Accents and dialects exist because, as little ones, we learn to speak our own languages with very specific muscle groups. Usually, when people attempt other accents, they often try to recreate the sounds they hear, maybe working on phonetics or sound patterns, without actually learning how to place these new sounds in a whole new set of muscle groups that they're not used to engaging.
With the right techniques, learning accents and dialects is a lot easier than you think. You don’t actually need to be a dialect expert or fluent in the phonetic alphabet to begin to take on or even master accents for any voiceover medium.
In this webinar, Karen Strassman will share some of the components from her upcoming class. She will show you the tools and techniques to approaching any accent or dialect in an efficient and organic way, bringing you the heart of a dialect, its placements, cultural implications and individual life force.
Karen Strassman is an actress, voice-over artist, and acting-voiceover-dialect coach. Karen started her career over 30 years ago as a student in Paris when she was hired by a coaching studio as an American dialect coach to train French actors for the many co-productions coming through France. She was soon asked to coach many celebrities privately who were preparing for roles in English and then quickly began working on tv and film sets all over France, first as a dialect coach and then as an actress herself, and was soon accepted into the prestigious Conservatoire National Superieur d’Art Dramatique in Paris, where she studied theatre in French, honing her own skills in a foreign language. Since, she has been working in theatre, film, tv, mocap, and voiceover projects all over the world. Karen also casts and directs voiceover and continues to coach both in workshops and privately. With over 550 credits on IMDB, some credits include: BOSCH, CREEPSHOW, PREACHER, SILICON VALLEY.