Friday, May 6, 2011

Auditions: Friday, May 06, 2011

This page contains auditions posted on Friday, May 06, 2011.

This year is flying by, and May has arrived! With the start of this new month, and the popularity picking up for film in Portland, it may be even trickier to catch those red flags and scam audition posts. Even I tend to get tricked sometimes, so I appreciate the feedback regarding the recent audition posting requiring people to pay or sign up for a service.

This brings me to this week's topic of discussion. As actors, we may sometimes be asked to pay for specific services that can be viewed as marketing tools, but do these really help us find work? Casting Frontier is a popularly used resource in the Portland area, and while the basic profile is free, the premium profile is a minimal charge of $10/month, but opens up some very valuable resources, including having a demo reel available for visitors. Another widely known resource is IMDB, which is $15.95/month for a professional profile, also allowing a bio, headshots, and a demo reel.

There are other free actor resources out there, including
Actor Access, Actor Hub, Model Mayhem, and the amazing resource mentioned by our visitors, Now Casting, but which are more beneficial to use, and at what stage is it necessary to pay for these resources to move your career forward? What are the online marketing tools you take advantage of, and are the free resources enough for your acting needs?

Let's open the discussion and chat about your thoughts.

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Job Posting - Technical Director for Oregon Children's Theatre

Oregon Children's Theatre (OCT) is seeking a Technical Director to manage aspects of a variety of programs: mainstage productions in the Newmark & Winningstad Theatres, Educational Theatre Program (ETP) touring productions, Young Professional studio performances. The TD will also provide additional technical support throughout the season. A more detailed job description appears below. This position is expected to be 80-100% FTE. We will accept resumes through Monday, May 16, 2011. Please send letters of interest and resumes (or any questions)to Stan Foote, Artistic Director at

Job Summary
Manage technical aspects of production design and creation, including sets, props, sound, costumes and lighting. Manage OCT's warehouse, set & props storage and rentals. Partner with Production Manager (PM) to develop production budgets, work within production budgets, provide regular and end-of-production financial tracking on all expenditures. Supervise crews as needed.

Job Duties
Mainstage Pre-Production
-Coordinate and organize designers' work to insure timely, cost effective, highest professional quality technical theater.
-Bid, contract and manage building and/or rentals of all sets.
-Hire and supervise master electrician, master carpenter, maintenance crew, or warehouse assistants as needed.
-Set crew calls for load-in, run and load-out; OCT liaison with IATSE.
-Co-coordinate with PCPA and PCPA staff on production details.
-Support PM in administrative production tasks such as payroll, contracts, and scheduling.

Mainstage Load-In & Production Runs
-Supervise load-in, tech week, load-out.
-Track crew hours.
-Hire and supervise additional staff as needed.
-Troubleshoot production issues when they arise, perform & contract repairs.

Ongoing Responsibilities/ Program Support
-Manage OCT warehouse and stock inventory, including set, costume, & prop pieces, lighting & sound equipment, and offsite administrative storage.
-Facilitate equipment rentals for and by OCT as needed.
-Work with PM on budget controls, tracking and reporting on all technical production expenses
-Manage OCT van fleet; Coordinate transportation & vehicles necessary for transporting all technical equipment, supplies, etc.
-Consult, plan, negotiate shop contracts for ETP set & props construction
-Consult and provide technical expertise and hands-on construction support for YP productions.
-Advise across the staff on technical issues; provide technical support for other events as needed.

Required Skills:

-Management experience as a technical director or production manager.
-Read & interpret techincal drawings.
-Ability to perform manual or CAD drafting.
-Collaborative attitude & excellent communication & negotiation skills.
-Troubleshoot calmly & confidently.
-Thorough knowledge of theatrical industry standards.
-Valid driver's license.
-Good computer skills.

Kira Lombardozzi
Oregon Children's Theatre

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Casting: Asian/American Martial Artist

Y'all -

Steve Alexander here, Casting Coord. for Revolution Films Group. (But yes, the same stevea that you already know.)

We are quickly seeking the following actor, SAG preferred. Position paid.

ASIAN or ASIAN/AMERICAN, 32. Must have strong combat skills, Martial Arts preferred. Athletic physique. Security Guard at the warehouse. Tough, hostile, unfriendly - Not the kind of guy you want to cross.

If you or someone you know might fit the bill, please contact me off-group. I can follow up with details on schedule, pay, etc.

We're shooting quite soon, so gimme a holler!

Yours in peace -

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