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Low stakes practice: micro-conversations

trans voice Sep 12, 2022
LOW STAKES PRACTICE: micro-conversations

Trans voice alteration and singing have a lot in common. They're both voice skills that have to be practised regularly in order to build up muscle, endurance, and flexibility. The end goal for a singing practice is usually a performance of some kind, like an open mic or an audition. However, in trans voice alteration, the "performance" is the daily use of the speaking voice in conversation.

Just like taking your first steps on stage or singing your first song for someone, it can be daunting to take those first steps, put your practice to practical use, and start conversations in your target voice. But like singing, even if you don't feel 100% ready to perform, it's important to put yourself out there anyway.

There's a saying in music that one hour on stage is worth ten hours in the practice room, and the same is true for trans voice alteration.

With that in mind, here is a short list of low-stakes micro-conversations that you can have to practice using your target voice:

  1. Checking out with a cashier
  2. Getting on and off the bus
  3. Buying movie tickets
  4. Bank tellers
  5. Spam callers
  6. Ordering food over the phone
  7. Making reservations with a restaurant
  8. 8-1-1, 4-1-1, and other info lines
  9. Asking a librarian for a recommendation
  10. Ordering your coffee

There are plenty more opportunities to use your voice with strangers in customer service positions! Of course, many of these things can be done online without the use of your voice, but if you're looking for ways to start practicing, these are things you can try.

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