How staying fit can help you in your voiceover career.
When most of us hear the term “VO Workout”, we imagine a group of fellow voice actors gathering to read copy and get feedback. But there’s another kind of workout you should be adding to boost your VO career.
Keeping physically fit, mentally healthy, and getting proper nutrition all contribute to our bodies, minds and spirits working at peak levels. All of these factors can affect the sound of your voice, mood of your delivery, and how you interact with other people in the biz. Breathing, core strength, mobility, relaxation – all can come from maintaining good health. Below are some of the key factors I consider every day…
Strength, Aerobic, Stretching
Having the strength and stamina to make it through a multi-hour session can be a challenge if you’re not in shape. My daily routine includes walking (10,000 steps), some strength training (Bowflex), and stretching (yoga and physical therapy exercises). The three combined provide me with a balanced physique. On the weekends, I’ll also go on a more intensive hike (whipped lovingly by my wife). Massage and chiropractic have become a staple for gauging my muscle tension and relieving stress as well. Once you’ve found a routine that works for you, it can even boost your energy levels!
Relaxation, Hydration, Sleep
Focused relaxation can calm the mind and allow you to settle any nerves in a stressful situation. I use meditation and guided imagery for a short break on busy days. Hydration is important for all of us, not just voice actors! Be sure to stay well hydrated. Water is my go-to drink. Try to stay away from too much sugar, caffeine or artificial ingredients (see Nutrition below). Sleep. I wish I could get more! With my genetic makeup and schedule, I’m doing well to get 6 hours per night. When I feel I need more, a quick 20 minute nap is an easy way to refresh myself.
Nutrition and Weight
Proper nutrition will fuel you to be at your best. Get a mix of fresh vegetables, fruit, grains, nuts and meats. Avoid too much pre-processed, packaged, or restaurant fare. If you do eat out (as we do quite a bit), adjust what’s served. Leave off dressings, sauces, butter, and any excess salt. Go for healthy options like balsamic vinegar for your salads. If you can, share your food. Get one entree and a couple appetizers or salads. As for excess weight, it’s not easy to lose… I understand. Having been there myself, I can tell you it’s a long road. The best way is to lose it slowly through a lifestyle change. What you eat and how much you move are key. Calories in, Calories out, as they say.
Emotional Well Being
Feeling down or blue can have a drastic impact on your life, relationships and work. Changes in diet and exercise can help. So can talking with trusted friends or family. Don’t put off seeking help if you need it. You deserve to have a happy, contented life!
I’ll be the first to admit it… I love desserts! But as with the rest of life, all things in moderation. I have a little chocolate or other sweet daily. Just something small. The weekends are reserved for real desserts. Cake, sundaes, etc. I share them with my wife, as most of the restaurant portions are way too big. Sure, we eat a bit too much on the weekend, but it’s offset by our hiking and our normal weekly routine. A good treat can really boost your mood and make you work a bit harder to get it 😉
Wrap It Up, I’ll Take it!
All of the above factors combined can help you have a happier, more productive time in both business and your personal life. Make the time to take care of yourself. Start young… It’s easier that way! (believe you me)
… Oh, and that arm picture? It’s me!
(not too shabby for 53)
All content written and voiced by Joe J Thomas online at: JoeActor.com