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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, January 8, 2016

Cast Iron Studios Seeking Part-Time Front-Of-House Assistant

by ranielle

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Cast Iron Studios is now accepting resumes for open Front of House Assistant positions. The Front of House Assistant is responsible for ensuring smooth running of administrative and casting operations as assigned, assuring that all takes place in a timely, accurate and efficient manner, to meet client deadlines and ensure quality requirements.

This position is on-call and very part time. Hours per month can range anywhere from 3 to 30 in most cases, with hours typically increasing during the busy summer months. Flexibility is a must.

Responsibilities include checking in talent on casting days, assisting with open casting calls and street casting, maintaining a tidy, clean and organized work area and office, washing dishes, watering plants, sweeping, emptying trash and recycling, answering phones, and supporting Casting and Development staff as necessary.

Administrative assistance or clerical experience preferred. Experience in film or television industries preferred. Applicants should have proficiency in MS Office software and Internet research. iPhoto, Casting Frontier, Acrobat Pro, Bento and QuickTime Pro software experience preferred. Proficiency on Mac and Apple equipment. Familiar with formats like MP3, JPG and PDF. Equipment and computer savvy. Can handle multi-line phones, scanner, photocopier, printer.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Good speller and proofreader. Excellent attention to detail. Excellent customer service and phone skills. Great attitude, quick learner, self-reliant. Ability to work independently, with or without daily direction, in a high stress and busy environment.

Reliable transportation and means of communication required. Valid driver’s license preferred. Flexible schedule. Able to work extended hours and/or weekends when necessary. Comfortable in a non-smoking, dog-friendly environment.

Cast Iron Studios is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Diverse candidates encouraged to apply.

Please send a resume and cover letter to with the subject line “FOH Application January 2016” by January 15th. All resumes will be reviewed and if we think you might be a good fit, we will contact you to schedule an interview.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Thank Grimm It’s Friday: “The Grimm Identity”

by ranielle

Don’t miss these Pacific Northwest actors in the Season 5 premiere of “Grimm“ tonight at 9PM on NBC (check local listings).

Danny Bruno, Matt Nolan, Joseph Bertot, Cobey Mandarino, Michelle N. Carter, Ryan Harter, Kendall Wells, Sandra Von Johnson, Danielle Weathers, Lisa Coronado.
Danny Bruno, Matt Nolan, Joseph Bertot, Cobey Mandarino, Michelle N. Carter, Ryan Harter, Kendall Wells, Sandra Von Johnson, Danielle Weathers, Lisa Coronado.
Monday, September 28, 2015

Significant Mother: “Home is Where the Lamp Is”

by Kelsey Norene

Be sure to catch an exciting new episode of Significant Mother tonight at 9:30PM on the CW (check local listings), guest starring Jerry O’Connell and Erin Cardillo!

Jerry O'Connell, Erin Cardillo.
Jerry O’Connell, Erin Cardillo.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

In Memoriam: Robin Langford and Mark Lewis

by ranielle

The Oregon film and television acting community recently lost two of its own. We wanted to take a moment to remember them and their contribution to our industry and their extraordinary lives.

RobinLangfordRobin Langford

Born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, Robin studied at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and Cheltenham Boys College. Not long after moving to Portland, he was cast in NBC’s Grimm, as “Claude Frenay”, a member of the Resistance (Season 3, episodes 7 and 8).

Storyteller, screenwriter, poet and author, you can read more about Robin on his website.



MarkLewisMark Lewis

A professional storyteller, as well as an author and teacher, Mark appeared in the Christmas episode in Season 3 of TNT’s Leverage as “Santa Frank”.

Co-owner of Laughing Moon, Inc., you can find many memories of Mark (and share your own) on his Facebook page.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Audition Workshop in Amsterdam with Casting Director Lana Veenker

by admin

Casting Director Lana Veenker hits the road again, taking her popular workshop for actors to the Amsterdam School of the Arts (AHK) on April 29, 2014.

Tools for Actors

Master your Audition, Steer your Career

A Business of Acting and On-Camera Audition Workshop in Amsterdam
Presented in English by U.S. Casting Director Lana Veenker CSA, ICDN

De Theaterschool (AHK), Studio No. 605
Jodenbreestraat 3, 1011 NG Amsterdam, Netherlands

14:00-17:00 “Master your Audition, Steer your Career” – 89.95 Register by 11 April and pay only 79.95!


In the first half of the workshop, Lana will discuss the business side of acting and reveal how show business works in the U.S.

Topics include:

  • Taking your career into your own hands
  • Making yourself invaluable to agents, casting directors, producers and directors
  • Productivity and creativity
  • Marketing and branding
  • Mapping out a strategy to achieve career goals
  • How to work as an actor in Los Angeles, New York and other American cities


In the second half, actors will perform scenes from Lana’s past film and television projects in a mock audition environment.

  • Learn how film & TV auditions are conducted in the States
  • Discover what directors, producers and casting directors are looking for
  • Practice auditioning in English
  • Improve your on-camera audition technique


Lana Veenker CSAWith more than twenty years of experience in the entertainment industry, Lana Veenker’s credits span the globe. Before founding her casting company in 1999, she acted in France, England and Venezuela, lived in India and the West Indies, and helped hire European leads for major studios and networks as part of a London casting office.

In the U.S., she has grown Cast Iron Studios into one of the top location casting companies in the country by working with directors such as Gus Van Sant, Robert Benton, Guillermo Arriaga, Catherine Hardwicke, Frank Oz, Tim Robbins and Sean Penn. Recent projects include Wild (directed by Jean-Marc Vallée of Dallas Buyers Club), NBC’s Grimm, TNT’s Leverage, Twilight, Paranoid Park, Gone, Extraordinary Measures, Management, Feast of Love, and several TV pilots.

Her company’s commercial division has spearheaded countless award-winning projects for brands such as Nike, Apple, Nintendo, Intel, Facebook, and Volkswagen, and has worked on major international campaigns everywhere from Shanghai to Santiago.

As a member of the International Casting Directors Network, the Casting Society of America and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Ms. Veenker maintains strong partnerships worldwide. She speaks French and Spanish, and frequently lectures in the U.S. and abroad, most recently at the Finnish Actors Union in Helsinki, Prague Film School, The Actors Centre in London, IfiF Productions in Vienna, The Acting Studio in Berlin, Studio Bleu in Paris, and in ports of call from Tonga to Trieste aboard the luxury liner M/V The World. A former expat, her passion is helping actors who live outside Hollywood to succeed.

Lana is an Expert Columnist for Backstage. Follow her on Twitter and join her Tools for Actors mailing list.

Please note: This workshop is an educational experience. It is not an audition or employment opportunity. The presence of a casting director is neither a guarantee nor a promise of work. As such, casting director will not retain, nor be given access to your headshot, resume or any of your other promotional materials after the workshop. This workshop and its facilitators adhere to CSA teaching guidelines approved by SAG-AFTRA.

Due to expenses to bring Lana to Amsterdam, all sales are final. If you must cancel, please find another actor to take your spot. No refunds will be issued after purchase.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Grimm Moves “Four”-ward

by ranielle


News broke yesterday that NBC has renewed “Grimm” for a fourth season. As reported on The Hollywood Reporter:

Grimm, meanwhile, will return for a fourth season after ranking as Friday’s No. 1 broadcast series among adults 18-49 with a 2.5 rating. The series is up 4 percent year-over-year season-to-date compared to season three and its 8.1 million total viewers average is up 17 percent vs. a year ago.

See full article at The Hollywood Reporter.

See additional reporting at Entertainment Weekly and Deadline.

Congrats to the cast & crew!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Writers, Writers Everywhere

by ranielle

As August (!?) commences, our call for screenplays draws to a close (at least for now).  With over ONE HUNDRED submissions, our work is cut out for us as we continue to read, review, and evaluate.

As a writer myself, I know well the arduous task of putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and how much harder it can be sometimes to get from the beginning, to the middle, and to that holy grail — THE END.

Thank you and kudos to everyone who submitted!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Call for Screenplay Submissions; Deadline July 31st

by ranielle

JUNE 13, 2013

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Casting and Development Company Announces Call for Screenplay Submissions

PORTLAND, ORE. Cast Iron Studios announced today that is seeking feature-length screenplays under 120 minutes that are set in Oregon for development consideration. All genres, excluding horror and sci-fi, are welcome.

This is the first call for screenplays by the Portland, Oregon-based casting company since adding its development division in late 2011. “Things have been simmering behind the scenes at Cast Iron,” says owner and principal Lana Veenker, “and now we’re excited to discover what kind of talent is out there.”

To submit your screenplay, first send a logline, short description, introduction letter and the first 10 pages of your script (UPDATED 6/14/13) to talent[at] If there is further interest, you will be sent a release form and a full script will be requested. Unsolicited submissions without signed releases will be discarded. Deadline for submissions is July 31, 2013.


UPDATE 6/19/13

We’ve been getting a lot of great questions and wanted to answer them while also keeping them in a centralized location, so here they are!


Are you running a screenplay contest?

No. Our call for submissions is not a contest. We are searching for scripts that have development potential.

Why exclude sci-fi or horror scripts?

There may come a time when we are able to include these genres in our call for scripts, but at this time, sci-fi and horror scripts do not fit our business model.

I have a script that is not an Oregon story per se, but it can definitely be set and/or shot in Oregon. Can I still submit?

Our ultimate goal is to find Oregon stories or stories that have an intrinsic relationship to Oregon, but if you’ve got a great story that can be set here, we won’t rule it out right off the bat.

I have a short film script that could be lengthened to feature-length. Do you accept short film scripts?

Please only submit feature-length scripts. We look forward to seeing your short film idea writ large!

Is there a certain budget range that you’re looking for in screenplay submissions?

No, we are not limiting ourselves as to budget at this time.

When do you expect to start production?

We are seeking screenplays with development potential. If and when we select a submission for optioning, further discussion will happen with the writer regarding production.

Will the writer of a project chosen for development be paid for their script?

For any project that is under serious development consideration, appropriate compensation will be negotiated when necessary.

UPDATE 7/10/13

If I submit my screenplay to Cast Iron Studios, am I obligated to work with you?

By no means. If your screenplay is of interest, we will meet to discuss and agree on terms of engagement.