Getting back into character

So, I have this horrendous freakin cold and my voice has been shot for about a week, so I’ve had to put off recording chapters on this audiobook I’m working on.  Now, this wouldn’t be bad, but in order to get back into the characters point of view, I have to revisit the last two chapters, and listen then move forward. Problem?, no shouldn’t be, but….. ok there may be a slight problem, this cold has caused my vocal chords to ‘wither’ a bit, what do I mean, well it’s like the timber of my voice is slightly higher and I’m not sure how I can fix it, I am trying several different ‘home remedies’ including green tea and honey, and I’ve even resorted to a Chloreseptic throat spray to try and coax my voice back to its proper register.  How do I avoid this in the future?

This is a dilemma that faces many many voice actors daily, lots of them have different ways of repairing their pipes so that they can get back into the studio. I’d love to know what your favorite remedies are for getting the pipes back to working order. Please share with the world, it’s not like I’m gonna take any gigs from you 🙂 I just need to get the vocals back so I can continue with the book and move on to the next project.

As a production director in radio, I’m constantly voicing spots, I am an imaging voice on a couple of stations as well, so I’ve got to be very careful how hard I push the envelope. With two boys who have colds, and Mom does too, it’s very hard to keep myself as healthy as possible without resorting to moving to the basement and putting up plastic sheeting ala Bubble Boy.  My studios are climate controlled and I have all sorts of antiseptic hand wipes, hand sanitizers and the like so I am doing all I can to keep the bugs out of the recording area.

Keeping your pipes clean and healthy is important to your livelihood, do whatever it takes to keep yours in perfect tune.

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