Voice training for actors and performers


The essential task of every actor or art performer is to express deep thoughts, emotions and created atmosphere using vocal skills, body movement and language and spoken narrative. Body and voice have to coordinate perfectly, but the voice has to picture the story of a given text or scenario. Thus, the powerful influence of vocal capabilities is far more important than some performers see it. Also, your voice is not finally determined by its natural form and traits; it can be trained and modified successfully. Another thing you can train is your capability and skill to control your voice and modify it according to the current needs. Every actor or art performer is advised to take vocal lessons and voice exercises regularly to improve his performance. Here are just some of the exercises you may try, but the best is to work with a professional voice trainer.

It all starts with proper breathing

Perhaps the best way to start exercising your vocal skills is to study a bit anatomy and natural mechanism of voice production. Once you get familiar with this, you will understand that the whole process starts and depends on the proper breathing (or contraction of the diaphragm and costal muscles). Series of specific exercises are designed to help you keep neck, shoulders, jaw and stomach muscles relaxed, as well as to maintain complete control over the muscles contractions to control air flow.

Hold your adequate posture

woman guitarThis might sound a bit banal, but in fact, proper posture is essential for adequate air flow and muscle coordination while producing voice of various intensities and levels. Remaining proper posture while performing at the stage is an even harder task. Thus, there are specific exercises to help you keep your spine straight, but relaxed and your head crown parallel to the ceiling while looking straight forward.

Various routine exercises

There are exercises for each region of the body important for proper voice production. Thus, you may try to press your tong against your teeth while producing vocals with your mouth closed. Try bending your body forward, shaking hands and producing vowels while shaking and raising until you are standing straight up. Shout vowels across the room are trying to adjust your voice, so it reaches all areas of the room powerfully. Use some of these routines to get prepared and book yourself regular lessons with professional voice trainer.

About the author

James Walker

My name is James Walker, and I consider myself to be a true and profound music lover. I was one of the best students at Music Academy where I graduated and was one of the youngest to earn Ph.D. in music history. I have quite rich experience in music theory, piano playing, and singing, but at some moment in the past, I’ve focused all my interest onto vocal powers and choral singing. I am a co-founder and a co-director of several choirs, as well as tenor and countertenor in many performances. Several years ago, I decided to establish this vocal studio, work as a vocal trainer and help singers and other artists master their voice capabilities and talents. My studio cooperates with many theatres, including NYC theatre where I work as the vocal trainer of actors and performers.