I didn’t think it would ever happen to me.

I’ve always taken great care of my voice. I don’t smoke, don’t drink, don’t yell. I drink lots of water and I eat vegetarian.

Yet a few months ago I started to get hoarse.

Not so bad that I couldn’t teach or do my voice over work, but bad enough that it was noticeable by the end of the day.

Needless to say, I freaked out and rushed to the best voice doctor I could find.

The diagnosis? Fortunately, nothing serious.

Just a harmless little bump on one of my vocal folds that will go away in time.

Apparently I’ve been misusing my voice.

I have to avoid certain foods like onions and caffeine, raise the humidity, watch my vocal volume and be very diligent about warming up my voice.

I’m in good company.

Before the actor Clark Gable became a superstar, he spent years in intensive voice training. He managed to lower his naturally high-pitched voice with better posture, body control, and breathing.

Eventually, in Gone With the Wind, he spoke Hollywood’s most famous words in a beautiful baritone: “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

Well I do give a damn about you and the health of your voice so in this week’s Inside Voice Over video training I’ll share some of those vocal warm ups I’ve been doing lately.

Watch It Here Now

After you watch the video, I want to know your thoughts. Was this helpful? Write to me in the comments box. I want to learn what’s on your mind so I can support you and share your best practices.

To your voice over success,

Susan Berkley,
Founder, The Great Voice Company


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