By Stephanie Ciccarelli
July 12, 2011
Have you ever lost your voice? Ever been struck down by laryngitis or a more aggressive vocal disorder?
While most of us take our voices for granted, a prolonged lull in conversation so to speak can be quite telling and may provide us with greater insight that would not have been accessible to us otherwise.
How has the loss of your voice or dramatic change in your ability to vocalize affected you?
Share your stories in today's VOX Daily!
As a professional voice user, you've likely had a period of time or many times where you have lost one of the most effective communication tools available to you... your voice. Losing your voice can be traumatic for anyone, however, for people who rely upon their voices to make a living, the loss can be financially damaging in addition to inconvenient.
I recently heard a talk via radio given by a woman named Rhea Zakich who lost her voice and shortly thereafter discovered how greatly she had depended on it. Reader's Digest profiled her in their August 1986 issue.
During her period of vocal rest, Rhea detailed things not to do such as go to the bank and write a note. She also learned about how complex the vocal mechanism is and struggled with the reality that she might never regain her voice. She couldn't imagine a life of meaning without a voice and came to realize that she didn't know of any other way to communicate except for with her mouth. Rhea perceived that everything in her life that had meaning (being a wife, parenting, teaching and so on) required her voice and she felt like she was going to die.
I'm sure you've been there and can relate to much of what Rhea Zakich went through in your own way.
After 90 days of not speaking (with surgeries in between) she gained a new appreciation of the importance of listening and was able to acknowledge how ineffective the spoken word can be if it is not used or received appropriately. The real key for her was listening in order to communicate better and more fully with her family.
As you know, listening is one of the most important skills you can hone when voice acting and an indispensable life skill in general.
If you have a story to share about how you were able to make the most of a voiceless or semi-voiceless state, I'd love to hear from you!
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