We had the good fortune of connecting with Adam Michael Rose and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adam, what’s your definition for success?
I think very often we attribute success to a final product, or an end result. I’m thinking of either a promotion, or an achievement award, and while promotions and awards are undoubtedly positive reinforcements of our actions, I don’t think they’re the ONLY ways to measure success. When I first moved to California, I went on a lot of road trips up and down the state. One of these road trips was with a visiting friend, and we were on a mission to end our day at the beach with enough time to take in a picture-perfect sunset over the Pacific ocean. Well, our timing was off (traffic), and by the time we made it to the beach, the sun had already set. But now looking back and remembering everything else that happened between us that day (singing songs from our favorite musicals, getting lost once or twice, our uncontrollable fits of laughter…), it doesn’t feel right to call this particular road trip unsuccessful. It was literally a journey that was bursting with unforgettable memories and moments of absolute joy. I’d love to say that the best way to find success is by being open to it in ways that you might not be expecting. Watch for it while the journey is happening, not just at the very end.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
There’s one thing that you can count on as a dialect coach—every project is a brand new experience. From being on set on location in the desert to a Zoom meeting in my home studio, each day brings something different, unique and exciting. The accents I get to teach are equally unique and exciting. One thing people may not realize is that accents are not set in stone. As people speak with one another they influence each other, so accents end up changing over time! Part of my job as a dialect coach is to take note of these changes so that the accents we use in productions are as true to life as possible. I’m therefore frequently spending time researching a wide array of trends in speech throughout the entire world. If I’m not researching, then I’m working directly with my clients. I love helping actors gain skills and abilities they never even knew they could possess. Current technology is making it easier and easier all the time to connect with actors no matter where they are located in the world. Before apps like Zoom and Skype, I would have had to fly to meet actors in other countries in order to work together, but now in a single day I might get to train someone in Australia, someone in Brazil and someone else in China!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I personally LOVE a good tour of a city’s movie locations, and LA has a LOT of them! We’ll start with a visit to the Hollywood Bowl, a nod to 80’s classics like Some Kind of Wonderful, Beaches, and Xanadu. The next stop will probably be the Griffith Observatory, which has been featured in Rebel Without a Cause, Lala Land, Transformers, and The Terminator. We’ll also swing by the houses from A Nightmare On Elm Street, The Golden Girls, and Beverly Hills, 90210. For food, we’ll be going to one of the very first spots that I ever visited in LA—The 101 Coffee Shop in Hollywood (which was featured in Swingers and HBO’s Entourage). We’ll then follow this up with a brief stop for lattes at the nearby Bourgeoise Pig (I love to see people’s faces when I show them what’s in the back room). Then we’ll head downtown (“DTLA”) to check out Angel’s Flight, the shortest railway in the world. HBO just released an incredible reboot of Perry Mason, and this iconic ride is pivotal in the first episode! We’ll also swing by The Last Book Store, which is not only a place you can explore for hours, but was featured in 2014’s Gone Girl. Finally, we’ll pick up some super fancy peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at PBJ.LA in Grand Central Market (where scenes from Lala Land and 2004’s National Treasure were filmed)!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I love working with young actors to help them discover their unique voices through accent and dialect training, and I’ve been fortunate to be able to collaborate with The Educational Theatre Association, a fearless advocate for theatre education in schools all over the world. For close to 100 years, EdTA has been creating opportunities for young actors to learn, grow, perform, and develop crucial life skills through theater education. Over the years I have had the good fortune to share my love of accents with thousands of theatre students who have attended EdTA workshops. It has been really gratifying to see these students grow into thriving young artists.