Tips For Mastering the Essential American Accent
With the advent of Netflix and so many other channels, American TV shows and films have never been so widespread and, with many of those shows now being cast and filmed in the UK and Europe, having a US accent is essential. This workshop, led by one of the country’s leading accent and dialect specialists, Terry Besson, will share his vast experience gained over 30 years working on film, TV, radio and theatre projects, which has given him a unique approach to the vocal and physical changes needed when approaching acting in another accent. During the workshop, Terry will take actors through the main points of the American accent using phonetic notes, exercises to retrain the muscles of articulation and breathing, as well as the rhythm and flow of the accent.
Terry Besson is one of the country’s leading accent and dialect specialists. His vast experience gained over 30 years working on film, TV, radio and theatre projects has given him a unique approach to the vocal and physical changes needed when approaching acting in another accent. His work has been honed with his time at many of our leading drama schools and colleges.
Recently he has worked on such diverse projects as the films John Boorman’s Queen and Country (Merlin Films), Jupiter Ascending (Warner Bros), Awaydays (Red Union Films), Clubbed (Formosa Films), Welcome to the Punch (Between the Eyes Productions), Captain Phillips (Sony Pictures), Get Lucky (Gateway/Universal films), and TUPAC (Morgan Creek Productions), Kidnap Diaries (BBC4), the TV series Poirot (ITV), Privates (BBC1), Garrow’s Law (BBC1), Band Of Brothers (DreamWorks/HBO), The Wire (Blown Dead Productions), Banshee; Series 2 (Cinemax/Sandbox), Twilight (Lionsgate) and the West End production of Miss Saigon, and The Gulf. He is also currently voice consultant to London Zoo and the British Museum and runs a weekly accent clinic and monthly classes at the Actors Centre.