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Praise From Clients
Praise From Clients
I’ve just completed the Scottish Challenge and Sarah makes what can be a very daunting prospect (learning a new accent) light and fun! –
She takes you through a logical progression of exercises that build upon each other, so you’re creating a strong foundation and her encouragement really gives you the motivation to keep going (especially if you can be a bit of a perfectionist!). –
I’d definitely recommend giving her Challenge a go and wouldn’t hesitate to join her for another. 🙂
I am so stoked and grateful to have been able to do the 21 Day Standard American course with Sarah Valentine!
I feel that my accent has improved and I have a new understanding of how to say words using phonetics.
Also really cool to have solid feedback which I’ve been able to take on board and therefore work on the specifics. 🙂
thanks again, Sarah! –
It was a fun and easy course to get the hang of and I liked being able to slip it in alongside my busy life. –
Would definitely recommend for the actor wanting to get better at an accent or just for someone curious about knowing why accents are different from each other. –
I had the privilege of getting to work with Sarah on an American accent. –
Her approach to the course was incredible.
Her patience, kindness, sense of humor and even her directness on how to improve was truly helpful.
Using phonetics to help is a brilliant approach and something I would never have thought of to help me learn, if it wasn’t for her lessons.
Incredible how much she helps in such little time.
Highly recommend her course!!!
I personally really enjoyed this course because it always kept me interested.
I love doing accents in general so this was right up my alley.
I think Sarah is a great coach and is easy to communicate with.
Her feedback always made me so much more confident in myself.
I definitely think that this course has taught me things that I will be able to take with me along my Acting journey.
Thank you Sarah.
Jessica’s testimonial from the 21 day American accent challenge.
I thoroughly enjoyed being able to work on my American accent with Sarah.
I found her teaching style very clear and helpful which really made me feel like I was learning and improving with each lesson.
I am super grateful to have had this opportunity as an actor because I feel like accents are extremely important.
Learning the accent using phonetics was more helpful than I thought it would be and really allowed me to hear the words correctly.
I would definitely recommend this course for anyone wanting to learn how to speak in an accent and I am super interested in taking another.
Thank you so much Sarah !!
I did the 10 day Standard US accent and I loved how specific and tangible the information, instruction and practice was. Sarah isolates and clarifies particular sounds and explains how to make them. The work is incremental; starting with single sounds, then words, then sentences and then a whole text. The feedback is clear and redirects the student to particular sounds and intonation that need work. I loved that the US accent suddenly became “learnable” . I am definitely going to do more courses with Sarah.
I’m very happy I did this course. Because of repeating a few sentences time after time you become well aware of your working points, by really zooming in and mend them, instead of just going on thinking “I don’t sound great but I don’t know why.” It’s simple yet effective!
The Valentine Method is phenomenal and works! The 10 day American Accent Challenge Course was so much fun and very easy and clear to follow. I am definitely doing more Accent Challenges whether it be for work or for fun! Sarah has amazing positivity and gave me so much confidence and encouragement to do well. I’m really glad I found you and your course!
I am so grateful I did this 5 day US accent challenge. I decided to do it to improve my confidence. I used to be really good at the US accent but somewhere along the line, I lost my confidence, and I really resented doing the accent. It was a chore! Sarah’s technique has completely changed the way I view the accent – I have a new found love for it! She has helped me find a way to access the accent which is my own. I see the accent in a whole new light!! Thank you Sarah, you’re method is brilliant!!
As a beginner in learning a new accent, this course was a perfect way to lay those foundations that I will definitely continue to use in the future. It was so easy to get into and Sarah is very informative about the what’s, why’s and how’s of the accent (if that makes sense).
Working with Sarah is fantastic as she has a fun, friendly and professional approach, providing a helpful technique that breaks down learning an accent into steps that are easy to understand and practice, and her honest feedback is invaluable.
10 day American Accent Challenge
This really was an excellent resource and experience. The convenience of online learning at a time that fits in with ones own busy life is ideal. The fact that Sarah actually videos herself saying the the things that we need to then rehearse is such a big help. We can study mouth shapes, hear the sounds and go back over as many times as we need to try and perfect our own accents. I had no idea that writing the words phonetically would be soooo useful. It really helped to tune my ear. This is a course I will be able to revisit again and again to refresh and keep my US accent in tip top shape!
Thank you Sarah, you are the best!
10 Day Standard American Accent Course
What a fantastic way to learn an accent with Sarah’s method of using your own phonetics in conjunction with the very generous and supportive way that Sarah guides you through each of the lessons its like your learning with a group of friends.
And in some respects you are as you have the other people on the course there too which helps with the learning as every person has their own phonetic language.
You will discover that by the end of the course you are talking like a native, with your own spark to introduce you to the accent and get you into the swing of it straight away.
Thanks so much Sarah. I look forward to working with you again and taking more courses with you.
Sarah is attentive, friendly and makes you feel comfortable as she takes you through her 21 day British RP accent challenge. I now feel extremely confident in the accent!
I’ve had a joy learning from Sarah in the 21-day Accent challenge. I feel like I have an approach to learn ANY language now! Sarah is honest, charming, SPECIFIC, and clearly very passionate about accents, which makes it so easy to learn. This course is a perfect way to jump into learning accents.
Having just completed both of Sarah’s 10-Day British RP and 10-Day Standard American
Accent Courses, I would highly recommend them to anyone wishing to learn and/or
improve these accents in a fun, focused and interactive online environment.
I am already using them successfully in my work as a VoiceOver Artist and was
also thrilled to be cast as a ‘British RP Cat’ with The Naples Players Reader’s
Theatre, in an original play called “What is Man?” by Natalie King, all
thanks to what I learned on the British RP course, which I completed the day I
started the Standard American one!
Heartfelt thanks to you Sarah – it’s been an amazing few weeks of learning and achieving;
your teaching method is wonderful and your help, support and feedback really
inspired my confidence!
I’ve just completed the 10 Day Standard American Accent Course, and working with Sarah on this has been a truly lovely experience.
Not only is she kind and supportive, but she gives detailed and honest feedback that has been incredibly helpful for me as someone who hasn’t had all that much experience with accents. My confidence has definitely grown with using it in front of people.
The atmosphere of the community that you work in for the course is always friendly and encouraging, which Sarah most definitely has a hand in. I never felt that I needed to be perfect, which is a relief! I think sometimes we expect too much, but here I knew I could be comfortable in where I was at, which I believe has improved thanks to Sarah. She is dedicated to her teaching, always there with a well placed comment. I will be going over those time and time again!
I’ve really enjoyed her course, and hopefully will be doing another one soon!
I have just completed the 10 Day Standard American Accent Course with Sarah and would like to say a huge ‘Thank You Sarah’ for being an amazing tutor.
I never felt I had the ability to sound authentic enough to pursue roles that required an American accent until I studied with Sarah. With each day under Sarah’s guidance my confidence has grown and I certainly won’t be afraid to put myself forward for those roles anymore.
Sarah is friendly, approachable and very honest when giving feedback.
Sarah’s unique method works! Each lesson is designed to build upon the previous and exercises are spread out and manageable. Interaction with your fellow students is both helpful and fun during the learning process.
I thoroughly recommend Sarah as an Accent Tutor and I will definitely be signing up to another course with her in the near future.
American Accent Challenge
I would like to say a huge “Thank you” to my accent tutor,
Undertaking the challenge of learning a new accent or enhancing an existing one
is a daunting task for anyone.
If you’re unsure on whether or not to train with Sarah, I would strongly
recommend you to go for it – you will NOT be disappointed.
As a student on her ‘Standard American’ course, I can honestly report that she
is warm, welcoming, encouraging but most importantly – extremely skilled at
what she does.
Her insight and attention to detail is remarkable. She gives attention not only
to the more obvious aspects of the accent but also to the little nuances that
make the difference between a passable accent and one that sounds truly convincing.
Being on the course was time and money well spent.
10 Day American Accent Challenge
When I signed up for Sarah’s course, I already knew that my time to practice for it was very limited. My plan was to just take part as much as possible over the ten days, and then go back to the videos later to really start the transition by myself.
I was so surprised, when I realized at the end of it, how much progress I had actually made.
The videos and the feedback were so helpful that I got way more out of it than I would’ve ever imagined, especially with my very tight schedule.
Sarah is a real expert and I would always work with her again.
Confidence-boosting and ability-enhancing! Building a monologue over 7 days was a great way to settle certain vowel sounds that trip me up again and again. Very valuable to be able to watch a video of Sarah speaking the text first as helps with mouth shapes and placements. Thank-you! Now just need an audition
This course has been absolutely brilliant, and it came at a good time. I think it’s so useful to have a safe place to try out the skill of an accent within a non-judgemental community of actors in the same boat, and I really look forward to more accent sessions. Thanks very much to Sarah for all the hours she put in – very dedicated!
This has been such an enjoyable week working on the General American accent. I really love Sarah’s technique with different sounds being highlighted and worked on each day and the videos of the text being modelled by Sarah. The individual feedback was soooooo helpful too. Thanks so much Sarah for your time and encouragement. Really enjoyed this process of learning a monologue by building it up bit by bit each day. Big challenge to complete the final monologue today. Great practice for acting and improving my American accent.
I absolutely enjoyed the RP accent course with Sarah Valentine because she is able to simplify the learning process which makes it so much easier and it’s very liberating!
Thanks a million!
Sarah Valentines British RP Accent Course is an interactive, clear and easy to follow learning opportunity. Her teaching is warm and engaging which makes the experience of learning an accent online all the more enjoyable.
I highly recommend Sarah she is meticulous in correcting every sound word and phrase. Lesson by skype works very well. Her patience and friendly approach made learning enjoyable even the pronunciations I was struggling with. Sarah helped me with the standard American accent, really looking forward to working with her again.
I was so pleased to find Sarah and even though I am in New York and she is in New Zealand, coaching via Skype was a perfect solution for me. She is patient, methodical and within an hour we got a lot done on a script I am working on. I have a bit of a hybrid accent, as I like to call it, and she was able to pinpoint my trouble spots and help to make my American accent flawless. She is an incredibly talented lady being able to pull out so many accents and do them perfectly. I will most definitely work with her again.
I contacted Sarah when faced with the daunting task of auditioning in a Scottish accent, something I’d not done before, nor ever really prepared for. Spending an hour’s coaching with her assuaged many of the fears and anxiety I had around the accent, and filled me with the confidence I needed to actually go in the room and put forward something worthwhile to the casting director. What’s more, it actually made me excited to do so. Sarah was also very generous with her time, offering to coach me last-minute during the weekend. I highly recommend her knowledge and coaching and look forward to using it again!
I was quite nervous to meet Sarah for my accent session but she soon put me at ease and gave me confidence to learn an American accent. I look forward to further sessions with Sarah as I trust her expertise to perfect my accent.
I have never taken accent coaching before and it was my first time. It was so easy to understand what Sarah taught me as she was helping me not only just learn but live the accent too. I was late to the class so she spent extra time with me without charging me extra. It was a great experience sitting and learning from her.
I had never had any accent experience or training before working with Sarah, although I wanted to learn and expand my skills. Within the few hours spent with her, I feel so much more confident with an American accent. It is impossible not to feel comfortable and inspired around her. Instantly you know she is very knowledgeable, with her wide range of accents and her approach to teaching is down to earth, warm and constructive. Not only did she help with my accent but also took the time to give helpful advice for my venture into the acting industry. Couldn’t recommend her any more highly if you’re wanting to learn an accent. Can’t wait to work with her again.
Sarah’s relaxed and focused accent session was exactly what I needed to tackle a tricky North Country dialect. My confidence to deliver an authentic performance was helped enormously by her expertise.
I would recommend actors don’t hesitate to take advantage of Sarah’s experience and technique.
Sarah is really great at what she does. I had to use an accent coach last minute for a cockney accent, so booked in with her and within in an hour, felt ready to go. She made it fun and enjoyable (we had a lot of laughs) and think her methods really work. She offered extra support outside of the session if I got stuck, which was really appreciated. Thank you – look forward to the next session!
Quote from Holly Hunter, Oscar Winner for the Piano:
“I was walking through New York and I heard a Jamaican and I thought of you”
– Holly Hunter on the phone to Sarah Valentine.
I have to say it was a great compliment and just too funny. Holly is such an amazing and beautiful person. I loved working with her on Top of the Lake and would love to have the opportunity to work on another great production like that again one day. Best time of my life.
Sarah was warm, friendly and bloody helpful in enabling me to get the hang of a Scottish accent. Her approach was simple to follow and I left knowing I had all I needed to do the job. I was also impressed with the range of other regional UK accents she is fluent in and thoroughly recommend her.
Sarah is friendly, fun, down-to-earth, professional, and an accent guru. Not only did Sarah help me nail the accent, she also put me at ease and gave me confidence that I needed to relax during the performance.
Sarah is a great accent coach. She went out of her way to help me and gave me the confidence which is necessary in achieving any accent successfully.
Sarah helped me create a London accent for my character, and she was fantastic! As an Actress herself, she had a clear idea of the sense and meaning of the script, so it didn’t just become about saying words a different way.
I met Sarah Valentine a couple of months ago when I was preparing for an audition. I needed to learn an accent in a matter of days and although it was short notice she was more than happy to work with me.
I had never learnt an accent before and was worried I would not be able to master it in time. In the few hours we spent together Sarah was able to teach me the tools necessary to learn an accent and also help prepare me for my audition.
I got the role and decided to continue to take voice coaching classes with Sarah because she has a unique style that I found easy to relate to.
Her teaching style is professional but also humorous, which is exactly what I needed to help me relax and learn as much as I could.
She has an extensive knowledge of a range of accents and her enthusiasm and commitment exceeded my expectations.
I am very grateful for all her help and would highly recommend her to anyone wanting voice coaching.
I was very daunted when I was told two weeks before shooting that my character on Underbelly was no longer a Kiwi and now had a strong Lancashire accent.
In fact daunted would probably be the understatement of the century!
However, Sarah soon came to the rescue and with her help the whole process was far easier than I had anticipated. She broke down every line with me and her support filled me with the confidence I needed.
I would definitely call on her again should the situation arise.
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