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Why you should cold read every day

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by Katherine Beck in American accent tips
19/08/2020

Do you ever feel nervous or lacking confidence for that U.S. audition? You’ve done the preparation but you still feel a little insecure about your accent? Maybe you’re worried that you will drop out of the accent in the audition?

If I am honest and you are too…we have probably all felt this way at some point. But something interesting shifted for me when I started to learn about voiceovers. In just about any voiceover class or workshop I have taken the instructor would usually recommend we cold read voiceover scripts every day. This would help us build up our sight reading skills and feel more comfortable reading a script naturally on the first go. You see, in voiceover we often receive the script at the voiceover job. Sometimes we may see it before hand, for example, if we are asked to audition for the job first. Most of the time though we get it when we are at the job, ready to enter the voiceover booth.

So that always gets me thinking. If voiceover helps build confidence in the voice actor….surely it would do the same for performing in the American accent (whether on stage, screen or voiceover).

So let’s test out this theory shall we? Choose a U.S. TV or film script and read out loud in the American accent for 10 minutes every day for one week. Take it even one step further and record yourself. What did you notice by the end of the week? Is it easier to read out loud in the accent? Does it feel more natural? Do you feel more confident cold reading/performing new material?

Is this exercise challenging? Yes. But will you grow from this exercise, feel more confident speaking and performing in the accent? Yes! So if you’re ready to start taking your American accent to the next level try doing some cold reading every day this week.

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