By Stephanie Ciccarelli
March 1, 2010
You know how you're often told not to audition when you are sick?
Aside from the implications of overextending and abusing your voice, what are some of the professional consequences of booking a gig auditioned for with a "sick" voice when you've recovered and you are the picture (or sound) of health?
What do you do?
Share your experiences and tips for recreating that sound in today's VOX Daily.
Wouldn't you agree that it's hard to recreate how you sound when you're under the weather?
What about recreating the properties of your "morning" voice when you have a breathier delivery?
The rule of thumb is to refrain from auditioning when you are sick. This is mainly advised to help preserve your voice, however, another reason why you may choose not to audition during illness is that if you book a job, you have to replicate how you sounded at the time of your sickness even though your voice has returned to normal.
Depending on what it was that ailed you or what the state of your voice was at the time of recording, it may be easy to recreate the sound that won you the job without doing too much harm to your precious vocal folds.
One way to recreate a plugged up sounding voice is to either pinch your nose or speak in a more adenoidal style. Sounding adenoidal requires you to stretch your muscles a bit. You'll also get to explore a different part of your instrument that may prove useful for character voice acting.
To obtain a raspy voice, you could drink a beverage containing caffeine or a small quantity of something sour or bitter such as diluted lemon juice to help dry the vocal folds out a bit.
Remember, if you chose to audition for a job while sick or otherwise, you must be able to reproduce your audition! Do what ever it takes within reason to achieve your goal.
How have you been able to replicate a winning audition booked with a less than healthy voice?
Share your stories and ideas as comments below!
Looking forward to hearing from you,
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