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A Simple Tried-and-True Home Remedy For VO Artists

Hey, there!

Trevor here.

Today I want to share a little voiceover “hack” with which you may or may not be familiar.

It’s apple cider vinegar. What is apple cider vinegar? Well, first off, it’s not obscure health nut elixir – it’s something you can pick up at pretty much any grocery store for just a couple bucks. And as far as composition (without bringing us all back to high school chemistry class), apple cider vinegar is basically just aged, distilled apple juice.

And, not only is it quite healthy, but it can also be a boon for your vocal cords.

Using apple cider vinegar to improve your speaking voice is actually an old trick that’s been around for generations. Performers of all kinds – teachers, speakers, actors – have been making and drinking a simple and tasty tonic for those days when the voice needs using and just doesn’t seem to want to cooperate.

Now, before I share the recipe: is this something you want to make and drink every day? Probably not – I’d recommend doing it on an as-needed basis. The last thing we want is to feel we need any sort of crutch to lean on to do our best work when we sit down in front of the mic . But – this can be a really great tool to have for those days (or nights) where you’ve got long audiobook sessions or animation work booked, or even when you’ve just got a couple of hours set aside for auditions or podcasting.

Okay – without further ado, here’s the recipe. It’s simple, inexpensive, healthy, – and, with the right tweaks, can taste great, too:

Mix a splash of apple cider vinegar (a tablespoon or two) with some honey, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, and room temperature water. That’s it. Feel free to play with the proportions until you find a combination that works well for you.

Also, if you’re not of the honey-consuming ilk (like me), you can substitute some maple syrup (Grade B is best) or agave nectar. Or – you can try store bought throat coat teas; they work great, too. You should be able to find several different variations on a “throat coat tea” at the grocery store, but the key ingredients you’re looking for are licorice root and / or slippery elm bark. Your throat and vocal cords (and taste buds) will love either of those.

And lastly, of course, you’ll want to do your own research and consult your doctor or physician before trying any new home remedy or ingredient with which you’re unfamiliar. Be smart, be resourceful, be safe.

Have you ever tried a home remedy like this? What has been your experience? Or do you have your a home remedy of your own to share? We’d love to hear – leave a comment below.

Hope this helps!

Trev

10 Responses to 6 Steps to a Perfect VO Demo

  1. Kelli August 18, 2011 at 2:58 am #

    I feel really good about my demo. It is a quick and fun process, even for someone like me who gets very self concious. :)

  2. David Britz September 5, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

    The demos are great. Superb quality. Why go anywhere else?

  3. David Britz October 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    Can’t wait to record my Narration VO Demo!! :))

  4. Mike Brang December 31, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    Having a well-produced demo is one of the most important things in the VO business. I had a number of demos made from other producers in the past and they all had one thing in common — that manufactured, cookie cutter sound!
    What sets David apart from the rest, besides his affordable price and tremendously fast turn around time, is that all of the clips you record with him sound unique. Each spot sounds like an actual commercial you recorded for a job.
    My agent loved the quality and even asked who produced it to refer his other talent there!

    Thanks again, David for producing such a great, high quality demo for me. You made the process relaxing and enjoyable. I urge anyone reading this unsolicited reply to listen to David’s student demos to hear the difference for yourself. Anyone would be lucky to work with him

  5. Kristy Liles February 9, 2017 at 7:04 pm #

    I can not thank you enough. I worked so hard on 15 page IVR project, one day I cryed, look for answers, pull my hear (not really) but I was about until another VO send me this great tool. Thanks!

  6. Frank June 11, 2017 at 9:51 pm #

    David

    When v123 indicates the audition is for a student/ nonprofit are we to assume it is for $0. If so, why does the audition ask for an amount to be entered?

  7. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:58 pm #

    David,
    I did get this scam through Voice 123. In our discourse, they offered me the gig and they gave me the name of a legit local place to record and the same runaround with the money. I didn’t send anything, but instead, I called the studio to make sure the booking was for the day we set up, and lo and behold, the people there had no idea what I was talking about. I then tried to call back my “contact person” who was setting this up and there was a fax machine beep on the other end. I immediately contacted Voice 123 and told them what had happened. You know what they say…if it sounds togaed to be true, it probably is. Thanks for the reminder!
    Shirley

  8. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

    …too good…not togaed.
    The one time spell check didn’t work!

  9. Bernard Prame July 1, 2017 at 9:44 pm #

    extremely helpful demo. Thank you!

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