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Tuesday
Feb 2017

It's that time of year when the focus is on staying well, avoiding illness... Every year, my kid's schools have a Valentine's Day dance and every year, my daughter misses it resentfully due to illness. Like clockwork, both my kids have just been sick and I'd like to PROUDLY say, I've avoided it. Vocal Health Ninja! Voice Talent, Dave Courvoisier writes parents off, tongue in check, in this voice-over wellness post saying that "if you have school aged children...you're screwed". Well, yes, it's a major challenge, but I have a business to run... I need to do EVERYTHING in my power to stay healthy.  (I've written[...]

We work at improving in every way, every day, and though there are waves of discouragement, there are also times for enjoying where we are, looking at how far we've come, and for reassessing. Life is moving VERY fast. And as we take the bull by the horns as an entrepreneur, or simply as a human, sometimes the pace is overwhelming. To reassess is valuable because we grow when we learn from what we've experienced. A few things I'm reviewing, reconsidering, reflecting upon, and re-assessing... REVIEWING: VOICE HEALTH I've been hit with a cold. I know it's a pain for everyone, but, if you are recording your voice for a living, it is more frustrating[...]

Now in the Pacific Time Zone, I’m up a little later than my friends and colleagues in the Eastern Time Zone where most of my voice work comes from… This means, if I wake at 6am, it’s already 9 and scripts are hopping, work is moving…but, my voice is not. Vocal warm-ups are now more important than ever for me, since I often have to hit the ground running vocally in the mornings. Once everyone has cleared out of the house, my first order of business is to vocally warm up as best as I can, as quickly as I[...]

4
Tuesday
Aug 2015

Call me unsophisticated, call me uneducated, call me what you will, but I have never heard of the term “vocal fry” until last week. Still, I am VERY familiar with it on an experiential basis. Wikipedia: The vocal fry register (also known as pulse register, laryngealisation, pulse phonation, creak, croak, popcorning, glottal fry, glottal rattle, glottal scrap, or strohbass) is the lowest vocal register and is produced through a loose glottal closure which will permit air to bubble through slowly with a popping or rattling sound of a very low frequency. I was turned onto a very interesting debate last week on CBC[...]

14
Tuesday
Apr 2015

Reading a great post from fellow voice talent, Paul Strikwerda, led me to learn about World Voice Day. An annual event, it celebrates and highlights all things “Voice”, that is, vocal health and the power of the instrument that is our voice. Intrigued by the idea, I found lots of interesting information and offer you a concise version of what World Voice Day encompasses… From world-voice-day.org: The general idea underlying the World Voice Day is to demonstrate to the general public that Voice Matters. 2015 the motto is – VOICE, The Original Social Media. The strategy is to arrange a global celebration in terms of an impressive[...]

If forty four years of life have taught me anything, it's that remaining calm is one of the most helpful things we can do for ourselves and others. Aside from the fact that it helps me daily in my business, there ain't no one that can't be helped with a cooler vibe, if you know what I mean. Maintaining calm is beneficial to our overall health. A calm mind and body allows our body to function optimally and heal continuously. In my Ten Top Tips for Talking, "staying calm" is right up there with staying hydrated and avoiding illness. If you are[...]

Continuing my occasional theme of aiming for good health, one of my Ten Top Tips for Talking, I'm always trying to gather more information on building a strong immune system. I do believe that while it is extremely important for me in my job, it's important for everyone. Here are 12 tips for avoiding illness in random order: Take vitamins – multi, Omega 3, vitamin D – and probiotics Sleep consistently, sleep enough Avoid stress Eat 5-9 servings of Fruit and Veg per day Add fresh ginger to your meals and/or beverages Add more green vegetables in your diet Drink warm water with lemon[...]

11
Tuesday
Nov 2014

There is no question in my mind that SLEEP is one of the most important factors in my success as a voice talent, a business owner, and as a parent. While a good night's rest may be obvious for success in parenting, and in general, as a person who works with my voice, it's absolutely key. If exhausted, there is nothing that replaces sleep in order to speak with an even, consistent tone. If you are working with your voice as a trainer, presenter, teacher, speaker, sleep needs to be a priority. While only #4 on my list of 10 Top[...]

14
Tuesday
Oct 2014

Due to my half-hearted efforts to drink enough water, I am never quite hydrated enough as evidenced by the mouth "clicks" I hear in my recordings. I've heard someone call them the dandruff of voice actors. Much of the time, I edit out the clicks, but sometimes they are within a word itself and impossible to remove. Being well hydrated is therefore always important to me for recording clearly and is my 4th tip from my 10 Tips for Talking. However, staying hydrated is not just for voice talent…no, no! Water is for everyone, despite what some water bottling companies will[...]

23
Tuesday
Sep 2014

I've spoken about how good health can positively affect your speaking voice. (Ten Top Tips for Talking) Admittedly, I am on again, off again, with the healthy eating plan I profess. My penchant for food – all food really – has had me fall "off the wagon" more than a few times. For me, a diet free of dairy, wheat, and sugar, feels most healing and healthy. I am my best self when eating this way. Unfortunately, this eliminates such things as traditional pizza and pasta, bagels with cream cheese, mac and cheese – you know, the good stuff. However, once I[...]

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