Have you ever stopped to think about just how much voice over actors have in common with athletes? Probably not, but let me explain. When you’re an athlete, your performance is directly related to how well you take care of your body. Well, the same is true for voice talent. When you’re taking proper care of yourself, physically and mentally, your performance behind the mic is going to be better. It’s science. So let’s delve into this a little further…
When your body is performing at its optimum level, so is your voice. Everything is connected, and when you’re feeling poorly or you’re sick or tired, your voice is going to reflect that. That’s why it’s so important that you take care of your physical health when you’re a voice actor. With some jobs, you can suck it up and slog through the workday even when you’re ill, but that’s not an option when you’re an actor. When you’re behind the mic, you’ve got to be on, and it’s hard to be on when you’re sick. So take care of yourself! Drink plenty of water (and by plenty I mean tons...at least 8 glasses per day), eat healthy, do some form of physical activity, stay away from alcohol and tobacco, and just have some common sense about doing what’s right for your body. Believe me, your voice (and your clients) will thank you.
Another piece of this performance puzzle lies in your mental health. Your attitude plays a larger role than you think in how well you’re doing your job, and having a poor attitude or an unhealthy self-image can be detrimental to your career. Keep your mind healthy by staying optimistic, surrounding yourself with positive people, spending time with family and friends, making time for yourself, doing things you love, and generally just doing what it takes to keep you in a happy and satisfied state of being. When your mind is healthy, you’ll find that you’re doing your job better and your chances for success are greatly improved.
So remember, people, healthy body + healthy mind = healthy voice (and greater happiness, job satisfaction, success, and all that good stuff too!).