By Stephanie Ciccarelli
April 11, 2012
Many 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.
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.
I'd love to hear about how you manage vocal rest. Comment below and share your tips!
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