Preparing Your Voice for Radio: The Three Day Countdown

  1. Hydration is key! For at least 72 hours leading up to your performance be sure you are drinking plenty of water; that’s a minimum of twelve (8-oz.) glasses throughout the day. Ideal beverages are water, flavored waters, or warm teas. Avoid alcohol or any other beverage that can dry you out. Dairy and spicy foods can also affect your voice so avoid them for at least 24 hours prior to your recording.
  2. Wear comfortable shoes. Your posture has an enormous effect on your voice, and there will be a lot of standing. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and feel free to bring along a second pair or even some slippers! The beauty of radio is that no one will see you, and you’ll sound as comfortable as you feel.
  3. Don’t smoke or be around anyone who is smoking. Secondhand smoke, dust, allergens, and other irritants will not help your voice. If you find you cannot avoid it, take a hot, steamy shower or bath that night. You can also run a hot bath without actually getting into the tub; just breathe in the steam. Try to stay there for 30 minutes.
  4. Get plenty of rest. A tired voice is a strained voice and a recording session takes as much mental endurance as physical voice conditioning.
  5. Exercise! Each night and morning, hum for five straight minutes. Choose two or three songs and hum them all the way through.

Good for your throat: honey, lemon, tea, water, lozenges, sleep, steam. Bad for your throat: alcohol, smoking, energy drinks, yelling, stress.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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