A Conundrum

Now here’s the thing.  I am a freelance voice and acting coach (among other things). That means I work for myself, making up my timetable to fit around my students’ busy timetables, fitting in rehearsals for whatever play I happen to be working on, or film shoot, or meetings with colleagues, and trying to find time to finish writing my thesis. When I first started teaching privately, I discovered this interesting phenomenon: sometimes, people will contact me to book a lesson, and then fail to turn up, or to let me know that they have changed their minds.  I understand. Especially when it is voice training, people are nervous, not sure that they really need it, afraid of sounding silly, …

Feedback from the workshop

A couple of the participants at the workshop have kindly written to me with some feedback on the workshop. What is really lovely about these two letters, is that they come from the least experienced, and the most experienced members of the group: “All I really want to say is thank you! Your enthusiasm and passion for the area was infectious and inspiring. I had no idea what to expect for the workshop when I walked in. I was so impressed with the amount of info covered – the biology, theory, research, a huge range of vocal exercises, and then to integrate this so well with performance, authenticity, playfulness and mindfulness on stage. So much to cover yet it flowed …

Noises off – Voices on

I’ve just had the most wonderful two days working with the Hills Players, a group of amateur actors from a community north of Brisbane who applied for, and were awarded a grant from the Regional Arts Fund to engage my services.  They wanted to work on their voices to develop more power and clarity of expression, and to support their voices in a healthy and sustainable way. I introduced them to my mini mini vocal warmup (based on Eric Armstrong’s morning warm up), then to the Vocal Function exercises (handouts on the Handouts page). We explored the vibrations in our bodies and the fabulous sounds that occur when a group of generous souls commit themselves to a ‘group hum’.  The …

Grantham raffle

The Grantham raffle has now closed,  but you can – and I hope will – donate directly to the Appeal. Meantime, it’s interesting to see that the MailChimp system that I’ve started using for sending out newsletters is working really well, and I’d like to thank everybody who has responded so far. Your concern, and your generousity is most heartening.

Grantham Flood Support

Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. Grantham Flood Support (Qld) I have received so many kind enquiries about my well-being after the recent floods here in Queensland. Fortunately, I was quite a distance from the worst affected areas, and only mildly inconvenienced by all the rain and a few roads being closed. We have all been helping out in any way we can, and because I am unable to contribute hard physical labour for the actual clean up, I am doing whatever I can to raise funds to help people get back on their feet again. Grantham is a small town in the Lockyer Valley, just west of Brisbane, which was particularly hard hit, with a huge …