V-V-Voice…the word sticks in the back of your throat. Your mouth shudders as your teeth grit together. You push, trying to get the word out. A jarring, jackhammer sound gurgles out of your mouth. Your face contorts and your body shakes as judging eyes stare at you. A shameful feeling washes over you. Your soul is forever crushed.
These are the wounding, humiliating trials that 60 million stutterers worldwide endure each and everyday…and Scott Damian is one of them.
In this gritty, raw memoir, Damian details the stirring battles he endured while searching for a solution to his inability to speak without stuttering.
From his haunting blue-collar childhood in New Orleans to the physical and psychological scars that led Damian down a path of self-destructive behavior that was as crippling as the stuttering itself, "V-V-Voice: A Stutterer's Odyssey" chronicles the struggles of one stutterer to do the unimaginable; to use his voice as an actor and a writer, and help others find their own.
Reviews and Accolades
2012 winner of the "Converting Awareness into Action" Award from the Suttering Foundation of America
Scott Damian writes with great insight into the daily struggles of a person who stutters. Whether it is answering the telephone, talking in front of the class, or ordering in a restaurant, these are everyday challenges for those who stutter. I believe this book can and will make a difference in the lives of the many people who struggle with this distressing disorder.
About the Author
After leaving his native home of New Orleans, where he graduated from Loyola University of New Orleans in English Writing and Literature, Scott studied at The British American Drama Academy (BADA), in Oxford, UK, where he was trained under the guidance of Michael Kahn (artistic director, Juilliard), Tony Randall, Fiona Shaw, Alan Rickman, and various directors from the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Partial theater credits include: Actors Co-op: Roat in Wait Until Dark, Yank in Hasty Heart, Axel in The Nerd, Medvedenko in The Seagull, Dick Dudgeon in The Devil's Disciple, Branded Maverick Productions: McCutcheon in El Salvador, BADA: Soranzo in Tis' Pity She's a Whore, to name a few.
His TV credits include: guest star and co-star roles on The Shield, The Office, Joan of Arcadia, Scrubs, Las Vegas, The Young and the Restless, and General Hospital.
Film credits include: The Audition, The Nature of my Enemy, Zero vs. The Matador, Truly Unusual, and the DVD released thriller from Red Horse Pictures, Sheltered.
After its successful Los Angeles workshop/reading starring Joe Sicari, Coffee Stains, an original family dramedy (written by Damian) is being produced and developed by Tony award-nominated Broadway producer, Heather Provost (Reasons To Be Pretty), and Tony-Award winning producer Aldo Scrofani (Gone with the Wind, Stomp) for a 2013 Broadway opening.
Damian's entertainment company, Branded Maverick Entertainment, is making its mark in the film community. Just recently, they premiered their first short, Snapper (which was directed and written by Damian) at the prestigious Louisville Film Festival and The Prometheus Film Festival. Their next feature, Huge! Red! Flag! is in post production.
In May, Scott will receive "The Converting Awareness into Action" Award
from The Stuttering Foundation in New York City along with Fox News' John
Stossell and NFL player Ellis Lankster.