Voice actor Chris Edgerly is back once again with the seventeenth video in the #VONotes series and today he’s talking about accents in voice acting! The #VONotes series is a video series designed to answer questions about the voice acting industry and each video contains some great tips and references for aspiring voice actors everywhere! If you missed the previous videos in the #VONotes series you can catch up on those here.
Accents in Voice Acting: Chris Edgerly Voice Over Tips #VONotes
Today on #VONotes, I’m gonna talk about accents!
Accents are something that tends to be all about your ear.
If you have one, great, you’re gonna be able to pick it up a lot faster, but it’s still gonna take practice.
If you can fool somebody who is not from the region where you’re doing the accent, then you’ve done a pretty good job. But fooling a local…that’s gonna be a little bit harder. But you don’t need to. You need to sound convincing enough for that casting director or that producer, or that writer to want to use you.
So, having said that, YouTube is one of the best places to go. Amy Walker’s got a great set of videos, she really nails a lot of accents. By the way, I don’t know Amy, I just like to say nice things about people who are good at what they do.
Another way to do it is to break it down phonetically and pronounce the words that way as though you were reading it right off the page.
How I tend to do accents is, I just listen, let my ear take over and I absorb it as best I can and then I mimic.
Being a natural mimic is very helpful and it’s served me well.
If you really wanna sell an accent, you need to be as specific as possible because every region of the world has a difference in vocal idiosyncrasy and that’s what makes it authentic.
For example, someone from London, England is not going to sound like someone who is from Manchester or Kent. There are huge variations and you need to research those and make sure that you can nail them…
[In a British accent] And, even if you were from London, there are a lot of different ways that you can speak depending on what kind of class you were…
[Spoken in received pronunciation AKA “educated” speech] There’s received pronunciation which you’d hear a lot of if you were watching The Crown.
[Spoken in a Cockney accent] But, if you’re from a different side o’ the Thames, you might sound differen’ know wha’ I mean?[Spoken with a slow southern drawl] And I’m from Georgia and there’s about four different accents in that state alone.
[Spoken in a slow Appalachian accent] There’s…uuhhh…Appalachia which is a bit slower and the words seem to be a lot taller.
[Spoken in a low country accent] Then there’s the low country which is a lot more gentile…
The point I’m trying to make is that accents, more than anything else, are about technique, and ear, and a lot of practice. The last thing you wanna do is sound inauthentic, and it takes a lot of work!
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