About

To be uncharacteristic for a Brit, I must brag a wee bit and inform you that I won Backstage Magazine’s Los Angeles Readers’ Choice Award for Favorite Dialect/Voice Coach two years in a row. Backstage Magazine is specifically geared to actors but they have the same issues as business people. And in 2010, I was named as One of The Top 5 Voice Coaches by Hollywood Weekly Magazine.

I was born in London, England and have lived in Montréal, Toronto, and Los Angeles, four of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, and am now based in sunny Florida. I believe my life’s path prepared me to become one of the many high demand Accent – Dialect coaches.

I must tell you that I love my job. Helping you to communicate is my passion. With people across the global now so closely connected, it’s extremely important that we can do so with ease and clarity. And with the classes being on Skype, we can connect whenever and wherever.

What makes me an accent expert?

The answer is, my background. I have been immersed in world accents and different languages every day of my life; English (Cockney, London, Manchester etc), Irish, French, Moroccan, Persian, Indian, Egyptian, Portuguese, Italian, Greek, Russian, Chinese, Jamaican, Scottish, Polish, French and Anglo Canadian, New Yorkese, Lebanese…truly an international upbringing!

My foreign students remark how my worldly experience helps put them at ease, that I grasp their frustrations, that I “get them”. I do not teach at them, I share. Conversely, my American students are amazed how my American accents are so authentic.

I’m an autodidact (self-taught).

My teaching style is organic, catering to your needs, goals and schedule. I have created an original approach, incorporating my own techniques with fundamentals like IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) and other proven concepts. My approach is very much like that of real life character, Lionel Logue, the elocution teacher in the film, THE KING’S SPEECH, a brilliant film if you haven’t seen it!

I promise you, it’s an enjoyable process. This is not a dry, pre-programmed course. I want you to look forward to the lessons and always have the desire to learn.

My teaching style is organic

I speak with the most desired American accent for professionals, the Standard American accent. It’s considered neutral, with no hint of regional sounds. I designed my accent to be this way. It’s no accident!

I’m also expert at the neutral British/English accent (RP), often desired by those outside of the USA and Canada. Clear diction is also a part of an accent. I guide you towards clear speech, regardless of your nationality. Foreign and American born people benefit greatly from proper enunciation, as it raises communication skills creating better life opportunities. Good diction implies intelligence and confidence.

Nonverbal communication is another important component to the interchange of ideas. Having been a successful actress, (I have starred and co-starred in more than 100 television shows, commercials and radio dramas throughout my career), I am acutely aware how behaviors and unconscious emotions affect observers. I will alert you to conduct that may be inhibiting your growth.

youtube I’m also an accent coach for actors, guiding sounds to suit respective characters. I’ve worked with actors from all over the world on 100s of different accents. I instruct students  worldwide via Skype, and I’m available to travel to you anywhere in the world.

Via Skype, I can work with your colleagues and or employees, who need to converse comfortably with American and British clients or associates. My goal is to guide everyone to be the best possible person in every situation; a strong leader, a powerful motivator or a caring professional.

I work with many people across the globe and career spectrum, for example:

CHINA, RUSSIA, IRAN, INDIA, CZECH REPUBLIC, FRANCE, GERMANY, COLOMBIA, BRAZIL, JAPAN, UKRAINE, KOREA, PAKISTAN, EGYPT, SPAIN, ITALY, ENGLAND, JAMAICA, SOUTH AFRICA, GHANA, ENGLAND, ROMANIA, SCOTLAND, IRELAND, ETHIOPIA

IT PROFESSIONALS, CORPORATE EXECUTIVES, DOCTORS, LAWYERS, PROFESSORS, JOURNALISTS, PUBLIC SPEAKERS, STUDENTS, ENGINEERS, MARKETING SPECIALISTS, ACTORS, SINGERS, POLITICIANS, SALES ENGINEERS, INVESTMENT PROFESSIONALS, OFFICE MANAGERS, DENTISTS

TO BE OR NOT TO BE AMERICAN

It seems more people want to hear and see me, so here I am!
In this very short video, I’m giving you just a super quick sample how to sound like you have a real American accent if English is not your first language. As you know, speaking English with an American accent and sounding like you were born here can be a challenge.

My goal is always to make you sound authentic, no matter what the accent is that you are learning.

Have fun and thank you for watching.

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