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Speaking Of...Conversations on Voice, Speech, and Identity with Ryan O'Shea

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Speaking Of... is a show about how we use our voices both in performance and in everyday life. Through conversations with performers, teachers, and anyone who has a voice, voice and speech coach Ryan O'Shea explores questions about how our voices and the ways we speak help shape and express our identity. Can someone's voice tell you whether or not they're a good person? Is there any way to change how you sound without feeling inauthentic? We'll examine these questions and many more in the course of the show by combining practical exercises and conceptual discussions about what it means to utilize your voice.

Speaking Of... is a show about how we use our voices both in performance and in everyday life. Through conversations with performers, teachers, and anyone who has a voice, voice and speech coach Ryan O'Shea explores questions about how our voices and the ways we speak help shape and express our identity. Can someone's voice tell you whether or not they're a good person? Is there any way to change how you sound without feeling inauthentic? We'll examine these questions and many more in the course of the show by combining practical exercises and conceptual discussions about what it means to utilize your voice.
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Speaking Of... is a show about how we use our voices both in performance and in everyday life. Through conversations with performers, teachers, and anyone who has a voice, voice and speech coach Ryan O'Shea explores questions about how our voices and the ways we speak help shape and express our identity. Can someone's voice tell you whether or not they're a good person? Is there any way to change how you sound without feeling inauthentic? We'll examine these questions and many more in the course of the show by combining practical exercises and conceptual discussions about what it means to utilize your voice.

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Episodes

Mailbag: Listener Questions! —with Speech Therapist/Voice Expert, Joanna Cazden

12/5/2019
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On this episode of Speaking Of… I’m joined by my colleague, Joanna Cazden. Joanna is a speech pathologist, with a specialty in vocal health. She’s also a singer and a certified teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework, so she has a well-rounded approach of marrying health and technique in performance. In this episode, I ask Joanna questions from YOU, our listeners. We cover everything from which type of tea is best for your voice to what vocal nodules are to what tongue tension could be telling...

Duration:00:40:18

BONUS: The Breath and Voice For Actors (Ryan O'Shea on "The Modern Actor" Podcast)

10/30/2019
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In this bonus episode, I'm a guest on The Modern Actor Podcast talking about the importance of actor training for breath and voice. For more on The Modern Actor Podcast: https://www.the-modern-actor.com/podcast For more on Speaking Of...Conversations on Voice, Speech, and Identity with Ryan O'Shea: https://www.voiceandspeechwithryan.com/podcast

Duration:00:55:33

What is “The Actor’s Practice”?—with Helena Walsh

10/2/2019
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In this episode of Speaking Of… I’m joined by my friend and colleague, Helena Walsh. Helena has a thriving voice studio in Dublin, Ireland, though her teaching covers so much more than voice. One of Helena’s current class offerings is called “The Actor’s Practice,” a 10 week advanced actor training practice using Fitzmaurice Voicework, Organic Intelligence and other leading voice and body methods. The class aims to “build resilience in the mind & body so that the imagination can be free to...

Duration:00:47:58

How can I help myself be more present when I’m feeling overwhelmed?—with Jessica Barrett Denison

9/18/2019
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On this episode of Speaking Of… I’m joined by my friend, actor-writer-photographer-editor, Jessica Barrett Denison aka Jess. Jess asked the question, “When I shut down, how do I come back?” The way I reframed Jess’ question was “How can I help myself be more present when I feel overwhelmed?” Her question is relatable to performers, especially if you ever have a feeling being “stuck” when the performance isn’t going the way you think it “should” be. And it’s also relevant for anyone with any...

Duration:00:41:59

What is a "Shakespeare voice?" —with Scott Ferrara

8/28/2019
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On this episode of Speaking Of… I’m joined by my friend, voice and acting teacher, Scott Ferrara. Scott specializes in coaching voice as well as acting for classical texts. He joined me to talk about “Shakespeare voice”—the tone and accent that many actors often go to when first exploring Shakespeare in performance. We talked about why he believes this is so common, and he shared some tools and experience for how to guide actors toward their more authentic voice. (And it is far more advanced...

Duration:00:44:21

How do I release my voice when I’m under stress?—with Vivi Devereaux

8/15/2019
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On this episode of Speaking Of… I’m joined by my friend, actor Vivi Devereaux. Vivi’s question was, “How do I release my voice when I’m under stress?” Vivi is regularly performing and auditioning, and his question is related to the stressful “fight-or-flight” response that often accompanies performance. Throat tightening is a very common side-effect of nerves or fear, that affects performers and non-performers. We talk about WHY this happens and I offer an array of tools you can use both in...

Duration:00:35:36

Mailbag—Listener Questions!

7/31/2019
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On this episode of Speaking Of… I’m answering listener questions. My boyfriend, Cam, co-hosted with me, serving as the reader of questions (not to mention he was letting me know whether or not I was making sense). Some of the Interview Highlights: You can find complete show notes and links to everything we’ve mentioned in the episode on https://www.voiceandspeechwithryan.com/podcast.

Duration:00:38:18

What is a "woman's voice"? with Lisa Ermel

7/17/2019
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On this episode of Speaking Of… I’m joined by my wonderful friend, actress and writer, Lisa Ermel. Lisa’s initial question was “What is a woman’s voice?” We quickly discovered that another way of asking her question is “When am I managing how I sound because I’m trying to manage how I’m perceived?” This was a really important conversation that has relevance to anyone who has ever found themselves adjusting the sound of their voice in order to fit some ideal of how they *think* they should...

Duration:00:51:02

How can I express myself without using vocal fry? What sort of warm-up should I be doing before going on set? with Eddie Ramos

7/3/2019
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On this episode of Speaking Of… I’m joined by actor and founder and creator of The Modern Actor, Eddie Ramos. Eddie had two questions: “How can I express myself without using vocal fry? What sort of warm-up should I be doing before going on set?” Eddie and I talked about how on-camera actors, in particular, often rely on vocal fry in their speaking. We talk about what vocal fry is, why it’s so common, and why it might actually be a useful choice for an actor. Then I share thoughts on how...

Duration:00:46:07

Why do I sometimes drop off of my words in performance? And how do I project my voice in a theatre without straining my voice? with Cara Myers

6/19/2019
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Today on Speaking Of… I’m joined by actress, writer, director, and producer, Cara Myers. Cara asks about some specific challenges she’s experienced in performance. We start by talking about why she sometimes has a tendency to drop off of her words in performance and how to overcome this difficulty. Then Cara mentions an upcoming project where she’ll be performing on stage, and her concern about her ability to project her voice in a larger venue. Like many Los Angeles-based actors, most of...

Duration:00:32:59

Why do I feel fine having conversations in meetings, but feel nervous giving presentations? with Cameron Cramer

6/5/2019
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Today on Speaking Of… I’m joined by my partner, Cameron Cramer. Cameron is a non-performer working in YouTube marketing, and he asked: why do I feel fine having conversations in meetings, but feel really nervous giving presentations? This question is a really common one for people in the professional/corporate world, but it’s also relevant for performers who often feel a shift in their ability to be present in different performance scenarios. Cameron and I talk about how the context we...

Duration:00:44:01

How does our posture affect our breath? with Arianne Villareal

5/22/2019
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Today on Speaking Of… I’m joined by a longtime friend, Arianne Villareal. Arianne is an actress and singer based here in LA, and she asked: how does our posture affect our breath? This question is an incredibly useful one for performers and non-performers alike, and brings up some really interesting follow-up questions and exercises. Arianne and I talk about how our breathing and our emotions are intimately connected and why paying attention to your breath when you’re feeling anxious or...

Duration:00:39:09

What makes a voice masculine or feminine? What does it mean to have a “gay” voice? with Kevin Whitmire

5/10/2019
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On this episode of Speaking Of… I’m chatting with my friend Kevin Whitmire, an actor and teaching artist based in LA. Kevin and I start off by talking about performance and how he changes his voice for each role. We then dive into his question: what makes a voice masculine or feminine? What follows is a fascinating conversation about what constitutes our most “real” voice and how speech and acting coaches can reinforce stereotypes about how certain groups of people do – or should –...

Duration:00:33:24

How does our ancestors’ experience of their voice affect ours? with Ana Lorena Sánchez

5/10/2019
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On this episode of Speaking Of… I’m speaking with singer and actor Ana Lorena Sánchez about how she got into acting and her relationship with her voice. Ana wanted to know: How does our ancestors’ experience of their voice affect ours? We then dive into a fascinating conversation about generational trauma and why women are often silenced. We talk about why so many people are disconnected from the power of their voice – which resides in the gut and diaphragm – and the workarounds many...

Duration:00:49:45

Can the sound of someone's voice tell you whether they're a good or bad person? with Daniel Jaar

5/10/2019
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For the very first episode of Speaking Of… I’m joined by my friend and singer Daniel Jaar. Daniel and I met in a workshop in LA and he has such incredible presence, I’m delighted he’s the first guest on the show! Daniel brought a really fascinating question with him: Can the sound of someone’s voice tell you whether they’re a good or bad person? We talk about the story that inspired Daniel’s question and then dive into a discussion about what someone’s voice can tell you about their...

Duration:00:27:01