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WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR ONLINE VOICE OR SPEECH SESSION

By : on : July 7, 2020 comments : (0)

Have you been feeling a little nervous about the whole telecommunications situation that we’ve all found ourselves in now? Are you the type of person who thought you’d never need anything but a flip-phone and a Rolodex? Did you think “videoconference” meant a meeting with a movie? Does your expertise in electronic equipment go no […]

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Sensible Suggestions For A Successful Time Coping With The COVID-19 Crisis

By : on : April 13, 2020 comments : (0)

There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that we are all going through a very stressful time right now, as we deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, a crisis for which most of us have no precedent. The situation is unpredictable and downright scary. Many of us are experiencing feelings of dread, fear, anxiety, and helplessness. […]

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IF YOUR VOICE IS BOTHERING YOU, IT COULD BE…YOUR LAPTOP!

By : on : March 9, 2020 comments : (0)

Have you heard that expression “Straighten up and fly right”?  Well, in last month’s blog we learned how to straighten up and sing…or speak…right! Posture is so important for voice, for breathing…for everything we do.  We hope everyone is using the simple posture exercises we posted in February’s blog. But there’s another aspect of posture […]

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POSTURE AND VOICE: STRAIGHTEN UP AND SING (OR SPEAK) RIGHT!

By : on : February 4, 2020 comments : (0)

One of the first foundation skills that I teach at Professional Voice Care Center in Voice Session 1 or Singing Lesson 1 is posture and alignment. As soon as I present this concept in our sessions, people look at me, sometimes with confusion, like “Why posture?”, with abject fear (“I have to sit up straight?”), […]

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STOP GIVING 150% – YOU ALREADY GOT THE PART!

By : on : December 27, 2019 comments : (0)

Let’s face it, the entertainment industry is competitive. A recent study from Queen Mary University in London revealed a not-surprising statistic: the acting profession’s unemployment rate hovers at about 90%, and only 2% are making a living in the profession.  I don’t think anyone has done a study on the “unemployment” rate of community theater […]

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MAKING DAILY VOICE CARE SIMPLE

By : on : September 24, 2019 comments : (0)

As a vocologist for 38 years, I’ve heard every excuse in the book for why my clients didn’t practice or follow my therapeutic recommendations:  I was busy with my family, work was crazy, the dog ate my homework, I forgot…and on and on. But as I always say in my office, no one is too […]

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CLEAR YOUR THROAT SAFELY AND PROTECT YOUR VOCAL CORDS: LET’S “CLEAR UP” THE CONFUSION!

By : on : July 31, 2019 comments : (0)

By now most of us know that repeated forceful throat-clearing is not a good idea, as far as your vocal folds are concerned. In fact, my friend and colleague, laryngologist Dr. Joel Portnoy, says “Throat-clearing is like injuring your vocal cords just before you want to use them”… to sing, to teach, or even to […]

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CIRCUMLARYNGEAL MASSAGE DE-STRESS YOUR VOICE

By : on : July 25, 2019 comments : (0)

As a vocologist, I see people in my office every day who have voice problems. They have many different ideas as to what factors have contributed to their voice issues. So, what’s one of the biggest obstacles to having a healthy voice, whether speaking or singing? Reflux? Surely a big problem but probably not the […]

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DRINK UP! HYDRATE FOR A HEALTHIER VOICE

By : on : June 21, 2019 comments : (0)

Hydration – we all know it’s important for your health in general: for digestion, flushing toxins, healthy joints, for staying alert and clear-headed, etc. But why is hydration so important for your voice? The answer is simple: vocal folds (which aren’t really skinny “vocal cords”, but rather multi-layered folds of tissue) are covered with mucous […]

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DIAPHRAGMATIC BREATHING DE-MYSTIFIED: IT’S NOT A LOT OF B.S.!

By : on : March 6, 2019 comments : (0)

In this fast-paced world of work deadlines, high-stakes presentations, and competition for clients, stress is a given. Add to that the stress of your SECOND job: caring for your family, with carpooling, rushing to your kids’ appointments, and trying to keep up with exercise, a good diet, and enough sleep. Sure enough, stress becomes an […]

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