I have been teaching and repairing voices for many years now. I have taught actors, professional media personnel, voice-over speakers, fitness instructors, and, of course, singers of all calibers. To survive in those described above professions, you need a strong voice, a voice which will never let down its user.
Those people's livelihood directly depends on the strength, lose their voice, their livelihood would be very much so in jeopardy. health and command of their voices. If the person, of any of the described above professions, would damage and/or
Over the years, I've fixed the voices of quite well-known radio and TV personnel, public speakers, pastors, worship leaders, to name a few. All of them needed their voice back to the normal operational state and as soon as possible! So there was no time to just speak about it or feed them with promises of a future recovery I had to go to the action and to act upon their matter right away!
These people were desperate, as they were literally losing their jobs and their passion and zest for life. Some of them just had to restore their speaking voice; some - their singing voice; but others had to restore both. I cannot describe the emotional, physical, and mental impact the damaged voice had on those sufferers.
The voice is our main tool for communication.
It reflects on the state of our being and actually identifies who we are. When the voice is damaged, the in-congruency between who that person is in reality and what he/she is able to express, makes the whole matter devastating. The voice sufferer ultimately loses his/her known, to them, identity. When the voice damage occurs, the surrounding people now have difficulty to assess the person in front of them due to verbal communication breakdown. The person with the voice problem becomes, understandably, less communicative due to the difficulty of speech and constant tiredness of their voice.
When they happen to be in a loud environment, they nearly become mute, as they intuitively feel that if they tried to speak, and on top of it loud, they might push their voice the last time and lose whatever is left of their sound. So, in not so many words, it is a real tragedy and practical help should be on its way immediately.
A lot of voice practitioners, speech therapists, vocal coaches like to theorize about it, but the clock is ticking and every day is counting, especially for those who have to return back to their everyday lives, not to mention, their speaking and/or singing career. Now voice repair hands-on-experience should take place.
Majority of people, especially with growth on their vocal cords like nodules, polyps, lesions etc., do not want right away jump onto the operating table. They are usually looking for alternative ways to solve their vocal problems.
Now, I the non-surgical voice repair specialist have to go into action, along with my client, as it takes two to tango, so to speak. Both of us, my voice repair client and I, are facing a very tedious syllable-on-syllable, word-on-word instruction, to first fix the speaking voice (it applies to both speakers and singers); and then, to teach a singer how to sing a new way not pushing the sound of their voice down to their throat by virtue of dropping the jaw almost down to the knee, and also not simultaneously sticking the stomach out and pelvis forward.
Those actions described above would, nevertheless, help to kill anybody's voice on a root. To recover the voice, the speaking and singing voice application has to change completely. To accomplish this, I have to practically use a Pavlovian conditioning method and virtually re-teach the psyche and the human anatomy a completely different behavior, which also falls in the science of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP).
So it is a complex endeavour and it cannot be treated lightly.
There is indeed no time to just speak about it; there is a lot of mental, physical, emotional and vocal work to be done, and in practice, not in theory.
Our device: We don't speak, We do! And we make it happen in all cases where it is possible!