Man gardening and wearing a face maskHave you been doing a lot of gardening, landscaping or hiking in the great outdoors?

While gardening and exercise is a wonderful thing but have you given any thought to protecting your instrument when working out of doors?
Do you have any proven strategies to share?
Hear a couple of excellent tips for how you can do more to serve and protect your voice in today’s VOX Daily.

Botanical Bummers

Sometimes I receive story ideas from people who read VOX Daily. This very post was inspired by Jean Hetherington who wanted to draw attention to the importance of protecting your voice when out in the great outdoors, specifically when gardening.
Jean recommends that when doing yard work this summer you wear a bandana over your mouth or a surgical mask while doing weed eating or cutting down plants. Jean confided that he’s just now getting over about 3+ weeks of throat swelling and very raspy voice after inhaling something that blistered his throat. Not at all a good thing for a voice over pro as you can imagine!

How Do You Protect Your Voice Outside?

I’d love to learn more about what you do to protect your instrument from allergens, specs of who knows what, pollution and the like!
Be sure to comment and share your tips.
Best wishes,
© Mulcahy

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Stephanie Ciccarelli is the Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Classically trained in voice, piano, violin and musical theatre, as well as a respected mentor and industry speaker, Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario. Possessing a great love for imparting knowledge and empowering others, her blog serves an audience what wants to grow in their careers as professional voice users, and more specifically, voice actors. Stephanie was recently listed on the PROFIT Magazine W100 list three times (2013, 2015 and 2016), a ranking of Canada's top female entrepreneurs, and is the author of Voice Acting for Dummies®.


  1. Hmm…not from me. I don’t have a garden. But I NEVER think about “protecting my instrument” and I have been doing this since 1985…..I’m interested to learn what people are up to with it~.

  2. Allergies can wreak havoc on your voice over business. I turned down several jobs last Spring due to severe allergies, and missed about 4 weeks of work until my voice finally returned in June. Needless to say, my allergist is my new best friend.