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Let’s talk about Hillary’s voice.
We’ve heard individuals and the media alike commenting negatively on it. People call her shrill. People call her strident. They say they they can’t handle her shouting.
Ever ever ever ever ever. I would have put more ‘ever’s in the title of this blog, but I didn’t want the link to run off the end of your browser window.
It’s special and personal to be writing about this. I don’t speak about my meditation practice that frequently, because I don’t want to be that person going around telling everyone they should meditate. Quite frankly, it’s not very nice to say to someone: “You know, you should really meditate....
Well it’s hard to explain. It was epic. It was dusty. It was joyful. It was all the things. I tried my darnedest to write about it, but whoa that would have been an epically long blog. So instead I did my favorite thing: I went live on facebook for a very special Friday Lesson with Elissa. Here’s the lesson…
I’m gonna say something crazy: If you’re a vocalist you should be exercising.
Actually let me expand the scope of that…
Now this may not sound very controversial to you (you’re sitting over there going “Uh huh Elissa, thanks, DUH!”) but the voice-fitness connection is actually a fairly new area of research. Until recently there were a lot of people who...
You’ve heard that thing about the tree falling in the forest, right? It goes like this:
Commence deep philosophical conversation.
I want to apply this same question to communication:
I want to make the argument that it’s not. Communication is a two way street… there’s gotta be a...
Last week on the blog, I introduced an idea I call “actor voice.” Actor voice is when a performer or speaker doesn’t sound authentic because they are stuck in a vocal pattern. I named a handful of different vocal patterns that are possible to get stuck in, and today I want to elaborate further on a specific one I mentioned called “emotional pressure.” Here’s what it is:
Okay, so there’s this thing that sometimes happens with actors that like to call “actor voice.” Let me explain.
Actor voice is when something about the performer’s voice sounds or feels inauthentic. As the listener, your bullshit meter starts to siren: “Bull-shit bull-shit! Something about what that person is doing is FAKE. I don’t believe them. They’re not thinking of this in the moment! They planned this!”
Well of course they planned it,...
You woke up this morning and you feel crappy. You’re sad, you’re out of sorts, and you don’t feel like going to work (/school/rehearsal/wherever you need to go). What should you do?
Option A: Stay in bed.
Option B: Get up and mope around feeling sad. Stare blankly at the mirror while you brush your teeth. Drag yourself out the door.
Option C: Turn on Kanye and jam it out. Chug some coffee. Bounce out the door.
Any of them. All of them. None of them. It...
Recently I’ve been teaching something called the “Unconscious Competence Model” in my classes and sessions a lot. I like to alternately call it the “how-we-learn-anything/OMG-
I’m part of an amazing community of female entrepreneurs on Facebook (it’s called Dreamers//Doersand truly, it’s amazing), and we often converse about things beyond the scope of our businesses. This past weekend, our founder shared a beautiful post about how challenging it can be to cope with the news of tragic or unsettling world events. She posed a question, which I’ll rephrase like this: