Dialect Coach

Alicia Ernand is a highly respected Spanish dialect coach and language consultant. Her excellent language skills, her Psychology degree, and her Interpretation and Translation degree are instrumental to her success. She assists actors with Spanish language needs from the pre-audition stage to post-production corrections. Although Spanish is spoken in approximately 23 countries, there are significant differences in terms of the nuances of meaning in words, accents, and idiomatic expressions used in each country. Ernand is able to provide a “total picture” of cultural and language interferences so that the actor is not merely saying his or her lines in a foreign language. Advertising agencies consult with Ernand during the casting stage to ensure accent authenticity.

Her extensive experience ranges from working with English speaking celebrities, to working with Spanish speaking stars, to working with actors performing in regional theater productions who use her telephonic services. She coached John Spencer in his role as White House Chief of Staff on the political television drama series THE WEST WING. She coached Beyonce, Elizabeth Banks, and Eva Longoria Parker on a very successful Spanish language L’oreal campaign. She coached some of the actors presently appearing on the hit show TRUE BLOOD. Among them were Nelsan Ellis and Kevin Alejandro (series regulars), as well as Peter MacDissi, Fiona Shaw, and Paola Turbay (guest stars). There is never a dull moment for this dialect coach. She translates television scripts. She records the script lines with multiple readings so that the actor can practice. She coaches on the set, off the set, on location, and on the phone!

Her specialty areas are as follows:

• English speaking actors that need to speak Spanish
• English speaking actors that need to speak with a Spanish accent
• Spanish speaking actors working on a specific Spanish dialect
• Spanish speaking actors working on accent reduction

Services include:

• Pre-production, telephonic, on-set, and post-production coaching
• Custom made rehearsal MP3 files
• Sub-titles translations
• ADR Coaching
• Scheduling flexibility
• Traveling flexibility