This is for those of you that want to know a little more about the guy behind Donald The Dialect Coach.
I’m Donald Gipson.
I’ve been training in dialects and accent reduction since 2002. Through dialect and accent reduction coaching, I’ve been fortunate enough to work with a lot of awesome people.
I began learning dialects when I was 17 . It was mind-blowing to say the least. I was overwhelmed by the complexities, the sound changes, and the challenges of how to do a believable dialect.
I grew up in a small town in Texas. My family didn’t have a lot of money and I was determined to get a theatre scholarship. I focused on building my skills to make myself more desirable to colleges and more well-rounded as an actor. One of the skills that I was drawn to was dialects. I was fascinated by the power to make your character sound like they can be from anywhere (and have the audience believe it!)
I didn’t have access to dialect training in the beginning. It was a lot of trial and error. To put it another way, I did A LOT of terrible dialects before I began understanding what makes a dialect work.
I ended up getting a full ride to college (heck yeah!) and then the education REALLY began. It took me years and several specialized trainings of very complicated systems before things began to click for me. I began to take the complicated systems for learning dialects and accent reduction and stripping them down so that anyone can understand how to do them.
I de-mystified dialects.
That’s one of the reasons why I made this site. I want to show you the techniques and skills that I have learned over the years so you don’t have to go through the same grueling trial and error process.
You can learn dialects in days instead of weeks or months like I did.
As a professional actor and dialect coach in Los Angeles, I fully understand the value of having skills as an actor. Nobody can ever take your skills aways from you. Your skills set you apart from your competition.
I show you the fun and easy way to learn dialects and reduce your accent. More importantly, I teach you how to own a dialect, build up your skill set, and add more value to yourself as an actor.
Another reason why I made this site was when I searched around the net for dialect tutorials, I didn’t like what I found. I found people who spoke over your head and gave the impression that dialect training is a magical, difficult, and unattainable goal.
I’m here to tell you that dialect training and accent reduction is a skill. A skill CAN be learned.
There is nothing unattainable about learning a skill.
Hard work + Time = Success.
I will give you short cuts so that your time spent working is reduced BUT you will have to work.
The good news is, it’ll be fun. I promise ; )
So my goal with this site is to provide you with high quality tutorials and articles that help you reach the next level with your skills and goals that you have with dialect training and accent reduction.
I want to empower actors around the world and ensure that they can access professional instruction anywhere!
If you are interested in FREE dialect and accent reduction tutorials and articles, please sign up for my email newsletter below or anywhere on this site. It’s awesome. Seriously.
I’m the only one running this site and I’d flipping love to hear from you!
If you have questions, drop me a line at Donald@donaldthedialectcoach.com
Let’s do AMAZING things,