Do you need an accent for an audition? Or do you need to sound more "neutral?" I have been working in theatre, TV and film for years, working closely with Hollywood actors one-on-one, as well as on location. I know how vital it is to make a new accent feel natural.
Is your accent affecting your work? Do colleagues or clients ask you to repeat yourself because they don't understand you? I've helped clients worldwide reduce their accent and learn simple tips to communicate more effectively.
Individually based approach
Everyone learns an accent differently. Whether you have an understanding of phonetics, or an ear for accents, or none of the above, I can help you. Using a combination of techniques and various material, I will create an approach that fits you personally.
I've worked most recently on Jake Paltrow's latest film, done accent reduction for a French client, helped a German actress hone an English, American and Russian accent for her reel and some freelance work for a London yoga company that needed help with their sales team. My upcoming projects include a BBC film being shot in South Africa and consultation work on a French film being shot in Montreal. I love my work!
Traveling for work
Work on Jake Paltrow's film, starring Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult and Elle Fanning, shot near the Namibian border was a delicious project. We completed filming in late February 2013 and then I flew to Los Angeles to learn a new approach to dialect work, "Knight-Thompson Speechwork". Then I relocated to NYC and worked as a Dialect Coach for an Italian film. After giving birth in July 2014, my partner and I relocated to Cape Town, South Africa for work. Since returning, I've been working with old clients, new clients and international clients.
A banner year
During these years in Cape Town, I was incredibly busy. I worked on many TVC's; Claritin, Clearasil, BMW, Clorox, Bounty, Pepsi and Crest. I was on location for many films, including Dredd, Mary & Martha, Chronicle and Lost Boys 3. I was asked to coach several actors for theatre productions including a staged version of "Annie" and "Hamlet." My private coaching grew to expand actors who needed accents in American English, RP English, Cuban, Russian, Australian, Swedish and Indian to name a few. I was working mostly in South Africa, with a few stints in America. My MFA from Sarah Lawrence College was paying off!
Furthering my Training
I was accepted into the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College, just north of New York City, so these years saw my development as a Dialect Coach and creative person grow exponentially. Originally I trained as an actor, but I spent many years in NYC as a theatre director, dialect coaching on the side. During my time in Grad School, I began to understand how my training as an actor and director would help me when dialect coaching. Understanding acting intentions, as well as what directors need, was invaluable to clients.
From farm girl to New Yorker
I moved from Central New York State to New York City for my BFA at Pace University. After graduation, I worked as an actress, as a theatre director, and did some dialect coaching on the side. I had jobs in the non-profit sector as well as on Wall Street. I spent 16 months traveling around the world, developed an abiding love for tea and learned American sign language. I lived life large!
Does dialect coaching work?
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