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Do You Build Time In For Resting Your Voice?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

April 11, 2012

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Woman dressed in green covering her mouth, smiling eyes, blonde hair, yellow backgroundMany people who rely upon the use of their voices for work tend to schedule periods of quiet time into their days for vocal rest.

As the songwriter penned, silence is golden.

Hear from professional voice talent who've found a way to create space for a little peace and quiet in between sessions in today's VOX Daily.

Resting Your Voice

Taking time out for your voice is important to many people for a variety of reasons, but for voice artists, observing set times for vocal rest can be nearly as important as using their voice to record.

In today's day and age, it isn't easy to clam up. There are many distractions, and as voice artists, you never know when an audition will come your way that requires a custom read.

Carving silence into your schedule may need to be strategic and deliberate.

Dick Ervasti, a voice talent based in Minneapolis, MN cites, "It is mandatory in our shop. I drink water non-stop from 10am-6pm and take three 45 minute breaks throughout the day. They are actually on the schedule as a 'session.'"

Rosemont, PA-based elementary school teacher and voice talent, Dan Deslaurier, uses his voice throughout the day but has found ways to incorporate vocal rest in the midst of it all. If a class is getting particularly enthusiastic for their art class, Dan doesn't raise his voice, he rests it. When his students see that he has stopped the class, they settle themselves (and each other) so that Dan doesn't have to.

Glad Faith Klassen, a voice-over artist based in Little Current, says, "I try to set aside 2-3 quiet times during the day. I spend it in prayer, meditation, reading, etc. It keeps me calm, centered and rested for the next round at the mic."

Perhaps instances of vocal rest for you are unintentional but beneficial all the same. Certain tasks that you do each day like audio editing, reading, writing or production are solitary activities that don't necessarily require your voice.

Mike Elmore, a voice talent and producer based in Fort Lauderdale, FL takes an hour out of his day to jog. Like most joggers, his daily jaunt is short on speech and that time is used to rest his voice. This is a perfect example of how someone might not technically schedule silence into their schedule but receive the benefit of exercising silence all the same.

Do You Schedule In Silence?

I'd love to hear about how you manage vocal rest. Comment below and share your tips!

Best wishes,

Stephanie

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Comments


    Interesting note by Mike, which made me think I do something similar. After a short while at the mic, I head to the gym for a workout, which rests the voice. And then when others might be tempted to sing in the shower, I choose silence instead.

    Posted by:

      Here's what you don't do: record anything after you manage a Little League game. All that shouting (positive, of course) trashes your voice until the next day. Unless you're trying to sound like Tammy Grimes (he said, making a cultural reference that those of a certain age will get).

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      • Chuck Ingersoll
      • April 11, 2012 4:11 PM

        I have long felt that my voice sounds best first thing in the A.M.! If I could, I'd sleep in studio, to get that first-o-the day rested & ready sound!

        Posted by:
        • Butcher Ruben
        • April 11, 2012 4:18 PM

          I like to record auditions from 9am to 12noon each day. Then I have some lunch and work on painting my latest canvas. That rests my voice, while I listen to great music.

          Posted by:

            There is harmony and wisdom in life with Yin and Yang,
            like sound and silence, like communicating and just being...
            A real art of life to create this balance every day:)

            Posted by:

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