Ryan Howe

Actor (Stage name Ryan Starling)

North Walsham High School
3 B grades and 3 C grades
BTEC 1st Diploma in Performance – Distinction*

Paston 2007 - 2009
BTEC National Diploma in Acting- Triple Distinction

Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance
BA(hons) Acting 2:1

Who do you work for, and what projects have you been involved in?
Recently I have been working at Sheringham Little Theatre as a summer rep for the 2013 season. I was playing the roles of 'Harry' in the Cooney's farce 'Tom, Dick and Harry', and 'Salty' in John Godber's 'Teechers' (honestly it's spelt with two e's, I am not being illiterate!)'
I have also been a Presenter on Whippy TV (an internet tv channel which covers music festivals), appeared in an advert for 'Civillian card' and I will be on tour with Vienna's English Theatre for 6 months, starting next year, touring Austria in a play called 'Virtual Heros'.

What is a ‘typical day at work like?
There isn't really such thing as a typical day as an actor, if you're lucky enough to land jobs frequently then you'll find yourself in a wide variety of places. You could be on tour, changing location every day, in a six week run in a single theatre or on a film set. Every day is different because every time you perform you're doing so to a new audience. However, what is quite typical in any actor’s day is that they are long, very long! Whether you're doing TV, radio or theatre the day generally starts early and finishes late. Most of the time you find you don't have much time, due to the lack of money in the performing arts these days you tend to find things move fast because they have to, which can be fun, but also exhausting!

What did you study at Paston? How did that course help you progress upon your career path?
I studied a BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts (acting), it set me up with a clearer idea of some of the concepts and practices in theatre today. The course opened me up to be able to understand how to analyse theatre and performance and how to engage my own skills as an actor.

What are the important skills you have had to develop and hone to be successful in your job?
Most definitely drive and ambition, without these two vital skills it would be a waste of time to consider yourself an actor today. Unfortunately these days it's incredibly difficult to get work as an actor unless you are really motivated. I would also say you need a constant desire to learn. It's so important, when working in the creative industry, to keep learning, whether it's directly related to acting or not, you never know when a random fact you picked up on the internet one afternoon will come in handy.

Did you ever envisage doing this while you were at Paston?
Yes, there really wasn't much hope for me in any other subject...

What did you do in the year immediately after graduating?
Immediately after leaving Paston I worked for the summer and the following autumn I was at drama school.

"You definitely need a lot of drive and ambition"