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Auditioning vs. Role PReparation

In the US accent...

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by Katherine Beck in American accent tips
18/10/2019

So you finally book a role with your US accent! First, you jump for joy….then you freak out. Now what?! Suddenly, preparing for the role in an American accent seems way more complicated and overwhelming than preparing for the role in your natural accent. Have no fear. I’m here to help you break down the process.

Let’s say you book a role and there’s a lot of dialogue, several scenes and seriously tricky words to pronounce in the American accent. How can we tackle all the work? Recently I helped one of my Actors prepare for a lead role in a Feature film and when we worked together we came up with a really great system.

Firstly, count how many days until you start shooting. Divide that by the amount of scenes (or even how many pages) where you have dialogue. That will tell you how many scenes you need to prep per day to be ready before you go on set.

So let’s say you need to work on two scenes per day. On day one you will work on the first two scenes. On day two you are going to review the work you did yesterday AND you will prep the next two scenes. On Day three you will review the scenes from day two AND prep the next two scenes and so on and so on until you’ve worked through the whole script.

When you are prepping for the accent you will need to mark the sound substitutions, the intonation, rhythm & stress. I also like to make a list of all the tricky words to pronounce and practice these words on their own, outside of the scene.

The more confident you get with your role prep the easier it will get. You’ll gain confidence in your process and best of all, your accent and performance will get stronger.

Most important is to remember to have fun once you’re on set because now is the time to shine. Best of luck on your role prep!!

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These are the EXACT steps I use to teach Actors (from all over the world) how to bridge the gap between process and performance.

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