Ned Porteous, BA (Hons) Acting
Out of the drama schools I had auditioned for GSA seemed to have this overwhelmingly warm and welcoming vibe that I just didn’t find anywhere else.
Actor - recent appearances in Holby City (BBC), Suspects (Channel 5), Eastenders (BBC), Delicious (Sky TV)
Why did you want to be an actor?
From a young age i had always used performing (in any form) as an expressive outlet, whether it was to let off steam, or just for fun. As I grew older I started to see it as a career path. I enrolled at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, and then following that went on to GSA.
In your opinion, what are the most important skills for an Actor to have?
Is patience a skill?! Also, the ability to move well and hold a tune really helps. Even if you don’t see yourself in Musical Theatre, it’s always better to “have and not need...” Of course the ability to play 5 instruments and be multilingual won’t hurt!
What do you consider to be the most exciting aspect of your work?
For me it has always been rather exciting not knowing when my next job will be. I’ve always felt very liberated and free, not knowing where I’ll be 5 months from now.
What attracted you to choose GSA?
Out of the drama schools I had auditioned for GSA seemed to have this overwhelmingly warm and welcoming vibe that I just didn’t find anywhere else. I had heard good things from both colleagues and mentors. It just clicked for me the day of my audition that this was where I’d like to spend the next three years of my life.
GSA has such a strong sense of community and family and one of my happiest memories of GSA would have to be the end of the first term, after completing our ‘story telling’ block. You really got to sit back and think, these are my colleagues now, this is my company, let’s get to work!
What was the best thing about your training at GSA?
I really felt like GSA wanted to prepare me as much possible for the industry by giving me both dance and singing lessons. Everything seemed to walk hand in hand with each other. For example, what I learned in one group singing class I could easily apply to my Shakespearian methodology.
Whilst at GSA I gained the ability to forgive myself as a performer which really took the edge off and gave me much more room to develop.
What piece of advice would you give to those about to start their training at GSA?
Throw yourself completely into every lesson, every activity, you never know what might turn out to be your favourite thing if you never put your all into it. You WILL get out what you put in.
What are your top tips for students aspiring to work in your profession?
Learn, very quickly the ancient art of patience! And most importantly, give yourself a break... this is a marathon, not a sprint.