frequently asked questions
GENERAL COACHING QUESTIONS
What is your Private Coaching rate?
I am currently offering a discounted rate of $100 per hour during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rates for on-set film coaching, theater productions, and educational workshops vary depending on your specific circumstances.
To discuss your needs and get a quote, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
When is payment due, and how can I pay?
Payment is due immediately following your session. I do not require pre-payment unless you have a history of rescheduling your session, running late, or miss a scheduled coaching.
I accept payment via Venmo, PayPal, Cashapp, Zelle, or Apple Pay. I do not accept checks or cash at this time.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
If you need to reschedule or cancel your session, I require at least 24 hours notice. Changes with less than 24 hours notice will incur a $20 fee.
If you do not show up to a scheduled coaching, you will be required to pay the full rate of $100 for the hour before further sessions can be scheduled.
How are coaching sessions conducted?
All sessions are held via Zoom. Due to the pandemic, I am not currently offering
in-person private coaching.
Do you offer Private Coaching packages?
While you are welcome to purchase multiple sessions at a time, I do not currently offer a discount for purchasing sessions in bulk.
DIALECT & ACCENT COACHING
What is your approach to teach actors how to teach themselves dialects?
My specialty lies in teaching actors the how to unlock the power of International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) to teach themselves any dialect or accent they wish.
This process involves learning the IPA symbols associated with a "General American" dialect, learning how to chart the changes into a new dialect or accent, and applying said changes to your script. It's a highly academic approach that requires time and effort to master. Whether you already have a natural ear for accents, or you don't even know where to begin, my IPA method can help.
Simply put, with enough mastery you can literally write the dialect down on the page.
How long does it take to learn?
On average, students learn the basics required to start using this approach in about 10 lessons. True mastery, though, takes ongoing dedication to the art. I've been utilizing a version of this approach for over a decade, and I learn something new every day.
What dialects and accents do you teach?
To date, I have coached actors on over 40 different dialects and accents of English. With my approach, there is no dialect or accent that is off limits. Even if it's a dialect I've never had the pleasure of teaching, with enough notice I can learn it in time to teach it to you.
I don't have time for that – can you teach me an accent quickly for an audition?
Of course! While a single coaching session won't make you a master of any given dialect, I can help you make confident choices in your audition. As an actor myself, my teaching style is incredibly actor-friendly.
My young actor loves to do accents and silly voices – can you teach them your IPA approach?
I love working with young actors*!
However, my long-term IPA approach is very technical. For that reason, I do not teach it to actors under the age of 12. I understand that your 10 year old may do exceedingly well in school, and they may in fact do well with my approach – but I would hate to get in the way of their language development skills.
I will happily coach actors as young as 8 years old a dialect or accent for an audition or production, but realize your results may vary at such a young age.
AMERICAN ACCENT ACQUISITION
What is "American Accent Acquisition"?
Many people with regional accents of English choose to adopt a more "General American" accent (or British "Received Pronunciation") for professional purposes.
Commonly referred to as Accent Reduction or Accent Modification, I prefer the term "American Accent Acquisition" as I do not aim to "reduce" anyone. My aim is to help my clients view their natural voice as an asset rather than a liability, while teaching them the skills necessary to speak with a more region-less accent.
How long does the process take?
Results will vary based on your English fluency, your natural ability, and the amount of practice you put into it. Most of my clients start to see results after their first few sessions.
Actors tend to have a slightly easier time acquiring a new dialect or accent than non-performers due to their exposure to vocal training. However, if English is not your first language it will take time and effort.
Regardless of your background, after coaching with me you will begin to have an understanding of the work necessary to permanently adjust your accent.
What are the steps you will take to teach me an American Accent?
You are an individual with a unique voice, and as such I do not offer a one-size-fits-all approach.
Generally our sessions will focus on voice analysis, learning the individual sounds of the dialect, vocal exercises, reviewing recordings of your voice... and lots of homework!
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