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Posted on 3 February 2020 by


BBC Apprentice star Felicity Jackson and actors’ champion Lianne Robertson will be leading the charge with Surviving Actors London 2020 and Meals 4 Monologues, a trade show with a food drive.


‘Actors experience a lot of instability and rejection. At Surviving Actors we come together not only to support and learn from one another but to give back to the city of London; to come together for all those that are struggling.’


‘The acting industry can be very isolating. I like Surviving Actors to be a reminder that we are connected to something greater than ourselves; that one small gesture can have a big impact.’ Felicity Jackson, Founder, Surviving Actors.


With 1.6 million food bank parcels issued in 2019[1], donations are needed now more than ever and Surviving Actors and Casting Society Cares, the non-profit charitable arm of Casting Society of America (CSA), are proud to do their part. CDG and CSA casting directors will devote a full day to seeing actors who participate in the food drive for North Enfield Foodbank.


‘Over 90% of the food distributed by foodbanks in The Trussell Trust network is donated by the public – that’s why your food donations are absolutely vital to our ability to give everyone referred to us a balanced and nutritious three day supply of food.[2]’ North Enfield Foodbank


Over the past 10 years, Surviving Actors has welcomed 25,000 actors through the door. In its 11th year, over 1,500 actors have the opportunity to give back to the community while being seen by leading casting directors and agents, all in exchange for a two-minute contemporary monologue. But since Meals 4 Monologues is first come first served, you will need to come early and sign-up on the day.  


‘We have been running Meals 4 Monologues for a number of years in the UK and the US. What began as a humble effort has grown to be vital resource for our local communities.’ Lianne Robertson, Sales & Events Manager, Surviving Actors


Before Series 7 of the Apprentice, and after seeing there was nothing to encourage actors in all areas of their professional lives, Felicity Jackson founded Surviving Actors Ltd; the UKs only tradeshow for actors looking to develop, sustain and create opportunities within their career. With free admission, London 2020 offers exciting information-packed seminars led by a range of top industry professionals including agents, casting directors and career mentors.


In addition, the hugely popular 1-2-1 sessions are back with a focus on typecasting. Actors have the opportunity to bring along a CV, headshot and showreel for personalised advice on how our industry professionals view them and what to do to take them to the next level.


From BBC casting director, John Cannon to 0-1 Visa experts to Killing Eve and Downton Abbey director Jon East, the day offers a realistic and honest approach to life in the industry.


Hot topics will be featured throughout the day, such as ‘Intimacy on set’ with intimacy coordinator and movement director Ita O’Brien. Meanwhile ‘Living your fullest life as an artist’ will be hosted by Corrie legend and British Soap and National Television Awards winner Hayley Hesmondhalgh, as she gives advice on how to stay mentally and physically well in an often tough and isolating profession.


Hosted at a new location, ETC Venues, near Liverpool Street Station, Surviving Actors is shaping up to be one of the most successful yet. It will be the only place to be if you are an actor in London hoping to break through in 2020.




Date: Saturday 8th February 2020

Venue: ETC Venues, 155 Bishopsgate, Spitalfields, London, EC2M 3YD



Surviving Actors is a trade show to help creatives develop and sustain their career and to create new opportunities for themselves. Attendees can meet exhibitors from a wide range of services to help develop their career. Surviving Actors also offers seminars led by industry professionals as well as delivering exclusive 1-2-1 sessions for feedback on your current career position.



The event is free to attend as is the open casting and our 1-2-1 career mentoring sessions (offered on a first-come-first-served basis). Seminar tickets can be booked in advance online for £7 each at