Acting with an Accent

Lately I had the opportunity to work with a couple local actors who are looking to augment their accents. They have explained to me that when you have a foreign accent in acting it limits your range to take on roles. I know that when a casting director thinks of an ideal candidate for a part, he or she is looking for a certain physical look. So, it also makes sense that he or she is looking for a voice that matches the character, too. Fair enough. With my actors, we often work on their scripts, preparing them for a role they already have. Or, we work on material for upcoming auditions focusing on vowels, consonants, and intonation. As we know, vowels differences between regions comprise a large part of the accent challenge. If you're an actor with an accent and you think that it may be limiting your range for casting purposes, then get in touch!