Vocal Health #3: Tension & Your
Voice ... Relax To Avoid Damage
Do you "tense up" when you get near the mic?
It's impossible to be free of tension in our lives, but it can become evident in our voice - and even harm it, warns voice talent and coach Bettye Zoller.
In Part 3 of her VoiceOverXtra podcast series on vocal health, Zoller examines the potential damage that tension and stress can inflict on your vocal folds. "People who speak with lots of stress develop voice problems," she warns.
Fortunately, there's a cure. Take notes on Zoller's suggestions for reducing stress, and for calming your nerves in studio sessions. (Hint: smile, smile, smile.)
You'll also want to review earlier parts in this series:
The owner of VoicesVoices, Zoller is a voice-over and speech coach, acting coach, and university educator who also presents voice-over and studio singer workshops nationwide. She backs this with 30 years of experience, and is the recipient of Clio, ADDY, Golden Radio and Audie awards. She is currently the Feagin Guest Artist Professor in the Theatre Division at Tulsa University.
Home base is Dallas, where she owns and is an audio engineer/producer in her recording studio.
She is also introducing two new audiobooks this summer:
The Voice of Experience: Techniques of Voiceovers and Studio Singing for Students and Their Coaches, and Vocal Health for Speakers, Voiceover Performers and Singers.
Her latest Simon and Schuster release is a two-CD set, Speaking Effective English, with a foreword by famed actor Edward Asner.
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