Chicago. The early aughts. Walker Arts Performing Center. I’m waiting in the wings to make my entrance as a member of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. Two male dancers are across stage performing choreography leading up to my entrance. There’s my cue! I enter at full speed. We are doing a complicated lift and propelling throw that sends me into a graceful, full-body, in-mid-air, horizontal arc across the stage. It’s amazing and exhilarating! I’m soooooaaaring….oof! Ugh! Ack! Oh no! The top half of my body gets caught in the lift while the bottom half whips through the air, twisting my pelvis violently, and tearing my S.I. joint. Auuuugghh!
Months later, I am answering phones to make ends meet because I am no longer dancing for a living. Every day I say “Hello. Stearns Consulting. How can I help you?” “Hello. Stearns Consulting. How can I help you?” One day a customer says to me: “Stearns Consulting? It sounds like I’m calling a 900 number.” “Excuse me?” I reply. He says “Your voice is so warm and smooth and... You gotta do something with that voice.” LIGHTBULB!
That lightbulb led me to VOICE ONE, where Elaine’s training changed my life.
That’s my story. What’s yours?
Inspired by the three-week intensive some of our students recently completed, Danny spoke with Voice One Vocal Health instructor Julia Norton who has over 25 years of experience teaching people how to have a free and healthy voice.
An Interview with Top Dialect Coach Doug Honorof
Voice One offers a beginning improv class that takes you through the the basic rules of improv (believe it or not, there are rules!) through games and scenes. Laura Derry creates a fun and safe space for you to succeed and fail and you'll laugh and learn a lot!
We are premiering a new class called Storytelling in VO. The class takes place over two Thursdays: January 31st and February 7th from 6:30pm-9:30pm taught by Sally. The class will cover the short story format, with scripts from commercials, corporate narration, literature, and children’s books.