Are You Ready For World Voice Day?

by Paul Strikwerda in Articles, Career, International, Internet, Social Media

27 Responses to Are You Ready For World Voice Day?

  1. Pam Almand

    I posted this on the World Voices page but thought I’d add it here! Thanks for highlighting that, Paul!!

    So wonderful to see this beautiful musical instrument celebrated! As a professional voice actor and narration, I have been in the voiceover industry for almost 20 years and had to learn, (many times the hard way!) that it needs care and polishing just like a cello or a flute.

    As an avid football fan, I used to simply take vacation for a few days after the big games since I would yell myself hoarse…even while watching on the television! I used every concoction and tincture recommended until finally realizing that prevention was the best “cure.” (I did have one client, though, who really liked the raspiness and gravel and didn’t quite understand that duplicating it for pickups and future work would be a problem!)

    And after 25 years as a pilot for Northwest Airlines/Delta Airlines, those thousands of hours in the impossibly arid climate of a 747 as well as long nights over the Pacific and Atlantic oceans taught me the importance of constant hydration… not to mention adequate sleep!

    I now realize that my voice is my profession and the very source of life (or at least, of life”style”) so the disciplines of exercise, rest, hydration, and protection are hard-wired. But it is still nice to see a day dedicated to the lowly and humble vocal chord and hope that more voiceover artists, voice actors, and narrators stop taking this gift for granted!

    Happy Easter and Happy World Voice Day!

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    Paul Strikwerda Reply:

    Thank you for sharing my arctic;e, and for sharing your story with the readers of this blog. Only if you take care of your instrument, you can take it to new heights. You have certainly demonstrated that!

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  2. Doug Dahm

    As a former choral music teacher and beginning VO, I certainly appreciate your message. Years ago I took an intensive course through the Voice Care Network. During the course, each of us wrote down three goals for improving our vocal technique during the upcoming year.
    One of my goals was to stay better hydrated, so I put up a sign in the back of my classroom reminding me to drink water. All my students could see the sign, so I had 350 willing accountability partners.
    The things we do best are done by habit. We’d all benefit from considering one vocal habit we want to develop and taking steps to remind ourselves every time we stepped up to the mic.
    My next habit to develop is swallowing rather than clearing. It’s much easier on the vocal folds. Thanks for prompting my action!

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    Jem Matzan Reply:

    I drink a lot of water, and it goes straight through me; simply drinking water doesn’t solve any problems for me. Lately I’ve been trying to eat foods that will help absorb water, and that seems to help a little bit, but I still don’t feel fully hydrated until late in the day, no matter how much water I drink, or whether I have any caffeine or alcohol that day or the day before. Yesterday I drank more than a gallon of water before noon, and other than lots of peeing and an achy stomach, there was no change in how my voice sounded or how my throat felt.

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    Paul Strikwerda Reply:

    Perhaps it’s time to see a professional…

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    Jem Matzan Reply:

    I’m giving it some consideration, after reading all this. It really bugs me when I can’t solve my own problems, though, and I’m not convinced that I’ve tried everything within reason yet. My voice is great around 3:30-4PM, so I don’t think anything’s damaged. I just can’t get my body to absorb what I drink, and I can’t find a solution to having my voice work well earlier in the day. It may be a side-effect of medication I take; unfortunately, it doesn’t have any alternatives that don’t list “dry mouth” as a possible side-effect.

  3. Conchita Congo

    Thank you, Paul. I take it all to heart.
    I so appreciate my voice & that idea that I can use it in such a creative endeavor.
    As I write this is am sitting in Quick Care to get treatment for a sinus infection that has caused me to lose my voice & agonizing pain. Since I am attending WoVOCon III here in Vegas, it is crucial that I get relief.
    As for karaoke … I just don’t get it! But I’ve always been a little “different”
    And yes – Great article!!!

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    Paul Strikwerda Reply:

    Have fun at WoVoCon, Conchita. You’re about to meet a very talented and dedicated bunch of people who are lucky to have you in their midst. Good health to you!

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  6. Deidre Ann Johnson

    Dear Paul,

    Thanks to you I had a vocal screening today at Montefiore Hospital here in NYC. The amazing ENTs said that I had “beautiful” vocal cords!” I was given a handy “do’s and don’ts” for a healthy voice AND a picture of my vocal cords. Very cool.

    Deidre

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    Paul Strikwerda Reply:

    Fantastic, Deirdre. Glad your vocal health is stellar!

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  9. Paul Strikwerda

    I wish I could add a huge “Like” after each of these comments. Thanks for helping me spread the word about World Voice Day!

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  10. Kent Ingram

    I like this one, Paul, thanks! Let me add that a VO HAS to know what works best for them, individually. For example, I tend to strain my voice if I warm up too many times. Along with that, if I don’t get up and get away from the studio on regular intervals, I tend to get too tired and both my performance and vocal chords go downhill. Thanks, again, for another eye-opener!

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  11. Liz Aiello

    Thank for the article Paul. As a professional singer as well as a voice talent, I know that my vocal warmups save me.
    I warm up my whole range top to bottom, and make sure the sound is well supported from a very low place. To ensure that- I do some physical warmups right at the beginning. Also being a nurse, at the first sign of a cold or a rasp or vocal fatigue, I will start to steam, use the netti pot, take supplements, drink herbal tea with lemon and honey, and get rest the minute I feel like something is brewing. This usually prevents a cold or vocal problem taking hold. It is much harder to shake a virus once it is around for a few days. We are our instruments.

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    Kent Ingram Reply:

    Fascinating progression, Liz! I’m as far away from being a singer as I am from Jupiter! But, it’s interesting to read how you take care of your instrument. The word “thorough” doesn’t seem to do it justice.

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  12. Moe Rock

    How timely!! I’m seeing my otolaryngologist next week. On the 14th rather than the 16th… but hey i’m close! Better to celebrate the fabulous instrument that is my voice ALL WEEK! 🙂

    I’ve been trying to find different ways to better treat my chords. I do nasal rinses, take vitamins, mucinex and sudafed, Drink TONS of water, use a humidifier at night and steam during the day. I still have times where i’m super raspy and struggling to use my upper register. I hum, sing, do tongue twisters…. would love to hear others warm ups.

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    Liz Aiello Reply:

    Moe_ I have a whole sheet of great physical and vocal warmups I can send to you. Give me your email and I will send.

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    Linda Thomas Reply:

    Hi Liz,

    I’m not Moe but saw your reply to her message and thought I’d be bold and reach out to ask if you would be willing to share the warmups with me as well? Thank you!

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  13. Deidre Ann Johnson

    Dear Paul,

    I always look forward to your blogs and this was no exception. I located the NYC WVD event and signed up for a free voice screening.

    Thanks for sharing with us.

    Warm regards,

    Deidre

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  14. Lorna

    Yes! I’m so grateful for the vocal warm-ups and techniques I learned in drama school and previous vocal coaches. Taking care of your instrument so important. Thank you, Paul!

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  15. Sally Blake ( Voice On Fire )

    Good Morning Paul.
    I didn’t know there was a World Voice Day. I will check out those resources.
    Another interesting blog as I read it out loud:)
    I don’t know how you do it… new and interesting content every week !
    Have a wonderful day!

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  16. Susan Hadash

    Great article! The voice is my favorite instrument too. Having had my share of vocal problems, I not only returned to my voice teacher for singing lessons but went to a speech therapist and discovered that I had not been talking high enough for my voice! This presented me with a dilemma: my employers usually like me to use a lower voice. So I reached a compromise. When voice acting or narrating I still talk in whatever way is required for the part, but outside of work I only talk in my head voice. If I have to yell while working, I am careful to prepare first and yell from my diaphragm as if I were singing. That way I don’t get tired.

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  17. Conchita Congo

    It certainly IS instrumental, Paul!
    Yoga has taught me so much about proper breathing; reading out loud is one of my favorite things to do & I’d feel a lot better if my little dog wouldn’t cry when I sing, but I sing anyway. Great article! Thank you.

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  18. Ted Mcaleer

    They are convinced that, just because they talk all day long, they’re ready to narrate that seventy-five thousand word historic novel.
    I say to them: “The fact that you even believe that, tells me you’re not taking this seriously.” Another brilliant quote.
    I just overcame some voice issues, change of weather, time zones et al when you fly internationally… Gotta take care of the tubes! Thanks for the (reminder) 🙂 weekly blog!

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