Finding your embodied voice
For those of you who are performers of some kind, I can help you to find your authentic voice using techniques for breath support, projection and resonance, combining vocal stamina and flexibility, and fine-tuning pace of delivery; additionally we can look at how to maintain a healthy voice to stand you in good stead throughout your career – as an actor it is imperative to monitor your own daily vocal qualities, not just those of your character voices.
For actors, I can see you individually or in a workshop (see below), and assist with:
- preparing for auditions
- learning or improving an accent
- developing character voices
- managing your voice for a longer run eg. stage work
- vocal care for more extreme character work such as that required for animation and gaming
The work we can do together is entirely tailored to your requirements and/or a particular role.
If you are a singer, I can work with you to ensure that your speaking voice provides the best foundation for your singing voice (please note, I’m not a singing coach and don’t provide singing lessons).
Sessions are currently held via Zoom/Skype, however I can also run in-person sessions at The Albany Centre, St Albans, which has COVID compliant procedures in place. i
If you have access to a venue more relevant to where you are performing, we can discuss meeting there (with the permission of the venue).
Interested in a workshop or an individual session?
Workshop: Vocal Exploration (2-3 hours or whole day)
Understanding how your voice works and gaining greater knowledge of how to control it can be a huge step in your confidence and professional development. Learn how to:
- breathe more efficiently and explore your voice within your body
- experience the voice in different postures and with altered positioning
- relax to avoid tension in the tongue, throat and voicebox
- keep your voice healthy
- vary different parameters of your vocal tract to experiment with character voices
- conquer stage fright especially when addressing an audience
This course provides a vocal ‘MOT’ – a toolkit of warm-up exercises – and helps you find your authentic voice.
Workshop: Speech and Sounds Gym (2-3 hours)
How can you sound accurate, precise and yet natural? How can you vary your articulation for different characters? This course works through the basics of voice and clear communication with particular emphasis on:
- articulation warm-ups
- exploring the realms of articulation
- vocabulary use
- word stress
- vocal variety
- text work generally or for a specific role
Workshop: Voice and Emotion Awareness (2-3 hours or whole day)
The course looks at how emotions physically affect our voice, breathing and speech. You will learn:
- how blocks occur in posture, speaking and the flow of breath because of feelings
- how these tensions arising in the throat and along the vocal tract manifest themselves and how to work through them
- how to apply this safely to character work
This course can be particularly targeted towards actors and voiceover artists and can be extended to more extreme voice work following completion of the Vocal Exploration Workshop (above).
Individual sessions: Accent attack
If you need to master a particular accent for a role, coaching:
- identifies the particular sounds and aspects of your accent versus your target accent which require modifying
- provides opportunity to practise and rehearse with your text/script
- includes baseline recordings used for comparison in identifying your progress