Voice Over Talent

What can you do to keep your voice sounding great for voiceovers.

Many people ask me what is a key component for keeping my voice in tip-top condition for my voiceover recordings. I wish this was an easy surefire answer to this question, but in reality, there are many factors which affect the voice.

Keeping your vocal cords hydrated.

I like to suggest drinking 8-10 glasses a day of water. Keeping hydrated with water is the single most important factor in having well lubricated vocal cords. Not only is drinking water great for your muscles, but it is great for your voice also. Dry air, caffeinated drinks, alcohol, are elements which will affect your voice which may add to a dry sound in your voiceover recordings.

The best way to see if you are properly hydrated is through the color of your urine. If your urine is pale yellow (or light yellow), it is a great indicator that you are properly hydrated and are drinking plenty of water. If you find that your urine is darker in color, or brownish, then you are not drinking enough fluid. It is also important to remember that the hotter the temperature is, the more you will want to increase your fluid intake.

Smoking and your voice

If you smoke, I am just going to say it right here and now! Never, ever, ever smoke, or be around smokers! Smoke is a killer for your voice. Smoke essentially prevents your vocal cords (larynx) from being hydrated. Cigarettes, pot, cigars, and pipes, is polluted air laced with chemicals which travels across your vocal cords causing them to become red and irritated. There are literally thousands of dangerous chemicals which will cause your voice to become dry, irritated, fatigued, limited range, not to mention the long term affects which can cause cancer and heart disease.

The use of Humidifiers or Steam

If you live in a dry environment, you may want to consider the use of a humidifier at night as this helps re-lubricates the throat. Most people will breathe through their mouths when sleeping at night, and breathing moist air helps with rehydrating your vocal cords. You can also consider using steam twice a day through the use of a hot shower or a hot water vaporizer. You can also use the simple trick a a hot bowl of water with a towel draped over your head.

Screaming and the impact on your voice

Loud yelling and or screaming can cause irreparable harm to your vocal cords which will come across in your voice over recordings. This can occur at loud sporting events, concerts, or out of frustration. If you are a screamer and are an aspiring voice over actor, you may want to choose an alternative solution to how you vent, or method of controlling your anger inside.

Your Voice and Diet

You are what you eat! Thats right, the very things which cause disease and fatty deposits are the same things which can adversely affect your vocal cords and voice. Foods such as chocolate, fried foods, caffeine, alcohol, spicy foods, can increase the likelihood of reflux which can cause the acids from your stomach to back up into your esophagus and your vocal cords.

I am not a professional dietician; but I am smart enough to easily recommend eating foods which are natural in nature which can easily be found along the perimeter aisles of the grocery store. The only foods which are natural and can also negatively affect your voice (due to reflux) are foods which have a high level of acid such are citrus fruits such as: grapefruits, oranges, and lemons.

Over the Counter Medications and Sleep aids

Many over the counter medications can cause dry mouth and can de-hydrate your body. Dry mouth will obviously have an impact on your voice and how it sounds when you are doing a voice over recording. Many medications contain alcohol and other chemicals which dry out your vocal cords. If have problems sleeping and do not like the side affects (dry mouth) of over the counter drugs or alcohol; talk to your doctor who can prescribe alternative solutions and discuss options for any issues or illnesses you may be experiencing. More often than not over the counter solutions can create more problems than the ones you are trying to remedy in the short term.

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