KTS Webinar #31: A Brave Space

FREE Saturday, April 17, 2021 12:00 pm PDT / 3:00 pm EDT To convert this meeting to your timezone, please visit: https://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/ This webinar is for self-identified White voice and speech trainers and professionals to discuss, brainstorm, and problem-solve ways of bringing inclusive and anti-racist practices into their work. This space will be held by KTS Teachers Erik Singer and Kristi Dana. With 90 minutes reserved, we invite our fellow voice and speech enthusiasts of all backgrounds to join in brave conversations about identity-conscious approaches to voice and speech training in a space where we won’t rely on the emotional […]

KTS Webinar #28: BIPOC Affinity Space

FREE Saturday, January 30, 2021 2:00 pm PST / 5:00 pm EST To convert this meeting to your timezone, please visit: https://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/ A BIPOC-only space for self-identified Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. This space will be held by Amani Dorn and Adi Cabral. With 90 minutes reserved, we invite our fellow voice and speech enthusiasts of all backgrounds to join in a conversation about this year’s webinar offerings, consider what the industry of voice and speech can do to support the needs of BIPOC voices, and dance and gurn together in a space that exclusively centers BIPOC voices. This […]

Uptalk?

I recently attended a two-day webinar devoted to transgender voice and communication training for voice clinicians. It was a fantastic experience, and I would recommend the training without hesitation. Even in a super-inclusive and culturally-sensitive environment, people are bound to put a foot in a mouth occasionally– we’re only human, and our implicit biases often slip under the radar. The workshop leaders acknowledged this at the outset, and called these slips “teaching moments”– opportunities to clarify our thinking and our language. At one point, someone said that they didn’t teach “uptalk” to trans women, because it wasn’t “assertive.” My cultural […]

Accent Coach Apologizes for Offending an Entire People! Read all about it!

In 2011 I was approached by an online “how-to” site to do a series of 2-5 minute “teaser” accent videos. The sort where you learn a few key features of an accent and you’re on your way. Great for the actor who has an audition in a few hours and needs a little something to point them in the right direction. The company asked me to make a list of all the accents I could do in a one-day recording session. They said, “You know, like 30 or 40.” O.      K.   Eager to please, I made as […]