Mar 6, 2018
Sammi Grant is a professional
dialect/vocal coach and voiceover artist. She has coached over 50
theatrical productions, worked on major television shows, and
provided private coaching to countless actors. Sammi brings a
unique perspective on listening and focusing on the human voice.
Sammi is legally blind and her hearing is more attuned, because it
has to be.
Today, we explore how to listen
like a dialect coach. We also explore the impact of breathing on
how we listen to ourselves and others. Sammi listens deeply to
accents from around the world and translates how those accents are
spoken to teach her clients the use of those accents. She also
provides accent modification to anyone wishing to sound more
is legally blind. She still has impaired vision in one eye, but she
has degenerative glaucoma.
shares a story of Mr. Thompson a great teacher who would really
listen to students.
last couple of years of high school, Sammi started noticing how
people use their voices to tell stories.
is hyper aware and even tones who voice down to sound more general
is aware of what she is doing in a curious non-judgemental
- Consciously using breath and avoiding vocal fry
which can be limiting and not as pleasing to listen to.
- A lot
of people don’t breath before they start talking because of fear of
helps actors learn how to portray a certain role. She strives for
authenticity, comprehension, and acting.
accent needs to be tied to the character and the choices that
- Placement, oral posture, sound changes, rhythm
and intonation are all things she looks at.
also has clients who want to tone down their accents.
shares how to create an accent from London and
- Noticing the feeling and emotion behind the
words without using vision.
pitch and volume to either express or hide your
periods and the characters circumstances play a role in how their
open minded and listen beyond the surface.
Links and Resources:
Sammi Grant on Facebook
Sammi Grant on LinkedIn
How To Do 12 Different Accents
This Dialect Coach Can Transport You With Her
“It’s a natural inclination of
mine to listen and take everything in.” Sammi Grant
“I am accustomed to analyzing my
voice down to tiny little breaths and pauses.” Sammi
“I’d rather listen to people
with different accents than to listen to the same one all day.”
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