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  • Do you think it’s harder to become an actor if you have a foreign name/accent?

    Posted by Karen Miller on September 15, 2022 at 8:58 am

    So I’m asking on behalf of a friend who wants to become an actor but thinks her accent/name might hold her back. Her accent isn’t hard to understand, she’s just a little self-conscious about it. Anyone have any advice about this?

    Lucy Chang replied 2 weeks, 2 days ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Dan Warner

    Administrator
    September 15, 2022 at 12:04 pm
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    I don’t think your name is an issue if you’re foreign, but your accent will cause issues if they’re looking for an american accent and you can’t pull that off completely. However if they’re looking for a foreign accent you definitely have an advantage. Maybe @iris191985gmail-com can give you more perspective on this.

  • Lucy Chang

    Member
    September 18, 2022 at 10:11 am
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    I kind of have an accent but don’t think it necessarily makes it more difficult to become an actor. I mean, I do sometimes have to watch my pronunciation but I don’t think that my being from a different background lessens my chances of booking a job. At least, I would hope not. I think they find a place for you and your foreign name/accent contributes to the characters you can play and that can be an advantage actually.