Exactly. First and foremost, you've got no reason not to be yourself. If that puts someone off, screw them. Second, it's a good conversation starter. From personal experience; I've got a pretty stereotypical midwestern slur and 'drawl' to my speech. The worst it's ever gotten me was good fun joking with people I meet in Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, etc.Here is a brilliant idea. How about...just being yourself??!?
I know!! It's REVOLUTIONARY!!
Agree. Linda le Plant [creator of the terrible Prime Suspect rubbish] is the same. I think she is from Runcorn or somewhere close [basically the anus on Liverpool] and her accent has also gone from mild Liverpudlian to Prince Charles. And he wants to be a tampon!Another one for the "whatever you do, don't try and change your accent" pile.
I've not forgotten the storm that Beryl Bainbridge caused a few years ago when she called on everyone in the UK with a non-Southern accent to drop it in favour of "speaking properly". She was originally from Liverpool and, once upon a time, sounded exactly like you'd expect from a Scouser. These days, she sounds more like the Queen. If there is one thing I absolutely cannot stand, it's those people who take elocution lessons because they think sounding like the Queen makes them a better person. It doesn't!