She confessed to using a special voice to appear likable in production negotiations. She describes it “as “special voice” and a tone women (in particular, women of colour) have to use in order to not sound aggressive during such moments. (You know the one—where you speak with the inflection of a question and raise your eyebrows so you look less threatening.)”
Gabrielle Union spoke of a time where she let that special voice go.
“I was tired. My eye was twitching. They took too long to circle back to my opinion, and I lost it. I spoke my truth, but I was sure I really blew it and lost that deal.”
To her surprise, she got what she wanted.
“When I spoke in my most authentic voice, I got what I wanted—I got what I deserved and I’m 45. I think I’ve been in this business 22 years using that dumb-ass voice that I thought was helping me, and I’m sure it did at certain times. But I wonder how my career could have been different if I had let that real voice out.”