About Surviving Actors
Surviving Actors was set up by actors for actors to help and encourage them in all areas of their life as a professional. We run conventions (trade shows) throughout the year to help actors and creatives develop and sustain their career and to create new opportunities for themselves. We do this by creating an environment where attendees can meet other industry professionals to help develop their career.
The events are free admission and are realistic and honest approach to real life in the industry; we don’t shy away from the off-periods.
Our extensive range of workshops and seminars focus on craft as well as supplying essential advice on the practicalities of working as a performer, director, writer and more.
The ‘Develop’ sector of the convention will provide the chance for actors to re-consider their head shot, learn about websites, and consider a show reel. All companies will be there to promote their services and actors will be able to gain information, obligation free. This is a great opportunity to be introduced to various ways in which your career could be enhanced. Companies who provide training for professional actors will also attend to introduce their classes aimed at refreshing one’s craft. Again, actors will be able to meet and greet those who are directly involved with the company without the obligation to pay membership fees up front.
As any professional actor knows, sometimes having a second job to pay the rent is essential in order to sustain a long-lasting career. Companies who are looking to employ actors for promotional work, teaching and other flexible jobs that actors are perfect for, will be invited. Each of these companies have lots of work opportunities to offer, which may be integral to surviving those difficult months in between acting jobs. In addition, they understand your primary desire to work as an actor, allowing you the flexibility to attend auditions around your work.
This is an important part of the convention; unique opportunities for actors to learn about creating their own work and find out about casting websites. We also have an exclusive open casting for you to audition for on the day! Seminars with industry professionals will take place to provide fundamental information to inspire and encourage professional actors. These will all be realistic and honest for the benefit of those looking to create new, exciting and fresh work to enhance their career. The opportunity to network with other like-minded actors and industry members will also offer you the chance to create working relationships and potential business opportunities.
Meet The Team
FelicityFounder & Director
Felicity Jackson, attended The Court Theatre Training Company, where she gained a BA (Hons) in Acting. After graduating, Felicity, inspired by her fellow thespians, founded Surviving Actors Ltd; an annual industry convention held in London, Manchester, Edinburgh and New York aimed at jobbing actors looking to develop, sustain and create opportunities within their career. Within a year of setting up Surviving Actors, Felicity founded Casting Days Ltd; a dedicated acting showcase company focusing on professional showcases for trained actors.
Felicity is most well known for her appearance in Series 7 of BBC’s The Apprentice, where she beat 72,000 people to reach the final 16 candidates. She continued to excel above the other candidates and was eventually ‘fired’ in week four.
LianneSales & Events Manager
From a small fishing town in Scotland called Fraserburgh, Lianne has always had a love for performing. She studied Acting & Performance at College then went on to gain her BA (Hons) Acting. Upon graduating Lianne went to work in Thailand as a Creative Arts specialist with disabled children at Rainbow House orphanage.
Some of Lianne’s acting credits include productions of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘Road’, ‘Romeo & Juliet’ and various short/feature length films. Lianne has worked with brands such as Ford, The Famous Grouse, Gala Bingo, Nintendo, Nissan, RBS, NHS, Arnold Clark & the Commonwealth Games.
Lianne strives to make Surviving Actors bigger and better by using her creative skills and is proud to have developed the U.S version of the event – Actors Pro Expo.
BenHead of Content
Ben rediscovered the acting bug after travelling in South America for several months and spending three years as a journalist and researcher for ITN and the BBC. He was accepted into Drama Centre to study an MA and leapt without looking. He is currently shooting a feature film and recently finished his first screenplay, after much blood, sweat, tears and coffee.
He is thrilled to be part of the team at Surviving Actors, which is helping people to keep following their dreams.
He can also juggle…quite badly.