Your story is best told with your voice, but that can be hard the first time, especially if you don’t like the way your voice sounds. I can (and do) edit your recording and to cut and fix any little hiccups. I will make you sound fantastic, so don’t worry about that. However, it can still help to get a few tips on using your voice well.
However, all of these exercises will make you feel ridiculous, so throw your dignity out the window (or just lock yourself in a soundproof closet). First you’ll pant like a dog and blow out imaginary birthday candles; this helps you breathe deeply and powerfully so your voice will sound strong. Then, you’ll practice a lip trill in an exercise that will stop you from slipping into vocal fry when you don’t mean to. Then, things get really fun as you learn to put personality — several personalities — into a dull script. And if that doesn’t work for you, get in touch, I can always get some other lovely lady to tell your story on your behalf.
I recently met up with Mikhara Ramsing, the founder of Ethnic LGBT+. Mikhara and I talked about what a healthy relationship looks like and she shared some of the best aspects of her relationship with her partner Elise. It hasn’t always been easy sailing for Mikhara and Elise, but they have found their way through the many challenges they have faced. In doing so, they have built a relationship on solid and honest communication and mutual respect for each others differences.
Its been especially challenging for Mikhara to navigate her way through her journey with her family from a conservative Indian background. Now, she is helping other LGBT+ people of ethnic heritage navigate the cultural challenges they may face by being a member of the LGBT+ community.
Listen to Mikhara’s story and head over to Ethnic LGBT+to find out more.