You would think that native New Yorkers would be proud of their accent, epitomised by tough-talking movie gangsters from James Cagney to Robert De Niro.
But fears that their famously abrasive tones are holding them back is driving growing numbers of them to voice coaches.
Correspondent Matt Wells went to a voice therapy session in Manhattan to find out why.
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