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Published on Thursday, September 1st, 2016

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Published on Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Alejandra Espinoza

Lucky Alegria!

Congratulations are in order! Reel English student Alejandra Espinoza not only landed the coveted cover of bilingual magazine Alegria, but she also opened up in an exclusive interview to share her American Dream story. “Alegría” roughly translates to “happiness” - and we couldn’t be happier for all of Alejandra’s success in Hollywood!

Published on Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Hal Ozsan

Up a Creek with a “Reel” Champion

Although he’s best known for his rock band chops and his recurring roles on hit primetime shows like “Dawson’s Creek” and “Californication,” Hal Ozsan has officially emerged as a triple threat. He recently sold his first screenplay (working title, “The Champion”) - and he’s already got “Taken” franchise director Olivier Megaton on board! We can’t wait to see this thrilling sci-fi adventure!

Published on Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Narcos Season 2

Can’t Get Enough Narcos!

What do Reel English students Anabell Gardoqui, Cristina Umaña, and Gabriela De La Garza have in common? (Besides their fabulous acting and voice chops, of course.) They’re all attending the Narcos Season 2 premier tonight! So excited for you ladies!

Published on Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Marco Regil

Marco’s on Fire at FOX!

Betchya didn’t know that Readers Digest’s “Most Trusted TV Personality in Mexico” is also a Political Contributor to the Huffington Post and a fierce debater! Marco Antonio Regil was on fire this morning at FOX LA, where he held a live debate with GOP Strategist John Thomas about US presidential candidate Donald Trump and immigration policy. Great job representing the Latino-American voice, Marco!!

Published on Sunday, June 26th, 2016

Ana Claudia Talancón

WOW! Forbes Recognizes Ana Claudia Talancón

When Forbes México highlights you as one of the world’s most powerful women, you know you’re doing something right! Congratulations to brilliantly talented actress and producer, Ana Claudia Talancón, for this well-deserved recognition!

Published on Monday, June 6th, 2016

Fernando Noriega

The Lord of Men’s Fashion

Fan favorite Fernando Noriega - of “Bajo el Mismo Cielo” fame - is the new lord of men’s fashion. His newly launched brand Lord & Animal boasts affordable, high-quality, runway-ready men’s apparel and accessories from glasses & watches to suits & ties. You go, boy!

Published on Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Rodner Figueroa

Ask Him Anything!

Reel English is conducting an exclusive interview next week with Venezuelan TV show host and producer Rodner Figueroa. He’s best known for his work on the wildly popular Univision series “El Gordo y La Flaca” and “Sal y Pimienta.” So what do you want to know about Rodner?

Published on Saturday, April 16th, 2016

Aislinn Derbez

Celebrating in Style

Independent bilingual magazine Alegria sure knows how to celebrate in style! They’ve chosen Reel English superstar Aislinn Derbez to grace the cover of their 4th Anniversary / Spring Edition. They couldn’t have chosen a better covergirl! Go, go, Aislinn!!

Published on Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Liisa-Evastina with Michael Bay

1 Month Away from “13 Hours”!

We can hardly wait to see Liisa Evastina in Michael Bay’s latest wartime drama, “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” coming to theatres in mid-January 2016. Congratulations, Liisa!!

Published on Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Aziz Ansari

Master of Big, Fat American Vowels

Before getting down to brass tacks, I had a brilliant conversation with one of my Chinese learners about how connected we feel to Aziz Ansari’s show “Master of None” today. Finally, our cultural life stories have made it to the silver screen! Bravo, Netflix!

After a mini-celebration of our shared cultural heritage, she went on to master big, fat American vowels. Great work, Fiona!!!

Published on Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

Cristina Rodlo & Giovani Florido

Pronunciation Pros in the Studio

Cristina Rodlo and Giovani Florido totally nailed jump-down compound nouns in their semi-private class today.  Like the “DRUNK girl” and the “FRAT boy” eating “POPcorn”!  Sounds jazzy, doesn’t it?  So American!  Best.  Students.  Ever.

Published on Friday, October 16th, 2015

Roll Call! #ILoveMyJob

Roll Call!

So, in terms of fascinating clients, this week I worked with a zoologist who plans to open a wildlife rehabilitation center and a counselor at a local center for transgender folks. #ILoveMyJob

Published on Friday, October 9th, 2015

Alexis Rhee

The Doctor is In!

Congratulations to Alexis Rhee for landing a recurring role on Ken Jeong’s new comedy, “Dr. Ken.” Be sure to tune into ABC to catch the second episode, premiering tonight! Go Alexis!!!

Published on Friday, October 9th, 2015

Kamilla Alnes

Norwegian-American Horror Story

Kamilla Alnes blew the competition away when, at just 18, she became Norway’s Next Top Model. Now you can catch her great work every week on “American Horror Story: Hotel.” Go Kamilla, go, go, GO!!!!

Published on Thursday, October 8th, 2015

You’ve Decided to Get Rid of your Accent.
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

I’ve been in the field of accent training for over 25 years. I have academic expertise in applied linguistics, cross-cultural communication, and years of experience – not only living abroad and immersed in others’ cultures – but also applying my skillset to a variety of learning contexts in the US, from university classrooms to corporate workshops to coaching actors in Hollywood, and doctors from overseas.

I love my job. I get results. Not always, though. Sometimes a coach’s expertise doesn’t determine success. It’s also up to the learner. Accent training success requires that both the learner and coach be on the same page. My observation of training stages is as follows:

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Published on Thursday, October 8th, 2015

You’ve Decided to Get Rid of your Accent.
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Stage 1: The Honeymoon

Best-case scenario: the background of the trainer or coach you’ve chosen meets all of your checkboxes: experience, record of results, and you share a good interpersonal professional connection. The accent (or dialect) pro has met so many of your criteria that you decide to move forward with training. So far, so good! You are feeling committed and raring to go. Yay! Change is just around the corner!

Stage 2: Self-Doubt & Frustration

So, you sign up for training, attend workshops and/or coaching sessions, and you do the “homework;” lots of it. You are a model student. Awesome. So, why do you still find yourself fielding the question “Where are you from?” Why do others continue to ask for clarification? After all, when in class with your trainer or coach, you feel empowered; you think you are getting it! Why no change from the world at large?

Stage 3: Quitting

“Yeah, okay, so this isn’t working. I’m spending too much money and time for minimal results. I’m done. This is hard. I’m not gifted at languages. I’m too old for this.” Sound familiar? You are not alone. Let’s look at how your experience can be different, fulfilling, and worth every penny. Get ready for change!

Don’t give up! It’s time to reframe. Here’s what you should know about pitfalls to avoid:

1.) Reframe your Approach

Forget about losing your accent. Your accent is who you are, or at least a big part of you who are. It’s your family, the folks you grew up with, your history, your food, your Mom. Focus on learning new speech patterns instead. The analogy I like to use is this: If you are a doctor who wishes to become a lawyer, you don’t have to unlearn (get rid of) your medical knowledge to acquire a whole new skillset. And you wouldn’t use your legal skills to practice medicine. So focus on adding new skills to your toolbox. Period.

2.) Get Honest

There’s not a coach or trainer out there who has a “magic bullet.” Successful accent work does take time, but it is doable. Let’s start with the facts. How old are you? It does make a difference. The closer you are to puberty, the less likely fossilization has set in. In other words, the younger you are, the more malleable your muscles. And your tongue has 8 muscles! Eight! So, like gymnasts, the younger you are when you begin training, the more successful you’ll be. In fact from birth to around age 7, children will learn to native proficiency any language they are naturally and regularly exposed to. From the age of 7 to 17, native proficiency can be taught with ease. So, how long ago was 17 for you? It matters.

That said, if you set very concrete goals, you can develop new speech patterns. The learner who approaches a coach saying “I want to get rid of my accent. I want to sound American all the time,” is unlikely to be successful. If, however, the goals are to use an American voice at agent meetings, for auditions, to enhance marketing skills, to interview – then the work can be done more successfully. Being specific means being clear. That helps! Baby steps, please.

3.) Be Accountable (Really Do the Work)

When you choose an accent coach to work with, what exactly are you signing up for? You have chosen to work with someone who can assist you in achieving your vocal goals. That means you do the work and your coach guides you. It means that you work every single day, on your own, with exercises (especially focused listening exercises) provided by your coach. It doesn’t mean that you do the work the night before and expect your coach to get results. It’s your work to do. Do it! If, in fact, you are working daily and are not getting results, you probably don’t have the right coach for you. Don’t give up: find another coach whose training framework, exercises, and demands work for you.

4.) Take Note of and Celebrate your Victories

Adult learners in particular have a tendency to demand perfection immediately while totally ignoring the value of groundwork, of baby steps. Have you noticed that fewer folks ask you where you are from? That’s a victory! Do people require less clarification? That’s a victory! Are you getting fewer blank stares? Victory!

Take note of how many years you’ve been using your native speech patterns. Give yourself a reasonable amount of time (30 committed days of practice) to develop a new speech pattern. I can’t tell you how many times, when introducing a new vowel sound, a learner will declare: “it’s impossible, uncomfortable, it doesn’t sound like me”. When I ask the learner how long they have been aware of this new pattern, the sheepish answer is likely to be “20 minutes.” A week later, given commitment and practice, their comfort–levels and proficiency can be stellar. So, adult learner that you are, please be realistic! Give yourself the time you need to move past your comfort zone. Which leads us to another concept:

5.) Remember: Change Hurts

You are human. For you, change is tough. All kinds of change is tough. So when practicing new speech patterns feels weird… celebrate. Going through the “weird” means you are expanding your comfort zone to include the patterns of standard American English. Bravo! You’ve heard the adage: “No pain, no gain.” The same is true for voice work. One day you’ll look back at this stage in your career and chuckle.

6.) Keep your Eye on the Prize

No one is forcing you to learn a new accent, right? It’s all about what you want to do. So, reflect on your goals regularly. Are you doing what it takes to get to where you want to be? Do you have what you need? If developing new speech patterns is essential to achieving your goals, do the work! Otherwise, change your goals. It’s that simple. Envision your options with another accent in your toolkit. And go! Go! Go!

Published on Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Is it Really Possible to Sound American?

10 Things I Admire About My Most Successful Students

(1) They do the work. Not the day before class, but every day. After all, when we work in our passion, doing the work is a joy.

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Published on Thursday, August 13th, 2015

10 Things I Admire About My Most Successful Students

(2) They come to class on time and prepared to work, recognizing that the work is theirs to do with the guidance of their coach — me!

(3) They engage in focused listening and vocal awareness, constantly observing professionals in films & TV shows they love.

(4) They take responsibility for their learning and take inventory of their results.

(5) They keep their eyes on the prize. Doing the work means developing the voice they need to get the parts they want.

(6) They are authentic. They openly share the challenges they face so we can develop strategies to move forward when we hit obstacles.

(7) They are willing to be vulnerable, leaving their comfort zone in order to expand their comfort zone.

(8) They recognize that, as actors, they are self-employed artists who are accountable for their own growth, vocally and otherwise.

(9) They believe in their talent and ability to adopt a standard American voice. In the end, if they don’t believe it, why should anyone else?

(10) They surround themselves with more experienced others.

Published on Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Voices from Around the World

It’s been an incredible year for Reel English students from all around the world! Our congratulations goes out to all of our students for every movie and TV role, every book publishing, every baby bump, and everything in between. Keep up the great work!!

Here’s what Reel English students have been up to:

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Published on Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Reel English Students Open Acting School in LA

Aislinn Derbez & Mauricio Ochmann

Reel English students and real-life couple Mauricio Ochmann and Aislinn Derbez are not only the stars of the hit comedy, “A la Mala,” in theaters now — but they’ve also recently opened up their own acting school right here in LA! Mauricio gives an outstanding performance in his recurring role on the crime drama “El Señor de los Cielos” and has even appeared on HBO’s “Capadocia.” Aislinn had top billing in last year’s fantasy thriller “The Vineyard” and a stellar part in “Gossip Girl: Acapulco,” the Mexican adaptation of the popular American show.

If you’re looking to boost your acting chops and your voice skills, first head over to Reel English for an assessment and then be sure to visit the Mauricio Ochmann Acting Studio!

Published on Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Ana Claudia Talancón is Pure Sunshine

Ana Claudia Talancón

Ana Claudia Talancón is not only pure sunshine; she’s also a favorite here at Reel English. You may know her from her starring roles in the film adaptation of “Fast Food Nation” alongside Bruce Willis, Greg Kinnear, and Wilmer Valderrama, or the Teen Choice Award-nominated thriller “One Missed Call” alongside Ray Wise. Colombian fans can tune in to see her in the new romantic thriller series “Palabra de Ladrón,” airing now on MundoFox. The rest of us will have to wait for filming to finish on “Refugio,” which also stars Eva Longoria and Reel English students Demian Bichir and Jose Angel Bichir.

Published on Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Kristel Elling’s Many Talents are “Kristel” Clear

Kristel Elling

What a joy it’s been to work with Estonia-born actress Kristel Elling! Last year she wrote, directed, produced, and starred in the dramatic short “From Me.” Keep your eyes open for her supporting roles in “Drunk on Love,” opening in the US this May, and “How Not to Propose,” premiering later this year.

Published on Saturday, April 11th, 2015

“How to Rob a House” with Just an iPhone

Adi Spektor

A huge congratulations are in order for Polish actor Adi Spektor. The mystery he wrote, directed, and produced, “How to Rob a House,” was a finalist at the Olleh International Smartphone Film Festival and won Best Script at the Cinephone International Film Festival. It’s almost impossible to believe that the entire thing was shot on his iPhone! If you’re left craving more Adi after watching the thrilling short film, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for him in the soon-to-be-released feature-length productions “American Violence” and “Cranium Intel.”

Published on Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Genesis Rodriguez is Officially A-List

Genesis Rodriguez

As the career of Reel English graduate Genesis Rodriguez continues to blow up, we can’t help but sit back and watch with pride. You can catch her in blockbusters left and right — from the hilarious “Identity Thief” with Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy to the horrific “Tusk” by Kevin Smith starring Justin Long. But our favorite recent role is Genesis as the voice of Honey Lemon in both the English and Spanish versions of the wildly popular animated adventure “Big Hero 6.” Now that’s more choice for your voice!

Published on Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Ana Layevska Tells the Untold Story of “Cantinflas”

Ana Layevska

Our congratulations go out to Ukrainian-born Mexican actress and singer Ana Layevska for two huge accomplishments last summer on the heels of her 2013 Best Actress nomination by “People en Español.” Professionally, her multi-million dollar box office smash hit “Cantinflas” was released, which tells the untold story of Mexico’s greatest and most beloved comedy film star of the same name. Mario Moreno Cantinflas was best known in the US for his leading role in the 1956 classic “Around the World in Eighty Days.” And personally, she recently wed Mr. America Latina 2009 himself, Ecuadorian actor and model Rodrigo Moreira. Way to go, Ana!

Published on Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Sexy Mallika Sherawat is in Bed with Politics

Mallika Sherawat

Bollywood bombshell and activist Mallika Sherawat made global headlines in 2013 when her response to an anti-feminist journalist went viral (check it out below!), but Mallika is probably best known in the US for her appearance in the “Funny or Die” short “Whatta Man,” featuring Bruno Mars. After her last successful Hollywood cross-over, “Politics of Love,” and a guest role on the “Hawaii Five-0″ revival, Mallika’s gone back to Bollywood with the recent release of “Dirty Politics.” With her fierce spirit and strong voice for Indian women’s rights, we can’t wait to see more of her in the US!

Published on Saturday, April 11th, 2015

A Match Made in Dance-Heaven

Gleb Savchenko & Elena Samodanova

Ladies will remember Gleb Savchenko as Real Housewife Lisa Vanderpump’s partner on “Dancing with the Stars” here in the U.S., but did you know that the globe-trotting dance heartthrob made his DwtS debut in Australia? And can you believe that his beautiful and equally talented wife Elena Samodanova actually taught Kelly how to salsa?!

Now Gleb and Elena have taken their professional dancing shoes to Moscow for this season’s “Dancing with the Stars: Russia.” Elena quickly became known as the strictest judge on the panel, while Gleb and partner Adelina Sotnikova continue to sizzle on the dance floor. In an interview for this month’s MK Magazine, Elena says she’s “absolutely not” jealous of her husband’s work with 18-year-old Adelina, who brought Russia the gold medal in figure skating at the 2014 Olympics. Rather, Elena’s “very glad that he has such a wonderful partner that any professional can only dream about.” We can’t wait to continue training over Skype with both Reel English stars!

Published on Saturday, April 11th, 2015

UK in the House!

Francesca Louise White

It’s been a whirlwind of a busy year for England-born Reel English student Francesca Louise White. With leading roles in five feature films and a TV pilot in the works, there’s sure to be no shortage of Francesca across the pond — and with her amazing work behind-the-scenes here in the studio, we officially need to see more of her brilliance Stateside! Be sure to keep an eye out for “2025,” “A Reasonably Good Bloke,” “Enter the Cage” and “Milk & Hon£y” later this year.

For now, you can catch her as the leading lady in the sci-fi rom-com “What Goes Up” — and right here in her brand-new demo reel!

Published on Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Kátia Kieling Dubs Netflix’s “House of Cards”

Kátia Kieling

We absolutely love having the beautiful and talented Kátia Kieling inside the accent studio! Brazilian-born Kátia’s well-rounded career includes the leading role in the recently released short “Crossing Shadows,” an appearance in Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” music video, stunt work for the fantastically funny “Childrens Hospital,” and even language coaching on the set of “House M.D.” Now you can even hear her voice in the Portuguese dub of the Netflix Original Series “House of Cards.” How cool is that?!

Published on Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Natalia Cordova in Disney’s “McFarland, USA”

Natalia Cordova

Keep an eye out for Natalia Cordova in Disney’s “McFarland, USA,” at a theater near you. Natalia is an absolutely exquisite actress. We demand more Natalia on the big screen!

Published on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Melissa Rivera IS “RagDolls”

Melissa Rivera

You may have seen Melissa Rivera in Cher and Christina Aguilera’s Golden Globe Award-winning musical drama, “Burlesque,” or as the Hot Bullfighter on “How I Met Your Mother” — but just wait until you see what this talented actress, director, and writer can do in the hilarious web series “RagDolls.” We at Reel English are always glad to see Melissa when she comes in for her regular voice tweaks.

Published on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Pippi Areskoug is “Pippi”-in-Your-Pants Funny in “Dogs & Me”

Petra \"Pippi\" Areskoug

We’re so excited for the second season of the hysterical web series “Dogs & Me” starring Reel English graduate Petra “Pippi” Areskoug! Swedish-born Pippi voices the dog Scarlet in the critically acclaimed series which has won numerous awards such as “Best Web Series” at the Chicago Comedy and Sunset Film Festivals and two awards, including “Outstanding Comedy Series,” at the LA Web Series Festival.

Published on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Be Sure to Catch Ana de la Reguera on NBC and Netflix

Ana de la Reguera

It’s always a pleasure to work with Ana de la Reguera, who recently made her voice-over debut in the 2015 Golden Globe-winning animated film “The Book of Life.” You can catch her as titular character Vanessa Cruz on tonight’s episode of NBC’s “The Blacklist” — and we can’t wait to see her in the upcoming Netflix original series chronicling the criminal exploits of drug lord Pablo Escobar, “Narcos.”

Published on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Congrats to Newlywed Sandra Echeverría!

Sandra Echeverría

From all of us at Reel English, a big congratulations goes out to newlywed Sandra Echeverría, expecting her first child this September with husband and Fobia frontman Leonardo De Lozanne. Sandra is best known for her role alongside Benicio Del Toro, Blake Lively, Salma Hayek, and Reel English student Demian Bichir in the crime drama “Savages,” as well as her spectacular voice-over work for “The Book of Life.” Her newest movie, “Bound,” was recently announced and promises to be a fast-paced, sexually-charged, psychological thriller. Can’t wait to see her at our next touch-up training session!

Published on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Alejandra Espinoza Heats Things Up in Pitbull’s “Fireball”

Alejandra Espinoza

At only 28, superstar and new mom Alejandra Espinoza has truly done it all. She was crowned Nuestra Belleza Latina in 2007 and went on to co-host the beauty pageant in 2014; she’s been a correspondent and model for the wildly popular long-running Latin TV shows, “El Gordo y la Flaca” and “Sabado Gigante;” and now she’s turning up the heat in Pitbull’s sexy music video, “Fireball.” We can’t wait to see her and baby Aiden back in the studio soon!

Check out her amazing work with Pitbull — if you can handle the heat!

Published on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Montserrat Espadalé is Coming to the Big Screen

Montserrat Espadalé

It was great meeting Montserrat Espadalé this year, who received international acclaim for her award-winning lead role in the powerful dramatic short “Crescendo.” We’re excited to see her on the silver screen in “Little Boy,” coming this month to a theater near you!

Published on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Diogo Morgado Stars in the CW’s “The Messengers”

Diogo Morgado

Fresh off the heels of his role as Jesus in the Emmy- and People’s Choice-nominated TV mini-series “The Bible,” Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado stars as The Man in the brand-new sci-fi series, “The Messengers,” coming to the CW this month.

Published on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Loren Escandon Joins Diogo Morgado in “The Messengers”

Loren Escandon

Known best for her long-time career with the National Ballet School as well as her role in the People’s Choice Award-winning drama, “Shutter Mind,” you can catch Colombian-born actress Loren Escandon alongside Diogo Morgado in the cast of the CW’s upcoming series, “The Messengers.” Loren’s dedication to her accent training is truly inspiring. We love having her in the studio, working hard to get voice-ready for the many opportunities at her doorstep.

Published on Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Bollywood’s in the House Again!

Mallika Sherawat

What a joy it is to have Bollywood star Mallika Sherawat back in the studio just days after her appearance on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live.” Mallika has been making headlines around the world for her outspoken criticism of violence against women. Today, she made excellent progress with tone and punch. Great work!

Published on Monday, November 18th, 2013

Dancing with the Stars - Live!

Gleb Savchenko

I had an absolute blast at the “Dancing with the Stars” taping as choreographer and Reel English student Elena Samodanova’s guest! Elena’s husband, Reel English student Gleb Savchenko, showed off his moves with the in-house professional dance troupe. Last season he and dance partner Lisa Vanderpump (”Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”) blew us all away with their spectacular performances. Keep shakin’ it, Elena and Gleb!

Elena Samodanova

Published on Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Spain in the Studio

Miguel Ángel Muñoz

Can you guess which star of HBO’s hugely popular “Capadocia” dropped by the accent studio today? The ever so handsome Miguel Ángel Muñoz stopped by before heading back to Spain to begin filming a new series. Congratulations!

Published on Friday, March 15th, 2013

Student of the week: Soledad Fandiño

Our intentions, feelings and meaning are communicated through melody and rhythm. Sol had a major breakthrough this week in terms delivering her lines in a way that is understandable to American audiences. Well done. This is BIG!

Soledad Fandiño

Published on Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Stefanie Uncles Back in the Studio!

Absolutely thrilled to have Stefanie Uncles back in the studio. Move over accent barrier, here she comes!

Stephanie Uncles

Published on Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Student of the Week: Kamilla Alnes!

Even though Kamilla had been out of LA shooting exciting projects, she continued to engage in focused, active listening and came back owning the big fat American moving vowels that are so different than those in her native Norwegian speech.

Perfect timing, too. With her American vocal identity in place and her Green Card arrived, she’s ready to audition!

Congratulations, Kamilla! Go! Go! Go!

Kamilla Alnes

Published on Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Go Romina Peniche!!!

Comedic actress from Mexico, Romina Peniche steals the red carpet at the Road to Juarez Premiere. Go!

Romina Peniche

Published on Friday, February 15th, 2013

Student of the Week: Elena Talan

Student of the Week: Elena Talan, whose short film PAPER has been accepted by 2 festivals so far! Way to go, Elena! Doing the work works. And Elena did the work, from bringing her tone down to an American register to owning the big fat vowels. So proud of this mover and shaker!

Elena Talan

Published on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

I’m proud to introduce my first Student of the Week: Aleida Torrent

This week, I’d like to acknowledge Aleida Torrent from Spain for mastering and owning the American /ʌ/ sound (as in “done, “something” and country) in just one week! This sound doesn’t exist in Spanish, so to create new muscle memory in just a week is a testament to Aleida’s diligence.

Aleida Torrent

Published on Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Just wonderful to work with Mantha Balourdou!!!

It fills my heart to watch her approach her lines with confidence, having discovered the key to American melody and rhythm. Brava!

Mantha Balourdou

Published on Saturday, October 6th, 2012

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Published on Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Lucia Lights Up Vogue

Lucia OzerModel and actress Lucia Ozer was featured in a glamorous spread in Vogue. Stunning!

Published on Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Interview with Accès Privé

Aurelie MerielBeautiful and talented Aurélie Meriel took part in an interview with French TV’s Accès Privé (M6) in the studio. Her confidence, authenticity and charm filled the room! Aurélie is an amazing student: her hard work really showed and her insights were magnifique!

Published on Monday, August 20th, 2012

New Instagram Feed!
Want to get the inside scoop on what’s happening in the studio via live feed? Follow @inside_the_accent_studio on Instagram!

Published on Friday, July 27th, 2012

6 Reel English Students in Top 12 Breakthrough List!

Breakthrough ActressesTheLatinList has announced the Top 12 Breakthrough Latin Actresses and half, yes, HALF of the actresses have worked with Kelly in the studio. What an honor! Congratulations, Olga Segura, Ana de la Reguera, Ana Claudia Talancón, Martha Higareda, Sandra Echeverria, and Gabriela De la Garza!

Read the story here.

Published on Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Fernando Noriega in Morir en Martes

Fernando NoriegaHeartthrob and Reel English student Fernando Noriega stars in a lead role as detective in the series Morir en Mates in Venezuela. Such charisma!

Published on Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Genesis Rodriguez Nominated for Alma Award

Genesis RodriguezCongratulations to Genesis Rodriguez for her 2012 Alma Awards nomination for Favorite Movie Actress / Supporting Role “Man On The Ledge.” Bravo!

Published on Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Screening of Elena Talan’s film Paper!

Elena TalanElena Talan wrote and directed the film Paper: Here she is with Kelly at the screening! Talent and courage get you far: Elena is living proof of that!

Published on Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Ana Layevska ready to take on Hollywood

Ana LayevskaAlready a household name in much of Latin America, Ana Layevska is prepared to take Hollywood by storm. Multilingual (Russian, English, Spanish), multi-talented (she even plays the violin), this gorgeous woman is making her mark!

Published on Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Interview with 50 Minutes Inside

50 mn InsideKelly just wrapped her second interview with “50 Minutes Inside,” airing on French TF1 on June second!

Published on Friday, May 25th, 2012

Olga Segura in “Cellmates”

Olga SeguraThe mesmerizing Olga Segura is featured in the comedy “Cellmates” with Hector Jimenez and Tom Sizemore. In theaters June 1st!

Published on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Rafael Amaya in Iconos Magazine

Rafael AmayaStunner Rafael Amaya was featured in Iconos Magazine. “Blazing a trail in Hollywood” indeed!

Published on Sunday, April 15th, 2012

Nivi Singh Starring in Bilingual Feature Film and Comedy Web Series

Nivi SinghReel English student Nivi Singh will be starring in the bilingual feature film “Cardboard Dreams.” She will also be featured in “The Acting Class”, a web series on Funny or Die. Big things happening for the luminous Nivi!

Published on Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

General Hospital in the House

Rebeka Montoya

“General Hospital” recurring Rebeka Montoya starts training tomorrow.  Exciting!

Published on Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Students Talk Back:  Angeles Rojas

Angeles Rojas” I finally sound American.  Your training goes beyond pronunciation.  It grounded my performances.  It made me understand the mini social contracts behind rhythm and intonations.  And the cherry on top of the ice cream: your great personality.  Thank you!!! “

Published on Friday, March 16th, 2012

Students Talk Back:  Heiko Obermöller

Heiko Obermöller” What sets Kelly apart?  Her great passion and love for actors!  Hands on, precise work from the start, wonderful and creative exercises and her ability to take you from where you are to where you want to go in no time.  We always laughed a lot in every lesson, she is so much fun to work with!  I always get compliments on my great accent work from Casting Directors!  Thank you, Kelly! “

Heiko is famous in Germany for his starring role on the longstanding soap opera “Die Anrheiner” and is best known in the U.S. for his recurring role on “General Hospital.”

Published on Thursday, March 15th, 2012

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Published on Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Students Talk Back:  Romina Peniche

Romina Peniche” Kelly is fantastic!  [She's] the best thing that has happened to me in a long time.  She is so specific with your individual problems that you wouldn’t believe it.  Plus she gives you everything she has to make you better!  And last but not least, she is an amazing person!  Viva Kelly! “

You can find Romina on the big screen in “From Prada to Nada” and most recently in her role as the appropriately named Star in the award-winning independent film “Santiago.”

Published on Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Kelly in the Studio

Alex Charm

Accent coaching today at Studio Malibu with Alex Charm and his team.  I’m so blessed to get to do what I love every day!

Published on Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Fernando’s on Fire!

Fernando Noriega
Hats off to Fernando Noriega for his commitment to doing the work — it works! He’s such an inspiration for talent wanting to cross over.  From nailing vowels that don’t exist in Spanish to owning the melody of Standard American English, his dedication and passion for his craft and his coaching are evidenced by his amazing progress. And the next Oscar goes to…


Fernando’s response just warms my heart!

” Reel English is with no hesitation the best investment I have ever made.  Kelly Reiter is the best teacher I have ever had.  She is not just a dynamic and patient teacher, she also is very kind and very professional.  My quick improvement is thanks to her and her positive point of view that makes me to hook onto this challenge (to reduce my Latin accent). “

Published on Sunday, March 4th, 2012


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Published on Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Meet the New Intern!

intern Keli

Meet Reel English intern Keli, a breath of fresh air in the studio and a tremendous help!  Not only do we have the same name, but Keli also taught ESL in Japan for several years — what a small world!

Published on Sunday, February 19th, 2012

From Reel English to Celebrity Apprentice!

Patricia Velasquez

Reel English student Patricia Velásquez is used to rubbing elbows with celebrities — she’s starred alongside Brendan Fraser in “The Mummy” series and had recurring roles on numerous hit TV shows like “Arrested Development,” “The L Word,” and PBS’s “American Family.”  Now that she’s rubbing elbows on “Celebrity Apprentice,” I’m rooting for her to elbow her competition right off the show!

Published on Saturday, February 4th, 2012

Elena’s Newest Project

Elena TalanJust wrapped working dialog with Elena Talan, who’s appeared on “Hannah Montana,” for her first short!  Filming starts tomorrow for Elena, who wrote and stars in this exciting new piece.  Break a leg!


Elena had such kind words for me, I had to share!

” Working with Kelly gave me the greatest boost in confidence!  I learned to speak ’slow and low’ and embraced ‘big fat American vowels.’  The biggest compliment I got from some Brits was that they didn’t realize I wasn’t American!  Strangely enough, people don’t ask me where I’m from anymore! “

Published on Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

2 Students Star in “Santiago”

Jesus Guevara and Romina Peniche in \

Just realized that two of my students – Jesus Guevara and Romina Peniche – starred in the award-winning independent film “Santiago,” which had its big LA premier this week.  Fantastic!

Published on Thursday, January 26th, 2012

FOX-y Lady

Martha Higareda
2012 is off to a great start for me and my students!  Mexican actress Martha Higareda has signed a talent holding deal with FOX after being hand-picked by their head of casting!  Today’s article in “Latina” says FOX wanted “to find mostly established performers from Latin America to see who had potential as cross-over talent to U.S. television.”  Congrats, Martha!

Published on Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

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Published on Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Good Luck, Demián!

Demián Bichir

Congratulations are in order for Demián Bichir.  Most widely known for his leading roles in the biographical drama “Che” and the hit Showtime series “Weeds,” Demián’s now nominated for Best Actor by both the Academy and SAG.  Talk about having a mass appeal!

Published on Monday, January 16th, 2012

Reel English in the News!

Berenice Bejo
The hit celebrity gossip show “50 Minutes Inside,” which airs to 5 million viewers on TF1, France, is coming to the studio this week to interview me!  They want to discuss my work with “The Artist” female lead Berenice Bejo, as well as the opportunities that lay ahead for male lead Jean Dujardin here in Hollywood.

Don’t forget to check out our YouTube channel, where I’ll be posting a clip from this episode and a behind-the-scenes look at the filming!

Published on Sunday, January 1st, 2012

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Published on Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

CSI Just Got Better

Martha Higareda

So great to see Reel English student Martha Higareda on this week’s episode of “CSI: Miami.”  Brilliant, as usual!

Published on Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Vowels are [ou] So Fascinating

[ou] Vowel

Enjoyed this evening’s rapid vowel review during a semi-private lesson with two lovely up-and-coming actresses from Japan and Russia.  I was glad to clarify some surprising misconceptions as in the vowel [ou], which is formed starting with the tongue in schwa position followed by movement to high-back and ending with lip-rounding.  Clarity is king!

Published on Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Latinas We Love

Ana de la Reguera

To celebrate Latina Magazine’s 15th anniversary, they chose 15 lovely Latinas to feature — including Reel English student Ana de la Reguera.  Keep it up, Ana; you’re everywhere!  ;)

Published on Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Abra Cadabra: Jorge Blass is at the Magic Castle Again!

Jorge Blass

The Magic Castle is lucky to have Reel English student Jorge Blass as this week’s featured performer — and I’m lucky to work with such a talented entertainer.  He’s been learning and performing magic since the age of 12 and is now internationally recognized as the host of “Nada X Aquí.”  Don’t miss this opportunity to see him live while you can!

Published on Friday, August 19th, 2011

Cowboys and Aliens and Ana — Oh My!

Ana de la Reguera

Ana de la Reguera is on fire, posing for magazine covers and starring in blockbusters.  She looked stunning at the premiere of this summer’s hot genre mash-up, “Cowboys and Aliens”!

Published on Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Award-Winning Television

Martha Higareda

Congratulations to Reel English student Martha Higareda for winning the 2011 Best Actress in Television Imagen Award for her starring role in “Lies in Plain Sight,” which airs on Lifetime Television.  It was only a matter of time!  :)

Published on Monday, July 18th, 2011


Ana de la Reguera

It’s always such a pleasure to see Ana de la Reguera — whether I’m coaching her for an upcoming audition or flipping through magazines online.  Doesn’t she look gorgeous as the covergirl for “Revolution”?

Published on Saturday, July 16th, 2011

Desperate Times Call for…

Ricci Harnett

Ricci Harnett, an amazing student from way back when, continues to amaze me as the star in the British film “Desperate Measures.”  Audiences are raving about his haunting and menacing portrayal of a non-traditional drug rehab counselor — you’d never know he was such a sweetheart in real life!

Published on Sunday, July 10th, 2011

Brazilian SoundsBrazilian

Looking forward to adding more sounds to my Brazilian students’ American phonetic repertoire tomorrow morning!

Published on Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Charming Alex

Alex Charm

What a privilege it is to build language competence around philosophical discussion with Alex Charm.  That said, any day I work with Alex is a good day!  :)

Published on Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

A Scary Good Movie

Carlos Leal

I’m so excited for Reel English student Carlos Leal’s starring role in the crazy action/horror movie “Sennentuntschi,” directed by Michael Steiner!  Be there tomorrow night for a special screening on Wilshire across from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Published on Friday, July 1st, 2011

Rolling Stone is Raving

Fernando Noriega

Check out awesome Reel English student Fernando Noriega in this month’s Rolling Stone Español!  A standing ovation goes to all my students who are able to work in both English and their native tongues — talk about the power of choice!

Published on Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Food for Thought

Panda Restaurant Group

Starting the day with Panda Restaurant Group call about development of a Guest Services Video.  What an opportunity to assist Panda associates with their customer service efforts!

Published on Saturday, June 25th, 2011

Colombian Journalist Claudia Bahamon is Here!

Claudia BahamonClaudia Bahamon does it all: a degree in architecture, modeling, hosting her own radio show and as a journalist, she’s interviewed the Who’s Who of Latin America from President Alvaro Uribe to Shakira. Wow! Thanks for the referral, Ana de la Reguera!

Published on Monday, May 9th, 2011


Olga Doykhen

Congratulations to Russian actress and Reel English superstar Olga Doykhen for landing another American movie role! Working in a city they call the Big Easy just seems right when you’re alongside Robert De Niro and 50 Cent!

Published on Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Mallika at the White House — Again!
Mallika Sherawat
Bollywood sensation Mallika Sherawat will certainly be in enviable company at this weekend’s White House Correspondence Dinner. What a fun way to do research for her upcoming starring role in “Politics of Love”! The plot sounds so juicy — an Obama campaign volunteer falling in love with a die-hard McCain follower (played by Brian White of “Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself).” Sounds like a must see on both sides of the aisle!

Published on Sunday, April 24th, 2011

NY Post: Ana de la Reguera is “Sun-sational!”
Ana de la Reguera

Ana is always such a pleasure to work with — so I promise I won’t keep her all to myself! You can catch her in this summer’s mash-up blockbuster “Cowboys & Aliens” — starring three-time James Bond, Daniel Craig; Olivia Wilde of “House” fame; and the adventure flick guru himself, Harrison Ford.

Published on Monday, April 11th, 2011

Spring Your Career Forward!

Do you have the tools you need to take charge of your voice and open the doors to the next step in your career? Private, Semi-Private, and Group training options are available.  Book your assessment interview today to reserve a spot in the class that’s right for you.

Published on Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

We Love You, Japan

In addition to filling tummies with delicious Chinese food, client Panda Express has stepped up in Japan’s time of great need to fill lives with hope. Donate at a Hibachi-San, Panda Express, or Panda Inn and Panda will match your donation dollar for dollar. Eat well and give generously!

Published on Friday, April 1st, 2011

Ana vs. Annette

Ana de la Reguera’s look has been featured on the cover of magazines from Harper’s Bazaar to People en Español. Maybe that’s why Annette Bening is stealing her style! Looking forward to our audition coaching over Skype tomorrow, Ana!

Published on Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Dance to the Top, Dmitry!

Emmy nominated Russian dancer-choreographer and his celebrity partner, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition covergirl Petra Němcová, are making their way to the top of the leader board on “Dancing with the Stars.” Fancy footwork, folks!

Published on Friday, March 4th, 2011

Queen of the South, Indeed!

Congratulations to Reel English student Kate del Castillo for garnering record-breaking ratings as the star of Telemundo’s new novel-turned-novela, “La Reina del Sur” (”The Queen of the South”)! Kate’s character’s plunge into the dark world of drug trafficking is reminiscent of the poolside plunge of Pilar Zuazo (also played by Kate) on Showtime’s “Weeds.” I might have to brush up on some Spanish to keep up!

Published on Friday, March 4th, 2011

La Vida Bonita

Mexican film sensation Ana de la Reguera, who has starred alongside Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan in “Cop Out” and played the charming lead actress in Jack Black’s “Nacho Libre,” is livin’ la vida bonita. Catch her as the voluptuous Vida in the hilarious HBO series “Eastbound and Down”!

Published on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

More Choice for Your Voice

Former Reel English student, the uber talented Timothy Murphy, is leaping from the silver screen to your flat screen.

After appearances in Nicolas Cage’s “National Treasure: Book of Secrets” and the feature-length Saturday Night Live action comedy “MacGruber,” Timothy is coming straight to a living room near you with a recurring role on CBS’s hit drama “Criminal Minds.”

Can’t wait to watch him on this week’s new episode! Here’s a hilarious commercial he recently did to tide all of us over until then. Can you tell he’s Irish? Talk about more choice for your voice!

Published on Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Oprah’s Favorite Things

Israeli-born Tamar Geller’s name is synonymous with some of the most innovative, sought after modern dog training techniques. She’s trained dogs for celebrities ranging from Oprah to the Osbournes and now she’s looking for some personal training - to work out her accent with Reel English, of course. Exciting!

Published on Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Go Elena, Go!

Such a delight working with accent aficionado Elena Talan on the next episode of her webisode today. Not to mention talk of moving forward with her first screenplay. Much respect! I love the actress who loves the process and meets challenges head on. Bravo!

Published on Monday, February 7th, 2011

The Power of Choice

Watching Scottish actor Alastair Duncan play an Englishman on ABC’s “Castle” this evening. It’s so wonderful to eschew constraint and embrace choice, to have power over your accent!

Published on Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Ana’s on Fire!

As talented as she is beautiful, Ana Claudia Talancón is back at Reel English today for audition coaching. What a great way to end the day!

Published on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Rock On!

Exquisitely talented frontman of the band James, English rock star Tim Booth is stopping by the Reel English studio before rushing off to his upcoming overseas tour. Divirta se!

Published on Thursday, January 20th, 2011

From Panama to Prada

Former Miss Panama and current Reel English student Patricia de León took a break from playing every man’s fantasy woman on Ray Romano’s “Men of a Certain Age” - not a far stretch for this bombshell - to attend the premiere of “From Prada to Nada.” Doesn’t she look stunning?

Published on Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Busy as Bees

Fernando Noriega sure has his plate full! In addition to making movies this year he’s back for season 2 as the star of “Morir en Martes,” the Spanish-language mystery series about a college girl’s death where everyone is a suspect. Come back to California soon, Fernando!

Published on Monday, January 10th, 2011

Audition Coaching with Ana

She’s back! The lovely Cancún native Ana Claudia Talancón is coming by this afternoon for coaching in preparation for a network TV series audition. Break a leg, Ana!

Published on Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Dancing with the Accent Modification Coach

Spicy Latin ballroom dancer Dmitry Chaplin is accustomed to dancing with the stars ever since he found his big break through the hit series “So You Think You Can Dance.” This week, I’m choreographing his accent modification routine - and I have a feeling he’s going to be getting the Reel English Mirror Ball trophy!

Published on Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Fabulous Firsts

Congratulations to Mexican-born actor (and supermodel) Fernando Noriega on his first English-speaking role! He’s starring alongside Eric Mabius (of “Ugly Betty” fame) in the crime drama “Where the Road Meets the Sun,” now in post-production.

Published on Monday, December 6th, 2010

Vassy’s In The House!

Australian performing artist Vassy, whose single “Run to the Sun” aired on Grey’s Anatomy last week, came in for her speech assessment today.  She’s amazing!! Great attitude, energy, sense of humor and such a talented singer.  Check her out on YouTube!

Published on Saturday, November 27th, 2010

do - re - mi

 width=I’ll be in Moscow again this morning (via Skype, of course!) co-writing with performing artist Tatiana Kosareva. Consonant blending is a really neat trick for manipulating beats. I learn something new everyday!

Published on Friday, November 12th, 2010

Easy Breezy Beautiful

I loved Ana de la Reguera’s perfect American accent in her Cover Girl commercial. We had such a great time in the studio doing the looping! Seriously, such a fun project!

Published on Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Say “ahhhhhh”

Just assessed another doctor from Cedars Sinai Hospital. With a few rhythm and pronunciation tweaks, she’ll be better able to communicate with confidence and empathy. Oh, and T-rules are going to change her life!!!

Published on Thursday, October 21st, 2010


One of my Slovakian students just booked a horror film… Pre-production coaching starts next week.

Published on Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Nothing Against Life

fernando noriegaReading a script in preparation for pre-production coaching with one of Mexico’s top 10 handsome actors, Fernando Noriega, who is playing the role of Felipe in Nothing Against Life. How great is my job?
Congratulations and enjoy the shoot!

Published on Monday, August 30th, 2010

Lucila Sola - So Lucky!

pacinoEnjoyed watching Reel English student Lucila Sola with her boyfriend Al Pacino on the Emmy’s broadcast last night! Now that’s what I call date night!

Published on Thursday, August 26th, 2010

How Long Has it Been, Berenice?

bejoJust watched my former student Berenice Bejo in “OSS 177 Cairo, Nest of Spies” and laughed and laughed and wished she were back in Hollywood!

Published on Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Hawaii Five-0 Revisited

five-0Audition coaching one of my favorite Reel English students who’s up for the part of a villain in an upcoming episode of Hawaii Five-O. Fingers crossed!

Published on Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

What Did You Just Say?

Cop OutWatching my student Ana de la Reguera swear like a sailor in Spanish! She was fantastic as leading lady in Cop Out with Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan. Funny! Hilarious, in fact!

Published on Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

This, That, These, Those…jerome

Hats off to French Canadian student Jerome Le Blanc for correcting his [d, ð] substitution issue in just one week! Now, “day” is rightfully “they.”

Published on Monday, July 26th, 2010

Is the French Accent a Help or a Hindrance in Hollywood?

Kelly ReiterI’m going to be interviewed by French Morning Magazine today about French actors and the accent issue in Hollywood. Reel English students Flo Tung, Jerome Le Blanc and Charles Fathi will give their personal views, too!  What do you think?

Published on Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Singing my Life with his Words

tatianaWorked on Joni Mitchell lyrics with pop singer Tatiana in Moscow this morning. Skype is such a fantastic coaching tool. Tatiana is such a responsive student. What a great way to start the day!

Published on Monday, July 19th, 2010

Perfect Rhythm, Big Fat Vowels!

marioMario Rivelli is doing a fantastic job on his monologue: perfect rhythm, big fat vowels. When someone asks him if he can do an American accent, he’ll be prepared!

Published on Saturday, July 17th, 2010

Pop Star in the Making

charmI just love working with Alex Charm who’s headed to New York today to take his music career to the next level. He writes, he records, he sings, he dances. This kid dreams big!

Published on Friday, July 16th, 2010

Audition Coaching for New HBO Pilot

genesis-rodriguezAudition coaching for the lovely Genesis Rodriguez this evening. She’s up for an incredible part and we’ll see to it that she nails her audition Monday!!!

Published on Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Standard American Opens Doors in Hollywood

alastairGreat News! Scottish actor Alastair Duncan used his American voice to sign with the agent of his choice today. Watch for him in an upcoming episode of Leverage soon!

Published on Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Jorge RamosJorge Ramos on CSPAN!

Jorge Ramos is discussing his book “A Country for All” on CSPAN’S Q&A at 5:00 today!

Published on Friday, June 25th, 2010

Audition Coaching!

Audition coaching for a part on Entourage. How great would that be?!

Published on Thursday, June 24th, 2010

More from Ana de la Reguera!

Ana de la Reguera on Royal Pains Watch Reel English student Ana de la Reguera as a Cuban bartender on Royal Pains tonight! USA Network, 10:00 pm.

Published on Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Summer Group Classes Forming Now!
3 intensive classes offered: Rhythm, Pronunciation, and Fine-Tuning. Book your assessment interview today to reserve a spot in the class that’s right for you. Hurry! Only 4 students per group!

Published on Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Watch Out For This Pop Star In The Making!
What a busy and exciting time for Russian born Alex Charm. In the last 3 months, he’s gotten a manager, shot a music video, and recorded an album. This week he’s in New York City at meetings with record labels. Phew! I’m so grateful to be on his team!

Published on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Michele Laroque Next Door

Michele Laroque’s The Neighbor aired on Showtime this week. I remember how fun pre-production coaching was in 2007 and Michele was FUNNY!

Published on Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Martha Higareda Books Another Part
Congratulations to Martha who booked the part of a blind woman. What an exciting role. Rehearsals start this week!!!

Published on Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Mallika Sherawat in Cannes at the Hisss Photocall

Six Reel English students hit parties and premieres in Cannes this year. Since I coached Mallika for the film Love, Barack, I was invited to the launch party, too! What a lovely gesture! Maybe next year…

Published on Friday, May 7th, 2010

Weekly sessions in Moscow
What a pleasure it is working with the lovely, talented, and super-smart Tatiana via Skype every week. She’s a coach’s dream come true – loving the sounds of Standard American English and singing in it, too!

Published on Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

What a Royal Love Interest!

Ana de la Reguera is on her way to Puerto Rico for a month to play “Royal Pains” Mark Feuerstein’s romantic interest. The new season starts airing in June. Watch!

Published on Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Hello Hollywood!
I love working with the uber-talented Olga Segura who played opposite the amazing Tom Sizemore in the soon to be released film White Knight. She, and the amazing Sarah Maldonado have joined forces in a pronunciation group class. Lucky me, lucky me, lucky me!

Published on Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Break a leg, Martha
Audition coaching tonight for the lovely Martha Higareda. Perfected her American accent for a huge part- what a pro!

Published on Thursday, April 8th, 2010

…and Louis!

Ready to work on enunciating the big vowels with Miami teen Louis Santos who has a big audition next week!

Published on Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

…and Rita!

Big audition for Rita tomorrow.  Coaching up a storm!

Published on Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Spring Group Classes Forming Now!
3 intensive classes offered: Rhythm, Pronunciation, and Fine-Tuning. Book your assessment interview today to reserve a spot in the class that’s right for you. Hurry! Only 4 students per group!

Published on Monday, March 1st, 2010

New Groups in the Works:

  • Fine-Tuning Group for New Yorkers in LA starts Monday, March 8th. Fah-get about it!
  • Pronunciation Group for Business Professionals starting March 13th.

Published on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Cop Out is Getting Noticed
Ana de la Reguera (what a beauty!) is busy doing publicity for Cop Out with Bruce Willis, Tracey Morgan, and Kevin Smith.

Published on Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Award Season is Here!
LA Weekly nominates “The Doctor Despite Himself”. Twice! Hats off to Charles Fathy!

Published on Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Ugly …Not!
I hope everyone saw Patricia Velasquez nail it as her super-model self on Ugly Betty this week!

Published on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Ana de la Reguera is Preparing for Press
This is Ana de la Reguera’s year! Not only has her film Backyard received critical acclaim but she’s also in the Bruce Willis comedy Cop Out, due out this month. Congratulations Ana!

Published on Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Watching former Reel English student Callum Blue on season 2 of Secret Diary of a Call Girl. Well done, Callum!

Published on Friday, January 29th, 2010

Well-Cast, Indeed!

Congratulations to Patricia de Leon for her great recurring role on Men of a Certain Age with Ray Romano!!!

Published on Saturday, January 16th, 2010

Award-Winning News
Darryl Macdonald, executive director of Palm Springs Film Festival, ranks Ana de la Reguera’s film “BACKYARD” top-five candidate for best foreign film. Yay!

Published on Friday, January 15th, 2010

LA is Paying Attention to Olga Segura
Congratulations to Olga Segura for her role in “THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA” which opens January 22nd. Go see her; it’s a great play! The Underground Theatre 1312 N. Wilton Place Hollywood, CA 90028 Friday 8:00 PM Saturday 3:00 PM AND 8:00 PM Sunday 8:00 PM

Published on Friday, January 8th, 2010

Happy New Year!
What a wonderful week and great start to the New Year with students from India, Slovakia, Russia, Switzerland, Japan, Mexico, and Venezuela. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to work with such a talented bunch!

Published on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

My Pre-Production Dream Come True!
Just a little tweak on /r/ and Mallika Sherawat is standard American camera-ready!

Published on Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Business Professionals Prepare to be Heard
So pleased to be working with Swiss German David Angerhn, Vice President, Marketing & Strategic Planning at G4 Media.  David is learning how to project confidence, express enthusiasm and deliver a compelling presentation.

Published on Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Moving Forward
Wow! Another student signed with an agent this week! Congratulations Fabio Banegas who signed with Central Artists!

Published on Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Standard American English Opens Doors!

Congratulations to Russian actress Elena Talan who signed with a manager last week! She’s moving forward with her standard American voice!

Published on Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Audition Coaching to the Stars
Brazilian superstar Rita Guedes is ready for her audition tomorrow – break a leg!

Published on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Sometimes I live vicariously through my students.  Sigh.  Mallika Sherawat with Johnny Depp…

Published on Thursday, November 12th, 2009

2010 Group Classes Forming Now!

2 intensive classes offered: Rhythm and Pronunciation. Book your assessment interview today to reserve a spot in the class that’s right for you. Hurry! Only 4 students per group!

Published on Monday, November 9th, 2009

What a year for Ana!

Just got word from Ana de la Reguera who has had back-to-back projects in Mexico and Spain. Just recently, she worked with Peter Coyote (congratulations!) who complimented her on her American voice. Thanks, Peter!

Published on Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Reel English Student Web Series is Up!
Congratulations to Shaifali Ratti whose webseries is up and running and funny!!!!
Damsels & Dragons

Published on Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Jorge BlassStanding Ovation, Please to my amazing student Jorge Blass, Spanish magician with a huge heart. Don’t miss him in LA at the Kodak Theater November 8th.

Jorge Blass junto con la Fundación Abracadabra de magos solidarios, la inestimable colaboración de Nyumbani y gracias al patrocinio de Groupama Seguros, ha realizado un viaje a Kenya donde compartió su magia con más de 3000 niños,en escuelas, hospitales, orfanatos y centros de acogida. …

Published on Monday, October 19th, 2009

Patricia Velasquez Earns Recognition

Congratulations to Patricia Velasquez who has been recognized by CNN’s Soledad O’Brien for helping the Wayuu people of Venezuela.
I Just Saw It On

Published on Saturday, October 17th, 2009

Pucker Up!

I just saw Martha Higareda kiss Keanu Reeves in Street Kings. Oooh la la.  She’s amazing and such a delight to work with!

Published on Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Nina RauschNina Rausch is Going Places!

Major congrats to Nina Rausch who rocked as the home-wrecker nanny on Mad Men this past Sunday. And now, check her out on the star-studded webseries “Easy to Assemble”. Nice momentum!

Published on Sunday, October 4th, 2009

Rita GuedesBemvinda a Los Angeles, Rita!

Brazilian actress Rita Guedes has come to Hollywood and is preparing to meet agents. What a pleasure it is to work with her; she’s well on her way!

Published on Saturday, September 26th, 2009

AnastasiaA Day in the Recording Studio with Anastasia Nemirovich Danchenko

Today was quite a departure for classical concert pianist Anastasia who I had the pleasure of coaching on the recording of 2 pop songs in English. It was effortless. Truly a professional, that Anastasia!

Published on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

I Smell an Oscar, a Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar

Congratulations and good luck to Ana de la Reguera! The Mexican Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences chose Carlos Carrera’s Backyard (starring Ana) as the country’s entry for the Oscar’s foreign-language film.

Published on Monday, September 14th, 2009

The World Just Gets Smaller and Smaller!

Thank you Sandra Echeverria for referring Martha Higareda; we started working together last week. Lucky me!

Published on Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Fall Group Classes Forming Now!

2 intensive classes offered: Rhythm and Pronunciation. Book your assessment interview today to reserve a spot in the class that’s right for you.  Hurry!  Only 4 students per group!

Published on Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Standard American English is a Powerful Tool

British Indra Ove used her American voice for an agent meeting last Friday and signed on Monday! Congratulations!

Published on Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Mallika SherawatLos Angeles Honors Mallika Sherawat!

In what was the first Special Recognition of a
Bollywood film celebrity by the City of Los Angeles, Indian star Mallika Sherawat was given a special honor by the Los Angeles City Council.  I was so thrilled to be there – on the eve of Indian Independence Day, no less!  It was an exciting day all round.

Published on Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Froylan CabutoFroylan Cabuto is Honored

One of my dearest students, poet and professor Froylan Cabuto, has been nominated for an Imagen Award. Bravo Froylan!

Published on Saturday, August 15th, 2009

Angelica CastroAngelica Castro Keeps it in the Family

The gorgeous Angelica Castro joined handsome hubby Cristian de la Fuente on “In Plain Sight” August 9th.  It’s true, I really do get to work with the beautiful people.  Don’t hate me!

Published on Saturday, August 8th, 2009

Nina Rausch on Mad men

Nina RauschWhat a treat to work with Nina Rausch who came in for a fine-tuning class this week.  She’s featured on episode 8 of Mad Men this season, so tune in!

Published on Sunday, July 19th, 2009

Torsten VogesTorsten Voges is Hilarious as Dr. Lars in  “Funny People”

AND he booked a new series, Eastwick, which we’ll start working on this month.  Fantastic!

Published on Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Kate del Castillo Takes On American TV!

Kate del CastilloWhile on tour in Mexico with the stage play “Blackbird” Miss Kate is all over US airwaves.  Woo hoo!  Last week, she blew it out of the water on “The Cleaner” and next week, you’ll find her on “Weeds”.  Nice!

Published on Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Patricia Velasquez:  Actor and Humanitarian

Patricia VelásquezHow blessed am I to be working with the lovely Venezuelan Patricia?  I am so grateful she found me – it was just a matter of time considering how many people we know in common!  I’m very impressed by her commitment to building a standard American vocal identity.  Let’s see where this goes…!

Published on Sunday, June 28th, 2009

Ana Claudia Talancón is back!

Ana Claudia TalancónI started working with Ana Claudia back in 2005. and have had the good fortune of working on set with her for 2 film projects she’s done here: “Alone with Her” in 2006 where she played opposite Collin Hanks, and more recently, “Days of Wrath” with Wilmer Valderrama. and Ricardo Chavira (Carlos on Desperate Housewives). I love working with Ana and am so proud of her for having won over both American and Latino audiences. How does she do it? A lot of talent, hard work, and a great sense of humor!

Published on Friday, June 26th, 2009

Did You Say Merlin?  You Must Be From Baltimore!

I love the “Merlin” (Maryland) dialect:  A little Philadelphia, a little New York, a lot fantastic! Not only did whiz kid Chip Hormess pick up standard American in about a minute flat, he’s also an absolute dream to work with. Maybe I’m biased because he loves my cats… You may recognize this charmer from his lead roles in Walk Hard, Transformers,  Cold Case, or Criminal Minds.  Can’t wait to see what’s next for Chip!

Published on Monday, June 15th, 2009

Summer Group Classes Forming Now!

2 intensive classes offered: Rhythm and Pronunciation. Come in for your assessment now to reserve a spot in the class that’s right for you.  Hurry !  Only 4 students per group!

Published on Sunday, May 24th, 2009

Where Do I Know you from?

I’m completely hooked on the new Masterpiece Mystery! series Wallander starring Kenneth Brannagh. So last Sunday, there I was fully engrossed in the episode when the female co-star playing Ella Lindfeldt stole the scene. I knew I knew her from somewhere… but where? Ahhhh, yes!  It was the lovely Orla Brady who I’d had the pleasure of coaching back in 2004. Nicely done, Orla!  Your performance was nothing short of captivating.

Published on Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Hollywood?  Meet Bollywood.

I really have to count my blessings this year.  I’ve just met and begun working with Bollywood star Mallika Sherawat whose career has been on the fast track since she first hit the Indian film scene in 2002.  Hollywood is definitely smitten with Mallika who has several projects in the works. Keep an eye out - she’s hard to miss!

Published on Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

What a Year for Ana de la Reguera (and me!)

Here’s what’s gone down so far: We started the year with ADR for the Cover Girl Aqua Smooth Commercial.

Then we prepared for Ana’s sessions with acting coach Aaron Speiser (he’s Will Smith’s coach, too!) for her lead role in the movie Backyard which shot in Mexico

After that, we did pre-production coaching for the lead role of Ellen in the ABC pilot Empire State. Whew! Let’s hope it gets picked up!

And we just got word that Ana has joined the cast of Kevin Smith’s A Couple of Dicks as the third major lead. Did I mention that she’s playing opposite Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan? Sweet!

Published on Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Alexis Rhee: What a Delight!

Alexis’s credits run miles long (from Blade Runner to Crash to Norbit to Lost) so It was no surprise that her assessment cold read blew me out of the water!  I’m loving  working with Alexis as her audition coach for Korean American parts.

Published on Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

ER Paging Dr. Horta

Pre-production coaching is a breeze when it comes to the incredibly talented and handsome Tomy Dunster who booked the part of Dr. Horta on ER”s final season. You may recognize Tomy as Juan Pablo Renato Ruiz de Vasquez, the character he played on All My Children. I know Tomy from my 2008 rhythm and pronunciation group classes. I love the way this year is shaping up!

Published on Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Happy New Year!

On January 9th, Christoph Dostal put his standard American voice to work on stage at the Goethe Institute on Wilshire.  It was a full house and a really good time.  Agents were nibbling after the show… Now that’s what I call a Happy New Year!


Published on Friday, September 12th, 2008

The Magic of Jorge Blass

The Magic of Jorge BlassI had the great pleasure of working with world-renowned magician Jorge Blass last month.  It’s not surprising that he’s enjoying such tremendous success; his work ethic, commitment, passion, and professionalism took my breath away.  Read more about him in this month’s Magic Magazine which features an 8-page article about his TV show in Spain.

Published on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Easy Breezy Beautiful Ana de la Reguera

Ana de la RegueraNot only is Ana stunning in print as the new Cover Girl, but she sounds amazing, too!  Listen to her impeccable English in the CG commercial we looped last month - it should be out any day now!  I started working with Ana in 2005 after she wrapped on Nacho Libre in which she played Sister Encarnación.  I know, I know… I have the best job in the world!

Published on Thursday, June 12th, 2008

I support Obama and so does my girl Kate Del Castillo! Watch her in the video - it’s amazing:

Published on Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Group classes already forming for September! Schedule your assessment interview now to reserve a spot in the class that’s right for you.

Published on Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Congratulations Cristian de la Fuente for placing 3rdon this season’s Dancing with the Stars!  We wish you a speedy post-surgery recovery.
If you want to see more of this talented Latin actor (who doesn’t!), be sure to tune into the new series ‘In Plain Sight’ on USA starting Sunday, June 1stwhere Cristian plays successful baseball player Raphael Ramirez.

Published on Friday, May 2nd, 2008

Swedish actor Mikael Forsberg is at the Cannes Short Film Corner
this month for the screening of ‘God’s Marble’ in which he plays the lead.I’ve loved coaching Mikael over the years and watching his confidence and talent soar.

Published on Monday, March 17th, 2008

Sofya Skya Action Galore with Armand Assante and Danny Trejo!
I had a blast mid-February on location coaching Sofya Skya who played the lead in her first action film “Shadows in Paradise.” It was my first time on an action set as well, and the talent and skill of martial arts star Mark Dacascos blew me away.

Sofya Skya Sofya’s background as a prima ballerina served her well on this action-packed shoot! Check back for news on the release date.

Published on Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Carla ZilbersmithComedy Variety Nights planned tocelebrate and raise funds for ALS-stricken colleague Carla ZilbersmithCarla Zilbersmith
Jeannine Frank of Parlor Performances @ Steinway Hall and Danna Hyams and Gary Blumsack of The Hayworth Theatre are joining forces to present CARLA-BRATION! two special variety nights raising money to assist their friend and colleague, Carla Zilbersmith who was recently diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

While facing extraordinary challenges and tough decisions Zilbersmith continues to be insightful, honest — and even humorous, regularly channeling her observations and feelings into a series of ironic, often hard-hitting and always-inspiring essays at . All proceeds from these events will go toward additional assistance and quality of life services not covered by insurance. More information about the fund and Carla can be found at .

Just the Facts: A CARLA-BRATION for Carla Zilbersmith: A Special Variety Night to celebrate & support a friend and artist in need!

When: Saturday, April 12 at 8pm
Where: Steinway Hall @ Fields Pianos * 12121 W. Pico Bl. (one door w. of Bundy * Level P2 under the store) * Park free in lot!
Price: $25 suggested donation Reservations & Info: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or (310) 471-3979

When: Monday, April 14 at 8pm
Where: The Hayworth Theatre * 2509 Wilshire * Los Angeles 90057 (between Rampart and Alvarado)
Price: $25 suggested contribution Reservations & Info: or (800)838-3006

Published on Saturday, February 16th, 2008

Cristian de la FuenteDancing with Cristian de la Fuente
Get your vote on this March 17thfor Cristian de la Fuente who will be on this season’s Dancing with the Stars. Not only is he hot hothot sexy, Cristian is one of the funniest actors I’ve ever worked with.

If you missed Cristian on Ugly Betty, tune into USA network April 24th for the premiere of his new series “In Plain Sight”.Felicidades, Cristian!

Published on Sunday, February 10th, 2008

Gerren Taylor “America The Beautiful” with Gerren Taylor in Theatres Soon!
When supermodel Gerren Taylor (dubbed “Baby Naomi” by Oprah) took New York’s fashion week by storm at the tender age of 12, her success created such a buzz that I was brought on board to help her prepare for the media frenzy.

Documentary filmmaker Darryl Roberts also took notice and began chronicling Gerren’s journey in the superficial, thin-obsessed fashion industry. In the film, we see the effervescent Gerren take an emotional tumble when at 14 and a size 4, she’s considered obese and abandoned by the fickle fashion world.

Gerren Taylor What we don’t see on film is that she’s on her feet in no time and back in my studio preparing self-esteem workshops for young women worldwide – first stop: Durban, South Africa in March 2007. Next week, Gerren will be back in NYC sitting on the “My body and Me(dia) panel. Way to go, Gerren!

Published on Monday, December 17th, 2007

The Kite Runner – Now Playing
Props to lovely Atossa Leone for her warm portrayal of Soraya in Marc Forster’s (Monster’s Ball) The Kite Runner.
Atossa, who grew up in Germany, is of Iranian descent and brings to the screen a compelling performance rooted in her inherent understanding of the immigrant experience. I worked with Atossa several years ago and am naturally thrilled to see her continued success on the big screen. If you haven’t seen the movie yet – go!

Published on Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Around the World with Ligeia

I began coaching Russian beauty Sofya Skya when she moved to Los Angeles in January ’07. She barely spoke a word of English then but by the fall she had booked the lead in Ligeia co-starring Wes Bentley (American Beauty) and Eric Roberts.

In November we headed to Moscow for 10 days of preproduction coaching. After mastering the text, we worked the scenes with acting coach Lisa Melillo and fellow actor David Lloyd Smith. The days were long but we made time to see the sites of beautiful Moscow – what a city!

I joined Sofya on set for a week in St. Louis where she did a great job. I was impressed by the friendly Mid-Westerners crew and, yes, I saw the Arch! Shooting wraps in January in the Ukraine. What a journey!

Published on Monday, October 15th, 2007

Coming Soon: Latina Bond Girl in ‘08
Cross your fingers for my girls! Kate Del Castillo, Sandra Echeverria, Angelica Castro, and Ana de la Reguera are up for the part.

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