Willster saidDo others feel this way about themselves? Is there somewhere to get some help with this? I'm not one to take acting classes. Maybe radio announcer school? Thanks!
I have college degrees in Speech, Broadcasting, and Theatre. I've been a radio DJ, and done various kinds of voice work, as well as acted on stage. When I go out in public, particularly in restaurants, people overhear me speaking and come up to me and ask if I'm a radio celebrity. I'm not, nor wish to be.
Yet I grew up in Northern New Jersey, acquiring a dreadful accent, despite the best efforts of my parents to prevent it. And at 19 I had a near-fatal motorcycle accident that left me with a speech impediment. Not to mention that I was extremely shy in public.
Well, the Army at age 20 changed all that. I was forced to speak in public when I was put in charge of others. And when I returned to college, knowing my limitations, I chose speech courses to remedy my shortcomings.
The Army wanted me to speak in a monotone, and as an Officer use what we called the Command Voice. I learned that, too, though now, in retirement and after coming out, I've let myself slip back into my more native gay flamboyant speech.
We are only a few years apart. First, I wonder what can change at this point. Second, radio announcers school is not geared to what you need. It's less about phonetics than about the business itself. Either you have a marketable voice or you don't.
I'd enjoy hearing your voice over the telephone. Email me if this interests you. I'd be glad to give you my impression, based on my phonetics training and professional experience. Your best avenue might be private voice tutoring, for the specific goal you want, rather than more generalized college or technical school courses.