Student Case Study: Daniel Porter, Reid Kerr College

The Primetime Emmy Awards saluted excellence in national primetime programming once again this year and America’s most successful premium television company HBO picked up 2 awards for its epic series, ‘Game of Thrones’.  Reid Kerr College student Daniel Porter has been riding high on the programme’s success since he landed his own primetime role in the filming of the second series.  The former Shawlands Academy pupil auditioned for a place on Reid Kerr’s HNC Acting & Performance programme in 2010 and is continuing with his studies while filming the show, described as a big budget spectacular of swords and sorcery.

Daniel said, “Landing the role was a real rollercoaster, from my initial audition to getting that final call to say that I had been cast to appear in the hit American TV series.   I travelled to London on a couple of occasions, reading for auditions before I was asked to return and read for the role of Podraick Payne, a Squire to one of the leading roles – Tyrion Lannister.  It has been a tremendous honour to be part of a show that everyone is talking about.  I have just returned from Ireland, where we filmed for a month and arrival on set couldn’t have been more of a surprise.  I was totally amazed by the scale of the production and couldn’t wait to get started.  As a young actor I was made to feel very welcome and it was a tremendous experience to work alongside such a professional team of actors."

Daniel said of his experience at Reid Kerr College, “It is great to be back at College and working on the HND Acting & Performance.  I really enjoyed my first year at College and I am determined to maintain a good work/study balance, so that I can complete what has become a very important qualification to my career while taking on as much acting work that I can fit into my schedule.”

Based at the College’s Centre for Performance, the courses are packed with relevant training and central to each year of the course, there is an annual performance made up of students from the class.   Last year I was cast as one of Jack Nicolson’s most popular roles, and played the part of R. P McMurphy, in 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest'.  This was a challenging role which stretched my skills as well as helping me to grow as an actor.  I owe a lot to the College, especially my lecturer Gavin Sinclair for driving me in the right direction throughout my studies.  I feel the experience and education gained at Reid Kerr is entirely immeasurable.”

Gavin added,  "Daniel is an inspiration to his peers and is highly regarded by staff.  Not just because he has been cast in a major TV series, but in terms of how he conducts himself in College as a true professional.  He runs early morning fitness workouts in College with other students and motivates them to be the best they possibly can be.  He is a real leader in his year group and is respected for his hard work and dedication.  He is a talented young man who understands that success comes with focus, drive and determination."

Very passionate about his career, Daniel hopes to secure work with film and television and continue with his experience on stage.  He rounds off his last year at College with a part in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet performed in Glasgow this May.  With Hollywood high on his agenda, Daniel plans to travel to America in 2013 to press on with his acting career.

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