Come join me at The Big Sing! on THE MODERN VOCALIST.com

THE MODERN VOCALIST.com The #1 Community for Singers on the Web! Flloyd Kennedy Flloyd Kennedy has invited you to the event ‘The Big Sing!’ on THE MODERN VOCALIST.com! Apologies for cross posting. It would be wonderful if you and your friends and colleagues could join us for a day of joyful sounding! With all good wishes Flloyd Time: February 6, 2010 from 9:30am to 4pm Location: to be advised Organized By: Being in Voice with Flloyd Kennedy Event Description: A one-day workshop for everyone who ever wanted to explore their vocal potential, or just play with their voices in a truly non-judgmental environment. We will spend the morning warming up our bodies and our voices, getting to know our voices …

Yes, we make funny noises!

It’s true, when we work on our voices, we make sounds we wouldn’t normally make in the course of our everyday lives. That’s because we are extending our range, broadening our capacity, developing our potential. It doesn’t make sense to just sound the way we usually do, after all, that is why we are training in the first place.  And of course, we use our bodies to do it. So, here is a short film of some of the Being in Voice Acting Class students, generously sharing their process with you as they did some of their own individual warm up in class last week. Mostly they are exploring Fitzmaurice Voicework exercises, but there are other influences present also. Then …

Wanna be an Actor? or wannabee actor?

Here are some excellent tips for how to present yourself at auditions.  The tipster is Ken Davenport, a highly respected off-Broadway theatre producer. The Producer’s Perspective Ken makes the point that many people think they are actors, but there are very few Actors around. The difference is not in the level of talent or training, but in the level of professionalism and commitment that is brought to the process. I shouldn’t be surprised, or shocked any more at the care-less attitudes I hear about among actors, but I can’t help being hurt when I come across them. Yes, foolish as it sounds, I actually care so much about Theatre that I feel personally offended when I come across examples of …

Some more Really Useful Blogs

I’m adding a couple of new links, these are fascinating blogs by dedicated actors, teachers and theatre makers. The Shakespeare Blog offers some great insights into matters of interpretation, and performance techniques on all matter Shakespeare. The Ottawa Theatre Network is going to be an interesting discussion to follow, as a group of actors and theatre makers set about organising themselves into a force to be reckoned with. Sterling Lynch is the Ottawa-based actor who is keeping the information flowing for the Ottawa Theatre Network, and his own personal blog offers some insights into the life of a working actor. Closer to home, take a look at Kate Foy’s blog The Groundling. Kate is former head of Voice at USQ, …

Janis McGavin on Being an Actor

Last week, I managed to catch up with Janis McGavin, actor, currently on tour around Australia with Monkey Baa in Thursday’s Child. Janis trained with Being in Voice for two years before being accepted into WAAPA. She graduated from the program two years ago, and has since been working as a stand-up comic and professional actor, based in Sydney. Janis took time out to chat about how she got into acting, and the journey she has been on since going to drama college. She was battling with a nasty dose of pharyngitis, (throat infection) one of the perils of  the hard-working professional actor when constant travel and late nights take their toll.  I was happy to recommend she start working …