I think the most important tip I walked away with was: "don't think about it, just do it" -- which, really, is good advice for artists in general.
Even though I found Transatlantic pretty easy and fun, I was plenty challenged by the other accents she threw at us (Brahmin, New Hampshire and Southie). At the end of the first day, we were sent home (exhausted....) with an assignment to bring in two monologues the next morning, applying two of the four accents that we had practiced. Um...seriously? How can I nail something that I've just learned?
Oh, the little perfectionist in me just hates getting set up like that.
The next morning, I held the elevator for one of my classmates. On the way up to the studio he tentatively asked, "Um...are you ready for today?" There was nothing I could do but clasp my coffee cup with my two hands like it was The Greatest Security Blanket Ever and gulp, "Honestly, no, but it's happening, right?"
And it did happen and it went just fine.