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About Me

I'm Tom Morton, That Accent Guy.

For the last ten years, I have been teaching Actors in both Europe and North America Received Pronunciation (RP) and the New Standard English Accent(NSEA), along with a wide range of other British and international accents. 

I tailor my training sessions to each actor and project specifically: I don't really believe in the idea of a “One-size-fits-all” method. Instead, I favour a flexible, fun and dynamic approach that I've perfected through years working with actors and professionals from diverse cultures and walks of life. 

 

I'm passionate about fluency in voice and dialect work, and I'm committed to ensuring that the artists who decide to work with me come away with the confidence and natural tone that will allow them to pass for native speakers even when they're surrounded by the real thing! (The importance of which I know only too well as a British actor living and working in North America!)

Is your Hamlet more Elvis than Elsinore?

Does your Cockney sound like Dick Van Dyke spent too many years surfing in Australia?

Whatever the reason, work with an authentic British dialect coach.

 
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TESTIMONIALS

“I love working with Tom, and the fact that he is an actor himself really helps to reinforce my interpretation and delve further into the performance. And of course, there is the huge advantage of working with someone completely fluent in both languages!

I always love the discussions we have around the work too, it’s a fascinating experience!”

LEA SEYDOUX, Zoe, Spectre, Blue is the Warmest Color

 

Method

The Curriculum is not set in stone and evolves according to each student’s ability, progress and work put in.

As with all learning, you get what you put in, and progress varies somewhat as a result.

The process can be worked on at a leisurely pace of one to two lessons a week, or intensively at a rate of two hours a day, 5 days a week.

  • Getting to know you !

    • Establishing experience of target dialect

    • Previous accent work

    • Identifying baseline accent

    • Explore goals, ambitions and expectation

  • History will teach us… a lot

    • Roots of the target accent/ historical context

    • Influences and variations

    • Examples (celebrity soundalikes - references)

 

  • Shape up!

    • Here we explore the sound placement and mouth shape required for the target accent.

 

  • You must be Kitting

    • The Kit List

    • The vowel sounds and how they differ

    • Drills

 

  • The Consonant Gardener

    • Pinpointing and working the key distinguishing consonant sounds that make the target accent unique.

 

  • Mind The Gap!

    • Exploring the traps of the target accent

    • Semantic differences of note (garbage ≠ rubbish)

 

  • Hustle & Flow

    • Every accent has its own distinguishing melody, or lack thereof. In this step we look at the music of the target accent and work towards it.

 

  • Drill Baby Drill!

    • Through the use of games, exercises and texts, we bring all the different ingredients together into one delicious accent soup.

 
 
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