I had had some voice lesson that hadn’t really helped me achieve my singing goals and was looking for a new voice teacher. I asked my acting teacher at the time for a reference.
My acting teacher was based in Manhattan but recommended someone she knew in New Jersey. I schlepped downtown and across the river on the bus, not caring about the inconvenience and excited about what could happen.
I remember little else about the lesson except for the teacher at the piano asking me to make the biggest noise that I could.
She asked me again.
She tried saying it a few different times in a few different ways. I still squeaked.
I left distraught and disheartened.
Why couldn’t I do what the teacher asked?
I wanted to sing, yet every muscle in my singing apparatus said no.
A lot of my life since then has been about finding my voice. Literally and figuratively.
Now I am passionate about working with other people whose voices are still stuck inside.
“A voice is a human gift; it should be cherished and used, to utter fully human speech as possible. Powerlessness and silence go together.” Margaret Atwood
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