[ Advertise your business on Media Source Africa ]
12th Dec 2016
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.
Read the full article at backstage
“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
acting, acting tips, acting advice