Voice Warm Up for Kids

Our guest teacher, Lindsay Carretero, leading her students through a warm up 

Hey friends,

We are ending the year on a fun note. In this episode, our dear friend Lindsay Carretero, a Voice Coach from Jupiter, Florida, offers an amazing voice and body warm up for kids or for those of us who are kids at heart. It’s structured so that voice teachers and coaches working with kids can literally plug in a device in the classroom and play the sequence, or kids can practice the sequence at home in their own time. There is some partner work involved, so feel free to do this sequence with a friend, but also don’t worry if you’re on your own. If you’d like a downloadable version of this episode, you can find it on iTunes by searching for our “BeSpoke Speaks” podcast or on BuzzSprout.

Enjoy and if you have any questions, email us at bespoke.comcontact@gmail.com!

Take good care,

Christine & Lindsay

Voice from a Director’s Perspective: Conversation with Janette Smith


Janette Smith & Christine photoboothing it up with some colleagues at ArtsEd’s grad ball. Janette is standing next to Christine, wearing that oh-so-stylish hat in those first couple of photos. 

Hey Friends,

Are you an actor and if so, did you enjoy last week’s episode with director Dan Bird? Wondering what other directors have to say about what they’re looking for from you vocally?

In this episode, Christine talks to friend and colleague Janette Smith. Janette is a freelance director and actor trainer, and has a lot of interesting thoughts about what she’s looking for from actors vocally. This episode is especially relevant for actors who are in training or who are thinking about training, but is also useful for all professionals!

Themes that come up are:

  • actors need to know their instruments: how to use them and what their limits are.
  • There is nothing worse for the audience than hearing actors hurting themselves. Audiences don’t like watching someone hurt themselves– it takes them out of the story.
  • The difference between ease and relaxation.
  • Actors need to be more aware of how much an audience listens– that they absorb sounds of words as well as meaning, and that listening to live actors means audiences can feel, as well as hear their voices.
  •  Actors have to be multi-skilled. This job takes a lot of craft.
  • Directors have to work in a very different way with unskilled actors than trained actors who understand their body and voice.

If you’d like a downloadable version of this episode, you can find it on iTunes by searching for ‘BeSpoke Speaks’ or on BuzzSprout.

We’d love to hear thoughts and questions that this conversation brings up for you. Feel free to comment below or email us at bespoke.comcontact@gmail.com. We are looking for more questions to answer for future podcast episodes– we’d love to hear from you!

Take good care,

Christine & Lindsay