Defining Moments: Vocal Cords Edition

When puberty came during a cold, it left me with a deep voice that seemed unwieldy at the time. As a child who relied heavily on sarcasm and a certain wryness, I had no idea how to proceed with my new instrument.

Until I watched All About Eve.

In George Sanders’ Addison DeWitt, I found an example to follow. So I assiduously studied his vocal delivery (albeit with a pronounced Texas twang at the time), until I had recreated a reasonable facsimile of it. And that’s why I’ve sounded like a world-weary suicide since I was 13.

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