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Finding Your Voice: A Step-By-Step Guide for Actors

Finding Your Voice: A Step-By-Step Guide for Actors
Your Price: $32.95 CDN
Author: Barbara Houseman
Foreword by: Kenneth Branagh
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 270
Pub. Date: 2007
ISBN-10: 1854596594
ISBN-13: 9781854596598

About the Book:

Finding Your Voice is a complete Voice Training Manual for Actors.

A simple, step-by-step manual, Finding Your Voice will give you a clear understanding of the elements involved in developing your voice. Written by voice coach and director Barbara Houseman, this book is suitable for actors at all levels, whether you are a professional performer moving between theatre and film, or an individual looking to improve your vocal skills. Drama teachers in schools and committed amateur actors who want to increase their vocal skills and understanding will also find Finding Your Voice invaluable.

Barbara Houseman, whose private clients include Hollywood stars Jude Law, Daniel Radcliffe, and Keira Knightley, gives you guidance on:
* Preparation
* Body Work
* Breathing and Support
* Breathing Into Sound: Supporting the Voice
* Releasing the Sound
* Filling out the Sound: Resonance
* Extending the Sound: Range
* Shaping the Sound: Articulation
* Trouble-Shooting.

Each chapter in Finding Your Voice begins with a brief introduction, then clearly and succinctly sets out a sequence of simple and effective exercises – accompanied by simple diagrams – ending with a summary of what you have learned. Following along on a regular basis, will build a healthy, flexible and expressive voice capable of filling whatever space you are working in, appropriately and truthfully.

What people say:

"Brilliantly guides the actor using exercises and tools that can revolutionise the voice. It's a boon! — Joseph Fiennes

"Barbara's work is simple and practical, encouraging each actor to be free and fluid with their own voice…. Very inspiring." — Emily Watson

"Barbara has a great understanding of the way that actors' anxieties can affect their voice. Her tone is calm, reassuring and good humoured." — Niamh Cusack

"It is hard to find a thorough, practical book on voice work that is not too technical for the average actor. Barbara Houseman has written one. Finding Your Voice is a sensible DIY voice book that is also sensitive and understanding of the actor's needs... a clear, no-nonsense approach... It is very hard to work on the voice from a book but Barbara Houseman has found a way to make it approachable and wholly possible." — British Voice Association

About the Author:

Barbara Houseman is an English voice and acting coach and theatre director whose career spans nearly forty years. She trained as a voice teacher at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and worked alongside Cicely Berry in the Voice Department at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). Since then she has worked extensively as a voice and text coach in the West End, and one-to-one with many well-known actors including Jane Asher, Kenneth Branagh, Jessie Buckley, Omid Djalili, Dynamo, Richard Fairbrass, Jerry Hall, Lenny Henry, Nicholas Hoult, Karl Hyde, Patrick Kielty, Jude Law, Clive Owen, Daniel Radcliffe, Scarlett Strallen, and Will Young.

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