Mastery of an accent or dialect is a discipline that a diligent actor can develop not only to increase their own versatility, but also to best serve the story they are presenting. Human ears are amazing at picking up nuance and inconsistencies in someone’s speech, and a poorly executed accent can take the listener right out of the experience of the enjoying the story to instead focusing on the unconvincing accent. There can be allowances and leeway given for especially wonderful and charming performances, but it’s a better idea to start with every aspect of your performance as well crafted as possible.
Here we have insights from renowned voice and dialect coaches, Nic Redman, Paul Meier, and Joy Lanceta Coronel on great and poor portrayals of accents. They also delve into the topics of authenticity and the importance of representation in the industry, as well as what their work is like and what makes it so intriguing and satisfying.
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