41 minutes | Oct 25, 2020

5. Responsible Voice Use (Part 2)

Let’s be real, guys, the conscious practice of responsible voice use is really hard. It’s not really hard to put in the work for it. Warming up, strengthening the voice through exercises, hydrating, getting sleep - none of that is rocket science. But making those things priorities in our lives, either as full time occupational voice users or even as entry level hobbyists, that’s a task that simply will not get done without an intentional fight for it. As someone who actively withdraws from conflict, personally, I’m super uncomfortable with that statement. I used to feel discouraged by the fact that while I had been given this gift of a nice sounding voice, I was also given this huge responsibility to fight just for the space to prioritise its basic health and maintenance. Most of the time i was fighting with myself - you know, because of sheer laziness or even some shame, because these tasks require that I be, you know, “different” from people who don’t necessarily rely so heavily on their voices to do what they do every day. Of course, there’s a bit of a fight against societal norms or comfort zones. But either way, through teaching as a private vocal coach, I realised I was not alone in this struggle. And I’m pretty sure, that the fight to prioritise YOUR voice is not a walk in the park for you either. Today I’d like to share somethings that changed my entire view of this responsibility. It’s the WHY behind this responsibility that motivates me now - specifically as a gifted, christian occupational voice user and coach. If you listened to part one of this topic, you’ll know that like all other careers or lifestyles choices, being an occupational voice user (or a keen hobbyist) brings with it some hard conditions and difficult decisions that demand that we prioritise the voice. In this episode, let’s talk about reasons to do so, that aren’t simply for our own benefit or even just the simple choice to use our voices in the ways that we do. Contact: ask@mindfulvoiceusers.comFacebook and Instagram:@mindfulvoiceusersWebsite: www.mindfulvoiceusers.comWant to support?:  www.patreon.com/mindfulvoiceusersRecorded, edited and mixed at Sampsongs Studio, Johannesburg, South Africa. Music: "Spinning the Wheels" by Dusty Decks, Epidemic Sound
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