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Thursday, December 31, 2020

Silver Linings

by admin

While 2020 has been challenging–to say the least–it has also been a year of growth, solidarity, and reconnection with what’s truly important in life.

Moreover, it has been a year of extraordinary generosity: neighbors helping neighbors, friends helping friends, and strangers helping strangers to make it through these uncertain times.

We are extremely grateful to our community for its resilience. Over the past year, the fruits of our labor have been a lifeline for millions confined to their homes. And our industry’s passion and creativity have allowed us to continue making content, under even stricter protective measures than the law requires. We were built to problem-solve and innovate our way out of crises; it’s in our nature. We are thankful for the projects that have not only kept the lights on, but that have been such a solace to viewers.

In the meantime, the lighter volume of work has perhaps also been…a boon to our mental health? How many film and video professionals–with our 12-hour (+) workdays and endless fire drills–had time pre-pandemic to bake bread or garden? Or to deepen our relationships with family? There have been many restorative moments amidst the more difficult ones.

Our hearts go out to friends and colleagues who have been personally impacted by this pandemic. We are holding you close and sending our thoughts for better days ahead.

We also need to give a shout out to Oregon Film, the Portland Film Office, OMPA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE and many others who came together to not only develop protocols for shooting under COVID-19, but who have been a constant source of support for the community. Thank you for your inspiring dedication and tireless work, all while dealing with your own challenges.

And we are grateful, once again, to all of the talent who participated in our Meals for Monologues events in 2020, including actors as far away as Germany and Austria! With hunger levels exceeding those seen during the Great Depression, your efforts provided more than 12,000 meals through the Oregon Food Bank, at a time when the need could not be greater.

Here are the other non-profits and advocacy organizations we were proud to support in 2020. We like to give them a boost, in case anyone is looking to make year-end donations. There’s still time today to throw them a few bucks, if you’re in a position to do so!

Thank you to everyone for standing together this year. We wish you happiness, good health and prosperity in 2021, and hope to see you in-person again soon!

Lana, Eryn, and the CIS Team

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-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.


  • 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!


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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!

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 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


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Twilight Lexicon Reports: Lana Veenker Makes PSA Appeal

by admin

Many thanks to the ladies over at Twilight Lexicon, who posted about the anti-rape PSA campaign that we are producing. We appreciate you!

Lana Veenker Makes PSA Appeal
July 8, 2011
Posted by Twilight_News

Many of you who have been around the fandom awhile know that Lana Veenker was one the people who helped to cast the original Twilight movie that filmed in the Portland, Oregon area. Lana casts many shows such as Leverage that shoot in the Portland area. For Twilight, Lana helped cast much of the local talent that was used in the film (Cora the waitress, young Bella, the original Sam Solomon Trimble, etc).

Lana is now involved in a cause that means much to her, as one of her close friends is one of the major activists in this area. More details on how you can help bring awareness to this important issue here.

Link to original post.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

‘Twilight’ Casting Director, Lana Veenker, Takes a Stand

by admin

The folks over at Twilighters Anonymous are helping to spread the word about the PSA we are producing. Thanks, guys!

‘Twilight’ Casting Director, Lana Veenker, Takes a Stand
July 9, 2011
By Evie

You might recognize the name Lana Veenker as the casting director from the original Twilight movie. Now Lana is taking a stand in a new PSA against rape as a weapon of war. Check out more below:

Meet Andrew & Lana from Cast Iron Studios.

Join our efforts to produce a 60-second PSA to help stop the use of rape as a weapon of war!

Our Story

New statistics show that over 400,000 women per year are raped in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where armed militias are using rape as a weapon of war to terrorize communities. Since this statistic does not include men and children, the actual number is much higher.

By comparison, as of the last census, the population of Portland, Oregon was about 584,000.

Think about that: Almost the equivalent of the entire population of Portland, violently raped. Per year.

Link to full blog post.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Celebrity Vampire Baseball in NOLA and more

by admin

This is a little past due, but my report on the recent Celebrity Vampire Baseball fundraiser in New Orleans was delayed by a little something called the “kernel panic screen” on my computer. Not good.

No amount of restarting would bring this baby back to life. It took three attempts to completely erase my hard drive and reinstall all the programs, only to see the Screen of Death once again, when I attempted to restore my backed-up documents.

So, my beloved MacBook Air has been shipped off to Apple and I’m left trying to cast two TV shows, run a business, finish a book proposal, prepare my personal and business tax returns and update this blog on whatever computers I can get my hands. FUN!!


For those who don’t know about Celebrity Vampire Baseball, it is a fundraising event organized by Fan Trips. In the Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer, baseball is a favorite pastime of the Cullen family of vampires. The fundraiser pits Twilight actors against other celebrities to help raise money for various non-profit organizations, such as the American Red Cross and Hope for Haiti Now.

I taught a few acting workshops in conjunction with Vampire Baseball last summer in Portland and also helped out as a talent wrangler (a task similar to herding cats). We had a blast with Edi Gathegi, Rachelle LeFevre, Peter Facinelli and several others from the Twilight cast.

So when I was lucky enough to be invited to help out again on the event–this time in New Orleans–I jumped at the chance. I had never been to Louisiana and was looking forward to seeing many of my Twilight and New Moon friends again, including Alex Meraz, Chaske Spencer, Gavin Bristol, Alexander Mendeluk and many of my behind-the-scenes buddies, such as agents and fan site administrators.

One of the best parts of this game was the team of people on the ground in New Orleans who had banded together to help us out. Louisiana has a thriving film industry and I got to meet several actors, directors, producers and other professionals who had volunteered to pitch in and make the event a success.

I had a blast hanging out with them and learning more about how Louisiana has built its film industry from the ground up. Even post-Katrina, there are 80 (count them: EIGHTY) films shooting in Louisiana this year that have qualified for state film incentives. Other states certainly have a few things to learn!!

Of course, the funnest part was the game itself, which was full of antics on the part of the actors and the other celebrities who participated (including New Orleans Saints kicker Garrett Hartley of Super Bowl fame and actor Nelsan Ellis of True Blood).

The evening ended with a concert by MUTEMATH, Lee Safar, The National Rifle and Sole Pursuit, benefiting Haiti relief efforts. All in all, a great weekend!

Once I get my computer back, I’ll edit this post to add some photos. In the meantime, here’s a video taken by one of the fans of Alex Meraz performing some pretty awesome dance moves. Enjoy!

Can’t wait until Vampire Baseball Salt Lake City on May 22nd, where Twilight actors will compete against Olympic athletes!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Experience New Moon Prize Giveaway Continues!

by admin

Excellent news for “Twilight” fans: The organizers of Experience New Moon still have some prizes to give away, including some signed items given to me by the “New Moon” cast to raise money for the Oregon Food Bank, so they are extending the celebration through to Christmas!

For those who couldn’t make it to the New Moon release weekend, we have continued the Oregon Food Bank fundraiser, Self-guided Twilight Set Tour, Twilight Scavenger Hunt, giveaways and drawings.

They will be giving away one prize each Monday until Christmas week!

Register to win here.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Spread the Love: Give Back this Season

by admin

Once again, the holidays are approaching. It’s the time of year that we like to give a shout out to the non-profits that Lana Veenker Casting supports throughout the year. Please check out these websites and consider donating your time and/or money. It feels great!

Run for Congo Women

Started by Lisa Shannon, an author and activist from Portland, Oregon (and one of Lana’s closest friends), RFCW benefits victims of the world’s deadliest war since WWII. Lana Veenker Casting has sponsored dozens of women and their hundreds of children through Run for Congo Women, and has inspired others to become sponsors themselves. Lisa recently appeared on Oprah and her new book, A Thousand Sisters, will be released in the spring.

Make a Wish

This year, Lana participated in the Twilight Fan Trips Vampire Baseball event benefiting the Make a Wish Foundation which gives hope, strength and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions by granting wishes. An amazing organization that grants a child’s wish in the U.S. every 40 minutes.

Portland Area Theatre Alliance’s Valentine Fund

PATA’s Valentine Fund provides emergency cash when crisis strikes a member of the local theatre community, such as an illness or catastrophic event. It holds a special place in Lana’s heart, after an actor and close friend in her former theatre company was hit by a car on his way to a performance. The Valentine Fund helped him pay rent while he was unable to work.

Oregon Food Bank

Oregon Food Bank reports that requests for emergency food have skyrocketed in recent months. A $10 contribution helps them collect and distribute enough food to fill an emergency food box, feeding a family of four for three- to five-days. LVC has often held fundraisers and made donations to Oregon Food Bank and encourages you to do the same.

Oregon Red Cross

When the three-year-old son of a local actress was diagnosed with leukemia (A.L.L.), Lana Veenker Casting helped organize a blood donation drive in his name. LVC has also supported Twilight blood drives over the past few years. The Red Cross has a continuing need to replenish its supplies and needs all blood types.

Here are some other organizations that LVC supports and recommends. Spread the love!

World Forestry Center
Oregon Humane Society
Amnesty International
Film Action Oregon
Muscular Dystrophy Association
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Human Rights Campaign
Portland Rescue Mission
Oregon Public Broadcasting
Sierra Club
Easter Seals
Abby’s Closet
Northwest Children’s Theatre
Oregon Bus Project
The United Way

Happy holidays!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Blood Drive to Celebrate "New Moon"

by admin

Passing this on for some friends:

Clark County Blood Donor Center
5109 NE 82nd Avenue
Vancouver, WA
Google Map
November 20th, 2009
7:30 am to 1:00 pm

Donate blood at the Clark County American Red Cross fixed site donor center on Friday November 20th, 2009 and register to be entered to win prizes which include a pair of tickets to a November 21st showing of “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” and a “Twilight” saga collection box set which includes all four books in the “Twilight” series.

3 raffles
(1) Pair of tickets to 4:30 Regal Cinema 99 Stadium 11
(1) Pair of tickets to 7:00 Regal Cascade 16 Cinemas
(1) “Twilight” saga collection box set

Friday, November 6, 2009

Werewolf Sightings & New Moon Events

by admin


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.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

One Person CAN Make a Difference!

by admin

Those of you who have taken my GO PRO workshop may recall a story I tell about my dear friend Lisa Shannon, a filmmaker and screenwriter who also dreamt of making a difference in the world.

Lisa started an organization called Run for Congo Women, which has now become an international movement.

Her book, entitled “A Thousand Sisters: My Journey into the Worst Place on Earth to be a Woman” comes out in April 2010 and just a few days ago (as I predicted!!), her story was featured on Oprah!

Watch the video!

Pre-order her book on Amazon!

Sponsor a woman in the Congo!

Now go out and make a difference in the world, too!

(Congratulations to Lisa and all the women and children of DRC.)

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Free money AND more films in Oregon? Read on.

by admin

If you’re an Oregon resident, now’s your chance to make a few extra bucks AND help Oregon’s film industry in the process…which means more jobs right here in our lovely state.

The Governor’s Office of Film & Television is selling tax credits. They have about $3.5M available.

If you buy $1000 in credits, you’ll get $1050 back (5% interest), and it helps the Film Office bring more projects here.

Free Money AND More Films!

To take advantage of the Oregon Production Investment Fund (OPIF) Tax Credit, follow the instructions on the Oregon Film website. You can make a contribution of any amount in the year in which you plan to take the credit, then simply submit your contribution, complete the application and mail it off as instructed.

Please spread the word, if you know of anyone else who may want to pitch in for Oregon film and make a few bucks in the process.


Saturday, July 4, 2009

"Twilight" Cast Hits a Home Run for Make-A-Wish

by admin

Members of the cast of “Twilight,” including Peter Facinelli, Rachelle Lefevre, Edi Gathegi, Michael Welch and Christian Serratos–as well as Alex Meraz and Kiowa Gordon of “New Moon“–made a great showing today at PGE Park in Portland for the Twilight FanTrips Vampire Baseball Event, benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Guests also included members of the local cast, including Solomon Trimble, Ayanna Berkshire, Trish Egan, Sean McGrath, Gavin Bristol, Catherine Grimme, Logan Welch and Tyler Nordby; crew members such as Bruce Lawson, Chris “Chalky” Chalk, Dan Gorczyca and others.

And let’s not forget the biggest star: Honey, Rachelle’s dog!

Here are some highlights. Enjoy!

Thanks to the fans, the cast and crew and the organizers for making it such a great event!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Holiday Season: Make a Difference

by admin

This may be somewhat off-topic, but as everyone knows, non-profits are really struggling these days.

As a company, we’ve decided this holiday season to make donations to various charities in the names of our clients, instead of sending them gift baskets, chocolates or other treats. Saves everyone’s waistlines and helps those who really need it!

Here are some of the non-profits that Lana Veenker Casting donates to throughout the year and additionally this season. Please check out their websites and consider doing the same. It feels great!

Run for Congo Women

Started by Lisa Shannon, a filmmaker and screenwriter from Portland, Oregon (and one of Lana’s closest friends), it benefits victims of the world’s deadliest war since WWII. The latest outbreak of violence over the past few weeks has forced more than 250,000 to leave their homes, bringing the total number of displaced to more than 1.2 million. LVC has sponsored almost a dozen women and their more than 60 children, and has inspired others to become sponsors themselves. Watch the video.

Portland Area Theatre Alliance’s Valentine Fund

PATA’s Valentine Fund provides emergency cash when crisis strikes a member of the local theatre community, such as an illness or catastrophic event. It holds a special place in Lana’s heart, after an actor and close friend in her former theatre company was hit by a car on his way to a performance. The Valentine Fund helped him pay rent while he was unable to work.

Oregon Food Bank

Oregon Food Bank reports that requests for emergency food have skyrocketed in recent months. A $10 contribution helps them collect and distribute enough food to fill an emergency food box, feeding a family of four for three- to five-days. LVC has often held fundraisers and made donations to Oregon Food Bank and encourages you to do the same.

Oregon Red Cross

When the three-year-old son of a local actress was diagnosed with leukemia (A.L.L.) last year, Lana Veenker Casting helped organize a blood donation drive in his name. The Red Cross has a continuing need to replenish its supplies and needs all blood types.

Abby’s Closet

Inspired by the final prom scene moments of “Twilight,” Lana Veenker Casting collected donations for Abby’s Closet at the recent cast and crew premiere party in Portland. Abby’s Closet helps young girls’ prom dreams come true. Long, formal gowns and accessories appropriate for high school girls are needed. (Prom, bridesmaid or other special occasion dresses are perfect.)

Here are some other organizations that LVC has often supported. Spread the love!

World Forestry Center
Oregon Humane Society
Amnesty International
Film Action Oregon
Muscular Dystrophy Association
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Human Rights Campaign
Portland Rescue Mission
Oregon Public Broadcasting
Sierra Club
Easter Seals
Northwest Children’s Theatre
Oregon Bus Project

Happy holidays!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Rock the Djembe!

by admin

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.