Voice Over Actor Health Tips – 10 Ways to Maintain Great Vocal Health

When your income totally depends on your voice staying healthy and sounding good, some voice over actor health tips are useful to keep in mind.  I try to practice these as much as possible and I rarely have vocal health issues, so something must be working.

My Top 10 Voice Over Actor Health Tips

Voice Over Actor Health

1.  Drink plenty of good quality water

2. Don’t smoke (unless a raspy voice is your niche – and even then, I would never recommend smoking)

3. Avoid alcohol (except maybe a little bit on the weekends, but never during a workday)

4. Humidify your home and office

5. Take vocal breaks when you feel the need

6. Don’t clear your throat very often

7. Avoid yelling (can be especially challenging if you have children or are a sports fanatic)

8. Consciously relax your throat and neck muscles (a five-minute mini meditation session can do wonders)

9. Use a natural ingredient throat spray (my favorite is Seagate Olive Leaf )

10. When sick, take it easy and get well before trying to get back to work.

Other general health practices I like to do:

Keep my neck warm in cold weather with a scarf or muffler. Sometimes, I’ll even tie a sock around my neck to sleep, if I feel a sore throat coming on.

Avoid late night hours on a work night. Getting plenty of rest is essential to good vocal health.

Eat healthy foods – plenty of fresh fruits and veggies (preferably organic) to keep healthy nutrients supplying my body with what it needs to stay healthy.

And if I do feel my body dragging, or the signs of a cold or sickness coming on, I keep my mental state positive. I don’t surrender to being sick. On the contrary, I will tell myself that I’m fine, and minister to symptoms without pulling my focus there. I prefer to tell my body that I’m fine, and it usually listens!

has been interested in voice over actor health tips for over twenty years. She’s been working on stage, screen and behind the microphone for her entire adult life. Check out her voice over actor bio and request a voice over quote for an upcoming project.

9 comments on “Voice Over Actor Health Tips – 10 Ways to Maintain Great Vocal Health

  1. Debby Barnes on

    OML, you’re the only other person I’ve ever heard openly admit they wear a sock around their neck at night when they feel a sore throat coming-on! I’ve done this for years. It’s not very sexy, but hey, any thing to stay well, right? Helpful post, Deb. 🙂

  2. JohnZ on

    Thanks so much for the health tips, Debbie. It’s so important for us to take as much care of ourselves as we can especially after a brutal winter and challenging pollen filled spring which had sidelined me for a bit. Thanks again!

  3. Debbie Grattan on

    Debby – maybe all those neck sock wearers will feel comfortable coming out of the closet, now that we’ve paved the way! Thanks all for the comments. Seems so simple to maintain our health, but sometimes, just making the effort to DO these things is what is called for.

  4. Ed Waldorph on

    Debby, thanks for a great column. Here is something I taught my speech therapist. The average human head weighs 15 lbs. and it takes a lot of effort to hold it up all day (she knew that part) so I do isometric exercises twice a day. (Isometrics pit muscle against muscle so the ideal outcome is resistance training without movement.)

    1. Place one hand on one temple and the other on the opposite side at the rear of your head. Turn your head into your hand while pressing back with your hands—as hard as you can. Now switch hands and repeat.

    2. Place one hand on forehead and the other on the back of the head. Press forward and push back with your hand. Then press back and push forward with the other hand.

    Start with 5 seconds and work up to 15. Strengthening these muscles takes pressure off the muscles used to vocalize.

  5. Debbie Grattan on

    Wow, Ed, thanks for sharing that great exercise. We forget about the energy needed just to keep the head up~! Great suggestion! I’ll give it a try.

  6. Bobbin Beam on

    In a pinch, for dry throat and hoarse voice I’ll use Entertainer’s Secret. And I swear by Throat Coat Tea by traditional Medicinals when I feel a sore throat coming on. Tea is quite calming and feels so good.
    Of course the best thing of all is to remember to not strain the cords and don’t force the voice if larangytis sets in. In this case, complete vocal rest is the best thing one can do.

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