As voice-over artists, we are always battling the seasonal elements, trying to stay in shape for voice-over jobs. While seasonal allergies are inevitable for many, take a few things into consideration before stocking up on the meds.
If you suffer from nasal allergies, your voice may sound pinched off and your vocal cords might get inflamed from post-nasal drip. While allergies are seasonal, your voice-over work should not be! Try using a neti pot in the morning and evening to clear your nasal passageways instead of using nasal sprays that only dry out your vocal chords even more.
Common medicines that treat allergies actually harm your voice. Anti-histamines dry out the mucus membranes in your body, but your vocal chords need that lubrication! Over the counter anti-histamines and steroids may dry out your throat and actually make you more susceptible to upper respiratory infections. Use them sparingly!
Depending on how serious your allergies are, you might want to try natural remedies that won't affect the quality of your voice. Eating locally produced raw honey is said to build up your body's resistance to airborne allergens that would normally send you into a fit of sneezes and coughs.
The neti pot, as mentioned above, replaced my nasal spray years ago. Dehumidifiers also purify the air in your home and create an environment that's inhospitable to dust mites and other allergens.
Spicy food will clear your nose and throat out in a jiffy! And your reaction to drink a lot of water afterward will keep you nice and hydrated.
Some general DON'Ts:
- Don't blow your nose -- dab it instead
- Don't cough too forcefully
- Don't push through a voice-over gig if need your rest!