When your Voice Doesn’t Work so Good

Back in the day I did on-air for a radio station in Dallas that played really soft music and attracted  large chunks of the 60 plus monied demographic. On the studio line I would take calls from women whose voices were colored and textured by decades of cigarettes and martinis.

Their voices were often lower and rougher than mine and I’m no tenor.  Sunday I sounded like one of them.  Yeah, the dreaded head cold.

So how does the voice actor take care of his instrument?  Especially during cold and flu season?  Two sources of good advice come to mind: The “Ask About Vocal Health” on the Voice-Overs.com forum.  And Bettye Zollar has a series of podcasts on the subject over on Voice Over Xtra.

The doctor has me on some expensive meds and I’m already feeling much better and sounding more like myself again.  No need to find a mink stole and a cigarette holder.  I can even tell my hat from my glove.

2 thoughts on “When your Voice Doesn’t Work so Good

  1. Howard Ellison

    Guess you are well over that cold now Bill , a year and a half on! My comment is this: I sent off a demo to a producer yesterday. He hadn’t provided a project script, so I just MP3d an archive that sounded relevant. It was only a tech test of a mike! But I had a heavy cold.. and if I land the job, I wonder how I can get that sound again!? Howard, Devon UK.

  2. Bill Post author

    Hi Howard,
    I’d just be honest with the producer and tell him you had a cold that day. Giving a great read trumps sound of the voice any day and good producers know that. I hope you get the gig!
    Thanks,
    Bill

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