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5 Tips For Perfecting Any Accent

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Acting 12th Dec 2016 backstage


In a bad scenario, an ill-informed accent can cost you a job. In a worst-case scenario, it can cost you a job and humiliate you all at once. If you have to whip out a foreign dialect for your next audition, don’t panic—but also, don’t wing it.

The five steps you need to take to ensure your audition-room accent is as thoroughly prepared as possible. 

1. Put in the time. 
“Learning a dialect at a professional level is a demanding task that takes time. If you haven’t yet had an opportunity in your career to fully master and integrate an accent into performance, it may come as a surprise how much time and work it actually takes. I like the way dialect coach Mary McDonald-Lewis puts it: ‘There’s nothing mysterious about learning an accent, it just takes work, work, work.’” — Pamela Vanderway

2. Make sure your resources are credible.
“When requested to provide an accent at the audition, make sure that you're presenting one that is either learned from a credible dialect coach, or at least from one of the many available dialect CDs. The worst thing an actor can do is present a self-taught, foreign-to-them dialect acquired without training.” — Paul Russell

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