By Stephanie Ciccarelli
May 3, 2011
Your voice is an instrument that needs to be taken care of properly which means warming it up and maintaining your vocal apparatus. Think of your voice as a vehicle for the words just as your car is a literal means of getting around.
In order to get those words out and share them convincingly, vocal preparation, maintenance of the voice and overall health considerations are a must.
How do you keep your voice in tiptop shape?
Share your vocal warmup and care routines by commenting on today's VOX Daily!
Recognizing that your voice is indeed part of your body and your business is key to understanding and appreciating both its power and vulnerability. A couple of years ago, I gave a talk at PodCamp London (Canada) on the basics of caring for the voice in addition to tips for using it appropriately.
The use and care of the human voice (along with vocal behaviours and voice types) is a popular topic of discussion in our industry and I thought you might appreciate this curated posting dedicated to resources that have been posted at Voices.com.
Being able to use your voice effectively also means that you need to be able to breathe and manage your breath support well.
Doc, I've Got Sinus!
Cleaning the Instrument
Tips For Looking After Your Voice
Butt Out! Medical Reasons Why Voice Actors Should Stop Smoking
Vocal Health: Our Precious Gift!
Why (Vocal) Rest is Sometimes the Best Medicine
What To Do When You're Sick
You might be wondering why practicing is so important? Practicing can be occur when speaking aloud or it could be something you do in your head. Just as an athlete visualizes how a play will go or how they will accomplish their goal, voice talent can also spend time silently interpreting copy or developing the nuance of a character inside their head without having to vocalize.
There are many benefits that come from employing different forms of practicing as each serves a different purpose.
Some common ways of practicing include:
à¹ Reading copy aloud or repeating what you hear on commercials or the radio
à¹ Analyzing what you hear (whether it's your own recorded voice or someone else's)
à¹ Auditioning multiple times a day
à¹ Mentally reviewing copy to observe markings for breaths, punctuation, inflection etc.
I'd love to hear about what you do to keep in shape vocally and preserve your voice for the moments that matter.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
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