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Friday, December 20, 2019

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

by Cast Iron Studios Staff


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!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Special ‘Casting Scoop’ Discount for PICA TBA!

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Psst!! A little birdie told me about a way to get the PICA member discount price on THREE of its upcoming TBA (Time-Based Art) Festival shows!

If you’re a follower of The Casting Scoop or Lana’s Twitter or Facebook pages, you can use a special discount code to get into any of the following shows:

Rude Mechs
The Method Gun

Fri, Sept 9 8:30-10:00pm
Sat, Sept 10 8:30-10:00pm
Sun, Sept 11 8:30-10:00pm
Mon, Sept 12 6:30-8:00pm
Tue, Sept 13 6:30-8:00pm

The Method Gun explores the life and techniques of Stella Burden, the actor-training guru of the 60s and 70s and creator of “The Approach” (referred to as “the most dangerous acting technique in the world”), which fused Western acting methods with risk-based rituals to infuse even the smallest role with sex, death, and violence. Using found text from the journals and performance reports of Burden’s company, The Method Gun reenacts the final months of her company’s rehearsals for their nine-years-in-the-making production of A Streetcar Named Desire. The Method Gun addresses the ecstasy and excesses of performing, the dangers of public intimacy, and the incompatibility of truth on stage and sanity in real life.

Tickets to Rude Mechs
Discount Code: timetotba


Taylor Mac
Comparison Is Violence or The Ziggy Stardust Meets Tiny Tim Songbook

Fri, Sept 9 8:30-10:00pm
Sat, Sept 10 8:30-10:00pm
Sun, Sept 11 8:30-10:00pm

Gloriously larger than life, the fabulous performer, writer, and director Taylor Mac draws from the traditions of drag and performance art to create a style all his own. Combining dramatic flair, searing satire, poignant honesty, and—of course—plenty of glitter, Mac presents his newest show, in which he dissects the darker side of comparison while singing Tiny Tim songs and selections from David Bowie’s glam-rock classic, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust. It promises to be a concert unlike any other.

Tickets to Taylor Mac

Discount Code: timetotba


Andrew Dinwiddie
Get Mad at Sin

Tue, Sept 13 6:30-7:30pm
Wed, Sept 14 6:30-7:30pm
Thu, Sept 15 6:30-7:30pm
Fri, Sept 16 6:30-7:30pm
Sat, Sept 17 6:30-7:30pm

Get Mad at Sin! is a one-man performance reanimating a historical document: an out-of-print vinyl record of a sermon by the evangelist Jimmy Swaggart, recorded live at the First Assembly of God in Van Buren, Arkansas, circa 1971. Conceived and performed by Andrew Dinwiddie under the direction of Jeff Larson, Get Mad at Sin ! strives to achieve perfect audio fidelity to the original record while reincarnating Swaggart’s carpetpacing, pulpit-pounding performance. The result is a complicated portrait of Swaggart in his prime—legendary Pentecostal preacher, pioneer of radio and televangelism, fiery rhetorician, best-selling gospel artist of all time, and first cousin of rock-and-roller Jerry Lee Lewis—before he reached the height of his fame and imploded in 1988.

Tickets to Andrew Dinwiddie
Discount Code: timetotba


Enjoy the great discount and be inspired! If you hit any of these shows, leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

“Twilight” Casting Director Teams With “Experience New Moon” Event for Ultimate Fan Experience

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Lana Veenker Casting is teaming with the coordinators behind the “Experience New Moon” event in St. Helens, Oregon to give four lucky fans the ultimate experience.

Location Casting Director Lana Veenker and local members of the “Twilight” cast will be participating in a VIP party and panel discussion on Thursday, November 19th, part of the kick-off of “Experience New Moon,” a four-day release party that brings the vampire saga home to St. Helens, where several scenes from the first “Twilight” movie were shot.

The event benefits the Oregon Food Bank and includes screening parties, a walking tour of movie locations, a Volturi Ball, scavenger hunt, “Twilight” character look-alike contest, raffle and more.

Also on hand will be a beautician and esthetician from Forks, WA. Four lucky winners will be chosen to receive a “Twilight” vampire makeover. If you’d like to be one of them, register here for the drawing. Winners will be announced on Thursday, November 19th, 2009.

For more information, please visit the Experience New Moon website.


Friday, November 13, 2009

Experience New Moon – Submit Your Questions!

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Lana (location casting director on “Twilight”) and some local members of the “Twilight” cast will be conducting a panel discussion at the Experience New Moon event’s VIP party in St Helens, Oregon on November 19th. Here’s your chance to ask what it was like to work on the first film in the “Twilight” saga, how to break into show business if you’re just starting out, or anything else that comes to mind.

Planning on attending? Submit your question through this web form, and enter to win time with Lana and the cast at the event. Each submission is an entry. Winner will be announced at the VIP party on November 19th.

Unable to attend? You can still submit a question! Event organizers will be posting a video of the panel discussion.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Werewolf Sightings & New Moon Events

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Twilight” fans everywhere are counting the days until the premiere of “New Moon.” I just got back from LA, where I got to catch up with some of the Wolf Pack, and believe me, they are as excited as you.

Even though they have an exhausting schedule of press junkets and appearances from now until the premiere, they can’t wait to find out what everyone thinks of the second film in the “Twilight” saga. They told me how much they loved working with Director Chris Weitz and bonding as werewolves on the set.

It was great to see them and I’m sending lots of well wishes for their big night on the 16th. I’ll be in Los Angeles to partake in some of the festivities and I can’t wait.


If you can’t make it to LA for the Hollywood premiere, definitely plan to attend the Experience New Moon event in St Helens, Oregon, which runs November 19th to the 22nd. Several of the scenes from “Twilight” were shot in St Helens, so there will be movie set tours, a Volturi ball, a VIP party, and of course, screenings of “New Moon.”

Chaske Spencer (Sam Uley) and Gil Birmingham (Billy Black) gave me a few signed photos to raffle off. I may have a few other items to pass on as well. Check out the website to find out how you can enter to win:

Members of the Oregon “Twilight” cast (such as Young Bella and the Frat Boys) and I will be attending the VIP party. We will be doing a panel discussion and answering fan questions about what it was like to work on the first film in the “Twilight” saga, how to break into show business if you’re just starting out and more.

Special Guest Anita Wheeler, a traditional Quileute story teller, will also be on hand sharing stories handed down to her from her elders.

Proceeds benefit the Oregon Food Bank, so it’s all for a great cause.

Click here for more info.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Women & the Film Industry in Oregon

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Lana will be speaking on a panel this Saturday, March 7th at PSU from 1:00 to 2:00 PM on the topic of Women and the Film Industry in Oregon, as part of the 2009 GAPS Conference, sponsored by the Oregon Commission for Women.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Also on the panel:

2009 GAPS Conference
Panel Discussion: Women & the Film Industry in Oregon
Saturday, March 7th, 2009 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Portland State University
Smith Memorial Hall Ballroom
1825 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201

Media Advisory and Conference Agenda below:

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Long Overdue

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Time for an update!

We had an absolute blast working with Stephen Belber, Nan Morales, Jordana Glick-Franzheim and the rest of the team on “Management“. Can’t wait for another opportunity.

Jennifer Aniston and Steve Zahn were loads of fun on and off duty–and such pros to boot. I only got to meet the other leads briefly, but we hope the entire cast enjoyed their time in Oregon! We certainly loved having them here.

Next up is “The Burning Plain” by Guillermo Arriaga, starring Charlize Theron. We’re looking at just a few people for them, since most of the shoot takes place in New Mexico. But our background casting division will be handling the extras in Portland and Lincoln City. Info will be posted on the Rutabaga website and MySpace page.

Commercials have been busy recently with multiple projects for Nintendo, and clients like Samsung, HP, Adidas, Intel, Oregon Lottery, Microsoft, etc. Of course, they all seem to kick in at the same time after a lull! I keep telling producers to confer amongst themselves and spread the jobs out equally throughout the year, but that never seems to happen….

The New Year is gearing up to be busy as well, with a few features sniffing around, a handful of indie scripts (which I still need to read) and a possible music video. So we’ll be hitting the ground running after the holidays.

Speaking of holidays, we had a fun Argentine-themed client appreciation party last week, called “Noche de Luna”. The high-heeled shoes and fedoras were fantastic, and our 200 guests were even treated to a celebrity appearance or two, before the night was through. Here’s a shout out to the talented tango dancers who added to the ambiance and to Ron Toms and the staff of rontoms for all their help. You rock!

Here are a few photos of the festivities:

Stylist Kathleen Chetlain and Photographer Frank di Marco
Actor John Breen and Director James Westby
Director David Poulshock and Literary Agent Moreen Littrell
Music Manager Ken Erlich and Casting Director Lana Veenker
The ever-festive David and Sara Dochow, Set Designers
Casting Director Lana Veenker and Actor Steve Zahn
Producer Juliana Lukasik and Director Todd Korgan


Saturday, March 3, 2007

Actors who love monologues about actors who love monologues about actors who….

by admin

OK, well apparently I’m not posting much about the Seattle Generals. 😐 Not because they weren’t great; I’ve just had other stuff on my plate since I got back.

I will mention that I didn’t see many overused monologues this year, but I only was able to attend the first day and a half of the auditions (had some fires to put out on the Lakeshore film), so I don’t know how indicative that is.

We did see a lot of actors auditioning with pieces about–you guessed it–actors auditioning. Wheee!

They’re great when they’re really well done, but take note that we do see a lot of that kind of stuff. Kinda like, if you’re going to do Hamlet’s soliloquy, you’d better know what you’re doing.

Actually, not like that at all, but you get the point. 🙂

Things are finally picking up at work–not that we didn’t have other stuff to catch up on–but staff likes it when it’s busy. I’ve been working on R&D, so I’ve got plenty on my plate.

We’ve finished casting on “Untraceable” and the other two films we were working on, and they’re all well into production now. Now we’re starting on a SAG short and a few commercials. Goody, goody!

Went to the official Oscars party here; great fun, except that I was so slammed over the past year, I only saw a handful of the films. I did get to bend the Mayor’s ear for a while about film incentives, though, so that was cool. Enjoyed chatting with our charming First Lady, too.

This weekend, I’m seeing William Hurt in “Vanya” and hoping to see “Pillowman” next week.

More soon….

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Slate Please!

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Just a quick fly-by here. The wrap party for “Paranoid Park” was last weekend; it was really fun to see all the kids and meet their parents, reconnect with the crew, and celebrate our hard work. Can’t wait to see how the film turns out! Sounds like the shoot went exceptionally well, so everyone’s excited to see the results.

We’re starting on a new feature film for Lakeshore Entertainment, “Untraceable”” starring Diane Lane. Have got several other independent films underway and the usual slew of commercial clients. It’s a conveyer belt!

I shot down to LA last week to do some casting down there and got to drop in on a few casting directors I know and catch up with friends. Had to cut my trip short, though, when I heard the wrap party was moved to Saturday: After 14 weeks on Paranoid Park, I wasn’t going to miss that, so I flew back early to attend!

Oh, and we’ve finally entered the digital age and got our new website up and running. It’s mainly geared towards clients, but kinda fun to check out. I hope I don’t get an onslaught of emails from actors in Romania and Venezuela, wanting us to cast them in our next Lottery commercial….it doesn’t really work like that, guys! If you’re not local, it’s not likely we can use you. 😉

Off to work!



Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Rock the Djembe!

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I suppose it’s time for a long overdue update.

Where did I leave off? Oh yeah, “Paranoid Park.”


We’re getting closer to having a cast. No one has been booked yet, but a few favorites are starting to rise to the surface. We’ll see how it pans out.

Since then, we’ve also worked on a Nike job for Wieden + Kennedy, tied up a few loose ends on “Feast of Love,” cast a print job for Saturn Outlook, several infomercials, a few hospital spots, a home gym show and a video game commercial. Also have a handful of screenplays on my desk that I keep trying to get to. Ack.

More importantly, though, I held a fundraiser for Run for Congo Women and did my first trail run for a cause (a whopping 5.5 miles, but hey, it was HILLY and I hadn’t had time to train!). I think I raised a lot of money for the cause (thanks to all the theatre and film industry folks who sponsored me and to Toby Christensen who provided incredible healing djembe music at the shindig–you’re all so amazing!), but I still have to sit down and figure out the numbers.

The run itself was a very emotional experience, knowing that each mile I ran, several families were going to be affected. As Run for Congo Women founder Lisa Shannon put it, it was like carrying some of the burden for the people of war-torn DRC.

Next up on the philanthropic calendar will probably be some get-out-the-vote efforts. It’s almost that time, people! Your voice matters!

Ciao for now,


Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Hugs and Laughter in the Audition Room

by admin

Anyone still reading? [cringe]

I’ve been at the office for 14 hours today. Anyone in their right mind would go home, but I saw a comment someone posted here and it made me feel guilty for such an extended absence.

Here’s the update:

We had a short lull, but now we’re in full swing again. Finishing up on a few commercials from last month and working on several new ones that just came in. Two projects got postponed–thank goodness, because there was no room left on the calendar and we’re all on the verge of collapse. But the other jobs are all a lot of fun.

The project we cast today called for an actor with Down Syndrome and all the young men we saw were positively delightful! They were having so much fun with the process that it put all the other actors (normally a tad nervous in the audition room) at ease. Each audition ended with a lot of hugs, applause and laughter.

We’ve got one tomorrow that calls for a comedian, so that will be a kick, and Thursday’s project is also a comedic spot, with Friday and Saturday callbacks for both spots. Nice way to end a (long) week.

I did catch some theatre and screenings over the past few weeks, though: Saw a production of “Crowns” by Regina Taylor (of “The Color Purple” fame) with great music and an excellent cast. Got to go out with the cast afterwards, too; all of them fantastic artists. That was fun.

Also went to see a production of Frozen by Bryony Lavery with a friend and mentor who is on the drama critics committee for our citywide theatre awards.

In addition, I managed to attend to the opening of a new play, a dance performance, the birthday party of a local musical theatre actress (OMG, you can imagine the entertainment with all of her equally talented friends in attendance!), two screenings of films by local filmmakers (one of which I cast), a graduation showcase at the Art Institute, and the monologue finals at one of our universities, for which I was an auditor.

Oh, and I finally saw Brokeback Mountain. Good flick, but I wish I hadn’t known so much about it going in. There weren’t many surprises for me. Eh. [shrug]

Met with the president of our local theatre arts association about a fundraiser I’m putting on next Monday. It’s to raise money for actors in crisis and we’ve decided to to an awards show! There have already been 100+ RSVPs, so it should be a blast. I’ll give a full report later.

Well, hopefully I will: I leave for Europe six days after the party, so knowing me, I’ll fall behind again, oh faithful readers. I apologize in advance.