On Thursday, June 27th I had the second of six voice sessions. That day I had more time to get ready and be Sherry before my appointment. A few days prior I texted my friend Natalie (Kandi and she were friends and how Kandi and I became friends) to set up a brunch date at a local First Watch. I decided to wear an outfit I bought last week (hope you like the picture), the cute tan stretch pants and a peach top (at left). I arrived a few minutes after Natalie and sat down at her table. As Kandi has mentioned before I have a very public job that I have worked at for 20 years and the waitress was an acquaintance from my job! I don’t think she recognized me because she never looked at me “funny” any of the times she came to our table. I tried to use my best feminine voice when speaking with her. After she took our order I looked around the restaurant and noticed another person I recognized from my job but I’m sure she didn’t notice me because she was engaged in conversation with her five friends the entire time I was there. Our conversation was wonderful as we talked about her post-op life and where I want to go with all of this. Upon arriving at our cars we parted ways with a hug.
After leaving the restaurant I went to a couple stores and tried various outfits on and of course bought a few things. While in the cosmetic section at the one store, a woman commented to me that another store had a better selection and that I should go there, we had a quick conversation and it appears she didn’t clock me or didn’t really care! Either way, just another example of it’s okay to be you.
I arrived at the voice clinic a few minutes early, checked in with the receptionist and found a seat in the waiting area. The area was kind of full so I asked a 60 something man if the seat next to him was taken, it wasn’t, and he kindly told me to have a seat. Again, no “funny” looks, just another person there. Jannis (grad student) calls me back a few minutes later, asks how my week was and I reciprocate. She leads me to a different room than last week, this room has as machine in it that measures different parts of your speech. We did tests where I read passages, made sounds by going up and down the scale from my normal voice to as high as I could, all the way to as low as I could, and making the “s” and “z” sounds for as long as I could. This is all baseline data that I will be compared to at the end of the six weeks.
We talked about my homework, I told her I liked the way Catherine Zeta-Jones and Scarlett Johansson spoke and she said she would do some research on them. I also told her about Marcelito Pomoy who is a male that also has a beautiful female singing voice (look him up). At the end of the session I asked her opinion on my outfit (I wore a different wig) and told her I’m looking for constructive feedback to improve my presentation. She said she liked my “summery” top, how I accessorized, and that I didn’t have too much makeup on. Unfortunately, I have to wait two weeks to return because of the 4th of July falling on Thursday so I will let you know how my next session goes on July 11th, until then…
I hope you are enjoying this. I, of course, know Sherry in the real world, so it is fun to watch her go through what I did only a few years ago (only doing better, as I had no help whatsoever). It’s also interesting to me to see how one fairly similar person goes about this in a little different fashion. A while back, I saw a random e-mail, which I generally delete immediately. This one, I clicked on and from there, I made a friend. You just never know….