

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Don’t miss our casting call for Grimm this afternoon! The new series starring David Giuntoli premieres October 28th on NBC.

Here’s a round-up of news coverage about our auditions:

Want To Star In “Grimm”?
FM News 101 KXL
October 18, 2011

“Grimm” is the latest television show filming in Portland and local casting director Lana Veenker needs young people of all ethnicities and backgrounds between the ages of 18 and 22. She won’t go into specifics about what kind of roles these people could be playing though. The show tells the story of a Portland homicide detective, who solves the crimes of the Grimm Fairy Tales. The casting call is Wednesday, 2:00 to 6:00pm at Lana Veenker Casting, 1430 SE 3rd Avenue, Suite 100, Portland. The show debuts next Friday night on NBC. For more information, check out her website or listen to this interview:

Link to interview with Lana Veenker.

‘Grimm’ holds casting call for Portland actors
KGW News Channel 8
by Teresa Blackman
October 17, 2011

PORTLAND – The NBC prime-time show, “Grimm” wants to fill a number of roles with local 18-22 year-old actors and actresses, so they’re holding a casting call in Portland.

The open casting call will be held on Wednesday, October 19, from 2 pm to 6 pm at Lana Veenker Casting, 1430 SE 3rd Ave, Suite 100, in Portland.

Link to full article.