Accents with Aria
Welcome to Ariaccents! I’m Aria and I am here to help you improve your accents, whether it's for an audition, performance, or for your own interpersonal relationships. I'm happy to support your growth and help you build the confidence to feel your very best!
Like many kids growing up, I've always been a bit of a chameleon, taking on the energy of people around me and soaking up sounds, behaviors and voices. I loved playing the parrot, and as a little one, I was constantly put on the spot by family and friends to impersonate different characters, movements, and voices. My ear for languages, as well as my knowledge and love of music and cultures, sparked my passion for dialects which came years later. That spark became a fire when studying a non regional Mexican dialect and I later started working as an apprentice to renowned dialect coach, Doug Abrahams (Elysium, The Company You Keep, Merlin's Apprentice).
Motivated to learn more, I gradually started to enhance my proficiency in various dialects, as I was fascinated by the origin of language and specifically different accents. As my appreciation for the study of the history and development of diverse accents and languages grew, my interest in coaching emerged naturally. Ever since my very first coaching experience, I was hooked! Now I actively continue to train and build my knowledge of phonetics, voice acting and resonance which has taken me to different countries where I am happily increasing my expertise and adding some new dialects to my list.
Recent Coaching Work: Dichan Lachman on "Altered Carbon," Rachel Hunter on "Her Infidelity," Cailean Connolly on "The Man in the High Castle."
If you would learn more about my acting work, please visit my official website at www.ariademaris.com.
Being able to instill confidence in a person and free them from doubt, is one of the best feelings. I believe being a coach is more than simply "coaching." It's about supporting and guiding someone towards their goal and allowing their focus to settle on the imaginative process rather than the dialect. This gives them the freedom to find the voice and accent of the character in their given circumstances and bring them to life. Accents add to the life and story of a character and I'm here to guide you by giving you the basis you need to understand the important principles listed below. I always work happily to accommodate various learning styles and techniques of teaching, since not everyone learns the same way. Figuring out how a person learns and retains information is just another exciting aspect of being a dialect coach that I enjoy, and it allows me to tailor a style to suit that individual. When achieving an authentic sounding dialect, its important to understand the right musicality of the language, vowels and consonants, the pitch, and the placement of the tongue.
You will learn:
- Vowel Changes
- Consonant Changes
- Specific Pronunciations
As a dialect coach, I find foreign accents to be so musical, unique and beautiful to the ear. For others living in such a cosmopolitan city, the presence of a foreign accent can be an obstacle and at times frustrating when it comes to communicating efficiently since English is the commonly spoken language. Whether it is to achieve a more comfortable presence in the acting or business world, or simply for your self assurance, I can help you reduce your native dialect and feel comfortable with a more readily understandable English dialect. Working together I can help teach you with phonetics, the different consonant qualities and sounds, pure vowel sounds, as well as consonant and vowel combinations. Additionally we can focus on grammatical and sentence structure errors or any other issues you may have, and feel you would like to correct, in order to help you feel more confident with your own speech pattern.
You will learn:
- Consonant Sounds
- Vowel Sounds
- Consonant and Vowel Combinations
- Grammatical and Sentence Structure
Some Sweet Words
“Aria has proven to be one of the most dedicated students I have had the pleasure of instructing over many years in this field. I met Aria when she took a course I was teaching through the Actor’s Union in Vancouver, Canada. Her diligence and eagerness to learn made her stand out in every aspect of her studies as she always took that extra step to ensure her work was completed to the best of her abilities. Her communication skills were top notch as was her ability to work with others in groups and in pairs. Exceptionally well prepared, she asked very intelligent questions and took great care in recording her studies and findings. Confident in her abilities, and after completing her courses with me, I have had Aria both assist me and fill in for me on numerous occasions and she has proven herself to be a very capable dialect coach.”
More Sweet Words
Professional Actor/Voice-over Artist
“Aria is a supremely gifted dialect coach. A talented actor, and linguist in her own right, she just has the knack of being able to coax the right sounds out of you. She had me functional in all of the New York boroughs after one session and most recently with German on Man in the High Castle.”
Professional Actor, Owner and Head Coach of Biz Studio
“Aria is a fantastic coach. She’s prepared, professional, very supportive and easy to work with. She’s helped me with New Jersey, Polish, Cockney, and London, and she’ll be my first call for the next one.”
“I have been learning American Accent with Aria and she has been a great tutor. It has been a really nice experience. She is patient, kind, encouraging, and reliable. I highly recommend her.”
Professional Actor and Model
“Aria was friendly and welcoming, she was professional and knows what she's talking about. She was able to target certain parts of my speech and helped customise it to the dialects I'm aiming to improve. I would definitely recommend Aria to anyone and everyone looking to train, be it for work or fun.”
Professional Actress & Drama Facilitator
“Aria really helped me hone in on the details of a complicated accent - Mexican American. It was also great being able to work on my Mexican Spanish accent as there really aren't many vocal coaches in London who are also bilingual & can offer that service! A comfortable and engaging session which got me well on my way to perfecting these accents.”
Professional Actor & Stunt Performer/Performance Capture Actor
“Working with Aria was brilliant! She was impressively flexible around my time. Found the sessions clear, constructive, and highly professional! I would approvingly recommend anyone who is looking to begin, improve, or finesse their skills to approach Aria.”
Professional Actress and Dancer
“I thoroughly enjoyed my coaching sessions with Aria. She had a very gentle and natural approach and made me feel very comfortable.”
“I am very glad I got to work with Aria on my British accent before my audition. I felt confident to not be constantly thinking about it during my performance. Thank you for your help, I appreciate it.”
If you have any questions, or just want to say hi, use the form below to get in touch. I am also available on Skype if you are unable to meet me in person. I look forward to hearing from you!