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  • Is It Rude To Yawn?

    Sometimes. But not all the time. As a Voice Over actor you want to make sure to appear professional all the time. But there is one instance when I would encourage you to yawn.

    You're at a Voice Over gig or audition, and you just got called into the VO booth. Maybe a little nervousness creeps in. That is the perfect time to yawn.

    What happens is that by yawning you infuse your body with oxygen, and you also slow down your breathing. So not only are you supplying your body with much needed oxygen, but you're also calming yourself by slowing down your breathing. If you've ever seen Olympic ice skating champion Apollo Ohno before a big race, he takes a big fat yawn, takes his spot, and he's ready to go. You can do the same for your next Voice Over gig or audition. Just don't do it in the producer's face ; )

    And please let me know how it goes after you try it by sharing your experience in the comments section below.

    For more great Voice Over tips, info on Voice Over Coaching, Bilingual Voice Over production and Songwriting, please visit the Berne Media Enterprises page.  Until next time, may ‘The Voice’ be with you, and thanks for spreading the word!

  • Are You Stinking Up The Room?

    Seriously. Are you? As a Voice Over actor and CEO of your own company, this is of utmost importance. And although this may seem obvious to most people, every once in a while I meet people who are not as self-aware. The other day I met a seemingly well put together young man who had expressed interest in Voice Over work. He seemed very bright and enthusiastic and was doing all the right things to break into the entertainment industry, except for one thing: he was stinking up the room. Literally. And that may be the one thing that’s costing him getting cast in any project.

    You may think this harsh, but who wants to work in a closed room with someone whose smell is downright offensive? No matter how talented you may be. Now I apologize if you're that young man I describe here (I'll be happy to discuss some solutions in private).  I realize this is a sensitive subject, and that some people do suffer from medical conditions. If this is the case with you, I sympathize with you. But please seek medical help to take care of this. There are many treatments available so that you nor anyone else has to suffer.

    The same thing goes with the people who like to bathe in heavy fragrances. While that may be fine when you’re going on a date (though in my experience, you don’t want to overdo it, either), you want to be mindful of the people who are meeting you. You might love your latest Hugo Boss or Chanel, but not everyone might enjoy that scent. Instead try going light on any strong fragrances. You want people to enjoy your presence, not be turned off by it.

    And if you have no idea whether you are stinking up the room, talk to someone who’s close to you whom you trust will give you a straight answer. Then follow the proper steps to eradicate the problem. Please know that I’d like for every one of you to be successful. With that in mind, I wish you all a Happy Friday!

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    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!

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