"Audiobook narration requires a very special approach to dialects and accents, and P.J. Ochlan’s tremendous skill as an actor, teacher and coach brings this craft to a whole new level. I sought out Dr. Dialect on a difficult project where I needed to portray a dozen medieval Irish warriors plus their female counterparts, and P.J. helped me nail not just the accents, but to create unique and believable male characters! I couldn’t have done it without him – big thanks!"
For actor dialect coaching we typically review the 'rules' of the accent/dialect so you have a clear understanding of why it sounds the way it does and how to reproduce the specific sounds effectively. We then work directly with your project sides/script, applying what you've learned to the specific material you'll be using.
Individual private sessions are generally one hour and are available in person at our Los Angeles office. We also regularly work with many students locally and globally via Skype, FaceTime and telephone. Internet connection speeds vary, however we have found that our online video coaching is typically extremely effective and as good as working in person.
We record in-person sessions and provide you with an mp3. For online video sessions, we encourage you to record from your side using Skype recording software, etc.
marg haynes (Director, International Programmes/ Talent Development - Australian Inst. of Performing Arts)
"Australian actors take their training and craft very seriously. At AIPA we only work with industry leaders and professionals. We have had engaged several great US dialect coaches over the years, but the actor feedback and satisfaction has never been as high as it is with P.J. Actors describe him as giving, thorough, attentive, patient and fun. P.J. works with our juniors (8-12 yrs), teens (13-17) and adults 18+. As a qualified teacher, producer and director I would recommend P.J. to any actors looking for a true professional."
An accent is meant to enhance your performance, not hinder it. Too often, accents dictate performances because actors fall into the trap of thinking 'accent = character.' In the real world, one accent is usually spoken by millions of different personalities, so, while cultural differences may inform certain character choices, you should be able to bring a complex and honest persona to your performance just as you would without an accent.
With the Dr. Dialect approach, you'll learn your character's accent as a technical element - not unlike memorizing your lines or hitting your marks. This process will give you the freedom to develop your character 'with the accent' rather than 'by the accent.'
marjo-riikka makela (Artistic Director - Chekov Studio)
"P.J. is the real thing! I've had the pleasure of working with him both for my own accents as an actor, as well as bringing him on board to coach my actors while directing. It's been crucial for me, to have a coach who has an endless amount of patience, kindness, sense of humor and ease, but who also TRULY KNOWS what he is talking about and gets quick results with actors because of the wonderful way he works with each individual. P.J. is able to tell it to you in as many ways as you need to hear it to get it! He can change his approach according to your needs. Being an actor himself, he has a wide understanding of the actor's process which is a great benefit when working on a role for an audition or already booked job, because the actors get to work directly on each character's speech while building the character. I hope you will be so very lucky to get to work with this amazing coach soon!"
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