Which Accents are Best to Learn?

  • Will Brigham

    Actor

    Hey everyone,

    In my spare time I like to learn new skills that I think might help my acting career, such as instruments, stage combat, etc..

    I want to be able to do more accents, but I'm unsure which accent will be most beneficial to dedicate time to and learn. I was thinking of learning an American accent, however unsure which one, and whether general American is worth learning, or learning specific ones.

    Any thoughts on the matter would be appreciated,

    Thanks in advance,

    Will Brigham

    • 6th Mar 2020
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  • Oz Direncay

    Actor

    Whichever you think will suit your casting type but also, whichever you actually want to learn. You need to want to learn that language in order for it to be enjoyable for you and get the most out of the learning experience.

    • 4th Mar 2020
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  • Oz Direncay

    Actor

    Sorry I can't edit the post it seems, so I'll say that by demand you probably want to try and master RP as well as a standard American accent. Outside of that, I think it depends as I said on your casting type.

    Also I realise I said language in the last post I meant to say accent, whoops!

    • 4th Mar 2020
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  • Will Brigham

    Actor

    Thanks for the response Oz,

    You make some good points, I didn't really think about my type cast when asking this question, so that helps a lot! General American now definitely seems the most logical first accent to go for.

    Thanks again for your input man.

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  • Jason Yip

    Actor

    I would go with what Oz says. The British RP accent is very useful for a variety of things such as corporate videos, training videos, voiceovers, etc. I would say probably Standard American as a second accent.

    But do you already have a regional accent that can be used? I'm originally from Liverpool and do have the accent, but I allow myself to speak in RP all the time to make it more natural. I've also cultivated a London accent, having lived here since 1993.

    So if you have an accent from where you grew up, where you now live, and you add British RP and Standard American, that's 4 accents you can offer!

    • 6th Mar 2020
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