No pain no gain?

Anne Leatherland/ April 17, 2021/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

I have spent a number of sleepless nights recently with painful sciatica. This has given me plenty of time to ponder on what pain is, why we have it and whether or not it is ever useful. Now, this may seem a strange topic for a voice trainer and coach. Yet, if you think about it my work encompasses helping

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Change, the one constant thing in your self, voice and life!

Anne Leatherland/ February 24, 2021/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Yes, you read that correctly. Change is the only thing that is constantly happening in the universe. Don’t believe me? How many things do you know of that have never changed in any way? Everything changes. Sometimes change seems positive, other times not so much. And yet, even seemingly unhelpful changes can teach you something, helping you to adapt and

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Stuck? Top Tips to Unlock Your Authentic Voice

Anne Leatherland/ November 29, 2020/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Have you ever felt stuck? Imagine the following: You’re in a fixed position? You can’t get away from the situation? You can’t seem to change things? You don’t know how to move forwards? This difficult year may have increased that feeling for you, in your life and in your voice. The good news is that there are ways forward; keep

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Postural Alignment Secrets for a Great Voice

Anne Leatherland/ October 8, 2020/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Many people say the same thing about producing their voice well when I first meet them: “You have to have good posture” or “you need to stand up straight.” It isn’t long before we explore this in more detail and discover that postural alignment it isn’t just about “standing up straight”. So, what is it about, and why is this

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Hear Your Self, Voice Your Self

Anne Leatherland/ August 5, 2020/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

I have been a vocal trainer for over twenty years, but have recently completed 14 months of training in Life coaching. Why have I done this? Well, as I’ve said in previous blogs, your voice and your self are very much intertwined. I believe that we need personal growth in our lives, and that it can really help in voice

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Your Self and Your Voice Part II

Anne Leatherland/ June 17, 2020/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

This is a follow up to my last blog, where I talked about why both the body (physical technique) and the self (inner person) are part of using your voice. Both of these things have energy, and both energies can combine to give you a well produced and authentic voice. So, where do we start? Getting your self into your

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Your Self and Your Voice Part I

Anne Leatherland/ May 28, 2020/ Uncategorized/ 1 comments

Self? I’ve been a vocal trainer for over 23 years now, working with all kinds of voice users; singers, actors, teachers, business owners and presenters. My experience has confirmed what I have somehow always known: Your voice alone, regardless of its energy, tone, beauty is incomplete without a connection to the person you are, your “self”. It is this final

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Your Voice Online

Anne Leatherland/ April 20, 2020/ Uncategorized/ 2 comments

In recent weeks many of us had to change our lives and working practices. Much work has had to move online, with meetings, lessons, talks and discussions held via platforms such as Zoom or Skype. This has been a challenge for those of us who typically work with voice e.g. speakers, singers, actors, teachers, presenters. It has however also meant

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Vocal Projection

Anne Leatherland/ February 18, 2020/ Uncategorized/ 1 comments

If you use your voice for a living the odds are that you will have heard people speak about vocal projection: “You just need to project your voice” or “project your voice to the back wall” etc. This got me thinking. What does vocal “projection” actually mean and how do we do it? Some common ideas In my search for

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