15 episodes

Speaking Of... is a show about how we use our voices both in performance and in everyday life. Through conversations with performers, teachers, and anyone who has a voice, voice and speech coach Ryan O'Shea explores questions about how our voices and the ways we speak help shape and express our identity. Can someone's voice tell you whether or not they're a good person? Is there any way to change how you sound without feeling inauthentic? We'll examine these questions and many more in the course of the show by combining practical exercises and conceptual discussions about what it means to utilize your voice.

Speaking Of... Conversations on Voice, Speech, and Identity with Ryan O'Shea Ryan O'Shea

    • Performing Arts

Speaking Of... is a show about how we use our voices both in performance and in everyday life. Through conversations with performers, teachers, and anyone who has a voice, voice and speech coach Ryan O'Shea explores questions about how our voices and the ways we speak help shape and express our identity. Can someone's voice tell you whether or not they're a good person? Is there any way to change how you sound without feeling inauthentic? We'll examine these questions and many more in the course of the show by combining practical exercises and conceptual discussions about what it means to utilize your voice.

    Mailbag: Listener Questions! —with Speech Therapist/Voice Expert, Joanna Cazden

    Mailbag: Listener Questions! —with Speech Therapist/Voice Expert, Joanna Cazden

    In this episode, speech therapist/voice expert, Joanna Cazden, answers listener questions about vocal health.

    • 40 min
    BONUS: The Breath and Voice For Actors (Ryan O'Shea on "The Modern Actor" Podcast)

    BONUS: The Breath and Voice For Actors (Ryan O'Shea on "The Modern Actor" Podcast)

    In this bonus episode, voice and speech coach Ryan O'Shea joins Eddie Ramos of The Modern Actor podcast to talk about the importance of actor training for breath and voice.

    • 55 min
    What is “The Actor’s Practice”?—with Helena Walsh

    What is “The Actor’s Practice”?—with Helena Walsh

    Voice, acting, and empowerment coach, Helena Walsh, shares details on the practices actors should be doing in order build resilience in the mind and body so that the imagination can be free to create a more energized and vibrant sense of self, character, and storytelling.

    • 47 min
    How can I help myself be more present when I’m feeling overwhelmed?—with Jessica Barrett Denison

    How can I help myself be more present when I’m feeling overwhelmed?—with Jessica Barrett Denison

    How can I help myself be more present when I feel overwhelmed, in performance and in daily life?

    • 41 min
    What is a "Shakespeare voice?" —with Scott Ferrara

    What is a "Shakespeare voice?" —with Scott Ferrara

    Voice and Shakespeare coach, Scott Ferrara, discusses the common reasons why many actors alter their voice when performing classical texts, and gives tools and exercises for freeing this impulse.

    • 44 min
    How do I release my voice when I’m under stress?—with Vivi Devereaux

    How do I release my voice when I’m under stress?—with Vivi Devereaux

    What causes the throat to tighten during stress, and what are some tools I can use to help release it?

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

Christine Mottram ,

Very interesting for anyone who communicates!

As a voice coach, I find this podcast incredibly useful and relevant to anyone who has questions or curiosities about the way they communicate. It's approachable, practical and very interesting to listen to.

Jimchief ,

Completely Eye Opening!

Who hasn't listened to their own voice on a video or a tape and thought: "Is that what I really sound like? This podcast opened my eyes to the idea that so much of our self-identity is contained in our voice--both how we hear it "in our heads" and how we hear it from a recording device. Getting into both the physiology of how we support our voice with our breath, diaphragm and musculature (but in a way that is so interesting and interactive) AND the psychology of what we do to our voice and what our voice does to us...listenting to this podcast is like coming across that documentary that you didn't know you needed but after you watched it made you say: "Whoa, that is so cool! I had no idea how all of that works!" As a guy, I was particularly moved and educated by one of the episodes where the host and her guest talked about how women have been silenced by male leaders for generations and how girls are often signaled to literally silence themselves--and how that societal pressure can actually manifest itself by causing women to use their muscles and lungs as they speak in different ways than guys do. Fascinating and heartbreaking. Similarly, the discussion with a gay man about what a "masculine" or "feminine" voice really is and what value judgments we place on ourselves when we sound to ourselves differently than what we want to portray was also touching and revealing. Just a great exploration of an underappreciated topic that will be enjoyed by anyone with an intellectual curiousity about how we crazy humans work. Loved it!

Beepnallay ,

I want to listen to this again and again

I find this podcast to be incredibly intriguing and insightful! The topic, creativity, length and presence of the host are so enjoyable that I flew past the first three. Im even thinking of listening to it again because there is SO MUCH to take away from! Plus, each episode is a DIFFERENT topic regarding the voice.

I have listened to voice and speech podcasts before and what makes this podcast stand out is that it’s relatable and applicable to everyone, not just performers. This podcast goes deep into what’s happening with your everyday life and how you approach your body and other humans.

I definitely give this 5 stars and recommend everyone to give it a listen!

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