Houston, TX, January 09, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Speaking with an authentic accent has become essential over the last decade, with films, television and the internet exposing performers’ voices to more of the world.
“Look at the movies of the ‘50’s and '60’s. Audiences and filmmakers weren’t too concerned about where the movie was set,” says Jim Johnson of AccentHelp. “Even ‘80’s films like 'The Big Easy' only went for a misdirected stereotype of a New Orleans dialect. Accuracy was less important than it is today.”
To meet the new demand for accurate accents, Johnson has teamed with two other professional dialect coaches to make dialect and accent training available instantly online. They currently offer over 25 accents, including a variety of dialects of the British Isles, such as Standard British, Cockney and Welsh, American dialects, such as Southern, Cajun, and Upper Midwest, and a wide variety of accents, such as Castilian Spain, French, Italian, Mexican, and German.
The site is geared toward both the student and the working actor, and is used regularly by actors auditioning for film work in New York and Los Angeles. Notably, the materials were used for working with actors in the recent Australian tour of the Broadway production of West Side Story.
“Just because you’re from Melbourne, it doesn’t mean you don’t know what a New York accent sounds like,” adds Johnson. AccentHelp even provided them with materials for the more obscure Nuyorican accent.
Chicago-based Kate DeVore and University of Wisconsin professor Michelle Lopez-Rios have come together with Johnson to make training materials for over 25 accents available instantly for download. Lopez-Rios was “Excited to not only work with this team of coaches, but to make this dialect resource available to actors.”
Traditionally, dialect training materials haven’t been immediately accessible, as they are at http://www.AccentHelp.com. ‘’We’ve created materials that not only teach accents faster – they are also available instantly,” Johnson added. “They’re what actors need, right when they need them.”