I tried to come up with a useful doc to help people expand their voice ability, but I failed miserably I can put on quite a few accents so thought it was a good start, but trying to write in phonetic voice proved much more difficult than I imagined, it started off ok, but then as I was going through them I realised that in order to write things they way they sound I was sometimes repeating word patterns that had previously sounded different in my head, so as I can’t write down 2 different sounds in the same way and have them still be effective I decided to turn to you – the experts.
Like I said I can mimic a fair few accents, Afrikaans is one of my strongest as I grew up there, my Irish is apparently quite good but non-regional unless you count hollywood, I can do some Oriental and Indian but not much, Russian and German but again not much, I tend to simply mimic phrases I’ve heard from people or watched on TV, so I guess most of my regional dialect would be classed as Hollywood really.
Impressions are less varied with me I do a very good Ralph Brown as Danny the drug dealer in Withnail and I, a passable Sean Connery and occasionally manage to nail a few others by pure chance only to have them fade out again when I re-try.
So anyway like I said over to you the experts, what accents or impersonations do you do? Have you always done them or did they take a lot of effort to learn? What advice do you have for people trying to improve their range?
There are quite a few videos you can watch online that help with this, but it’s often strangely easier to read phonetic script to learn how to do something than it is to just listen to someone doing it, in the beginning anyway, the only true way to really master an accent or impersonation is to immerse yourself in it as much as possible. I’m here looking for help for those taking the first steps so all comments welcome.