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The Candidates and Their Voices – Part Two – The Bern

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Now to the other lefty, the-old-that-is-new-again, Mr. Sanders or “Feel The Bern” Bernie. As we know, Bernie is from Brooklyn and boy does he SOUND like it! I found an interview with him from 1988, when he was mayor of Vermont and not on the campaign trail. It’s nice to see him more relaxed, though fascinatingly, he is ...

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EP 07 – Your Own Uniqueness is Important

Friday, January 8, 2016

In this Episode, Philip Charles MacKenzie talks about the camera and how…”it really looks into your soul, and your soul better be available...” We talk about starting out with co-star roles and why owning your uniqueness, even when the role is small, is important and can get you more work. Philip Charles MacKenzie is an award ...

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An Intentional Year

Monday, January 4, 2016

When I think of the whole “New Year’s Resolution” thing that crystallizes every year at this time on the keen edges of ending and beginning years, something about it seems a bit...limp. I mean, seriously, how many times have we gone down this road, dutifully writing down three things we want to bring to our lives ...

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Fetishizing British Speech

Monday, December 14, 2015

At the end of last week, The Huff Post did a blurb on some Brit actors from Downton Abbey doing a scene from the show in their best American accents while guesting on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Watch it here. Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary Crawley on D.A. forsakes her upper-class british articulations ...

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Something I’ve Noticed About American Speech

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

I was coaching two of my favorite Italian students last week and we discovered that to sound more American they had to use more breath while they were speaking -- more than they use normally for both Italian and English. The same thing happened earlier today with a student who hails from both Jamaica and ...

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Giving Thanks

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Yes, it’s that time of year here in the US when all of us are urged to take time to reflect on the people/places/things for which we are grateful. Some folks go home to eat turkey (or ToFurkey or TurDuckEn) at the family dinner table, and others sup with friends -- what one of my ...

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