My Monday Night Visitor

by | Dec 6, 2016 | VO Business, Vocal Health

What day of the week would you say comes with the highest concentration of VO audition requests?

Uh-huh.  Monday.

Now, let me explain that my prime daypart for recording auditions is midnight to 3am.  Lately I’ve also adding 11am – 1pm after I rise, for doing auditions.  That’s it.  That’s all the time I have for auditioning due to my “other” job. 

Sure it’s frustrating.  Not optimal….but workable.  In fact, in today’s global marketplace, some auditions come in fresh between midnight and 3am.  I get first crack at those.

I protect my vocal cords.  I drink lots and lots of fluids (or else I get kidneystones).  I don’t shout. I exercise my larynx.  I get maximum sleepage.  I sing.  I get a full down-the-throat scope every six months by an Ear, Nose, & Throat MD.  My last checkup was a month ago, and he gave me my best score ever.  I don’t have allergies.  None.

But not even HE can explain why every Monday night, by the time I’m done with my late newscast, I’m almost hoarse.  Raspy.  All those many Monday auditions waiting in my email box?  Worthless.

No other night of the week follows that rule.  When I start my week Monday morning, my voice is strong, but somewhere around 5-6pm Monday, I start to feel it disappear.  The 11 o’clock newscast is forced. By Tuesday morning and night, I’m fine. 

I’ve closely examined my lifestyle, my diet, any vitamins I take (or don’t take), my routines….all that.  I’ve discussed it with my ENT, and he’s similarly stumped.  ‘Says he’s never seen anything like it.

Sure, I talk a lot in my “other” job.  But three newscasts/day does not hinder auditioning from midnight to 3am EXCEPT Monday night.

I’ve learned to accept that this is just my body’s cycle.  One night a week I just have to pass.  Not so bad… just kinda weird and perplexing.

I know about all the teas, and throat-sprays…the neti-pot, honey & lemon, and home-made remedies. I use those too, when I have to work around a cold…but this is not that.

Ever heard of something like that?  Hit me.  I’ve been working on this one for years, and can’t figure it out.





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