By Stephanie Ciccarelli
September 11, 2007
What do genetics have to do with your voice?
If you come from a multiracial or blended ethnic heritage, your voice may be just as intriguing to listen to as your physical image is to see.
What's your sound?
Do you have a blended ethnic heritage that has given you a unique voice or vocal attributes?
Earlier yesterday on CBC Radio One, I heard an interesting segment about how in Canada there are now quite a number of people who have entered into mixed marriages, that is to say, people of different ethnicities marrying each other, and how those unions have produced a new, fresh cultural reality in Canada.
According to the program, there is more diversity in phenotypes (what you look like), and business people, particularly those in advertising, have been quick to build commercials and ad campaigns around individuals with blended heritages for their racial ambiguity and cosmopolitan appeal.
To present some well known examples of celebrities with a mixed heritage, some people who come to mind are Tiger Woods, Vin Diesel, Tyson Beckford, Soledad O'Brien, Halle Berry, Eartha Kitt, and Alicia Keys.
While it's obvious in print or on camera, it isn't as obvious when you are listening to a voice over, however, I think we should delve into this a bit further.
Sometimes when you listen to a voice you can classify their regional background if not nationality. It's easy for instance to pick out a Brooklyn accent, the Cockney accent or an Aussie, but it is a little bit harder to pigeonhole a hybrid voice type.
Perhaps you were born of parents from different ethnic backgrounds and can elaborate more on how you feel your voice, whether in timbre (vocal quality / color) or accent, is unique due much in part to the blended genetics you are blessed to have.
Can you relate to what I've said?
Add a comment mentioning what makes your voice different and the cultural heritage you possess as well as where you grew up.
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