My goal when working with actors is to help them become self-sufficient when preparing a dialect or accent. I aim to give actors the tools to learn a dialect on their own by mastering the International Phonetic Alphabet. While I do work with actors to help them prepare for auditions, I prefer to work with them before they ever need it, helping them to master any dialect or accent they'd like to add to their resume well in advance of a future audition.
When working with non-actors to acquire an American accent, my focus is on meeting the client wherever they are on their journey. Each individual has unique needs and qualities to their voice that require personalized attention with a deft ear and careful instruction.
More than anything, I love the "a-ha" moment -- that sensational experience when a client's eyes light up as they unlock a dialect or accent for the first time.
I also enjoy catering my instruction to the person in front of me. What may work for one person may not work for the next, and it's always an exciting challenge to have to adapt in the moment and find what will resonate with my clients.
Dialects were always very difficult for me, but such an important aspect of character development. My view on it changed once I met Scott and he taught me the right way to use IPA. It has added a whole other professional layer to my acting, and helps me add depth to certain roles.
Scott is a kick ass teacher!! His class is nerdy, creative AND fun...oh...and you will actually learn something valuable to add to your lil' ol' acting craft toolbox :) I've struggled with teaching myself dialects off and on for years using instructional CDs and was super confused as to WTF the IPA was or how to use it effectively because no one I was trying to learn from explained it in a way that I could wrap my brain around. So instead I had to resort to mimicry and only could pull off bits and pieces (a slappy, crappy hodgepodge one might call it) of random-half-ass-wanna-be-dialects, but I never could quite carry on a full conversation (except for a general American Southern only thanks to having a few family members from southern states) ...and rarely ever got up enough nerve to try em out on stage. With Scott's help....in a matter of days... I not only learned WTF the IPA is, how to use it and even MEMORIZED IT...but was ALSO already well on my way to learning and speaking my first dialect (Standard British aka RP) and was actually able to start to speaking it without sounding like a doofus. Fast forward to a few days later: I learned the IPA and the Standard British dialect in less than 2 weeks! Not only that, more importantly, I now FULLY understand how to teach myself ANY dialect I might want to add to my lil' ol' acting skill set.... Yes, you heard me right...Scott taught me this in a matter of DAYS. Take this amazing dialect class with Professor Moffitt. It's well worth it :o)
Scott is a genius with dialects! I had a last minute private coaching session with him before a table read for an accent I had no experience with, and I came out sounding like a native (OK - I'm exaggerating a bit, but seriously, the progress made was insane!). Scott's approach is practical and driven by the extensive research and care he's put into honoring a region's dialect. I felt so confident leaving my coaching with Scott and ended up rocking my read! Scott is my go-to person for learning a dialect on the fly or for an advanced study. Thanks so much for the help, Scott! Me encanta muchisimo! :)
It depends on the goals of the student. For an actor preparing for a role or audition, we will typically slowly work our way through their script and I will introduce individual sound changes into the new dialect or accent as we encounter, all while focusing on the music of the dialect overall.
For actors interested in mastering the International Phonetic Alphabet in order to become self-sufficient in their dialect work, it's a longer process. I usualy will work with actors once per week and give homework until they are proficient at reading and writing in the IPA. After that, I love to continue my weekly sessions with them and help them master each dialect that they want added to their resumes.
For clients seeking accent reduction, or American Accent Acquisiton, it's a very personalized approach that I tailor to the individual depending where they're at on their journey.
BFA in Acting from TCU
Instructor at Young Actors Space in Los Angeles
My rate is currently discounted to $100/hr for Zoom lessons.
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