The voice tells us so much about a person. Where they come from, their personality and how they’re feeling.
An actor’s voice needs versatility as it must be able to communicate a range of emotions. It must have clarity so that every word can be heard and enough strength and resonance to fill a theatre auditorium.
An actor also needs excellent breath control so that they won’t run out of steam and power midway through a sentence. They must ensure the sound they make is well supported by steady air, so they’re able to deliver their lines in a way which is sustained and controlled.
There are a number of different vocal elements you should consider:
Before you begin work it’s important to warm up your voice so you don’t strain your vocal cords. Practise these warm-up exercises with the National Theatre’s Head of Voice, Jeanette Nelson (subtitles are available).