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Be Present when you Present. Overcoming fear of public speaking is …
Thursday, January 07, 2021 - 19:05Worse than …? Fear of public speaking is widely touted as the number one fear. The first well known survey in 1973 showed three times more people fear public speaking than death. More recent surveys show that between 40% and 60% of people are terrified of, or hate making speeches and presentations, with more women scared of public speaking than men. Even actors often dislike it because they are not in role and so .........
Take 2 Stools – How self-tape auditions are changing the face of the casting process
Saturday, June 06, 2020 - 17:59Take 2 stools, a pile of hard backed books, a table, a cuddly toy, and a big wad of blu tack: what have you got? You guessed: the beginnings of a rather shaky, somewhat lopsided, and rather unconvincing self-tape.
Parallel Effect – The effect of /r/ in the American Accent
Monday, January 13, 2020 - 21:55In the general American accent, the retroflex /r/ has such a pronounced effect on the vowels adjacent to it, particularly when in the case of a final ‘rhotic’ /r/ closing a syllable, it dramatically changes their quality. Whatever the preceding vowel, the ‘r-colouring’ effect seems to end up pushing the vowel parallel and close to the top of the hard palate. Literally.
A take on Canadian Accents – by Canadian Linguist Kelsey Flynn
Tuesday, January 01, 2019 - 18:44The Canadian accent seems to always appear in media as either non-existant, or it’s so over generalized that it’s comical. And while it’s almost true that we say “eh?” as much as the stereotype, there are a few points that distinguish the Canadian accent in its sound and its history from other English-speaking accents.
In the zone? In or out? Changing shape
Monday, November 19, 2018 - 22:59Learning a new accent can mean stepping way out of the comfort zone - initially a new voice placement can feel counter-intuitive and unfamiliar.
Uh huh. The schwa / ə /. Great starting point for learning accents
Friday, June 16, 2017 - 16:10Ever watched a film or play where the accent is really good but somehow not quite right? Often it&rs
How not to typecast an accent
Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 16:11What is typecasting? So you are learning a new accent for a role, audition, or to help with clear communication. The process of picking up an accent is ...
Stepping West – the story of the General American accent
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 01:47When asked, “What is the General American accent?” some Americans might reply “Sorry? Is there such a thing?”. Others might reply “Well, the accent with no
RP: A popular British accent with very few native speakers
Monday, October 13, 2014 - 02:02So what is it about RP? It is the British accent that is most commonly taught to non-native speakers, as well as being considered a ‘must have’ accent on any actor's
The Brazilian Accent of English
Friday, October 03, 2014 - 10:58Going from the north to the south of the biggest nation in South America, you really