Find the Peaks and Valleys…

A Note to Directors:

The words monotonous and monotone have become quite negative and synonymous with boring.

Using these words to describe an actor’s tone and speech pattern will more than likely shut them down and will not fix the problem.

In his book, Fearless Speaking, Gary Genard suggests we use the idea of a “vocal plateau” to describe and fix the issue. (Find the peaks and valleys…that sort of thing.)

Do not forget: The words we use matter. Our words carry a great deal of influence. They can inspire or they can shut down. A big part of our job is helping our actors find their voice to secure the vision and story. That’s kind of a big deal.


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