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  • How To Solve Your Problem Words

    Do you ever have one of those days where certain words trip you up during an audition? As Voice Over artists, this can happen every once in a while, and if you’re not careful, this can cause you to have a bad audition. But don’t worry. Stop for a second. Take a deep breath. Because today we’ll discuss how to solve that problem.

    Let’s say your problem word of the day is “revolutionary.” Usually this word would simply roll off your tongue, but for some reason, today is not that day. So what do you do? Whatever you do, don’t panic. Just take a pause, take a deep breath, and pick up that line that you flubbed. If you find yourself tripping up again, don’t despair.

    Here’s what you do:

    Take another deep breath and break down the word into syllables, and say each syllable out loud in random order “vo-lu-re-tion-ry-a”, “re-lu-vo-a-ry-tion”, you get the idea. Then try saying the word in correct order three times, slowly. After saying it correctly, now repeat the word three times in a row at a normal pace. Then, take a deep breath, and pick up that line. You should be able to roll the word “revolutionary” off your tongue without a hitch.

    Have you encountered this issue at an audition? What did you do to get over your stumble? Try this technique at your next Voice Over audition or gig, and please share your stories in our comments section. We look forward to hearing from you!

    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!


  • Hydration For Your Voice Over Health

    We’ve all heard people talk about how you’re supposed to drink 8 glasses of water a day to keep well hydrated. But on certain hot summer days, that may not be enough. If you’ve ever experienced being dehydrated during a Voice Over gig or audition, not only will it affect your concentration, causing you to make more mistakes, but it’ll also affect your sound, causing more ‘pops’ on the mike. So why not boost your water intake with some healthy foods? Here’s a list of the top ten hydrating foods to keep you well hydrated this summer, courtesy of Laurentine Ten Bosch, Filmmaker for Food Matters.

    1. Cucumber
    At 95% water content, this crunchy summer vegetable has the highest water content of any solid food! It’s great in salads, sliced up with some dip, or blending into a smoothie, juice or cucumber soup! Cucumber also contains a little fiber and vitamin C!

    2. Green Peppers
    These hydrating vegetables contain 93.9% water, just slightly more than the red and yellow versions. They are also rich in antioxidants, and make a great snack with dip, sliced up in salads or stuffed with quinoa and veggies!

    3. Tomato
    Tomatoes make a delicious, hydrating snack, especially cherry tomatoes! Eat a handful as a snack or add them to your meal! They’ll provide a tasty pop of hydration plus lycopene and other vitamins and minerals.

    4. Watermelon
    Not only is watermelon a great source of water at 92%, it’s also a good source of vitamin C and other antioxidants. Serve icy cold for a satisfying Summertime snack!

    5. Strawberries
    91% water, strawberries are a great contributor to your water intake for the day! Delivering the most vitamin C of all berries, folate, fiber and antioxidants, they’re a great little snack to enjoy! Eat them as is, with some yogurt, in a salad, blended into a smoothie or even in a raw dessert!

    6. Papaya
    This gorgeous fruit tastes incredible with fresh lime juice! Plus it delivers a source of fiber and hydration with 88% water! It’s also rich in vitamin C and contains the digestive enzyme known as papain along with fibre which helps improve your digestive health.

    7. Grapefruit
    A juicy, tangy citrus with a powerful hydrating punch! Not only does it contain 90.5% water, it can help shrink your waistline, help lower your cholesterol, stabilise your blood sugar and potentially help reduce your cravings! Eat it straight, pop some wedges into a salad, juice with greens, blend into icy poles, or serve as a tangy granita dessert!

    8. Butternut Squash
    The humble, sweet and nutty squash is actually 88% water. Yet it provides over 400% of your daily requirements for vitamin A, as well as being a source of vitamin C, potassium and manganese! Roast some and serve in a salad, stuff small ones with lean grassfed mince and/or quinoa and vegetables, or turn it into a tasty dip with some bell peppers, cucumber and carrots to serve!

    9. Cantaloupe
    One six ounce serving (about ¼ of a melon) provides 100% of your recommended intake for vitamins A and C! Comprised of 90.2% water, it’s a nourishing snack that can contribute significantly to your water intake! Serve in a smoothie, blended with frozen banana ‘icecream’, sliced in salads, or served as part of a mixed melon salad with fresh mint!

    10. Radishes
    It’s not the first thing you may think of when talking about hydration, but these pretty vegetables are 95.3% water! Not only are they hydrating, but they are full of antioxidants including catechin (found in green tea!), adding a nutritious burst of spiciness and color to your plate!

    What about you? What are some of your favorite hydrating foods? Please share your answers in our comments section.

    And now that you’re well armed with this info, make sure to stay well hydrated! Happy Fourth of July Weekend!

    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!

    For more info on Food Matters, go to www.foodmatters.tv.



  • Don't Fall Into A Melody (Part 2)

    Last week we covered reading Voice Over copy backwards to capture each word on the page, and using constriction and release to avoid falling into a melody. On today's blog, we cover another great technique to avoid the melody trap.

    Just to review, we all have certain patterns that we fall into when reading aloud without giving much thought for how we read. While that may have worked in school, this won't fly in the audition room. So this is when changing up the energies in your read will come in handy.

    There are two different energies you can use to read VO copy: Kinetic and Psychological. Kinetic energy is characterized by being loud and projected. (Ex: Come to Toyota-thon! Sale ends today!)

    Psychological energy is confidential, intimate. As if you were confiding in someone who's sitting right next to you. (Ex: Visiting Nurse Service of New York. We'll take care of your grandma.)

    And there's a third energy... Nervous energy. (To learn how to create and use nervous energy to your advantage in your reads, please click here)

    We all get nervous sometimes. The trick is to channel that nervous energy into kinetic or psychological energy when you start to feel those nerves kick in.

    Next week we'll cover voice placement and creating different feels with your reads using Kinetic and Psychological energies.

    Please share your experience using this technique at your next audition in the comments section. And 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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