Monday, March 28, 2011

Auditions: Monday, March 28, 2011

This page contains auditions posted on Monday, March 28, 2011.

There aren't many auditions posted for today, so I have repeated some from over the weekend, just in case they were missed!

Let's continue this chat throughout the week and talk about extra work, student films, and deferred payment gigs. I know that a lot of people have shared their feedback and advice on accepting non-paid work, and there have been quite a few heated arguments on PDX Backstage about this in the past, but how do you feel about deferred payment gigs, where you could possibly do the work if the film has investors involved once they see the final product, or once it hits the film festival circuit. How do you look at extra work, where you are getting visibility on TNT shows, and feature films being shot locally, but you are making minimum wage doing it. Students films have always been encouraged to the actor just starting out because they walk out of it with footage for their reel, but how do you feel about seasoned actors doing student films?

This can be a very touchy subject sometimes because I know that filmmakers are not always able to pay, but they are still producing high quality work, while respecting and featuring their actors involved. Share your thoughts, input, and experiences, and let's start in on this topic for next week a few days early.

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Auditions for Portland Teen Idol

Season 5 of Portland Teen Idol will be taking registrations only through March 31st on The official press release has been attached.
Portland Teen Idol is an educational and experience driven singing competition and tour designed to help teens ages 13 to 19 that attend school, learn the entertainment business and other skills that will ensure greater success in any industry.

Teens must be in grades 7 through 12 and age 13 as of June 1st and be no older than 19 as of June 30th. Must not have been a former finalist, not have be a professional, is not on suspension.

Four (4) charities benefit from this year’s program
- Amy Roloff Charity Foundation (by Amy Roloff)
- Kids Record Hits (by Geoff Byrd)
- The Snowman Foundation (by Michael Allen Harrison)
- Oregon Media Production Association
Other notes:
- Each youth that auditions will receive a packet of celebrity feedback with tips to help them so all applicants gain something.
- The winner receives a full song development from scratch with Grammy nominee Geoff Byrd, be invited to VIP parties, outings and events.
- Winner will also receive bonus treatment, be pitched to radio & television and be introduced to talent agents. - All of the top 11 finalists go on tour throughout the Portland metro area with over 8 performances already on calendar and more to come.
- A TV show is being made from it that will start airing in September.

Reply to: Visit our website @ to register - make sure you do so by March 31, 2011! Thanks. For questions, contact

Source: Private Submission


Sci-Fi short accepting head shots and resumes

Sci-Fi short accepting head shots and resumes. Audition coming soon.

Male talent needed for short film project.
35 to 65 yrs old.
5’11 or taller.
Some or all grey hair.
Naturally weathered, not looking for any spring chickens here ☺

This is a non paid gig but I can guaranty you'll be able to use the end product for your reel. We look forward to hearing from you.

Reply to: ryan.montg [at]

Source: Private Submission


Casting for working title “MOCK TRIALS”

Looking for ensemble cast and supporting roles for feature film to be shot starting June 1st.

Lead Roles:
Jane: early to mid 20s, sweet and supporting. Selfless but secretly ambitious.
Don: early to mid 20s, community college student, pleasant with timid demeanor. He is the underdog and the boy next door.
Mike: early to mid 20s, Snarky and quick witted. Always thinking on his feet and a great friend to Don.
Professor Gavel: early to mid 40s, Disbarred and disenchanted lawyer, jaded by his arch nemesis and society.
Connor: Mid 20s, arrogant, intelligent, and knows nothing about women. Studying law and otherwise ignoring Jane, his girlfriend.

Supporting Roles:
Hal: early to mid 20s, everything stereotypically hipster and Portlandesque.
Leslie: early to mid 20s, nice but a little narcissistic. Desperately seeks attention and dreams of someday being a more fashionable Katie Couric.
Leo Sunderling: 30s, avid bike rider. Normal dude…for Portland.
Judge Sousanis: 50s laid back genuinely interested in educating young people about becoming lawyers. Tries to find the purity in law. Male or Female.
Judge Longenecker: 50s also laid back, but with an eastern Oregon feeling. Says words like “y’all”. Tries to prepare lawyers for those who will try to bend the law. Male or Female.
Sam Speyer: 40s. Female. The arch nemesis to Professor Gavel. Great lawyer who has no problem exploiting the law.

Other Roles:
Joyce: late 30s to early 40s
2 Reed Student Lawyers: early 20s
2 Connor’s teammates: 20s

Auditions will be held April 2nd from 9am – 5pm.

Compensation to be negotiated upon contract signing.

At the moment this is a non-union project. We are looking into a possible Ultra Low -Budget agreement with the Screen Actors Guild.

- Compensation will be "negotiated" because we are still working on funding for possible "stipends", ON TOP of "back-end" contracts for main and supporting roles if we receive distribution (which we are working on now). Again there are no promises (which we all know are useless anyway), but we will have written contracts with talent explaining their entitlements upfront...we are looking out for talent on this project. We have already developed a stipend structure and compensation structure, which will be disclosed to the talent at a later date.

- The compensation will be according to the roles (required time and effort)...
- This is a comedy (and clean as well ) so the opportunity for income is greatly affected in a positive way.
- We require NO NUDITY from talent
- There are NO RELIGIOUS slurs or implications so no actor will compromise their personal morality/beliefs
- There is no extremely foul language
- Talent is offered compensation by size of the role (time needed on set), and/or a positively correlated compensation associated with dialogue percentage according to script breakdowns.

Reply to: Please send headshot/resume and link to reel if you have one to
aroehren [at]

Source: Private Submission


CAST and CREW CALL for Festival Worthy Short Film

“Men Who Don’t Work” is a short film adapted from Raymond Carver’s “What Do You Do In San Francisco?”
The film centers around a postman who develops a strange curiosity for a family that moves into a house on his route.
The story’s examination of loneliness, regret, and the inherent flaws in all of us provides subject matter that is both challenging and cinematic.


Slightly disgruntled and jaded, the postman develops a strange and desperate intrigue for a mysterious family who moves into a house on his route.

Withdrawn, aimless, and already somewhat emotionally vacant, he becomes a shell of a man after his girlfriend takes off.

Confident yet unnerving.


The film will be shot on a Sony PMW-F3 with Nikon glass. Excellence with focus-pulling, dumping media, and following direction are critical. Experience is required.

Must have experience with digital sound recording for film. Equipment is a plus but not a requirement.

Reply to: with cover letter, resume, headshot, reel, references, etc.

Source: Craigslist


AUDITIONS: Anonymous Theatre

Come be a part of the secret...

ABOUT ANONYMOUS THEATRE: A play is selected. Auditions are held. The play is cast. The actors are sworn to secrecy. No one in the cast knows who their fellow performers will be, and they do not reveal their participation in the project to anyone. The actors rehearse one-on-one with the director. Then, on the night of the performance, the cast arrives in street clothes and enters the theatre as if they are members of the audience. They take their seats. They read their programs, chat with their neighbors, and in all ways behave like normal audience members. The house lights dim and the play begins, with each actor delivering his or her first line from the audience. The cast members discover one another's identity for the first time, in front of a live audience!

"...the energy at this show will be electric. Actors rarely get to perform these kind of exhilarating stunts, and audiences rarely get to see them. If the stunt fails, it will fail magnificently, like a daredevil misjudging his leap across that canyon, falling like a dying firefly into a seething abyss."
~ The Portland Mercury

SHOW: You Can't Take it With You by Kaufman and Hart, directed by Jim Crino

AUDITION DATES: Sunday, April 10 (12pm-10pm) and Monday, April 11 (evening, only if needed)

AUDITION LOCATION: Arena Stage at Theater! Theatre! 3430 SE Belmont Street

PERFORMANCE DATE: Monday, June 27 at 7pm at Portland Center Stage's mainstage theatre
There will not be a regular rehearsal process, so you only need to be available the night of the show.

CASTING NEEDS: We are casting all ages and types. Equity and Non-equity encouraged to audition.

PAY: All roles are offered a stipend ranging from $50 to $200, depending on size of role and union status.

AUDITION PREPARATION: The audition will be reading from sides, which you will receive with your audition confirmation. Please bring a headshot and resume and come to the audition INCOGNITO. Any kind of disguise is suitable, as long as it COMPLETELY CONCEALS YOUR IDENTITY. Remember, Anonymous Theatre is A CLANDESTINE OPERATION — tell no one you are auditioning.

To schedule an audition or ask any questions, please reply to THIS email with your phone number and any conflicts you have on the audition dates.
You will receive a confirmation email with sides. THIS SUBJECT OF THIS EMAIL WILL BE "JUST SAYING HELLO."

See you soon...

Agent Ryan
Anonymous Theatre Company Member
Theatre Vertigo Ensemble Member

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Source: PDX Backstage