We will go through each and every sound of the neutral American accent and identify which sounds you have to work on the most.
This process includes:
- learning basics of the phonetic alphabet (for the American Accent)
- sound drills
- tongue twisters
- getting to know different American accents as a way to get closer to neutral
- recording yourself
Recording yourself when practicing is the most important aspect of your progress. It'll teach your ear to listen for the right sounds. Most of the time, students aren't aware of which sounds they are doing right or wrong which can also result in thinking one is saying a sound wrong when in fact it is right. In either case, it is important to listen back to your own voice to recognize objectively if the sound was spoken correctly.
As part of your curriculum, you will receive Google Documents that go into detail for each sound. This will be paired with audio files so that you can listen to the words, phrases and sentences read out loud while you're practicing.
I trained as a professional actor in New York City at the William Esper Studio (Notable Alumni: Sam Rockwell, John Leguizamo, Timothy Olyphant, etc.). As a result, I was exposed to extensive Accent Reduction classes & coaching in combination with Voice & Speech classes. This means my ear is very attuned to discerning sounds and accents and I'll be able to help you achieve a neutral American sound.
Neutral would mean "an accent" that is generally (across the world and within the US) recognized as "contemporary American" and will let you blend in with whoever you are speaking with. This can be used by anybody. Americans who want to lose their regional accents, immigrants moving to America who would like to lose their country's accent or actors that want to sound American on TV and Film.
It is also important to note that "neutral" in the film and theater world most commonly refers to a predominantly Caucasian sound that people might often identify with upstate New York or Massachusetts.
Once neutral is achieved, you can always decide which route you want to go in terms of local American accents to blend in even more.
You have the possibility of doing a free introductory lesson that lasts 30 minutes.
If you would like me to teach you, I don't do one-offs. As part of your package, you'll do two hour sessions twice a week (so a total of 4 hours per week). You can pay in 4 week increments.
4-Weeks / 16hours total: $35 x 16 = $560
All sessions are done online via Zoom. This way, I can record the session and send it to you after the fact which will be invaluable to you. Payment is due before any sessions and not refundable after we have completed the session. Cancellations are possible 24hours in advance.
Dillon has this special mix of focus, fun, and empathy. He really understands how to break down sounds and accents from both a technical and emotional place. This makes it so much easier for me to learn and have fun in the process. I wholeheartedly recommend him if you're looking for accent reduction and/or help with nailing an accent for an audition or role.
I just want to say that if you're thinking about working with any accent or dialect coach, it's important to remember that this is like learning anything. There's a learning curve. You won't be able to just do it overnight.
I've worked with Dillon outside of superprof. I'm an actor as well so I knew him through 'the industry' so to speak. He was able to quickly recognize what I needed to work on and gave me some great exercises and tips. I really enjoy working with him still. I'm not American and I noticed a really big difference in my speech for sure. I really like that somehow this makes Americans take me more seriously for some strange reason. It's weird, but there's definitely something that makes Americans think of you differently when you have a strong accent so I'm glad that I have worked on that and continue to work on it.
Dillon is really detail oriented and really stresses how important it is to be consistent. It's clear pretty fast why he managed to get so good at this. He works hard and breaks it down into manageable pieces without overwhelming you. I feel like it's very easy to get overwhelmed when trying to get rid of your accent because there are a lot of variables to juggle at the same time but he addresses that really well. I didn't know that actors had such extensive training on sounds and accents, at least where he trained!
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