Have you ever been told that if you lower your voice or avoid vocal fry or stop saying “like” so much you’ll sound more authoritative? KQED host Mina Kim recently interviewed Samara Bay, a speech and dialect coach for TV & film actors, who says this kind of advice, no matter how well-intentioned, should not be heeded.
Generations of Americans have associated power with the slow, booming speech of male politicians and news anchors, writes Bay in her new book “Permission to Speak.” But in fact, if we stopped trying to approximate the traditional voice standards of powerful men we’d sound “richer, more relaxed, more expansive, expressive, unlimited by social norms and alive with possibility.” Kim talks to Bay about why we should change our assumptions about what power and authority sound like.
Even as voice actors, today more than ever simply a version of yourself that is natural and real is in more demand than anything over-the-top. Authenticity is key.
Listen to the full interview at KQED!
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