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Advice from Nonbinary People About Voice and Gender (Part 3)

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Advice from Nonbinary People About Voice and Gender (Part 3)

Hello, lovely folks! 🌟 Today, I’m beyond thrilled to give you a sneak peek into something really close to my heart—my upcoming course, Mix and Match: Designing Your Nonbinary Voice. This course is not just a project for me; it's a journey shared with 14 incredible nonbinary individuals who have opened up about their experiences with voice and gender exploration.

Voice Exploration: It’s Personal, Make It Yours!

During the interviews, I asked each participant if they had any advice for nonbinary folks who are in the throes of discovering and shaping their own vocal identity. Their responses were nothing short of enlightening, heartwarming, and utterly practical. Let’s dive into some of their pearls of wisdom:

Bronwyn (any pronouns) emphasizes the importance of self-conversation. "Try talking to yourself about the experiences you're experiencing, or where you want to be, or how you want to present," Bronwyn advises. The idea here is to become comfortable with hearing your voice in various tones and contexts—make it a familiar friend, not a stranger! Find Bronwyn at minkaguides.com.

Dibs (any pronouns) brings a refreshing take on doing voice work for yourself. "Have fun with it, but do it for you, for your mental health, for your safety, for your benefit. Not because you want someone to see you as nonbinary or whatever gender because it's impossible to control." This perspective is a powerful reminder that your voice is for you, first and foremost. Find Dibs at dibsfitness.com.

Ian (they/he) suggests looking to popular media for inspiration. “If there are certain cartoon characters that you feel really drawn to their voice, just listen to that character, watch more episodes centered around them, and try emulating their voice.” It’s a creative and enjoyable method to experiment with vocal tones and pitches. Find Ian on Instagram.

Judette (they/she) speaks to the emotional aspect of voice training. "Focus on doing what feels good in the process, and that... feeling good. Like if that's like a sense of euphoria, if that's just like a release or relief or like, a lack of tension." It's about finding joy and comfort in your voice, which can be a profound part of one’s gender exploration journey. Find Judette at judetteelliston.com.

Coming Soon: Get Ready to Find Your Voice!

I'm excited to announce that Mix & Match: Designing Your Nonbinary Voice will officially launch on May 1st. But hey, if you’re as eager as I am and want a little sweet deal, make sure to preorder and snag that early bird discount before the launch!

I hope these insights from fellow nonbinary folks inspire you as much as they've inspired me. Finding your voice can be a vibrant, deeply personal adventure—so why not start experimenting and see where your voice can take you? Remember, this journey is yours, it's unique, and it's worth every step. Stay tuned, and let's embark on this vocal voyage together! 🚀💬

Pre-Order Mix & Match Now!

Stay fabulous,
Renée ✨

Hi, I'm Renée! (they/them)

I'm a queer, nonbinary, and disabled singer, songwriter and gender-affirming voice teacher. 

I've been a voice teacher for over twelve years, I have four full-length albums out, and I have degrees in physics, jazz, and songwriting.

I love creating, I love figuring things out, but most of all, I love helping people.

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