Not enough coaches talk about voicework. All actors benefit from adding in a regular voice routine and from going to voice class. Most actors have tensions that prevent them from a voice that is freely expressive, resonant and capable of truly telling the full story.
Some actors find that in particularly emotional scenes they slip into a higher register. (This can make it especially difficult to make the transition from adolescent acting to adult acting, because you can get stuck in your little kid voice forever.)
But the more you work on strengthening (freeing) your voice, the easier it will be to release the tension that prevents you from fullying embodying a role and doing it justice.
CLASS CLIP TRANSCRIPTION
I feel like something that would be really good for you to add into your regular routine would be some really good regular voicework — because sometimes what happens is when you have to get emotional, when something fires you up, your voice starts to come up into here, and it starts to almost come into a young girl’s voice. And I think, you know, I just, I really wish that—I remember early on getting notes about my voice and just being so annoyed by it, and being like, why is that relevant? I just didn’t understand, I really didn’t get it. I always put it off cause I didn’t really think it was that important, until I started to see how there were certain roles I couldn’t access emotionally because I didn’t have the voice to do it. And so when I started to really work on my voice this whole base opened up in my work. So it’s not just about how your voice sounds, but it’s about the freedom. It’s like unlocking—it’s like tension, you know, a lot of voicework is freeing the body. So it’s great, you know, for like, even doing Alexander work, doing voicework, any way to help you free up some of that stuff so that your voice can come from a powerful place, from your woman voice, from your, you know, strong leading lady voice.