I studied French as an undergraduate at Rutgers where I also studied German and Italian and got into accents and dialects there. I continued my French studies in grad school at Columbia, and took courses in phonetics and teaching French, including the accent. When I got into professional acting, I also started coaching accents. And I have taught accents at professional studios, and done private and production coaching. I use lots of accents in my various audiobook recordings. Audio recording is the majority of where I spend my time now.
When was your first book released?
In 1998 I released “Accents: A Manual for Actors”.
What was the main reason for writing your newest book “Teach Yourself Accents: Europe“?
The book is for a new generation of actors. I wanted to provide something that has an easy method to follow.
Who is your target audience?
Younger actors but the series is equally useful to seasoned professional actors and amateurs.