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In today’s video, Donald The Dialect Coach teaches you what to focus on when learning a dialect so that it will be believable. He also shows you how to keep your line delivery from being choppy while performing with a dialect. Part 2.
In today’s video, Donald The Dialect Coach teaches you what to focus on when learning a dialect so that it will be believable. He also shows you how to keep your line delivery from being choppy while performing with a dialect. Tune in next time for Part 2.
The one thing that you never want to be is burned out!
Dialects are complex things.
A word of warning.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you’re first learning a dialect. Trying to identify each sound change, making adjustments, and keeping it believable can be really tough without a knowledgeable coach.
How do you do it?
Learning a dialect is a BIG undertaking.
If a dialect were an animal, it would be an elephant. A really friendly and nice elephant that you’d want to hang out with.
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
What I’m saying is this:
Do NOT try to do every sound change in a dialect right off the bat. That’s only going to buy you a headache
First, focus on the resonance (what part of your mouth the sound lives in). That’s 90% of any dialect. Become very comfortable with changing from your natural resonance to the resonance of the dialect at will.
Next, decide which two sound changes are most important. In other words, which two sound changes give the dialect its distinct sound? Study those sound changes. Become a master of just those two. Don’t worry about anything else with regards to the dialect.
When you have mastered the resonance and the two sound changes, you’ll notice something magical happening. The other sound changes will begin to naturally creep into your speech creating a full, round, and believable dialect.
Donald The Dialect Coach
As actors, a big part of your career is out of your control. You gain and lose roles for a myriad of reasons.
- * You can be: too tall, too short, too heavy, too thin, too young, too old.
- * You can remind a producer of their ex.
- * You can share a name with someone that they know.
- * It’s frustrating. It’s ridiculous.
- * The reality is, the decision making process is out of your hands.
If it’s out of your control, then what do you do?
- * You prepare.
- * You build your skills so that when the opportunity comes, you can pounce on it.
- * Once you learn a skill, it’s yours forever. Nobody can take it away from you. Skills are what separate you from the next actor. Skills cannot be argued. You either have a skill or you don’t.
You know the best thing about skills?
- * Once you learn them, they only get BETTER. For the rest of your life.
- * That’s a pretty incredible thing.
- * Dialects are a SKILL. Learning a dialect requires time and energy.
Training, a great attitude, and specialized skills beat talent every time!
Donald The Dialect Coach
Donald Gipson (www.DonaldTheDialectCoach.com) combines a unique blend of professional acting and teaching expertise to deliver a high quality learning experience that enhances the skills of professional actors and sets them apart from the competition. Donald demystifies dialects.
Whether working locally in Los Angeles or around the world via Skype, Donald shows you the fun and easy way to learn dialects and reduce your accent. Most importantly, he teaches you how to own a dialect, build up your skill set, and add more value to yourself as an actor.