5 Things You Need to Know About Your Jaw

– before you can learn to relax it. Whether you are working on your voice because you are an actor, a singer, a startup entrepreneur preparing for a 5 minute pitch, or a CEO wanting to improve your presentation skills, you need to be able to relax your jaw. As anyone who has ever tried it, it’s not as easy as it sounds. There are good reasons why we hold tension in our jaw muscles, and there are equally good reasons why it is well worth the effort to let that tension go.  So before you begin, here are 5 important things you need to know about your jaw: 1 – Your jaw is your best friend 2 – Your …

Real and Virtual Travel Adventures

I’ve just returned from a 3 days trip to Sydney, the first time I’ve been there for quite a few years.  It came about because of an invitation to run two workshops for the NSW Speech and Drama Association‘s annual seminar.  They wanted to sample my warmup programs for themselves, so that was the first session.  For the second one, they gave me free range, so I chose to work with them on Shakespeare cue scripts. They also very generously invited me to spend the whole two days with them, joining in all of their activities, including lunches at Bill & Tony’s, dinner at the Pullman Hotel, and a lovely wander down to the Harbour to see the last night of the Vivid …

App Goes Public

I am so happy to announce that the Being in Voice Warmup App is now officially on sale in the App Store, for iPhone and iPad, at the grand price of $0.99.  This is an excellent vocal warmup app, created by my good friend and colleague, Flloyd Kennedy. I recommend it highly. Amy Stoller – Stoller System, LLC: Dialect Coaching & Design by Amy Stoller; resident dialect designer, occasional dramaturge at Mint Theater Company, New York.  I’ve received excellent feedback from early downloaders, and made a few changes as a result. You can now click straight through to the Warmups from the Home Page.  There will be more short Warmups added as time goes by. Once you have purchased and downloaded …

Accent on Voice

Accents are often the first thing on the minds of young actors, and there’s no doubt being able to speak with different accents is a useful skill.  This article  came to me from my dear friend and colleague, Amy Stoller, one of New York’s top accent coaches. The author shares his experience of discovering that his Pakistani accent had modified itself quite unbeknownst to him, as he lived for years in the States, and how he realises now how much cultural, social and even political baggage  – if not downright prejudice – is attached to the way people pronounce their words. My own experience confirms this, albeit in a pretty mild way, compared to the challenges faced by people from different …

Voice IS Movement

A week or so ago I ran into a young woman who had taken part in some short classes I once ran for a group of performance studies students. There were five hour long classes, not compulsory. Some students came to all five, some would arrive late, others would leave early to finish assignments or attend rehearsals. As far as I am aware, this was their only opportunity for voice training. The young woman apologised that she hadn’t followed up on the voice work because she had spent the past six years “working on my body instead”. I was so shocked in that moment that I had absolutely nothing to say. Thoughts like “I’ve failed!” “I must be a dreadfully …