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How to Project Your Voice on Stage

You may be the greatest actor or speaker in the world, but if nobody can hear you, your point will be lost.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Relax your jaw and throat Relax your jaw and throat before trying to project. If you're tight when your voice is projected, it will not sound to its full potential.
  • Step 2: Breathe from your stomach Breathe from your stomach and not your shoulders and chest.
  • TIP: Yawning is great practice for how to relax and open your throat and jaw. Yawn as a pre-performance exercise.
  • Step 3: Open everything up Open everything as wide as possible. Relax your body and push your voice out.
  • Step 4: Use your whole body Use your whole body, from the ground up. Push your voice up through your diaphragm, your chest, and your throat, and then out of your mouth.
  • TIP: Aim your voice at a specific spot in the back of the theater and try to make your voice hit the spot crisply and clearly.
  • Step 5: Have confidence Know your performance piece well so you can be confident on stage. The more confident you are, the more your voice will naturally project.
  • Step 6: Have fun on stage Have fun on stage. The more excited, confident, and loose you are; the better and more natural your voice will sound. Break a leg!
  • FACT: Did you know? Luciano Pavoratti won a Grammy Award in 1979 and another in 1980.

You Will Need

  • Relaxation techniques
  • Practice
  • Confidence
  • Reading or singing material

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