At the end of my second year of acting school,
I was offered to play the role of Lady Macbeth by William Shakespeare in the final school production. (Out, damned spot! Out, I say!)
I did not hesitate.
Shakespeare made sense to me and I felt connected to his words even though I wasn’t acting in my native tongue.
But then, when the director came up with the ‘brilliant’ idea of doing the entire show in a Scottish accent, well…
This is pretty much what went through my head:
And then –
OMG, really dude?
People barely understand Shakespeare as it is.
And you wanna do it in a Scottish accent?! Are you KIDDING ME??
I said no way. I will fail.
I’ll sound stupid.
I could hear the audience saying: “Nice acting, but what’s the deal with that strange Americanized-Israelian-Scottished accent”?
But then, I said to myself…There’s no way I’m giving up on this part.
I know how to work on dialects, I mean, I’ve done it once with Standard American…
So I rolled up my sleeves and terrified yet determined wrote the entire text in a notebook, took notes, marked new sounds and watched dozens of Scottish films (ok, just one). I even took a dialect coach.
I actually did pretty well, taking into consideration the time limitations and resources (I don’t think YouTube was even invented back then).
But more than anything, overcoming this challenge made me a more capable and knowledgeable speaker, and it helped me understand my needs and my accent so so much better.
Why am I telling you all this?
Many people have asked me about my journey.
What steps I’d taken to become a fluent speaker.
After giving it much thought, I detected 5 elements that set me up for success and helped me become a fluent and confident speaker.
Challenging myself was one of them.
If you want to know what the other 4 are, and to hear about my 5-day fluency challenge that is starting next week.. Do NOT miss out on today’s episode.
Watch: How I lost my accent and became fluent in English
Have you been looking for an opportunity to put what you’ve learned into practice?
If so, I’d LOVE to see you in my 5-day fluency challenge.
You’ll get daily emails from me, a practical workbook, watch live videos and join a supportive community on FB.
But the best part about it is that you’ll TAKE ACTION.
So come join us for the 5-day fluency challenge.
Here’s to everlasting fluency!