You as the Vocal Coach
The vocal coach can identify vocal difficulties that might be keeping the actor from best achieving the director’s vision. The vocal coach can also provide an analysis of why these problems may be occurring and give strategies to the director to address them in the rehearsal situation if desired. The coach can create a program of specific vocal exercises for the actor to release or expand the voice to better fulfill the director’s vision. The coach can present a company vocal warm-up or an individualized actor warm-up. The coach can distribute basic vocal hygiene guidelines, if needed.
A vocal coache corrects habitual speech patterns: mumbling, whispering, adding extraneous sounds, stressing too many words, stressing inoperative words, dropping ends of words or sentences, or other speaking habits which are in the way of clear expression.
A vocal coach also helps actors overcome vocal stress, strain or damage, which can result in extreme hoarseness or roughness, inability to perform at previous levels, or loss of voice.
What this means to you:
- Know the importance of warming up your voice
- Learn how to warm up your voice
- Learn how to protect your voice
- Know what to drink and what not to drink
- Add interest to your voice
- Add power to your voice
- Sound credible
- Sound approachable
- Have resonance in your voice
- Add tone to your voice
- Breathe properly
Adapted from “Blockbuster Business Videos: What The Hollywood Pro’s Want You to Know About Creating Video That Will Increase Your SEO, Win Clients and Set You Apart From Your Competition,” by Ed Primeau and Laurie Brown. Laurie Brown helps individuals present themselves effectively in person and virtually through the camera lens. You can reach her at Lauriebrown@thedifference.net or visit http://www.thedifference.net