” I realise how strong the Whale Cast can be…”
( with harder work and making things ” like voice ” important! )
Once more unto the breach dear friends
My RSC T-shirt was on , and I was back into rehearsal mode on Saturday , with what could be a talented cast A Cast I that could even set a few tongues drama wagging, come show up in May.
But not before they start to take things I deliver seriously , and make the rehearsals work ” important ” and not just for the good of me exercising my VOICE.
The Handouts given are there to remind you that VOICE is easy , when you understand how your Mouth works .’
You don’t have to keep speaking the way you are accustomed to , through a more negative peer culture.
You can choose to try and LEAP here.
And maybe I’m starting VOICE a bit earlier with this group, because I reckon to nip Bad habits in the PACE bud now , is a whole lot easier than trying to change ingrained vocal patterns later .
That’s not to say you can’t ever decide to do something positive about changing your VOICE in PACE. You can , at any time .
It just takes so much more focus and discipline, so much more want to sound better later on.
It’s a bit of a PACE drama trait , cwhen it comes to stage work : great physical strength , fluidity and presence , but sadly a poorer quality of stage Voice, when young actors come to open their mouths …
But then it’s easier to fix your body this it is to sort your voice in anything.
VOICE is a state of MIND . If you don’t Mind it will never matter …
What we think and feel , comes out our mouths , we are universally judged by it .
We can brand our appearance to fit in .
But you can’t brand your VOICE .
You can’t smother it in Boss, Nike or Ralph Lauren …spritz it with Armani , Klein it , North Face it or if a little more On posh trend …add the allure of CHANEL or the j’ adore of DIOR
It’s ironic to me how BRANDS influence a more popular crowd . How the need for a moneyed label confirms their identity , makes them feel accepted somehow?!
All these labels are synonymous with a lifestyle few ever get to truly experience for their core essence .
Boss ( the executive lifestyle ) , Nike ( the top performance athletes ) Lauren ( the ever rich American beach house in the Hamptons or Yacht in The Med ) Armani ( a palazzo in Rome ) Klein ( an eternity of far away places ) North Face ( an Everest challenge ) Chanel ( exclusive entry to the best of anything ) Dior ( New York , Milan , Paris , London..the world )
But then again BRANDS are a big business way of life for the uber rich , uber powerful who use as a their money will to fuel their ongoing lifestyle , and sadly the more we buy into it , the more lost we can eventually ironically become.
But we’re all of us human and it’s tempting to believe that a label can make us feel good , feel special . I have a few tucked away for that ” I need to feel special ” day .
Which is a very ” round about ” M way of saying , be careful what brand you chose to express yourself with : more vocally .
Lazy , flat , grunted , colloquialisms ( but , actual , quality , so….whatever ) are affectations you may be forced to adopt to fit in with school right now , but don’t let them label you …don’t let them brand you ” for your life to come ” – don’t get stuck speaking “that way”
Speak one way for long enough and your brain sends only one kind of message to your speech production unit: make it back , flat , and inarticulate .
Come to the drama space and what do you have to offer the spoken word of texts ?
” th urly burd catchus th wurm”
And how we laughed at that …but how true might this be without a little more care in future for:
A message from the brain
A breath in
A rib swing out
A filling of lungs
A creation of space
A breath out
A journey up the windpipe
An encounter with the intricacy and mechanics of the voice box
A make over or “make do” in the mouth
A message from the brain to speak
An emotion attached ?
” the early bird catches the worm…”
And then it’s better OUT THERE for all to hear , to say ” you have a great voice ”
Because Your VOICE is a wonderful thing , and if you need a label , let RP be your more stylish guide to attach to your identity .
And yes ! you sound a bit ” posh ” at the moment . Using it .
Far POSHER I’m afraid if your voice is very FLAT , BACK and LAZY . That’s a fact only you can fix because you chose to put it flatly , backly , inarticulate;y there in the first place .
Choices are always going to define us in life .
Choices we make in school
Choices we make with our friends
Choices we make in our careers
Choices we make to change our Life
And closer to PACE home for you
Choices you make outside the SPACE
Choices you make inside the SPACE
Choices you make about Culture
Choices you make about Knowledge
Choices you make with our bodies
Choices you make with our VOICE
CHOICES will always define you because it really matters you opt for the more difficult , less popular one, and there in lies the essence of the prized In-Spired life.
But here’s the option form for you to decide …
Choice – to make the social more important
Choice- to not listen because you are bored
Choice – to dismiss culture as a waste of time
Choice – to not understand because you don’t want to think
Choice – to be invisible because it’s easier
Choice – to be lazy because that’s what you know best
Out Come – STOP
Choice – to have fun with people here but always remember why you really come
Choice – to take in everything delivered in sessions and revisit it at home
Choice – to explore the culture of different things , make the effort to change
Choice – to understand because you know this will help with school work and life outside
Choice – to make your presence felt every time you are here
Choice – to make it important , because it’s important for YOU to communicate effectively forever
Out Come – Go
And for anyone who might be thinking “but I only come to do drama” . Do your version of drama in Studio Times , where there is a different ethos in place , where there is less emphasis on personal achievement and more on group enjoyment. No one if forcing you to go where you don’t want to be . You choose to attend , but I’m not changing what I do to make it easier . Depends what your definition of easy is ?
I think option 2 is always easier – it makes more sense and less change from your natural potential .
If you opt for Spires , you opt to make yourself the top priority while you are here. Play for the 1st Team in anything and the demands are the same!
And as NIKE says : JUST DO IT.
So cyber class lecture over for your midweek check in ! Hope you get my angle !
Home study :
Inuit Culture ( have posted clips on Pinterest Whale board for reference ) – 10.15 minutes
Whales , Seals ,Polar Bears , Arctic Fish ( take your pick form google images
Listen to NANOOK track posted as link , for INUIT singing – ongoing
Make sure you know first verse of Internationale – 10 mins
Look over Voice Sheet – Long Vowels and practise sounds – 10 mins
Listen to Voices around you , on going …
HOME STUDY – 45mins tops . For a considerable lifetime of advantage
Or is easier to spend that 45 mins on snap chat Instagram or FB ?
Your decision .
See opening “scene people” , in the on Tuesday.