Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Walks Like a Woman But Talks Like...

In July, someone commented:

do you present with a fem voice?

Alas, no.  But I started working on it in earnest and I'm quite discouraged.  I have a link to a tutorial where the presenter talks about using a pitch program to monitor your pitch, to try and keep it within female parameters.  The ones I found respond so quickly I can't tell from word to word (or from word to breath) what the pitch is.

I purchased Melanie Anne Phillips' voice training last June, with high hopes.  So far, the voice has eluded me.  And I know there's more to female voice than pitch, but pitch is prime.  And my pitch is low and inside.

So I keep my voice soft and I keep practicing the first step, where I try to keep my voice from breaking as I lower from a falsetto.  All I've managed to do is strain my voice.

But I keep trying, and I keep looking for new approaches.  Feel free to send me yours in email me or comments.


  1. Meg -

    Look up Kathe Perez.... She is a speech therapist, and her tools are much better than Melanie's. I've use her program a little (far from enough - I'm lazy) and it is better.


  2. Your voice issue casts you between two YCCMM concepts. Your presentation and look is good enough to 'fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time' until you speak which then skews the odds down the scale.
    The other YCCMM bromide is the 'care' scale application to voice acceptance. When you go out you always seem to look good and venue appropriate. Since your look is on target I would just be yourself and not get upset over your voice and just use your normal voice. Let people wonder or not.
    My view is to blend and if you are made as a guy and accepted as a man dressed as a woman then that may open more eyes than if you get out and back in total stealth mode.
    Just my two cents

  3. The only help I can give is encouragement. I myself cannot start changing my voice right now. Maybe in the future. Good luck ! - Julie

  4. My thought is not too worry about it over much; there are plenty of attractive women with low voices. Think Lauren Bacall (who once had her singing voice dubbed by Andy Williams!), Suzanne Pleshette, and others. Yes, try to use your "head voice" (as we actors call it), and not your chest voice, but I think worrying about it too much just puts strain in the voice, which defeats the purpose.

  5. If you are smartphone inclined, then get the EVA apps. Here's a link:


    In addition, here's my own little review, in case you want some perspective. I've found them helpful, though I just haven't gotten down to really working on it yet.



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