DIALECT COACH and CONSULTANT
"Few have the ability to empower you with your skills
like she does. Thank you Joy!"
— Tabu – Actress
WHAT PEOPLE SAY...
IS JOY ELLISON?
Joy is a native "Angelina"...residing in Hollywood, California, having lived two years in San Francisco, and three years in Hamburg, Germany.
Her parents were professional dancers and she appeared in film/television as a child, however, she was more attracted to the languages and accents around her and even attended a Japanese school as a young girl.
Joy was a member of the Theatre Academy at Los Angeles City College, while studying Spanish, German, French and Italian. She was active in theatre in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Hamburg and was a proud member of the much-loved L.A. Repertory Theatre Company.
Then as a student at The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, it was in a speech and phonetics class where she truly fell in love with the study and analysis of the sound of language.
So, thanks to theatre, phonetics, linguistics, teaching (UCLA and Hamburg), continuous language study, and much more….a dialect coach was born.
IS A DIALECT COACH?
"A dialect coach assists an actor in assuming a certain regional or foreign accent to perform convincingly in radio, theatrical or film productions..."
Often a dialect coach will teach a foreign languageportion of a script. A coach can easily “break-down” the sounds for the actor, and work with a translator on finding translations that best fits the character and actor.
Some of the many languages Joy has coached are Spanish, French, German, Italian, Arabic, Japanese, Chinese, Mongolian, and even Martian!
WHEN | WHERE
Is typically held at Ms. Ellison’s office in West Hollywood, the client’s location, Skype.
The coach is on set to assist the actor, listening for speech and accent continuity and any dialogue changes.
A coach is helpful in post in 'spotting' a film for accent/language continuity.
To assist actors easing back-into an accent they may not have used for months. Also, for loop-group accent continuity.
SKYPE | FACETIME
More and more International coaching is being done electronically. All one needs is computer.
English is the world's business language. Language courses alone are ineffective - if the speaker is not understandable. Joy Ellison has worked with not only actors, but business professionals, attorneys, scientists and even professional translators on effective presentation.
She has worked with groups in Mexico, China, Taiwan, Germany and most recently Trinidad.
PARTIAL LIST OF RECENT CLIENTS
Benedict Cumberbatch • Eoin Macken • Mel Gibson • Nicole Kidman • Rachel Weisz • Iain Glen • Jonathan Tucker • Justin Chatwin • Jeremy Piven • Jessica Chastain • Elizabeth Henstridge • Tom Felton • Naoki Kobayashi • George Mason • Ashleigh Cummings • Gugu Mbatha-Raw • Alexander Dreymon • Alex Pettyfer • Angelina Jolie • Angie Cepeda • Anne Hathaway • Anthony Hopkins • Antonio Banderas • Ashley Judd • Ayelet Zurer • Brad Pitt • Beth Behrs • Chris Hemsworth • Catherine Zeta-Jones • Charlie Hunnam • Camryn Manheim • Ciaran Hinds • Colin Farrell • Cillian Murphy • Cathy Moriarty • Cody Simpson • Danielle MacDonald • Danny Huston • David Wenham • David Wallums • Dev Patel • David Morse • Emma Watson • Eiza Gonzalez • Eric Bana • Elena Anaya • Ellen Page • Eve Hewson • Evan Peters • Gal Gadot • Gabriel Garcia Salmeron • Gregory Jbara • Gerard Butler • Heath Ledger • Helena Bonham Carter • Helen Hunt • Harold Perrineau • Hiam Abbass • Imogen Poots • Isabella Rosellini • Irrfan Kahn • Jake Weber • Julia Ormond • Jake Gyllenhaal • Jason Isaacs • Jessica Lange • Julieta Rosen • Jim Caviezel • John Hanna • Jean Reno • Josh Lucas • Jason Flemyng • Jack Thompson • Jennifer Aniston • Jeremy Irvine • Joaquin Cosio • Jodie Foster • John Boyega • Kal Penn • Kathy Najimy • Kelly Osbourne • Karl Urban • Kate Behan • Katherine LaNasa • Kelsey Grammer • Koen De Bouw • Linda Hunt • Lili Collins • Lucy Punch • Lucy Griffiths • Luis Tosar • Matt Bomer • Mary McCormack • Maria Bello • Melanie Griffith • Mark Strong • Martha Higareda • Matt Letscher • Minnie Driver • Meat Loaf Aday • Maurice Compte • Michael Pena • Mila Kunis • Matthew Ryhs • Michael "Meat Loaf" Aday • Michelle Williams • Nicolaj Coster-Waldau • Nastassja Kinski • Nico Santos • Omar Metwally • Omar Sharif • Ori Pfeffer • Peter Macdissi • Polly Walker • Peta Wilson • Richard Roxburgh • Radha Mitchell • Rami Malek • Randy Quaid • Robert Gant • Ron Guttman • Rupert Grint • Ryan Kwanten • Selina Gomez • Stephen Rea • Suraj Sharma • Sienna Miller • Samantha Morton • Sandra Seacat • Sam Worthington • Tabu • Taylor Kitsch • Tobey Maguire • Toni Collette • Tony Curran • Thomas Jane • Til Schweiger • Tina Majorino • Thomas Haden Church • Thomas Kretschmann • Victor Turpin • Victor Huggo Martin • William Levy • Willem Dafoe • Vanessa Hudgens • Valeria Golino • Wes Bentley • Yorick Van Wageningen • Zhu Zhu...