Every runner knows that if you sprain your ankle you keep weight off it for a while. What you DEFINITELY DO NOT DO is try to keep running to get your miles in just because you’re training for a marathon. In fact, EVERY professional athlete knows to head to the doctor at even the slightest sign of injury. Why do they do this you ask? Because they care about their bodies! That's their livelihood! That's where the moolah (cash-money-dollah' billz) is at! Without it, they don't have a job.
Which brings me to my point...
You, as the professional, amateur, or aspiring performer are a vocal ATHLETE! I know it doesn't result in calories spent or muscle mass gained, but what your vocal folds are doing every time you take the stage is the equivalent of a teeny weeny Olympic gymnast going for the gold inside your throat.
So why do we, as singers, keep running on “sprained ankles”?
If you’re sick, hoarse, vocally off for whatever reason – DON’T do whatever it takes to keep singing. Don’t snort cayenne pepper and mainline apple cider vinegar just to get through your performance. If it is imperative that you get on stage, then get to an ENT so they can help you reduce the damage done at least. And then after the show? GO TAKE A BREAK!!
Taking care of your body is how you take care of your voice.
They are one and the same. You don’t just have a magical talent box hidden in your throat that sometimes needs constant infusions of hot tea, honey and lemon.
So what can you do? How can you make sure you’re consistently keeping your voice in tip top shape and giving your body the love it needs to keep on trucking through that day job right on to those long and late rehearsals? Try these 3 things to up-level your voice care:
If you’re having consistent difficulties with voice loss or health issues that are impacting your ability to perform – go click on the contact page up top to start a discussion with me and find out how I can help ☺