Authentic American Accent

The best Tip I can give you is to Focus on the Sound and not the Word

Gracia Burns

Hey there, Are you ready for some Coaching Outside of the Box? 

Authenticity comes in all shapes and sizes. Using my musical background, I look at accent the same way I understand music and notes. 

There are multiple ways into authenticity. It doesn’t all come from one place. 

 In order to be true to yourself, a character and a scene, you must identify who and what is at the core.

Ready to start looking at accents in a new way?


Honestly so thorough, it’s so useful to really know and understand the text like this rather than hazarding a guess!

You’ve pointed out some words/phrases that I know I struggle with (little less being one of them), so I do know I need to practice those and can use the clicking techniques which really works for me!

Thank you so much also for the paper audit, really useful as I can go back and look at it. It honestly was so so useful, also really interesting to get positive feedback too, knowing you are in the right direction! 

Actress Testimonial
Stephanie Siadatan

Our Accents are verbal nametags. They let others know who we are, where we're from and so much more

Performing an authentic accent is more than “repeat after me”. There is a whole culture, history and rhythm happening behind the scenes that tells that helps the audience believe what they are seeing and hearing.

When you can connect who the character is on the surface with who they are at their core, you will find that natural rhythm and style that creates their authentic sound.

Dialect coaching for actors and creatives

The Overnight American Accent

The first step to identifying the correct dialect is starting with the Demographics. Location, age, gender, etc..

If you’re telling yourself the accent just doesn’t make sense, or it’s too hard, or “I sound like a Disney Character”, there is probably a good reason. You might be focusing on the wrong part of the accent all together. 

Remember this simple equation Demographics + Mindset = Sound

That means when you identify who the character is on the surface and who they are at their core, the exact accent/ dialect naturally wants to follow along. 

Looking for help with the following dialects?

The most common American accent and a fantastic starting place for an Authentic Sound.

Starting with a simple Southern Accent can be a great accent for period pieces.

Black American Accents have a very wide range and can be quite confusing when the demographics are not clearly defined.

Many say the New York accent is the hardest but it all comes down to knowing the correct sounds you need to study in the first place.

Looking for a way to stay organized and create some structure with your American Accent practice? 

With the Authentic Accent Routine there’s no need to stress about those last minute auditions or presentations. You’ll learn how to improve your accent one day at a time and build the muscle memory to stun everyone with your authenticity and confidence.

I began working with Gracia early October 2021 when I required help with refining my American accent for a really important casting I had coming up. Working with Gracia was an amazing and eye opening experience, she was able to help me develop my American accent by first thinking about character, movement, and body. Primarily her approach was placing importance on the general ‘vibe’ and feeling of what it means to Be an American in terms of culture. This really helped me, in terms of remembering that accent was only one part of the equation. I ended up auditioning and getting a recall and I have Gracia to thank for this! I would highly recommend and lovely to work with.

Client Testimonial
Stephen Stallone Thomas

"The way I see it, Accents are just sounds and sounds are notes and notes are music." Gracia Burns

Hey, Hey, Hello!

I’m Gracia Burns, Your new American Accent coach. Accent authenticity isn’t a one size fits all type of thing. Looking at accents from a different perspective can make a huge difference in how you are able to understand and perform any dialect with confidence. 

For me, looking at accents from a musical angle helps me to slow down and focus on the individual parts of the accent that are the real trouble spots.