Attempting to alter your voice could increase your sex appeal — but it won't turn you into a stud muffin.
I wish I could lay claim to the above quote, but I can't. Those are the closing words of Erika Engelhaupt's 2006 NPR article . In it she discusses, albeit rather briefly, the idea that changing your voice can change your image. Research does seem to show that lower voices (in men) are deemed 'sexier', which ultimately means 'more appealing', and contrary to popular opinion, higher voices (in females) are not necessarily thought to be more attractive (for 'those of certain age', like me - think Victoria Jackson, and you'll get the idea). If anything, that higher pitch can be culturally associated with being less intelligent (though I don't think there's a direct correlation...or is there?? *wink*). It's even more entertaining to think of the example of David Beckham, the über-footballer: nice to look at, even aspire to, but then...then....he talks. And it's game-over.
Carmen Chai (http://globalnews.ca/news/910567/women-are-attracted-to-men-with-deep-voices-but-only-for-a-fling-study/) makes an interesting point around a McMasters Study on voices and attractiveness, vis-á-vis males: women can also register deep male voices with unfaithfulness. Sure, a fling is ok (we're thinking in terms of genetic-swapping here), but a long-term, raise the offspring arrangement, is less likely.
All of this, from your voice??
So, if your voice is power, your voice is perception (and you fully accept that while that perception may make you SEEM like a stud muffin, it will do nothing for your muffin top), then the real question becomes: how can I make the most of what I've got?
It comes down to one word: VARIETY.
Here, let's try an acronym:
OK, ok. So I just made that like up. It's a work in progress (no scooping it - it's copyrighted!), but I think you get the idea. Sure, we're gunning for voice that is easily and safely produced, from a body that is aligned and relaxed, with proper breath support. That's like the triumvirate of Spoken Arts voice work, undoubtedly. And it's an excellent starting point. But even if you manage to achieve this, you are still faced with the possibility that you are dead boring to listen to. Why?
Easy: because there is no difference. After a very short while, we become bored - high-pitched monotone or low-pitched monotone is still monotone, right? We NEED that variety to a) help us understand and b) stay engaged. It's not like we need vast changes regularly - we're not talking the Drop of Doom here - but we also aren't aiming for the Merry-Go-Round. A mid-size rollercoaster is more the idea.
Don't waste your time on Wiki-How's "12 steps to a deeper voice". That's not really the issue (ok, you may be pitched too high, but that's not the biggest issue, trust me). The issue is making the most of what you have, and making it desirable to your listeners. It's like fashion, only for your voice.
Hello! My name is Donna, and Raconteur is my Studio. Words are my passion - especially beautiful, powerful words, beautifully and powerfully shared. I never planned to be a Spoken Arts instructor, but I was lucky enough to have fallen into the work 23+ years ago - and I have never really looked back.