My coaching focuses on learning the International Phonetic Alphabet as a super technical approach to acquiring a Dialect, as opposed to simple repetition techniques.
I have an extremely nerdy passion for analyzing the different sounds we make with our vocal apparatus. This is not the easy way to learn a Dialect or Accent; it requires actual study and a desire to improve.
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! :)
I recommend spending roughly 5-8 lessons, depending on the student, learning what's called the International Phonetic Alphabet, or IPA. Once the student has learned this, I introduce them to my method. With my method, they can go on to teach themselves any dialect they wish, be it by themselves, or with my guidance.
I graduated from Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, TX in 2012. While earning my BFA degree in Acting, I focused most of my studies on learning the IPA, and applying it to teaching my self and others dialects and accents.
1 Hour Lesson - $50
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My passion for teaching the IPA developed in college, when I TA'd several Voice & Speech and Dialect classes for actors. I found the challenge of communicating the intricacies of the IPA to be invigorating and rewarding.
Everyone from working actors who book regularly, to beginners who are just starting out.
Be wary of dialect coaches who simply coach you on the text in front of you by encouraging you to parrot them; it will get the job done the day of, but you will never become self-sufficient in dialect work.
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