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Cancellation policy: We are happy to change appointments any time up to 24 hours prior; changes within 24 hours will be subject to a 50% late cancellation charge.

Appointments:

2016
January 14, 2016, 8 am Central Time
January 25, 2016, 9 am Central Time
February 8, 2016, 9 am Central Time
March 7, 2016, 9 am Central Time (in credit for one more session after this)
March 14, 2016, 9 am Central Time
March 21, 2016, 9 am Central Time (in credit for three more sessions after this)
March 30, 2016, 9 am Central Time
April 11, 2016, 9 am Central Time
May 5, 2016, 9 am Central Time
May 9, 2016, 9 am Central Time (in credit for three more sessions after this)
May 25, 2016, 9 am Central Time
May 30, 2016, 9 am Central Time
July 4, 2016, 9 am Central Time
September 19, 2016, 9 am Central Time (in credit for three more sessions after this)
September 26, 2016, 9 am Central Time
October 10, 2016, 9 am Central Time
October 24, 2016, 9 am Central Time
November 7, 2016, 9 am Central Time (in credit for three more sessions after this)
November 21, 2016, 9 am Central Time
December 5, 2016, 9 am Central Time
December 19, 2016, 9 am Central Time

2017
January 2, 2017, 9 am Central Time (in credit for three more sessions after this)
January 16, 2017, 9 am Central Time (and every second Monday thereafter)
January 30, 2017, 9 am Central Time
February 13, 2017, 9 am Central Time
February 27, 2017, 9 am Central Time (in credit for three more sessions after this)
March 13, 2017, 9 am Central Time
March 27, 2017, 9 am Central Time
April 10, 2017, 9 am Central Time
April 24, 2017, 9 am Central Time
May 8, 2017, 9 am Central Time
May 22, 2017, 9 am Central Time

Phone numbers:

Email: ikedsherr@gmail.com; jsherr@dynamis.edu

Skype address: ike.sherr

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Session Notes/Homework:

January 14, 2016, Session #1. Today we thoroughly explored your voice, speech, and accent skills.  We talked about audiobooks, voicing animated features, straight narration, and commercials.  I directed you in a few commercials.  Your voice is pleasant, varied, and expressive; your diction is precise; your accent and character voice skills are impressive; you are highly directable; you work well in both character voice and straight narration; and your love of voice work is clear to all.  You could well pursue a career in the voice performance field.  It was a pleasure to meet you.

January 25, 2016, Session #2. Today we worked on the Yorkshire dialect. As I expected, you were very accurate though we did find a few signature sounds that you weren’t consistent with. We spent time on the acting too, and you proved yourself very directable. My direction for you to slow down and do more thinking as the character was something you had no trouble with at all. Your own inner tempo is quite fast, but you showed yourself able to adapt to the tempo needed for the character. We will do Indian next time, and perhaps one other of your choosing. Let me know ahead of time.

February 8, 2016, Session #3. Today we worked on the Indian dialect.  You were close to perfect.  Well done.  You were even able to read the exercises in other accents, without preparation.  We practiced creating the two different vocal characters of Gandhi and his wife.   We reviewed the Yorkshire too.  Good work!

March 7, 2016, Session #4. Today we tackled American Southern and Russian.  You are superb at Russian, but tend to over-stress the Southern;  you should emphasize fewer words.  When I asked you to focus on telling the story you were more believable.   In the Russian we got as far as Galina’s monologue.

March 14, 2016, Session #5. Today we finished the Russian monologues.  As your command of the accent is so good, I concentrated instead on the acting.  The aim was to ensure that you subsumed the accent into the story-telling, and that the accent wasn’t “foregrounded.”   Also that you weren’t “telegraphing,” “demonstrating,” “indicating,” or simply attempting to “show” the audience the character’s feelings.  This concept involves trusting that the text will do much of the work for you, allowing you to “get out of the way” of the story, which will tell itself.   This leads to the actor being “transparent” and the story being honored and foregrounded.   I don’t want to see you doing the acting — this is another way of thinking about it.  We moved on to the Australian;  you hadn’t yet done much work on this, so you should do more study on this for next time.

March 21, 2016, Session #6. Today we finished the Australian.  Well done!  You had worked hard on this.  But your Scottish was even better!  We will work on Hamlet and the original pronuciation next time.

March 30, 2016, Session #7. Today we started work on OP.  You have a good grasp of it. We started to apply the accent to the Hamlet 1:2 speech, but went beyond OP to the acting and verse-speaking techniques; you had no difficulty taking my coaching/direction and immediately improved.  We jumped over to Welsh, and you showed a good grasp (though sounding a little Indian at first — a familiar trap). For next time: Concentrate on the new Hamlet monologue. Listen to famous actors performing it. Send me links to their performances. Memorize the speech and make it your own.  Do your homework on the meaning of everything, using a footnoted edition of the play, like the Arden, or a good online edition like David Crystal’s Shakespeare’s Words.  Prepare to deliver it in OP.

April 11, 2016, Session #8. Today we worked on the Hamlet monologue.  Your command of OP was great.  And you finished up with treating me to the Italian coordination exercises; just about perfect!  Make sure you memorize the Hamlet for next time, unless you already did, and let me know which accent(s) you would like to work on next.

May 5, 2016, Session #9.  Today we worked Hamlet (OP excellent, understanding and memorization not so perfect), Edmund (OP and understanding excellent), and on a Spanish accent (excellent again).  Next time we will work Hamlet again (fully memorized!), Edmund, perhaps Shylock and Henry, more Spanish and perhaps Italian too.

May 9, 2016, Session #10.  Today, after  ten minutes of Internet connection problems, we had a great session with Hamlet and Edmund.  You had memorized half of Hamlet and most of Edmund.  Almost perfect OP pronunciation, and good acting.  So good in fact that I was able to take you deeper into acting technique: I introduced you to the idea that actors should avoid “indicating” or “demonstrating” emotional states, trusting that thinking the character’s thoughts and pursuing the character’s objectives will result in truthful acting. Next time we will work Hamlet again (fully memorized), Edmund, fully memorized, Shylock and Henry, more Spanish and perhaps Italian too.

May 25, 2016, Session #11.  Great session today.  You performed both Hamlet and Edmund very successfully in OP, from memory, interpreting them both very well too.  You had done some great research in to the King Lear story.  Your command of a Spanish accent is impeccable.  You read Don Adriano with high degree of accuracy in the accent, and, after we worked on the language, brought out the meaning very clearly.  Next time I suggest you memorize Don Adriano, giving you four or five roles to take to London.   We should also work on Italian, so practice up on that material too.  Shylock?  Henry, too?  I am off to London myself next week, returning on June 17th, so I will see you June 20th.

May 30, 2016, Session #12. Today we worked on Don Adriano and Katherine, going ever more deeply into the techniques of acting a “heightened text.”   I introduced the concept of “coining” and you embraced it very successfully.  We have gone way beyond simple dialect work (possible because you are so good at it) and and are now working with the entire spectrum of performance technique.  South Boston next time.

July 4, 2016, Session #13. Today we worked exclusively on South Boston,  discussing some of the features that distinguish it from New York.  We didn’t get to review Indian ( you recalled that we had planned to do that).   You leave July 6 for Finland, then London. For next time, probably in August, keep your Central training fresh and I look forward to hearing the pieces that you study there.

September 19, 2016, Session #14. Today I heard all about your great summer adventure in London.  We talked a lot about the different styles of acting.  We worked the South Boston accent.  As you were so accurate, I was able to challenge you on the acting aspect of the piece.  As usual you rose to the challenges.  For next time, practice the Catcher in the Rye audiobo0k extract I have chosen for you.  The challenge is to tell the story well, and to differentiate the two characters, but not ostentatiously or excessively.  I would like to hear your Edmund piece again; we neglected to visit that today.

September 26, 2016, Session #15. Today we worked on the Catcher in the Rye extract as an audiobook exercise.  You absorbed the new techniques very well.  Next week you will send me an extract from To Kill a Mockingbird.  For next time:

  • send me the Mockingbird extract a day or two before we meet
  • practice both audiobook extracts
  • start a regime of reading aloud every day, applying the sight-reading techniques I showed you
  • continue to practice the second monologue from the South Boston chapter

October 10, 2016, Session #16. Today we worked on the Mockingbird scene and the second Southie monologue.   The Southie was excellent, and the audiobook work was very good too.   Your sight reading was better, though you don’t always seem to know when you have stumbled or mis-read and need to re-start a sentence.  Your accents were fine on both pieces.   You instantly modified the narrator’s Deep South accent when I asked you to.   You found good character voices, though Mrs. Dubose and Jem kept sounding too deep; stay in your upper register and with lighter tones, if you can.

For next time:

  • Download and install Audacity, the free sound editing software and play with it.  Try to edit the last take of the Mystic River monologue (which I have sent you as an mp3), chopping out the errors.  Acquiring  this skill will be important.
  • Pick another extract from another book, perhaps one with a male narrator,  and with at least two speaking characters.   Look for an etext version you can edit, so you can cut and paste it into an email to me.  If the piece involves the use of accents, that would be great.
  • Sight-read aloud every day.
  • Start work on another accent for us to explore.

October 24, 2016, Session #17. Today, despite a bad connection, we got some good work done.  We worked on Aquila, the audiobook you had chosen.  Your best sight reading ever!  Very well prepared.  And you differentiated the two characters well.  You tend to rush, and not take pauses enough.  But we fixed that and you told the story very well.  We then looked at the Deep South, comparing it with American Southern.  You do both accents very well and understand the major differences.

For next time:

  • Let’s make sure you have LAME downloaded and installed so that you can export Audacity files as mp3 files once you have edited them.  Record Aquila again, edit it, normalize it, fade in and out at the beginning and end, export is an an mp3 and send it to me as an email attachment.
  • Sight-read aloud every day.
  • Start work on New York.

November 7, 2016, Session #18. Today we worked on Touchstone, by Andrew Norris.  Good work!  We didn’t get to work on New York, so we will do that next time.

For next time:

  • Edit the last few minutes of our session into a good clean version of Touchstone, and send it to me as an mp3  file.
  • Record Aquila again, edit it, normalize it, fade in and out at the beginning and end, export is an an mp3 and send it to me as an email attachment.
  • Sight-read aloud every day.
  • Start work on New York.

November 21, 2016, Session #19. Today I taught you more about mic, recording, and editing techniques.  Then you proved your skill with the New York dialect, and even did the Blanche Deep South monologue in a New York dialect after wowing me with it as written. Excellent work today!

For next time:

  • If you wish, find a book that requires several of the accents you have studied and create a short audio book recording.  You should use your new recording equipment and techniques. Send it to me before our session.
  • Sight-read aloud every day.
  • Start work on RP.

December 5, 2016, Session #20. Today we worked on Chapter 1 of Benjamin Button.  You need to work harder, to do more preparation, look up words for meaning and pronunciation.

For next time:

  • Edit the last take of Chapter 1 and send me the recording
  • Prepare Chapter 2 and send the recording before our next meeting
  • Sight-read aloud every day.
  • Start work on RP.

December 19, 2016, Session #21. Today we worked on Chapter 2 of Benjamin Button, and a little Jamaican accent.  Here are my notes from your edited version of Chapter 1

  • Good relaxed delivery 
  • Good timing
  • Excellent sight-reading
  • We have some extraneous noise, script rustle perhaps?
  • Excellent narrator dialect
  • needs a tighter edit at about 2:00
  • Excellent German accent for the doctor
  • Good editing, except you left in my comments at the end.  Cut them and put in a fade out.

For next time:

  • Edit the last take of Chapter 2 from our session today and send me the recording
  • Find a couple of commercials (involving accents?), and a National Geographic article to prepare for long-form narration practice
  • Sight-read aloud every day.
  • Start work on RP.

January 2, 2017, Session #22. Today I gave you notes on your excellent reading of chapter 2 of Benjamin Button.   We lost about ten minutes because of a power failure you had experienced, and because you hadn’t sent me the commercials you had chosen.  Always supply your instructor or director with a Word document of the text you want to work on, if the assignment is for you to choose.   You took direction well as we rehearsed the pieces, though still tended to explain, defend, and discuss your choices a little too much.  I had to remind you that in the v-o business, the rule of thumb for the talent is to say as little as possible.  We also continued with Jamaican.  Good work in this department.

For next time (if we are to continue, that is):

  • Edit the commercials from our session today and send me the recording
  • Find a National Geographic (or similar) article to prepare for long-form narration practice, cut and paste it into a Word document and send it to me.
  • Sight-read aloud every day.
  • Start work on RP.

January 16, 2017, Session #23. Today we listened to your recording of Brigit from the Jamaican booklet.  Your accent was terrific, and your acting was very good.  I gave you notes and you are going to send another version.  We then worked on the Budapest long-form narration.   Again there were words that you had not looked up for meaning and pronunciation.  You must do your professional preparation, Ike!  Again, I had to take you to task for not following my directions (you had sent me a recording of the Budapest piece, and not the Word document I had requested,  you also didn’t manage to send me your edited recording of the commercials).  A professional follows directions and delivers on time!

For next time:

  • Edit the National Geographic Budapest recording from our session today and send me the recording by January 27.  
  • Rerecord the Brigit recording, putting my notes to work.  Send it to me by January 27
  • Find another National Geographic (or similar) article in a different style, cut and paste it into a Word document and send it to me by January 27.
  • Prepare this piece for us to work on next time, looking up any words you are not sure of.  Prepare to nail it first take, with no stumbles.
  • Sight-read aloud every day.
  • Start work on RP.

January 30, 2017, Session #24.  Today we listened to your Bridget and and your edited Budapest piece.  Excellent!  And we worked on the new NatGeo piece on the Australian explorers.  You finished with a cold read of the second Jamaican monologue.  Very good work all round.

For next time:

  • Edit the National Geographic Australia recording from our session today and send me the recording by February 11.
  • Prepare the second Jamaica monologue.  
  • Work on RP, side by side with Cockney, in preparation for a little time on the many shades of RP.
  • Pick an additional activity of your own choice and let me know what it is by February 11, sending me any text that it involves.

February 13, 2017, Session #25.  Today we listened to your Rock Scrambling editing; excellent except for one piece of “dead air” that needed to be replaced with room tone.  Very repetitive intonation patterns however; you need to change-up  your patterns.  Your recordings of Jim, which I didn’t ask for but which came as a bonus, were excellent in command of the dialect, but didn’t embrace the story as a highly dramatic and comically tinged narrative.

We worked on our first over-the-top cartoon voice, using the Good Will Hunting piece from my South Boston booklet.  You came up with a Professor Parrot character, which was excellent.  You managed to embrace very exaggerated character traits AND remain very intelligible and committed to the message.

We also explored the many flavours of RP.  You showed perfect command of that issue, moving up and down the continuum from very posh to almost Cockney.

For next time:

  • Send me a new recording of Professor Parrot/Will by February 25.
  • Send me a Word cutting from Wind in the Willows that involves three or four characters.  Also your character voice grid for those characters.  By February 25 please. Don’t record it yet; we will work on that next time.