For Actors who want to strengthen their speaking voice, give it more range and color, or change it to fit their casting, singing is the most effective way to do it. Two films emphasize the therapeutic effects of working the voice like a singer. Most recent and in the 2011 awards race, “The King’s Speech”. Geoffrey Rush plays Lionel Logue, a speech therapist, who uses singing exercises to work with King George’s speech problems. The exercises are very effective in helping him move past anything that might be halting his speech.
Another film is “Flawless”, with Robert De Niro and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Hoffman plays a singing teacher who helps a stroke victim, De Niro, recover his speech through singing exercises.
Both of these examples are serious cases, but it points out that singing is the best way to work the voice for actors. A series of exercises, prescribed over a period of time for the specific needs of the actor is like going to the gym everyday to achieve the fitness level and body that we choose. Exactly like that. The singing teacher is your trainer to get you to work the muscles of the vocal cords for the desired result.