Madeline Biggs – Client Story
I felt very unsure of myself vocally, it didn’t really feel like it was something I had much ownership over or that it was anything worth talking about (pun intended). The particular things I wanted to work on included vocal constriction and being able to let go, that second one I think I only realised after a couple of sessions working on releasing the breath and noting the difficulty I had with it.
I felt really excited about the progress I’d made over the course of our sessions, which in turn excited me about the progress I would continue to make going forward independently. There was a real sense of empowerment and I can honestly say, more than a year now since we first started working together, that I still return to the exercises, I am still just as curious and I am still having a lot of fun!
I also felt really reassured that, even though the sessions had ended, if I had little questions I was welcome to reach out and ask. On one such occasion I was trying out some accent work, which had always been a point of self-criticism and fear for me, and just having someone to message was really calming for me and I’m really proud of how it turned out.
I have a much more mindful approach to my vocal practise now. If I’m coming up against challenges or not feeling my best I can usually identify pretty easily what the root of it is and, reviewing the exercises I have in my little vocal toolkit, create a plan to work on it. I’ve also come to really appreciate the benefits of a committed and patient practise, the best results always come after really working on an exercise for a few weeks or months even and I enjoy the process a lot more than I did.
I really like that when issues felt complex and stuck in my head, in the sessions they always felt pretty simple once broken down. It’s amazing how much comes back to just breathing! But I think it’s also a testament to how calming, playful and curious the space was for me. I also really appreciated how collaborative the process was between my goals, your expertise and the things we were discovering across the process and I felt very free coming to you with ideas and texts that I wanted to work with.
Do it baby! In all seriousness I’d say it’s fantastic if you have specific goals to work on, but I think the best value comes from the relationship you end up building with your voice, in all likelihood a much better one than that which you start out with. That’s absolutely something I’m still working on but I’m incredibly grateful for where I’ve gotten to with it.
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