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  • Hot Summer Days Require Extra Hydration

    You’re drinking 8 8-ounce glasses a day. But it’s 90+ degrees F out, yet you still feel thirsty, and your mouth, tongue and throat feel dry. You start getting pops on the mike during a Voice Over audition or gig, and your energy level starts to run low. In my last blog I posted about 10 hydrating foods to keep you well hydrated this summer. Today I mention another method I’ve found very effective to counter the effects of the hot weather.

    This one I’m stealing from my own music coach’s playbook, Michael Mingoia. I started using this method after reading his book and finding myself feeling dehydrated on a 95 degrees F day. What is it? I’m glad you asked.

    As any responsible Voice Over talent, you should always have your water bottle with you. But on especially hot days, you might want to consider this:

    Fill half of your water bottle with water. Fill the rest of the bottle with Gatorade.

    Why Gatorade? It’s loaded with electrolytes and it’s proven to be more effective and faster at rehydrating your body than water.

    Why not just have the Gatorade? If you’re a performer like me (who also likes to watch his waistline), I’m conscious about the amount of sugar I take in. And by adding water to your bottle, you’re diluting the amount of sugar that you’re ingesting.

    What about you? What are some of the methods you use for keeping well hydrated on a hot day? Please add your thoughts in our comments section below.

    If you have certain topics you would like covered on this blog, please add your thoughts in the comments section or email me at

    For more great Voice Over tips, info on Voice Over Coaching, Bilingual Voice Over production and Songwriting, please visit the Berne Media Enterprises page.

    And if you’d like to learn many great techniques to be able to do Voice Over work when you’re sick, you definitely want to check “How To Sing When You’re Sick” by my Music Coach, Michael Mingoia. This book is not only great for singers, but for all performers who rely on their voice for a living. It’s only $3.99, and it’s a no brainer to get. I swear by it and recommend it to all my students! Here’s the link:

    Until next time, may ‘The Voice’ be with you, and thanks for spreading the word!

  • We All Make Mistakes

    We all make mistakes. We all make mistakes. We all make mistakes. That’s right. Even the best of us make mistakes while reading Voice Over copy. But what’s important is to know what to do when this happens to you. In today’s blog, we cover what to do in the case that you flub a word or a line at your next audition.

    1- Whatever you do, don’t panic. They heard your Voice Over Demo, and that’s why they called you in. This is your time. So take it, enjoy it…
    2- Breathing is your friend. When you flub a word, simply pause, take a deep breath, then retake the beginning of the line, or retake it from the nearest previous comma.
    3- Your breath is your center of power. This is especially important for you, my fellow Voice Over Actors, since every sentence that you read needs to be well supported. So don’t feel that you have to pick up that sentence right away as soon as you notice your mistake. Otherwise, you trap yourself in a hamster wheel and keep tripping yourself up.
    4- Don’t apologize. This makes you look weak, and you might not notice this, but you are also putting yourself down in the process.
    5- Sometimes, the best thing you can do is laugh. Often, when I make a flub, I imagine that I just stepped on a banana and fell ass first and mashed it. Besides making me laugh, the imagery always relaxes me, and it makes it easier to recompose myself and take my time to do the pick-up.
    6- Have fun! If you can’t laugh at yourself, you’re taking yourself too seriously. Who knows? Laughing is contagious. Contrary to what many people might think, when your client sees you laughing, they might even join you. Or, at the very least, enjoy watching you play.

    Even though you’re expected to make the least possible mistakes, they know we’re human. Our jobs are hard. That’s why they’re not doing it and hiring us to do it. That is why you have something called ‘pick ups’ to allow you to ‘pick up’ those words or sentences you missed. So pat yourself on the back. Take a deep breath, have fun, and let’s play!

    For more great Voice Over tips, info on Voice Over Coaching, Bilingual Voice Over production and Songwriting, please visit the Berne Media Enterprises page.May ‘The Voice’ Be With You, and thanks for spreading the word!

  • No Room For Your Voice Type? Think again.

    When it comes to making a dent in the Voice Over industry and carving out your niche, persistence is key. You’ve gotten the best training, you’ve got a killer Voice Over Demo, a clear brand for your voice, you’re going to auditions, and you’re going to all these networking events, ever enriching your support system and your book of contacts. You’re doing all the right things except for one thing: maintaining the relationships that you make. And that’s the one thing that may be slowing down your progress…

    On today’s blog, I’d like to share with you a little story of inspiration that one of my star students, Julieta Medlar, just shared with me that I hope will inspire you too:

    “Hola Jean-Marc,

    How are you? I wanted to let you know that I booked 2 jobs in the last month. The first one was a private audition from the Voice Realm. I had to do the voice of Sparkle (Girl) and Speedy (Boy) for an educational video.

    The second one, is my biggest project to date. I've been on the roster for, which is ane-learning website. Over the years, I've stayed in touch with Kirissa and she's always told me that they don't have auditions within my voice range. It just so happened that a project came through where they needed youthful voices and she thought of me. I auditioned and got the part of "Jing-Jing." This project will take place until March of 2016! It’s an e-learning program to teach Chinese students how to speak English. So every month, I will be recording something until next year!”

    I don’t know about you, but this e-mail made my day. I hope it will also inspire you to keep chugging along, and to always remember to follow up and keep yourself fresh and relevant in people’s minds. You can check out Julieta’s website at Congrats to Julieta for being persistent and trusting that something will eventually give!

    How do you relate to this story? Have you had a similar experience? I welcome your answers in our comments section.

    For more great Voice Over tips, info on Voice Over Coaching, Bilingual Voice Over production and Songwriting, please visit the Berne Media Enterprises page. May ‘The Voice’ Be With You, and thanks for spreading the word!


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