About Mark Byron Dallas
Mark founded Talk Like That in 2020 shortly after COVID-19 went global.
His desk job as a Program Director in the Academic Department of a once-thriving language school came to a premature, but not unwelcome, end. This finally gave him the opportunity he needed to put 100% into a passion project some two decades in the making.
An avid linguistics enthusiast with an ear for accents, Mark had been a mimic since childhood and, besides a lifelong love for acting in theatre, has always sought various outlets for his creativity. After graduating as a Graphic Arts major with a specialization in the field of communication, Mark lived in several cities across the United Kingdom.
In 1994, Mark was offered a job with BBC Television (where he discovered his talent for voice work and was often called upon whenever an accent was needed for a particular region) and settled in London, where he met his wife and started a family.
In the early 2000s, Mark caught wanderlust again and the family moved to Canada, where he set his sights on language teaching and retrained as an instructor, spending more than 15 years teaching English to international students, simultaneously picking up the phonetic nuances and phonotactics underlying a wide range of non-anglo accents.
Talk Like That specializes in dialect coaching for actors as well as accent & voice modification for other professionals. Mark counts many film, TV and stage actors among previous clients and shares his time between coaching, providing workshops, voice acting, and standardized language-level assessment.
Theatre & TV
I have been involved in television theatre as an actor (both in the UK and Canada) and a dialect coach, working on productions including the BBC's Black Britain, several episodes of truTV's Masterminds and theatre productions such as Shelagh Stephenson's The Memory of Water (set in Yorkshire) and Murder Weapon by Brian Clemens.
As a dialect coach, this has given me an invaluable insight into the pressures and demands that actors and directors come under when working on a production.