The Life in Your Voice & Call to Authenticity
We all have traits so singular that no one in history has had them or ever will. Characteristics even our identical twin doesn’t share. Like our fingerprint, our voice is so distinctly ours that everyone recognizes us by it. It heralds our identity, changing along with us as we age.
It’s not the size of your voice, but the size of your relationship to your voice that matters. Think of a time you heard a singer with a big voice fail to move you in a song, and elsewhere a singer with a sliver of a voice touch you to the core of your being. The difference is what each one knew about what they had to work with and how to connect their message honestly and purposefully.
Voiceprint is open to anyone interested in claiming the nature of their voice and the life inside it. However you express yourself vocally—in everyday language and social settings, in business, in activism, in art—discovering the range of your voice, and its color, timbre, depth and breadth is the foundation for authentic self-expression.We are born with many voices, not just one.
This workshop offers a safe space in which to explore the roots of your self-judgment around your voice, fears, memories and experiences, both positive and negative. You’ll uncover the power you have to witness the inner critic, rewrite the story and enlist the seemingly negative inner voice in service to your outer self-expression, fondest desires and legacy work. Karen shares parts of her story as a young immigrant in the USA learning English, about gradually coming out of her shell after being placed in music classes, and the overcoming she has had to master to go from a shy youngster to an international singer and speaker.
Voiceprint is an experiential class. Karen’s approach to guiding vocalists and speakers is through her techniques of relaxation, movement, visualization, role play, improv, and writing exercises. You’ll work alone, with a partner and in a group context to broaden your relationship to your voice and its distinct characteristics. You’ll unravel some myths around what may be holding you back in using your voice to serve your life, creativity and self-expression. Students are invited to bring a song, script, pitch, film idea, some spoken word, pages of their journal, and even a second instrument (accordion, guitar, woodwinds) for maximum play and improvisational fun! (Length: 2-hr or half-day.)