Thats according to Erica Shaffer, a successful actress who moonlights as a speech therapist for men transitioning into women.
Shaffer says that changing the voice is 100 percent important in making the transition smoothly.
As she explains, You can do everything else, you can even have sexual reassignment surgery, but the moment you open your mouth and you sound like a man, its done.
The actual octave of the voice isnt necessarily what worries Shaffer the most. As she puts it, It is important to remember that not all women have extremely high voices.
For transitioning clients, she tries to focus their sound to achieve a nice blend of chest, sinus and head resonators, but also offers advice on how to be girly.
Naturally, thats the part of her therapy her clients love most.
As she puts it, Theyre having so much fun with the makeup and the jewelry. The hardest part for them is putting it all together.
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