Since I have been teaching acting for the stage, screen and voiceover acting for the better part of my life, I have always been tuned into the human voice and how to take care of that wonderful instrument.
Here are just some of the valuable things that I have learned over the years through training, experience and reading what the experts have to say about maintaining your voice and improving your performance:
NOTE: These tips are going on the assumption that you are already using the essential techniques of proper placement, breathing, support, posture, etc. If not, seek training from a qualified voice coach.
I just saw Bryon Cranston of the hit TV show Breaking Bad portray LBJ in the play All The Way on Broadway. He was remarkable and was on stage speaking for almost the entire three hours. In reading about how he is handling his first Broadway role, he says that in order to perform eight times a week, Monday is the day he DOES NOT SPEAK – at all!!! Talk about commitment to your art and taking care of that precious voice.
YOU ARE IN CONTROL of your vocal health, and isn’t it nice to be in control. It’s easy to take our vocal instruments for granted. If you want to be a VO actor, you need to be aware of what keeps your voice strong and healthy.
Just like with any physical exercise, you will need to experiment and find out what works best for you.
Let us know what your go-to techniques, tips, and tricks are in the comments section below! …or any other stories related to vocal health…
Be well, vocally and otherwise!
About the Author: Sandy Stefanowicz
Before joining Voice Box, Sandy was with a large area casting company for almost 12 years serving as a casting director, acting teacher and education coordinator. At Voice Box Sandy is the Professional Development Coordinator, where she guides aspiring and working voice over actors as they make choices about professional training. She also teaches acting and offers consultations for college and career guidance. Sandy holds an MA in theatre from Villanova University. She has appeared on stage, in commercials, feature and independent films. In the area of voiceover, she is the voice of Children’s Dentistry. Before working full-time in the on-camera and voiceover industry, Sandy headed up the award-winning Ridley Drama Group where she directed for the stage and coached performers for stage and screen for over three decades. Outside of the US, she has taught acting in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Japan. Sandy has been named to the Who’s Who of America Teachers.