Dairy Products and the Voice Artist: Friend or Foe?
Are you avoiding dairy products right now to keep your pipes operating at peak performance?
Perhaps you save ice cream, cheese, yogurt, or chocolate milk until your work day is done to reward yourself and indulge…
Is dairy a friend or foe to the voice over artist?
If this behavior sounds familiar to you (and your voice over business), I want to hear about it!
Voice Artists Weigh In
Earlier this afternoon, I asked voice over talent what their feelings were about dairy products, in particular, how they interact with dairy close to the time they are to perform. The following responses were shared via Twitter and Facebook!
Be sure to comment with your own thoughts about how dairy may or may not affect your voice.
DavidHoustonVO @VoicesDotCom I’m valiantly ignoring the butter pecan ice cream in my freezer. Mmmm, butter pecan… — David Houston
jorglieberstesh @VoicesDotCom I’m looking up warmups and practice techniques with my jug o’ water to leer over at my fridge full of chocolate milk.
“When I did morning radio, I stayed away from dairy completely. It was brutal for throat-clearing-uh-umming and hitting the mic mute. I still avoid dairy on voice-work days. However, if I forget and suffer the side effects of that cottage cheese I had at breakfast, a slice of granny smith apple does the trick!
— Glad Faith Klassen
“Not a friend to me, just room temperature water thanks 🙂 Then there’s the singers trick. Regular potato chips helps the voice they say. Several singers I know swear by it.”
— Bryan O’Neal
“Yessir… not even soy, that’s thick. I drink rice milk and minimal soda.”
— Johnny Crescitelli
According to Therisa Bennett, dairy actually helps her! If you suffer from dry mouth, dairy’s properties could bolster the vocal folds and give them additional moisture… if you can relate to this, be sure to let me know!
What About You?
Is dairy a welcome part of your day or do you avoid it like the plague when you have to record?
Looking forward to hearing from you!