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Llamas in wellies

On Saturday I went up to London again for another Voice Coaching session, only this time it was a group session rather than one-to-one.

I was due to meet a friend for lunch beforehand. I had a rotten journey up and was pretty late, and then we found everywhere very busy for food. We got seated at a restaurant but after 10 mins of not even having our drink order taken, and with me already fast running out of time, we decided to bail and go to a nice coffee shop that she knew, and even they had slow service. To cut a boring story shorter, pretty much everything conspired to make me late – the service, walking to the wrong tube station as we hadn’t realised there was another one on the same line that was nearer, tube train delays, and everything. But it worked out ok in the end as I arrived merely 10 mins late and they hadn’t started yet.

The 2 hour session went very well and I was very encouraged by my progress. We had a few giggles, not least a game of “My gran went to the market and she bought…” that got up to 12 items. My contributions were “a banana” and “two pairs of wellies for her pet Llama” which raised a bit of a laugh.
There were 6 of us (plus the coach), so for part of the time we broke into pairs for conversation training. One pair managed to get into an argument about cables, of all things, and thereafter every time someone made reference to that it set them off again. So we didn’t do that. Much.

I think I’ll definitely go back and do the next group session next month. Not only did I find it useful, and also encouraging, but the social aspect of it was nice too.

 

Posted by on 9th December 2013 in Diary, Social, Transgender

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Voice Coaching

I’m so excited! This weekend I made an appointment with a Voice Coach in London who specialises in Transgender issues! She’s going to help me find a more feminine voice for when I’m in girl mode.

I have an acquaintance who is a trans-woman who has had extensive training from this Coach and has the most amazing voice. When I spoke to her on the phone she was utterly, utterly convincing. I’m not expecting similar miracles for myself as I don’t live full-time in girl mode. My aim is more along the lines of developing a mostly-convincing voice that I can switch between. Even if it is merely good enough to make people think “is she or isn’t she?” then I’ll be happy, rather than the current situation of opening my mouth and being instantly ‘read’.

So it’s all happening this year! Weight loss, the laser hair removal, and now this. Next up is to get my ears pierced, which is something I’m actively researching at the moment.

 

Posted by on 6th July 2013 in Diary, Out & About

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