When you are out as Hannah, do you try to “feminize” your voice in any way? If so, do you have suggestions for how to go about doing that?
No, for two reasons.
The first one is based on how important it is to be as natural as possible. I know some of us have been able to feminize their voice, but it’s not an easy thing to do. I met a transwoman a few years ago and bless her heart, but she was trying so hard to have as feminine as a voice as possible. She spoke in a somewhat forced high, falsetto voice and to be honest, it was really uncomfortable listening to her. She seemed so…fake. She was as nice as could be but the longer we spoke the more her real voice surfaced and she sounded much more natural and sincere after that. She seemed so much more confident.
The second reason is that…well, you don’t need to. There is no standard as to what a woman needs to sound like (or look like, for that matter). Does Lauren Bacall or Kathleen Turner have too deep of a voice to be considered feminine?
But there is a difference. It’s hard not to have a shift in almost everything as I go from one gender to another. I sit differently in a skirt, I walk differently in heels, I shift my body differently as I move in a dress…and there is a subtle change in my voice and how I speak. Any change in my movements feels natural. I tend to speak a little lighter, a little softer, and my tone shifts slightly too. I do feel I have a small difference between the two, but nothing as drastic as intentionally feminizing my voice.