Can I make you sound “Butch”?

Hi Friends,

For our last post of the year, we thought we’d tackle a fun, juicy topic that came out of a question from you: Can I, as a voice coach, make you sound “butch?”

This is a pretty complex topic that I could talk much more about– but in this video I touch briefly on what it means to be “butch” as the dictionary defines it and some cultural associations for how the voice sounds when your voice is “butch”. One such association is a deeper voice, and I talk about how you can find that deeper sound authentically and without force. 

If you want to dive deeper on this issue, we have an episode called “Man Up: How does trying to sound Masculine Affect Your Voice?” You can also find that episode in downloadable podcast form by searching for ‘BeSpoke Speaks’ on iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Buzzsprout or Stitcher.

You can also watch this video directly on YouTube, and as an end-of-year present to us, please consider subscribing to our YouTube channel and sharing with anyone you think might find this interesting or valuable. Supporting these free avenues helps us continue to create free and accessible content for everyone.

If you have any questions you’d like answered, comment below or contact us on bespoke.comcontact@gmail.com and your question may be featured on a future video or podcast.

If you’re watching this in real time, we’re wishing you a very happy new year, and very much looking forward to the arrival of 2021!

Take good care,

Christine

Tips for Chronic Jaw Tension

Hi Friends,

In this video, I talk about reasons why you might be experiencing chronic jaw tension. This is a tricky area of the body that can get tense for all sorts of physical and psychological reasons. I also talk through some tips for how to alleviate jaw tension. If you want more information, we also have a BeSpoke Speaks podcast episode, ‘Our Jaws, Ourselves’, which you can find here or on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts or BuzzSprout by searching for ‘BeSpoke Speaks’.

You can also watch or share this video on YouTube. Please share with anyone you think might be interested and as a Christmas present to us, consider subscribing to the channel to help support us in generating free and accessible content!

We’d love to know what you think.

Take good care,

Christine

Accent Adaptability: The How

Hey Friends,

This video is the Part 2 of two videos aimed to answer the question: How do I keep my own accent when I am surrounded by foreign speakers? In the first video, which you can find on this website or on my YouTube channel, I talked about why your accent changes when you’re around people who sound different than you. In this video, I talk about one of many ways you can stay grounded in your own accent if you don’t want it to change. 

This is a highly complex topic so this is only one of many possible solutions to this question. Feel free to be in touch if are curious about your oral posture or want more information.

Take good care,

Christine

BeSpoke Goes on YouTube!

Hey Friends,

In case you haven’t noticed, Christine now has a YouTube Channel, where she answers questions that come up frequently with clients or that have been directly sent to her through this site or on Instagram. If you’d like to subscribe directly and interact more with us via video, you can do so here.

Please share with all of your friends (and enemies!). We appreciate your support as we continue to grow and endeavor to offer accessible content to our students, clients and peers.

Feel free to also send us questions that are coming up for you. They may be featured on either a future podcast or video!

Take good care,

Christine

Accent Adaptability: The Why

Hi Friends,

This video is the first part of two videos aimed to answer the question: how do I keep my own accent when I am surrounded by foreign speakers? Before we talk about the how, we look at the why– why does your accent change when you’re around people who sound different from you in the first place? It all comes down to human adaptability, but stay tuned for Part 2 if you’d like to stay grounded in your own accent.

Does this sound like your own experience? Let us know what questions this brings up for you.

Take good care!