About Casting Days
Casting Days Ltd was founded by Felicity Jackson in 2010 and has grown from strength to strength. Initially launched as a dedicated acting showcase company, it has evolved and secured a continuing relationship with StarNow to support their UK casting professionals, as well as running affordable workshops for actors. The actors showcase service was launched to offer trained pro-active actors a way of increasing their exposure to industry professionals. The showcase offers a professional opportunity for actors to collaborate on a performance to which they can invite industry professionals to attend, in the hope of building new career opportunities and securing that dream agent. In 2014 the showcase service expanded to include a Musical Theatre showcase, directed and choreographed by leading industry directors and choreographers. Casting Days Ltd also offers development workshops for actors, covering a range of topics and led by the very best in the field. Casting Days Ltd is a sister company of Surviving Actors Ltd, a company dedicated to hosting market-leading conventions for actors.
Felicity JacksonFounder & Director
Felicity Jackson, born and raised in North London, started performing from a young age. At eighteen years old she chose acting as her favoured art and gained a place at 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 focussing 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.
Ruth WarrilowCasting Manager
Ruth Kennett spent her whole childhood training and performing in the arts, taking part in many performances, exams and competitions for acting, music and dance. She went on to study Acting at The University of Northampton and straight after graduating, moved to London for her first acting job. Over the past four years Ruth has gone on to work professionally in the industry, landing jobs in music videos, photo shoots and even being the face of Ibis Hotels!
Her career has now taken a different path; working alongside Felicity at Casting Days. Ruth solely looks after StarNow’s top UK casting professionals, including casting directors, producers, directors, media companies and many more, to help connect them with the StarNow talent. Ruth assists casting professionals to ensure their projects are up on the StarNow website quickly and enhances their ads in many different ways to ensure it gets the exposure it requires. Ruth is very passionate about building strong and trusting relationships with the industry in order to help deliver results.
Ruth EarleyCasting Manager
Ruth is our lucky Irish charm. She studied film in Dublin before embarking on a career as an Assistant Director and later in casting. She’s spent the past 5 years working on some of the UK’s most exciting film and TV productions including Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Justice League and The Crown. She’s also cast commercials for Nike, Skoda and Heineken.
Amy VintenCasting Specialist
Amy Vinten, also from North London, fell in love with acting at school. She was told she was too shy to take acting as a GCSE…but chose it anyway, and now has a First-Class BA Hons in Theatre & Performance from London Metropolitan University where she wrote, directed and performed in her own graduation show.
Amy has a keen interest in writing comedy, children’s theatre and raising awareness for disability in the arts.
During her degree, Amy worked as a Success Coach supporting new students. She also volunteered with a learning-disabled acting class which she thoroughly enjoyed.
Previous to this role, Amy has worked as a customer service assistant, an extra in a Bollywood film, an elf in Westfield during the festive period, and has a professional cake decorating qualification.
Amy hopes her love of the arts together with her experience in customer service will make her a great member of the team.
Alexis PembertonCasting Specialist
Alexis Pemberton was born in East London and spent most of her childhood writing monologues and playing sports. She studied at Kingston University and gained a BA (Hons) in Media and Cultural Studies. After graduating University, the hunger for exploring led her to travel over 30 countries and live in the Caribbean.
Most of Alexis’s professional career is based in the HR Industry, she is experienced in recruiting, training, project management and supporting a team. Outside of the office, Alexis has a passion for anything creative. In her spare time she meditates, builds doll houses, practices pole fitness and loves to bake vegan cakes.
Although Alexis’s previous work experience is not directly industry-specific, her passion for the creative arts and building relationships are attributes that will add value to the Casting Specialist role.