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Surviving Actors: Our first trade show!

Well, Working With Voice has now done her first trade show!

Our stand at Surviving Actors

Our stand looked great with our new banner and flyers.  Thanks to Robin Grey for all his hard work on the design and to First Edition printers.

It was a great day full of conversations and demonstrations. There were all sorts of stalls ranging from casting agencies to temp-teaching agencies, photographers to accountants for the arts.

Surviving Actors know how to put on a well rounded event and the venue was gorgeous!

 

Voice Workshop at Surviving Actors

Voice Workshop at Surviving Actors

Working With Voice ran a fun and dynamic voice workshop for many of the actors present.  Warming up the voice both in range, resonance and volume.

Voice Workshop at Surviving Actors

Voice Workshop at Surviving Actors

 

 

 

Actors have a hard job, and the voice is at the heart of their work. It’s therefore essential to keep those vocal cords limber lubricated ready for character and the stage.

Find out more vocal warmup tips by following us on Twitter or joining our Facebook group.

Exhibiting at Surviving Actors

Exciting news.  Working With Voice is attending its first trade-show.  We will have a dedicated stand at the Surviving Actors event in London on the 7th Feb 2015.

Dolly May will be there to greet you at the stand and answer all your question about Working With Voice and vocal training.

Find out more about this wonderful free event here

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We are also delighted to announce that we are running a 45 min Vocal Warmup Toolkit workshop at the event at 4.45pm on that day

Book onto the workshop it here

Quote


“Whatever other speech you grow into….your dialect stays alive in a sort of inner freedom, a separate little self.”
Ted Hughes, Poet, cited in Corcoran 1993:114

Accent Tip #2


Connect your words together when speaking, as though like train carriages.  This helps the listener to hear your ideas rather than your words.

Imagine that each sentence is almost like one long word, a ‘train of thought’.

If you speak in separate words then your meaning becomes broken up, and harder to follow. This dilutes the power of your ideas.

Accent Tip #1

 Rhythm

Listen to the rhythm of the way people speak. Whatever the language or the accent, tune your ear into their overall rhythm.  Imagine it like a drum beat. Where are the strong beats and where are the weak beats?  Then mimic what you hear using a pattern of made up sounds, tapping the finger on the table to emphasise the strong beats 

Strong beat – “Dum”
Weak beat –   “di” 

Standard British Example:  John Keats  –  To Autumn
To swell the gourd, and plump the  hazel  shells
di Dum  di   Dum     di    Dum   di  Dum di  Dum

More info here:

International Centre for Voice

The International Centre for Voice is a great place to find out about all things voice.

You can join the ICV to enjoy the forum where voice professional discuss the voice and its wonders.  They also have a full program of Workshops covering many topics, that are open to both teachers and students of voice, professionals or otherwise.