I trained as an actor and I soon found to my delight that the work I was doing to improve my craft also heightened my awareness of my voice and my body so that it serves as a sort of emotional litmus paper while I negotiate my non-performer life and personal growth. There began Living Voice Workshops and Coaching. I love working with performers, but I think there is so much more to voice work and I want to share that with the world.
The wonderful thing about this work is that it is so personal. You get out exactly what you put in and everyone's experience is different. If you're curious I would really love to sit down with you for a free consultation and discover with you where your journey will begin.
WHY I CHOSE VOICE Like many who teach, I began voice work because I struggled with it. I embodied the opposite of what I wanted to be. I didn't like my tone. I was an aggressive conversationalist and I hardly listened to anyone at all! I was completely cut off from my body and my emotional life. Then I found voice work and it changed everything.
Of course, the journey never ends. It's the human condition to wrestle with self-censorship, to engage defense mechanisms that keep us from being and experiencing our authentic selves. Out potential is infinite and we are always growing, so there is always more to explore.
On a very practical level, my relationship with my voice has always fascinated me. I'm an immigrant to Canada and I couldn't help noticing that in addition to my tone and pitch changing depending on who I was talking to, my accent changed too! Voice work is all about the relationship between mind and body, as well as your relationship with the outside world. In exploring how I wanted to sound, I learned so much about who I wanted to be.
MY PRACTICE I'm just starting out in my coaching career, but I've been studying and practicing voice and acting (specifically in theatre) for most of my life. Prior to my formal
training in acting and voice at E15 (a conservatory acting school in London, UK) I was trained in
South Africa in classical support and enunciation. My education in London
focussed on the more contemporary thought-impulse approach, but it also
included a unique two weeks of study at Shakespeare's Globe which introduced an entirely esoteric perspective on the properties of sound. I have also had the absolute pleasure of participating in the National Voice Intensive at UBC in Vancouver, Canada and I am certified to teach the Meisner Approach through Larry Silverberg's Meisner Certificate Training Program at the True Acting Institute. Although the
exercises I have developed are an amalgamation of all of my experiences with a
great many teachers, the majority of my work is based on the teachings of Stewart Pearce (The Alchemy of Voice) and Kristin Linklater (Freeing the Natural Voice).
INFLUENCES My most prominent influences are listed in roughly the order I most recently encountered them. I owe so much to these individuals, their collective experience has effected my growth on an exponential level: Larry Silverberg, David Smukler, Gerry Trentham, Dawn McCaugherty, Judith Koltai, Brad Gibson, Gayle Murphy, Cindy Block, Gary Logan, Ian Raffel, Dale Genge, Stewart Pearce, Joanne Howarth, Richard Ryder, Ashley Howard, Larry Silverberg, Greg Anderson, Ryan Crocker, Russel Untiedt, Liberty Bell, Pat Fox, Gisele Turner, Michael Gritten...
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