The first thing I do when I wake up is drink water. I make it through a full 20 oz. bottle before I move on to the rest of my routine and then I make sure to continually drink water throughout the day. This helps eliminate mouth noise that can ruin a good recording.
A quick workout routine in the morning wakes you up, gets your lungs ready, and loosens up any leftover phlegm you might be hanging onto. Gross, I know. You really don’t want that stuff hanging around when you step into your booth.
Warm beverages throughout the day are a great idea. If you’re not a tea drinker, become one. I like to start my day with hot water mixed with two tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar, half a lemon squeezed, and a couple teaspoons of local honey. It’s an acquired taste, but it’s really good for your vocal health and it clears out your sinuses.
Stretch, do tongue twisters, use singing exercises, and massage out the tension in your face before you start recording. Never skip this! It will keep your voice healthy and you will always give a better performance.
Share a comment with your favorite morning vocal health routine! Next week, we’ll talk about how to beat that feeling of isolation that can happen when you’re a voice actor working from your home studio.
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