Vocal Choice, is named after my firm belief that voice training is all about gaining more choice.
Just like it often helps to think outside the box, sometimes our voices also need a little help breaking out of their boxes, or habits. Exploring new possibilities in breathing, body use, mouth position and intonation can help us unlock fresh aspects of our voices and ourselves!
I’ve always loved language and sound. My first degree was in English Language and involved a strong phonetics element, skills which I still use directly today. My first job was teaching Business English in France, where I got to develop my passion and skills for phonetics teaching with French-speaking clients from a wide range of professional backgrounds.
The next step was the MA in Voice Studies at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, where I was accepted in 2005. Then followed a rigorous and demanding year: in-depth study of vocal anatomy and physiology, pedagogy, phonetics, and personal vocal practice. Intense and life-changing!
After the MA, I spent some years teaching voice, accents and phonetics in drama schools and voice coaching companies. I’m now an independent voice coach and consultant in London. Over the years I’ve had the privilege of helping hundreds of individuals gain more choice and variety in all aspects of their spoken voice.
My clients are everyone: financial services professionals, entrepreneurs, insurance, sales and PR executives, lawyers, medical professionals, musicians and actors, to name but a few. I’ve been through the accent reduction process myself while learning French over the years, as well as undergoing thorough analysis and training of my own voice during the MA, so I empathise very much with you in the learner’s shoes!
Clients have described my coaching style as: thorough, patient, enjoyable and most importantly, effective. I’m a bit of a ‘geek’ for all things phonetics and voice related, so hope to pass on some of that joy to you!
I live in north London and in my spare time I love reading, writing, walking and travelling.
Questions? Contact me to arrange a call. I look forward to talking to you!