Recipes for Recording

Occasionally, we plan to open up this blog to guests. This is one of those times. Here’s Lori Wilson, from the PN Agency roster, to discuss her personal food and drink prep before voice sessions.

Over to you Lori…

One of my most memorable sessions as a voice over actress occurred early on in my career when I landed a radio spot for a well-known car company. You just never know what kind of situation you are going to walk into and this one was odd right from the get-go. The director was a quiet and brooding Marlon Brando type and he had a small coiffed white dog perched menacingly on his lap.

He had someone usher me into the recording booth and he proceeded to direct my 3 lines of dialogue for a full hour while I stood there basically doing handstands trying to get the read to his satisfaction. After an hour he told me he would be taking a break and to wait. I stood in a stuffy booth for another hour trying not to stare through my full-length window as he and a room full of people enjoyed a fully catered lunch right in front of my eyes. My stomach was rumbling and I was hot and miserable and not one single person offered me a drink, a bite to eat or a chair.

I have since learned that this is an anomaly in the voice over world and most of my sessions have been with kind and considerate clients. But it did teach me a valuable lesson – be prepared. Yes I like to do some vocal exercises in the car on the way to my bookings (like singing on the top of my lungs to Justin Bieber tracks on the radio) but I am also always stocked up with my own provisions.
As a foodie who follows a mainly plant-based diet, I have a few simple rules pre-v/o bookings:

1. Before a session I avoid foods and drinks that will hinder my performance in any way like coffee (makes me jittery), dairy and chocolate (cause a build up of phlegm in the throat), fatty and spicy foods (may cause upset stomach and heartburn) and alcohol (hangovers…yeesh)

2. I always tote along a few small snacks in my purse in case I am longer than I planned and hunger strikes. My favs are Apple Pie Larabars, a banana or my homemade protein packed snack blend:
¼ cup raw almonds
¼ cup raw cashews
¼ cup raw pumpkin seeds
¼ cup raw sunflower seeds
¼ cup raw cacao nibs
¼ cup goji berries
1 tbsp unsweetened flaked coconut
Pinch of fine sea salt
Mix together in a bowl and place in a small container or baggie and pop into your purse or pocket.

3. I also always bring my own drink – and never one of those slickly marketed “hydrating beverages” that are laced with questionable dyes and chemicals. I take either plain water with lemon or my own concoction that is guaranteed to make your vocal chords loose and relaxed:
3-4 cups of warm or room temperature water
1 inch piece of fresh ginger, sliced (to calm the stomach)
1 drop food-grade peppermint oil (calming and will make your breath smell great)
1 drop food grade lavender oil (soothing and relaxing)
Juice of half a lemon
1 tsp maple syrup
1 tbsp chia seeds (optional – adds a protein and omega boost)
Place all ingredients into a water bottle with a tight fitting lid and shake to combine. If you are adding the chia seeds – let the water sit for 10 minutes to allow them to swell up. They have an odd consistency like tomato seeds after they have soaked but they add a real nutritional boost to your drink if you can get around the sliminess.

Who knows – someday I might come across my brooding, pocket-puppy toting director again. But this time I’ll be ready for him!

Thanks to Roger King, agent extraordinaire who kindly offered to let me guest post on his blog. I have been represented by Roger for over 5 years and I must say in addition to being a lovely and hard-working agent– the man can really spot talent ; )

Lori Wilson is a voice over actor, a mom of three, a plant-based foodie and a writer. You can check out her blog at www.lorileighwilson.com
Or if you want to hear her voice, you must visit the PN Agency website: http://www.pnagency.com/talent/toronto-voice-talent/female-commerical-narration/

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