Before we start, I'll send you a brief text for you to record and send to me. This way, for our introductory lesson, we'll be able to work far more efficiently as I'll already have an idea of which sounds we get started on.
Let me lay out the typical curriculum for a beginner:
- basics of the phonetic alphabet
- sound drills
- tongue twisters
- regional American Accents (advanced)
- rhythm & intonation (advanced)
Recording yourself when practicing is the most important aspect of your progress. It'll teach your ear to listen for the right sounds. Most of the time, students aren't aware of which sounds they are doing right or wrong which can also result in thinking one is saying a sound wrong when in fact it is right. In either case, it is important to listen back to your own voice to recognize objectively if the sound was spoken correctly.
As part of your curriculum, you will receive Google Documents that go into detail for each sound. This will be paired with audio files so that you can listen to the words, phrases and sentences read out loud while you're practicing.
When I studied acting professionally in New York City, we spent a big chunk of time on "Voice & Speech" and "Neutral American" classes as well as One on One coaching. This means my ear is very attuned to discerning sounds and accents and I'll be able to help you achieve a neutral American sound. (It's very important as an actor to have a "neutral" accent since, especially in TV and Film, a regional accent can be quite distracting if the character's regional background isn't important to the story.)
These classes and years of study endowed me with the knowledge I use to teach students from across the world to reduce their accent / acquire an American accent. I do want to note that the "neutral" accent commonly refers to what some Americans may see as a "suburban caucasian accent". One of the main things this means is that 'r's are not dropped or overly stressed (as happens in some regional southern American accents)
I, myself, am living and working in the US and auditioning for American parts as an actor. However, originally, I am from Europe and grew up bilingually (German & Czech). I grew up in Munich, Bavaria.
This also means that I know exactly how you feel. I've been in your shoes and let me tell you: it is possible to sound like a native speaker and it doesn't take a lifetime of work to master it. All it takes is dedication, hard work and a good teacher ;)
Payment: I accept Paypal, Venmo and Zelle. Payment is required to set the time and date for the session. The price for an a la carte session (just 1 x 1hr) is $30. If you decide to keep working with me, you can get a 10 session package where you get one session free ($270 instead of $300). Let me know which payment processor you'd like to use or if for some reason neither of these payment processors work for you.
Cancellation Policy: You can cancel your session up to 24hours before the time of the session and reschedule for free or get a full refund for that session (If that session is part of a 10 session package, we'd just reschedule for another day). If you cancel after that (e.g. 4hrs before the session), the session will not be refunded.
William Esper Studio (New York City)
- Voice & Speech for professional actors
- Neutral American class & 1-on-1 coaching
- Acting Technique (Meisner)
- On Camera Acting
Strong background in verbal and written communication in customer service and sales at the following companies:
- Blink Health (phone, emails, chat, explaining technical and health care related issues to users)
- Bose (phone, emails, in person, explaining and demonstrating premium products like speakers, headphones and sound systems)
- Theater Direct (phone, emails, explaining and selling theater subscriptions)
- Jacob Krueger Studio (phone, emails, in person, training and supervising assistants and helping teachers and students)
Perfect! Dillon is very professional, patient, calm and able to explain the lessons in terms easy to understand. I really recommend him. Thanks you so much Dillon!
He is a very hard worker. I could tell in our second session that he had already done work on his own as I had recommended (which students don't always do). I can tell he is very dedicated and he's a pleasure to work with!
Dillon is extremely competent in his area and I would recommend him to anyone willing to improve their English or their pronunciation skills. He is very disciplined (never late for a class, never cancels without notification), has a methodical approach and truly engages with the student. The results are tangible, I would recommend him without hesitation.
I have been talking accent reduction classes with Dillon and its been incredible helpful.
Dillon is a great teacher, very professional and patient, he is definitely the best option for anyone who wants to improve their English pronunciation and accent. He has a wide knowledge of the topic and his methodology fits anyone. I am very happy and feel more confident now to speak thanks to his lessons. Thank you Dillon!
Dillon has this special mix of focus, fun, and empathy. He really understands how to break down sounds and accents from both a technical and emotional place. This makes it so much easier for me to learn and have fun in the process. I wholeheartedly recommend him if you're looking for accent reduction and/or help with nailing an accent for an audition or role.
I just want to say that if you're thinking about working with any accent or dialect coach, it's important to remember that this is like learning anything. There's a learning curve. You won't be able to just do it overnight.
I've worked with Dillon outside of superprof. I'm an actor as well so I knew him through 'the industry' so to speak. He was able to quickly recognize what I needed to work on and gave me some great exercises and tips. I really enjoy working with him still. I'm not American and I noticed a really big difference in my speech for sure. I really like that somehow this makes Americans take me more seriously for some strange reason. It's weird, but there's definitely something that makes Americans think of you differently when you have a strong accent so I'm glad that I have worked on that and continue to work on it.
Dillon is really detail oriented and really stresses how important it is to be consistent. It's clear pretty fast why he managed to get so good at this. He works hard and breaks it down into manageable pieces without overwhelming you. I feel like it's very easy to get overwhelmed when trying to get rid of your accent because there are a lot of variables to juggle at the same time but he addresses that really well. I didn't know that actors had such extensive training on sounds and accents, at least where he trained!
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