Coaching - Linda Jones
Linda Jones is an award-winning NYC based actor and voice coach currently working in audiobook narration and voice over, as well as theatre, film and television.
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VOICE & SPEECH

For over 25 years I’ve worked with students to relax and ground their natural voices, allowing them the freedom to explore size, range, variety, and versatility. As a coach, teacher and even (in one marvelous, magnetic production) “voiceographer,” my strength is in helping my students cut loose. I focus on breath and impulse, physical release, strength, skill and precision. I take particular joy in rhythms and musicality, the architecture of the mouth, and the physical components of sound and language. As an actor myself, I focus on interpretive technique, helping you find your way into a text to deliver excellent intuitive reads. I spent several years as a coach at Edge Studio, and now teach privately from the wilds of Brooklyn.

ACCENTS & DIALECTS

For the past 20 years, I’ve done dialect work for theatre, film and with individual actors. I start with ear training and mouth feel, discovering, practicing and solidifying basic sound and rhythmic adjustments, and then moving into text and character. With increased freedom and self-awareness, there is tremendous satisfaction in playing with sound, discovering how it moves in your mouth and pushing it around to find new and different ways language can resonate. My ultimate goal is precision and integration. Whether you’re working on a character in a book, a role in a show, or trying to master a neutral American accent in general, your feeling of ease and ownership is paramount.
*A word on coaching. My belief is that you learn technique and then you let it go. Vocal technique—both basic and specialized—is the mastery of your instrument. Learn what it is, how it works, why it sometimes doesn’t (and what to do about it). Discover its sensitivities and strengths, how it serves you in myriad ways. Build and strengthen, develop a deep and intimate knowledge and a sustained understanding of how to use your voice in an enormous variety of ways. Learn your instrument backwards and forwards and six-ways-to-Sunday.
AND THEN. When you pick up a text—a book, a play, a speech: Let. It. Go. Abandon technique. Connect with the text at hand. Don’t worry about how you’re going to perform, let the words speak to you on the deepest possible level. Breathe them in, and speak. If you’ve done the work, strengthened and toned your instrument, and are working at top form: technique will support you. That’s what it’s there for. It’s the backbone. Trust it. Now go play.