Family 411: How to keep your vocals from frying

Jessica Gould is a high school junior. (WSYX)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) — It's a trend that could speak volumes on how the younger generation is perceived by potential employers. It's called vocal fry.

Jessica Gould is a high school junior. She practices a recital number with ease.

It also doesn't take much for Jessica to slip into what she calls a bad habit.

"You should check out this new song it's really cool and I like it a lot," said Gould.

Vocal fry is when you use the lowest register of your voice.

"That leads to this creaky or popcorny sound," said Elycia Taylor, a business communication instructor at Columbus State Community College.

It's a topic of conversation in Taylor's class.

"All of us use vocal fry a lot of times we'll use it as we end a sentence to show that we're ending a sentence," said Taylor.

Taylor says some people consciously use vocal fry with the trend standing out among women and the younger generation.

"We have this thing called conversational mimicry when we're sitting down with someone especially if they are similar to us or someone we'd like to emulate," said Taylor.

There are vastly different perspectives on how people who use vocal fry are perceived. Taylor says while it may not be noticeable to the younger generation, an older audience may think you're lazy and not interested.

"It could be detrimental to you getting the job, getting the promotion or being taken seriously," said Taylor.

Jessica takes voice lessons to help with her singing in theater productions.

"My teacher said that it could hurt your voice over time and that's something I definitely don't want happening," said Gould.

Jessica thinks she picked it up from her friends.

"I would say a lot of people probably find it better if you didn't do that and I just did it," said Gould.

Jessica says it's a habit she'll try to leave behind.

Taylor recommends knowing your audience before walking into a job interview and to tread carefully with using vocal fry.

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