Welcome to the late autumn edition of the Voice-MS newsletter. It would have been nice to dwell on the beautiful colours of this time of year but looking out of the window it is more like a bleak mid winter’s day. Instead of the beautiful glow of orange we have a lot of grey thanks to the rain. It’s easy to let this gloomy weather get to you but it really doesn’t have to when you stay focussed on the present. Just remember to breathe! Sounds simple, and it is, however how many times have you been so busy that you find you are actually holding your breath? Or maybe you are lost in your thoughts that you forget to breathe? It’s a common issue in fast paced living. We sometimes don’t even have time to catch our breath. The long term effect is not too good. In fact not breathing properly can cause serious health problems. Notice how you feel when you breathe deeply. Notice how the breath can change your state of mind. Just like your favourite piece of music your breath can also change the way you feel.
This summer was a record breaking busy period for us and we saw many people with lots of different vocal needs; presentation planning, audition preparation, self tape recording, accent/dialect training, Clear Speech intensives, drama workshops and pure voice work. It was truly eclectic and enjoyable. Voice-MS seems to attract fabulous people to work with. We are proud to have connected with big corporate clients and coached a couple of movie stars too. Hopefully we will hear more about the success stories from all of our clients in the forthcoming weeks. Thanks to everyone who has kept us posted by email, Facebook or Twitter. It’s really incredible to hear how well you did, keep it coming!
More often than not voice work is not so immediate and we can often feel like it gets worse before it gets better. That’s completely normal as we are changing life long habits that can be resistant to change. Old habits die hard! Keep up the practice and trust the work. Trust yourself and you will rebuild your voice in time. Here’s couple of poems of encouragement to keep your spirits up if you are hitting an uphill struggle in your practice or in other areas of life:
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, When the road your trudging seems all uphill, When the funds are low and the debts are high, And you want to smile, but you have to sigh, When care is pressing you down a bit Rest if you must, but don't you quit. Life is queer with its twists and its turns, As everyone of us sometimes learns, And many a failure turns about When they might have won, had they stuck it out. Don't give up though the pace seems slow, You may succeed with another blow. Often the struggler has given up When he might have captured the victors cup; And he learned too late when the night came down, How close he was to the golden crown. Success is failure turned inside out The silver tint of the clouds of doubt And you never can tell how close you are, It may be near when it seems so far; So stick to the fight when your hardest hit, It's when things seem worst that you mustn't quit! Author believed to be Rev Wade Watts
Be True To You
As you set out on life’s road unsure of the path you’ll go, the most important thing you can do is to always be true to “you” Always remember who you are in moments of struggle or fear. Never forget or give up on the hopes and dreams you hold dear There will be setbacks and rejection and moments of failure too, but you must overcome any frustration to achieve the potential of you. Don’t forget to smile, or laugh, or to live in the present; no matter where life takes you make every memory pleasant. As you travel along your journey, know that you’re never alone and I’ll always be here for you should you need the comfort of home.
This term Marianne has started teaching voice at Staffordshire University on the acting programmes there. We didn’t realise how many great courses they offer for budding actors. Also her work at Derby University has resumed with another interesting bunch of freshers.
Marianne was asked to be the expert guest speaker at Villa Maria Wines promotional event talking about the Value of Conversation back in September.
Another successful dialect workshop was provided for the East Bridgford Actors on their production of Hobsen’s Choice.
Yoga Teacher Training – Marianne has finally committed to a year long training course in yoga certified by Yoga Alliance. It’s been a dream to do this and the timing is right. Although yoga features in voice work Marianne wants to go deeper in her practice to inform her voice work. She hopes to launch her fusion class next year.
Voice-MS have now partnered up with Tim Samuels Training Company. Our very own Tim has launched his own consultancy in drama based corporate training. Together we can now offer a wider range of expert training services extending to conflict resolution, feedback skills using forum theatre and role play as well as communication, presentation and interview skills. https://www.timsamuelstraining.com/
Please remember to keep connected with the Voice-MS page on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/MarianneSamuelsVoice/
The Saturday Club! Is fully functioning. Our summer workshops went really well...This class is 2 hours of fun, creativity and essential life skills: voice/speech, acting and storytelling for children. Spaces available if you want your child to attend. Our group of regulars are really having lots of fun. Check it out: https://www.voice-ms.com/the-saturday-club
The winter promotion will start soon until the end of January. A great opportunity to get 5 hourly 121 lessons for £260 or 10 for £500.
Things in the pipeline…
Moonlight and Magnolias – Marianne is going to dialect coach this production at The Nottingham Playhouse in the new year. Come and see it! https://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on/other/moonlight-and-magnolias-members-curtain-raiser/
Tip of the month…
To fend of the negative effects of inflammation from colds, air bourne allergies or irritation from reflux turmeric is a wonder spice. Our concoction of camomile tea, honey, fresh root ginger and a tea spoon of turmeric hits the spot! Try it!
Find out more about the health benefits of turmeric here https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/turmeric.html