I'm dialect coach Joel Goldes and I can coach any dialect of spoken English. In addition to all of the most-requested dialects (I'm expert with British, American, Irish, French, German, New York, Southern and countless other accents) I specialize in the less well-known; I have recently taught Uzbek, Mozambique and Azeri accents.
I created an accent of the future for the sci-fi feature After Earth, starring Will and Jaden Smith.
Kevin Costner won the 2012 Emmy Award for Best Actor in a Mini-series after I prepped him in a West Virginia accent for Hatfields & McCoys. I also train two spokespeople in foreign accents for national commercial campaigns.
In addition to Will and Jaden Smith, I've coached actors like Shia Labeouf, Sophie Okonedo, Jim Broadbent, Viola Davis, Anil Kapoor, Jessica Chastain, Nicolas Cage, Julia Ormond, Dennis Farina, Jason Lee, Alfre Woodard, Kevin Costner, Christopher Lambert, Roger Daltrey, Samantha Morton, Ken Jeong, Mike Myers, Jennifer Garner, Jason Isaacs, Wilmer Valderrama, Justin Chatwin, Emmy Rossum, Emily Bergl, Simon Baker, Ryan Phillippe and thousands of others.
I've coached on Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol, Nymphomaniac, Lucky Stiff, Hatfields & McCoys, 24, No Ordinary Family, CSI, 90210, Heroes, CSI:NY, Memphis Beat, Outsourced, Numb3rs, Criminal Minds, Shark, The Wronged Man, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Company Men, Che, Kitt Kittredge, The Cat in the Hat, Art School Confidential, Sleeper Cell, Without a Trace, Lackawanna Blues, War of the Worlds, An American Crime, Jolene, Expired, Expired, Final Draft, Trinity, Land of the Dead, Five Fingers, Open Window, Bobby, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, One Night With the King, Undiscovered, Solstice, D.O.A., Dora the Explorer, Black. White., Syriana, Lost, Stick It!, and War Stories.
Theaters I've coached for include Disney Theatrical (Mary Poppins National Tour at The Ahmanson), Mark Taper Forum, Kirk Douglas Theater, Pasadena Playhouse, Furious Theatre, NPR/LA Theaterworks, The Theatre @ Boston Court, Rubicon, Geffen Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Globe Theaters, South Coast Repertory, Evidence Room, The Colony and Taper, Too.
I've been retained by corporations like Ernst & Young, Anthem/Blue Cross, Farmers Insurance, Jafra International, TAXI, Reuters International Television, California Lutheran University and the Los Angeles Japanese Consulate, among others.
I trained as an actor, and always loved doing accents. Part of my graduate training at the University of California at Irvine was three years of daily voice and speech classes. It was at UCI that I learned dialects systematically, and I began to teach undergraduate classes there while earning my Master of Fine Arts degree (MFA).
Everywhere I worked as an actor (first at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Santa Maria, and later in New York City) I would also either dialect coach plays or work with actors privately teaching them dialects. As my career moved from acting to directing in New York, I continued to coach dialects, with this part of my career eventually taking over. My work as an actor and a director uniquely qualifies me as a dialect coach: not only can I guide you in the subtleties of a new accent, I can also help you explore that accent within your character's given circumstances. I'm conversant in the language of acting and I enjoy working with actors, so you'll have my empathetic ear.
Please note: Unfortunately, I'm unable to respond to specific inquiries about how to become a dialect coach. I can only speak to my own experience, and have outlined my career path above.