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April 2015 Newsletter                                
            Number 121 
 
 
 
 
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April

Small Group Workout - 4/8

Character Intensive - 4/9-5/28

Spontaneity - 4/11-12

Auditioning for Film - 4/18

The Booking Edge - 4/19

Long Form Narration - 4/25-26

Home Recording II - 4/29


May

Intro - 5/2

Marketing Wizardry - 5/2-3

ADR/Looping - 5/4

Promos, Trailers & More - 5/6-13

Stepping Out - 5/9

Creating Characters - 5/9

Home Recording I - 5/12

Video Game Challenge - 5/12-19

Narration Simple - 5/15-16

Small Group Workout - 5/18

TV Tags & National Reads - 5/20-27

Preparing for a Demo - 5/26-6/2

By The Book - 5/30-31, 6/6-7


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Voice, Nose and Throat Remedies


We recently recorded an audio book in the studio. Tai Ricci was in the studio for a total of 15 hours spread over three days. Most of us aren't able to sustain our energy and maintain our voices over three hours, let alone three days. A two or three hour session can leave us feeling the worse for wear. What do you do if your voice is trashed and you need it for a session, or an important meeting? Here are a few tips.

1. Shut up! Really. Do not talk - give some rest to your vocal chords. Don't answer your phone and under no circumstances yell or scream.
2. Drink a lot. Plain water is great. Some folks swear by ginger ale. Even milk, which is not good immediately before a session as it produces too much mucus, can help. It adds a thin coating to ease the pain of a sore throat.
3. Sleep. The body repairs itself during sleep. Getting a couple of extra hours can't hurt and will probably help you recover quicker.
4. Gargle with room temperature salt water. Some sources say hot water is better but under no circumstances should you drink cold or iced fluids.
5. Use a neti pot. Nasal irrigation clears out excess mucus and particulates and moisturizes the nasal cavity
6. Use an herbal tea. There are many brands on the market but our personal favorite is Throat Coat from Traditional
Medicinals. Adding a drop of honey (propolis is best) and some lemon juice is also helpful.
7. Keep your throat warm. Wear a scarf if you go outside and don't let the wind get to your neck.
8. Avoid alcohol. People have often used hot toddies as a home remedy for laryngitis. But alcohol will dry out your throat, which will worsen or prolong your condition.
9.  Sprays and lozenges like Entertainers Secret, Spry Rain, Sound Check Vocal Spray, and Grether's Pastilles can help coat and sooth the throat. 
9. See your doctor! Chronic hoarseness can be caused by GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and this can cause burns on the vocal cords, leaving you quite hoarse. If all other remedies fail you should see your doctor or an otolaryngologist.
10. Don't whisper. It's a common misconception that whispering is less stressful on your vocal cords. It actually puts more strain on your voice than normal talking. In fact, whispering can be as straining as shouting. So, if you must speak, don't whisper.
11. Vocal Rest. Yes, we know this was tip #1 but it really is the best thing you can do to heal quicker ... so we're repeating it.   :-)conception that whispering is less stressful on your vocal cords. It actually puts more strain on your voice than talking normally does. In fact, whispering can be as straining as shouting. So, if you must speak, don't whisper.
11. Rest your Voice. Yes, we know this was tip #1 but it really is the best thing you can do to heal quicker ... so we're repeating it :-)

 
 
 
 
Look Who's Talking
 
 
 
 
Wonderful to hear from so many students. Congrats to all who've recently landed agents and jobs. Send us your good news and we'll add it to next month's Newsletter.

* Sarah Kramer has had a good month. She's in 2 Indie films - starring in "This Woman's Work," and a supporting role in "Alarm." She also booked a VO gig that she'll be recording next week. She will provide the narration for a Disability Ministry Video.
* Kayte Jackson's recent recording, "Learn how to control your Twitter experience," is now live on the Twitter Help Center.
* Lynn Foley has done a couple of jobs recently. A PSA for ASPCA and a trailer for an audio book by J. A. White.
* Marisa Barley recorded an industrial instructional video.
* Shannon Riley recorded an internal e-learning module for Yahoo.
* Sharon Huff is doing an update for a Zerto Narration, a radio spot for Northwood Realty Services, and a health care training narration for Cornerstone. She was also a principal in a print ad for Capitol Corridor. 
* Rossana Schneider has been doing quite a bit of film work. She's currently shooting a short, Poison by Elliott Hayes. She's also had two other recent projects released, Character by Boston Blake and the web series, Merritt Squad.
* Jayse O'Brien filmed an on-camera industrial for Oracle, recorded a VO for a product called Shocase, and also voiced projects for Cisco and CA Technologies. 

     
     
     
     
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