My fascination with voice work came from my own struggles as a young actress (and human!) to find my own voice. My actor-training had very little voice work, so when I started working as a professional, I realized I didn't have the stamina or the range to play the kind of characters I wanted to play, This wasn't just affecting me professionally-- I also felt personally like my voice didn't reflect the depth of my feelings or experience-- it wasn't a true expression of my identity. So I took matters into my own hands and started taking classes, which eventually led to a certification in Fitzmaurice Voicework (R) and an MFA in Voice Studies, because I realized I wanted to share what I was learning with others who were on a similar mission. To me, there is nothing more humbling and empowering than working on one's ability to communicate-- the way you reach others with your voice and the way you connect through listening--which is ultimately what voice work is about for me.
I have a holistic approach to working on voice and communication that explores the interconnection between body, breath, mind and voice. Voice is created in the body and breath is the power source for the voice, so work begins with relieving any excess tensions in the body that may be affecting the breathing mechanism. You will learn how to modulate your air flow to fully support your voice so that it stays healthy, resonant, empowered and connected. We work on mindfulness techniques to help you stay aware of what is happening in the body/breath/voice, particularly to manage nerves.
As an accent coach, I use an embodied approach to learning new accents. Accents are physical behaviors, so we develop your awareness of how your speech muscles shape sound so that you can easily shift from one accent to another and feel your way into it, without relying on the sometimes faulty ear or constantly needing an accent coach to tell you you are doing it right.
I work with people from a variety of backgrounds. I have clients who are actors, business professionals, teachers and who identify as transgender and are looking to shift their vocal identity. I firmly believe that everyone can benefit from voice work. It empowers you to be fully present in the communication act of speaking and listening. Please be in touch by using the "contact me" page if you are interested in working together.