This challenge leads people into complicated emotional/psychological dances. A common version includes the concept of “natural”. People are told that they have a natural, one might think “perfect”, version of their voice, which they can learn to utilize (see “Platonic Realism”). The challenge with this approach presents itself in comparisons, and feelings of insecurity. “They must be inherently better than me” or “she’s so talented, and I can’t sing a note” or “I’ve got a big voice, I can’t sing that” are common thoughts people have because of this mindset. Although vocalists benefit from learning to appreciate their voices as theirs, they live in fear that they will never measure up, if they can even figure out what the measure is in the first place.
actors are made for Shakespeare and not contemporary work
teachers with scratchy, soft voices are just meant to get tired every day
radio personalities who vocal fry do so because
“that’s how their voice sounds”
A separate challenge arises from the Bizarro cousin of “natural”, which is the specter of “manipulation”. The logic flows that, in order to achieve perfection, we need to know how to force the voice into its proper alignment by holding, pushing, placing, etc.
Where there are few options, control asserts itself as a containment device.
Conversely, where there are many options, habituation opens doors to possibility.