I'm always on the lookout for suggestions on how to improve vocal quality. Since a lot of my time is spent recording audio books, I'm talking for really long stretches of time and it's tough to keep my voice sounding good.
While scouring some voice-over forums, I came upon an unusual suggestion. A fellow voice actor had eaten some potato chips before a recording session because he was hungry and had nothing else to eat. He was amazed how good his voice felt and sounded.
As it turns out, this "secret" is used by musicians and opera singers all the time.
I decided to give it a try and - amazingly - it really works. The oils from the chips coat your throat and the salt helps to remove excess moisture from your mouth. The result is a beautiful read! I now keep a bag of potato chips in my recording studio and eat a few whenever I need to soothe my throat.
The best part is I get to eat potato chips as a requirement for my job - how cool is that!
Any other suggestions for vocal health, please let me know.
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Mike Lenz is an entrepreneur, professional voice actor, audio book narrator, author, podcast host, husband and father. His ebook, Paid To Talk, is available on amazon.com, and his podcast, Mike Lenz Voice – A Journey Into Voice Acting, can be heard on iTunes. Mike is passionate about sharing stories from amazing and inspiring people from all areas of the voice-over industry, as well as sharing his insights with aspiring voice actors around the world. You can find out more information at his website mikelenzvoice.com. Mike lives in Saratoga Springs, NY with his wife and 4 children.