Not every rejection can turn into an Adele Song.

Eleanor Matsuura said that. And it’s true. Obviously. Unless you’re Adele.

Sadly, our conversation for episode 11 of the podcast was cut short, as those who have already listened will have heard. The good news? The conversation continues, this coming Saturday at Surviving Actors. And we need your input…

Billed, ‘Surviving Siberia’ (after Denise Gough’s inspiring story of the very difficult year before People, Places and Things came into her life), the 45 minute ‘seminar’ will feature Eleanor and myself looking back over some of the best and worst of the #ActorSunscreen tips that have come in since the survey went online almost a year ago.

Anyone who has been following the @HonestActors Twitter account will have seen the steady flow of often contradictory advice being tweeted on a daily basis. The advice is not mine, and I do not agree with all of it. Hell, it doesn’t agree with itself half the time. Ok, one of them is mine but you’ll have to trawl the feed to try to figure out which. Of the others, quite a number have made me think, many have made me chuckle, and more than a couple have left me completely baffled. All of them are individual responses to this simple question: ‘If you could go back to the start of your career and offer yourself advice, what would it be?’ As a collection, they therefore represent the hindsight of many, no doubt based on successes, failures and more than a few regrets.

Listening back to Eleanor’s interview as I edited it over the weekend, I started to get a better sense of what the content of the Surviving Actors session will be, and where there is space for us to get a little help…

So here’s the deal: if you’ve already booked your tickets and want to help shape the session in advance, tweet your question to @honestactors. I’ll also be using Twitter on the day to help bring the seminar into the 21st century. Keep an eye out for posts tagged #SurvivingSiberia.

You can ask *anything* advice related. We’re not saying we have all the answers, but somewhere among the (now waaaaaaay over) 500 actors that have responded to the survey – alongside however many we have in the room on Saturday – we might find some wisdom that’s worth sharing. Another way to get involved is to look at the #ActorSuncreen hashtag feed and retweet and/or comment on those you love and hate; those that get the biggest response are more likely to be up for discussion. Take this one, for example:

And finally, if you don’t have a specific question you want to ask, you could also suggest ideas for topics around which to build our discussion, again via Twitter.

So far, we’re definitely going to cover auditions, just because Eleanor said she could talk about them all day long.  Don’t worry, that’s not the plan. I also hope to get a comprehensible definition of ‘The Woo Woo’. Oh, and I might even ask her to sing this…

Hello, it’s me, I was wondering
If after all these weeks you’d like to get, a decision, from casting
They said that I’m on a pencil, yeah
But pencils don’t pay bills

Hello, can you hear me?
I’m in Gourmet Burger serving a shit load of posh nannies
I trained at RADA, paid fees
I’ve forgotten how it felt before burgers and aching feet

There’s such a difference between us
And a million fries…

Tweet. Retweet and Comment. Book your tickets.

See you on Saturday.

Series 3 of the podcast is coming soon, including interviews with Adrian Lester, Joanna Scanlan, Tom Riley, Kate Fleetwood and Jonjo O’Neill. Series 1 & 2 are available free on iTunes, along with a special live episode for Equity recorded in November 2018, and follow-up interviews with all seven of the emerging actors, conducted in October. Go have a listen

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Jonathan Harden

Actor. VO. Director.

Former barman, waiter, cook, labourer, ‘tugger’, security guard, dish washer, removals man, bouncer, office manager, Wendy’s ‘Crew Member’, Costa ‘barista’, snooker table maintenance guy, shop assistant, usher, boom op, golf buggy driver, and one-time pretend bank robber.

Started this thing thinking nobody would listen.