For Actors

Voice for Actors

For Actors who want to strengthen their speaking voice, give it more range and color, or change it to fit their casting, singing is the most effective way to do it. Two films emphasize the therapeutic effects of working the voice like a singer. Most recent and in the 2011 awards race, "The King's Speech". Geoffrey Rush plays Lionel Logue, a speech therapist, who uses singing exercises to work with King George's speech problems. The exercises are very effective in helping him move past anything that might be halting his speech.

Another film is "Flawless", with Robert De Niro and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Hoffman plays a singing teacher who helps a stroke victim, De Niro, recover his speech through singing exercises.

Both of these examples are serious cases, but it points out that singing is the best way to work the voice for actors. A series of exercises, prescribed over a period of time for the specific needs of the actor is like going to the gym everyday to achieve the fitness level and body that we choose. Exactly like that. The singing teacher is your trainer to get you to work the muscles of the vocal cords for the desired result.

My training involves listening to the actor or singer in front of me to determine the best course of action. That's why private training is best. The teacher needs to hear the voice and prescribe the exercises at each lesson, and build on the one before. A lot of successful actors continue their voice training through their entire career, to keep themselves in shape.

For those who have questions about fitting their voice to their casting, this is what I mean. You're a sexy voluptuous woman, but when you speak you sound like a 12 year old girl. Or a strong leading man who sounds like a Skateboarder dude. The voice doesn't fit the visual. This can be changed and singing exercises are the most effective and the safest way to do it. You don't want to go out and abuse your cords just to get a specific voice, that cause damage, sometime irreparable, to the cords and surrounding muscle groups. It's best done with systematic, prescribed exercises.

If you have any more questions on this topic, feel free to contact me.

Greg Safel - Singing Lessons Los Angeles is located at: 8555 Sherwood Dr., West Hollywood, CA 90069 Tel: (213) 394-5802