By Stephanie Ciccarelli
October 27, 2008
Have you ever taken a moment to think about whether or not your signature voice (the voice that makes you the most money) and your personality are related?
Let's take a look at these two elements and consider how they are connected.
When we're through, comment to let me know if your signature voice and personality are alike!
Your personality is in essence who you are as a person, what you believe, hold dear, how you act and invariably, your mannerisms which combined result in the uniqueness of you.
These traits often manifest themselves in your voice as well as in your demeanor and actions.
What is a signature voice?
The signature voice is representative of the kind of read you are most often hired to perform, in many cases, a polished version of your natural speaking voice.
Finding your signature voice is akin to finding your niche or trademark. Once you've identified which reads best line your coffers, taking into consideration the kind of voicing style, range and interpretation, you've found your signature voice.
Think for a moment about your personality traits and then compare them with your signature voice.
Do you see any parallels? Any similarities?
Although I don't perform voice overs professionally, I was a professional singer prior to my career at Voices.com, and can draw parallels between my personality and the style I was hired to perform in most frequently when singing at events and ceremonies.
Generally, I'm a pretty outgoing person who enjoys the finer things in life, including chocolate as many of you are aware ;) I love my family, reading, period films, devouring history, english studies and writing. I'm the sort of person who would never turn down an opportunity to watch The Antiques Road Show or take part in a good, lively debate. I'm also quite conservative, prudent, socially conscious and am deeply passionate about issues that I believe in and am exceptionally dedicated to what I do.
I was classically trained as a soprano and was groomed to sing as a soloist and as a chorister. When I was in choirs, I was often floating from part to part, singing first soprano, second soprano and some alto parts, granted my voice was happier in the stratosphere so to speak.
Along with being a soloist, I developed a habit of "sticking out" as it were in choirs and had to tone it down and learn to "blend" (an interesting debate for another time). Sticking out isn't necessarily a bad thing as many of you can relate, but can also turn out to be a beneficial and advantageous trait when you assume a leadership role or take center stage.
Vocally, I have operatic vibrato at my disposal and was a favorite soloist for weddings singing classical repertoire such as Schubert's Ave Maria, Franck's Panis Angelicus and Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring. I love to sing hymns and psalms and was a cantor for a number of years, also a music director and private voice instructor specializing in music for children, all based upon a bel canto foundation.
To sum up both personality and voice, I'm going to borrow three words from teachers I studied with that they used to describe my voice. Those words are "burnished bell" and "powerhouse".
Do they match up with my personality as much as they do my voice? I happen to think they align quite well.
I don't mean to overload you with too much information, but this is the kind of backtracking, reminiscing and deep thinking you may need to do when making the full correlation between your personality and signature voice.
If it does, let me know how! If not, do explain :)
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