Voice and Food: What Works for Me
VICTORIES FOR THE WEEK
Booked a last minute narration job
It went great! Yahoo!
Finished a lot of invoicing today
The paperwork it takes to run a VO business is something. Someone clap for me
Made a BIG investment on training
Crossing my fingers it pays off!
DISCLAIMER: I’M NOT ANY KIND OF DIET SPECIALIST. THESE ARE THINGS I FOUND THAT WORKS FOR MY BODY
The connection between our voice and food matters and doesn't matter at the same time. After all, the pipe that food goes down is totally different from the one that we use to talk/sing/scream/etc. Even so, it's undeniable that food has an effect on your mouth, which will make a difference in whatever you record. Here are some quick diet habits I have to best prepare for voice acting and singing.
1.) Hydration. Did you drink some water? Hydrating yourself is seemingly the easiest thing to do which is why I think it’s the easiest to overlook. I try to schedule my hardest sessions around the nighttime, and I will feel the effects if I haven’t been well hydrated throughout the day, not just before the session. I would also like to emphasize that I would hydrate with water. Most other beverages that have milk or sugar leave me feeling phlegmy and needing to drink water after. I might as well cut out the middle man and stick with water.
2.) Green Apples. Apples, in general, leave a fresher and hydrated feeling in my mouth. I always feel refreshed and ready after a green apple. I also know green apples are a quick solution for saliva sounds. However, in my experiences, avoiding saliva sounds come from good habits: hydrating, relieving body tension, not eating too much junk, etc.
3.) Wait. I try not to do sessions right after eating. When I finish, especially after a quick meal, I do feel that my body needs time to digest before doing any kind of physical activity. Voice acting is a workout. I would waste less recording time if I took at least thirty minutes after my meals to start my session.
Again, these are things that I found from my experiences. Maybe you might feel more or less of the effects that I mentioned here. Either way, your body is so important for performing, that you want to make sure it’s well maintained and ready for when you do have to scream or sing your guts out.