dialect design & coaching
Whether you want a quick fix for an audition, a reliable guide for an upcoming gig, or in-depth work on your accent & dialect repertoire, I can help you reach your goal.
A partial list of accents and dialects I have worked on can be found here.
Overall career concerns? If an identifiably foreign or regional accent is restricting your castability, I can work with you to develop a less marked, more “neutral” speech pattern—minimizing potentially distracting characteristics, and maximizing the ease and flexibility that dramatic expression requires.
I am based in New York City; I also coach by Skype.
what is dialect design?
Researching and selecting from a range of authentic speech patterns, and/or devising new speech patterns, to create a new speech identity for your character.
Tailoring the selected speech pattern to the needs of your project and the your abilities, to help you achieve the most believable and illuminating spoken performance possible.
what does the coaching part involve?
Training: Face to face or by remote hook-up.
Materials: Hand-outs, audio & video clips, links, playlists, recordings of native speakers, and so forth.
Notes & Feedback: On-set, off-set, post-rehearsal, post-performance, post-production; in person or by remote hook-up; written or recorded.
Background: Linguistic, idiomatic, historical, cultural, religious, political … If you need to understand what you’re talking about, as well as how your character would pronounce it, I'll help you figure it out.
Anything I can do to help you fully embody and express your character’s identity through speech—credibly, comfortably, and consistently.