By Lin Parkin
May 22, 2014
How do you keep your voice in tip-top shape? Have you considered a workout regimen that supports your voice?
Singers, film, TV, and stage actors all have exercises they do to prepare their voices before hitting the stage or set.
Likewise, it's a good idea for voice actors to prepare their voices before recording a gig or auditioning for a job. A regular workout for the facial muscles, lips, mouth and tongue is a great way to maintain good articulation, breathing, and posture. With daily practice it will help wake up your vocal cords and ensure your voice always comes out strong and clear.
Some of the best voice-over workout tips that I've heard of are from Tommy Griffiths, a thirty year veteran of the voice-over industry. Join VOX Daily today to learn his three easy exercises that will have you speaking in top form in no time.
As with any other part of your body, your voice is supported by muscles. Not just your facial muscles but your tongue and diaphragm too. Keeping those muscles limber and toned is important for voice actors and anyone who uses their voices professionally.
As the saying goes, "use it, or you'll lose it." But speaking isn't enough to maintain the fitness of all those supporting systems. To improve and maintain the quality of your voice and perfect your articulation you need to work those muscles every day.
Tommy Griffiths, a voice-over artist, voice coach, demo producer and actor, recently sent us an easy 5-minute workout for an episode of our Voice Over Experts Podcast that will have you seeing results almost immediately. It's fast, easy, and effective. After practicing his workout several times myself, I'd venture to say it may very well give you a set of nice cheekbones too!
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Tommy suggests that you practice these three simple exercises every day for two weeks before recording your auditions and you will notice a real difference. Give it a try for two weeks and drop back in to let us know how it goes.
If you'd like to listen to Tommy's episode in full, jump over to Voice Over Experts Podcast now.
Do you have any other tips to add? Share them in the comments below.
All the best,
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