51: "Falling Into Your Perfect Role" with Samara Bay, Dialect and Communication Coach
One of the top answers I get when I ask people what they wanted to be when they grew up is “Actor”, and Samara Bay was no different. Growing up, Samara figured she’d end up doing Shakespeare in the park or performing on Broadway, but her career path took a different route. Sure, she now spends a lot of time in movie trailers, but not as the performer. Hear how Samara transitioned her passion for performing into a niche career training actors how to speak as a dialect and communication coach for some of the biggest names in entertainment.
Samara Bay is a dialect coach for actors in television and film. She recently coached American Crime Story: Versace, Avengers: Infinity War, and Patty Jenkins’ upcoming TNT miniseries. When she’s not on set, she works privately with clients to help them integrate good acting with good dialect work, which is both a technical and emotional process. She was featured in The New York Times Magazine last year in a piece that focused on her work helping clients sound authentic in an accent other than their own while having fun doing it.
Samara continues to expand her communication coaching to helping professionals in other industries from science to business to politics. She has prepped clients for UN speeches and tech pitches, taught through the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, and recently provided voice tips and how-to’s in an upcoming book geared toward women running for office.