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Voice Coaches Radio #510 – Wintertime Blues

 Voice Coaches Radio. Everything voiceover. And welcome to this week's edition of Voice Coaches Radio. I am Josh Heller, she is Marissa Lanczak, and we are delighted to have you joining us. Are we though? I am very deep today, my goodness. Both of us sound like trash. I mean, I'm going to be honest with you, this is nice, I like this.

Hi, my name is Josh. Hey, maybe you could get that book now. Remember you were talking about that book where you this book within this next week because uh, my voice is going to fade soon. Uh, so welcome in to this week's edition of Voice Coaches Radio. Um, I am Josh. I have a cold. She is Marissa. She has...

This is leftover booster shot. That's all it is. I can't, like, I have been, I got it on Sunday and I have just been like, like crap all week. It's been, it's been a struggle. The struggle's real. It, it, you know, it, it has. And I mean, let's be honest, it's, it is that time of year anyways. Um, my wife has a Uh, sinus infection.

My son has a cold and basically goes to a petri dish every day in kindergarten. And, uh, and now I have a cold as well because why not? Because sharing is caring, guys. Sharing is caring. Well, keep it to yourself, though, okay? I'm trying. I am trying. I mean, you're in a... hermetically sealed booth right now. For now.

For now. Um, but, uh, no, your immune system is fine, right? Well, I don't know. I've heard that if you have, like, the reaction, like, I have had to each one of these vaccine shots, that your immune system is, like, super. I have a feeling it means the opposite, to be honest. That seems very convenient. Like, hey, don't worry about it.

You feel awful. That's a good thing. But here's the thing is, like, I will tell you, I am super susceptible. Always. Because this time of the year, especially, like, I always have to get a flu shot, because if I don't, I am going to die. Like, it is a thing. Like, the year that we ran out of flu shots, uh, we had that shortage.

With, around swine flu, I got swine flu. Well, I, you know, the last time I had the flu was three years ago, and I got it. Here from a student from a student who came in and was like my throat doesn't feel that great, but I'm fine I'm like, alright, you're good And then like that was a Friday and that weekend he called and left a message was like, oh, yeah So turns out I have the flu and I was like, oh, yeah, and then I did as well But it's you know, it's look it's the holiday season it, you know, people are getting together Temperatures are going down Assuming you live anywhere near where we do.

And uh, you're... I don't know, I mean, maybe, hopefully you guys are luckier than I am, but... Getting colds, this is just, I know it's gonna happen. Yeah. It's gonna happen. The question is when and how many. Exactly. Um, and so we're, this is number one. Number one for the season, so that's good. If we had sound effects it'd be like a bing!

Yeah, right, like, check that off, check, yeah. Uh, hope it's a, oh come on! Daddy needs a big yeah! Um, but no, I mean, they're, they're, they're gonna happen. And, um, you know, it, for me at least, always, it affects my voice, cause I get that post nasal drip that just... Kills my vocal cords, um, and as you can tell, uh, that's currently what's happening right now.

Uh, and I do have, if you, if you were to look next to me, like, I have a little pharmacy going on here in the studio. I have my, my throat coat tea. I have my emergency packet. I have my cough drops. Um, I took my mucinex earlier today. Uh, like I have a little, little drugstore happening here to try to muscle through this podcast.

And life, but most of this podcast because I do it for you, not for you, Marissa, well, I mean, for you too, but no, you don't do anything for me. Stop it. It's not true. I do everything for you. I do everything for you. I have, I, I, oh yeah, something like that. Um, but you know what it is apropos we talk about this, you know, this time of year, probably every year, but I think it, you know, unless someone's really avid listener and has listened to us for years, in which case, awesome.

Thank you. Um, but you know, getting sick is going to happen. And it. It's a fact of life. It is. And unfortunately, you know, for like me and I think a lot of people like you as well Marissa, it affects our voice. Oh yeah. And, and that's a problem. So obviously the, the best way to deal with it, I've had people ask about it and, and certainly it's a great question.

The best way to deal with it is to not get it. Stay healthy. And, and, and I'm not saying that facetiously or tongue in cheek at all, I mean it, like, take care of yourself, drink lots of water, make sure that, you know, you're, uh, you know, you're washing your hands, make sure that, that you are staying healthy, health is super important for what we do.

Yeah, I mean, people ask me all the time, like, what do I do, because, like, I do get like this periodically, we know this, especially, like, by a Friday morning, if I'm not fully awake. Like it's just, it's squeaky and I can't help it. Like I just, I have so many things that I do throughout the week that utilize my voice by a Friday morning.

It's tough. But, um, you know, I get that question all the time and it really, it comes down to making sure that you're getting enough rest. If you know that you have allergies, like you keep that medicine in your body, like that's how it works. Like you're supposed to take it daily. Otherwise, if it's not in your body, it's not going to work like it's supposed to.

Cause that's the thing. Like when you get to where we are right now. It's kind of too late. Well, like there's, there's something you can do to mitigate it. Like, you know, for, so for me, for like this cold, like it's too late. Like I have it. It's, it's here and I can, you know, there are ways to make it better.

But you know, if, if I have a job today, um, and they don't want me sounding like this, that's a problem. And at this point in time, what can you do about it? And the answer is a little, but not a lot, not a lot, right. That you've, you've missed the boat. You missed the boat on that one, uh, and so that's why, you know, you mentioned, you know, taking, you know, taking care of yourself, getting enough rest, which I don't think any of us do.

Um, drinking enough water, which most of us probably don't do. Um, you know, and, and, and doing those things that, that can help you, prevent you from getting, you know, getting sick this time of year is important. So when I was mentioning this to you earlier, uh, I'm waiting to hear back on a book right now. I auditioned for it, the guy liked it, uh, I'm one of the finalists for it, and I'm, I'm waiting to hear back.

And I've been actually waiting to hear back for a few days, and I'm definitely not getting super impatient. I am. Um, but that's okay. And I'm definitely not overthinking it and thinking like, well, it's been a few days since he got back to me. This is, this is, he doesn't want me. So anyway, but now that I have a cold, a hundred percent, he's going to get back to me like today and be like, great.

I need it by Monday. And we'll be like, I'll be like, awesome. Fun fact. I can't do that for you. Um, You know, it's like, if you asked me, if you asked me earlier this week, I would have, I would have been fine, but, you know, and so, the, the truth is, I have had people ask me, like, well, what happens, you know, if I have a bad cold and I have a job?

Um, hopefully, you can get that pushed off a little bit. Like, if that guy gets back to me and is like, hey, uh, wants you to do it, I'm gonna ask, can I have, you know, a little time, can you give me a couple weeks to do it? And hopefully he can. And hopefully if, you know, you're doing a job, it's a little flexible like that.

If it's not, if it is, no, we have to do it today. If it is, you know, this book has to be done this weekend, um, SOL. To be honest with you. Well, maybe, or they just try to work with you. I mean, you know. And that's the ideal where it's like, well, let's, you know, do what you can do, and we'll, we'll see what we, you know, if we can press it out.

But there are going to be times, potentially, where You could miss out on work because of that. And it stinks. Well, and you know, what's always kind of crazy, too, is like, we're always, we say this, too, like, we're always our harshest critic. So it's like, you don't sound as bad to me as I think you probably sound to yourself.

Just like, vice versa. You know, like, I'm not. No, you sound terrible. Thank you. Um, but like, there's been plenty of times where In my head and just like, because I also can feel how I'm feeling, I'm like, oh my god, I probably sound so awful. But then like, I'll listen back to something and I'm like, oh, it's actually kind of sound just like I always do.

So, um, so, you know, it's like you might have that inclination to think, oh my god, I'm going to lose this job. You might sound enough like you that you're going to be okay. Yeah, and that's very true. You you make it, man. You just gotta. Yeah, and that's very true. And it's going to be one of those things where, is it going to be an enjoyable?

Uh, time doing that? Probably not. Probably not at all, but you gotta force it and just keep on going. Make it work, and sometimes that's what it takes. And again, you know, that's why The show must go on! That's why taking care of yourself ahead of time is so important. Once you get to the point, say, where I am right now, where my voice is It's okay at the moment, but it's not gonna last.

I know that. Um, doesn't help that I have a bunch of Classes I have to teach today, that's gonna be awesome. But, you know, I, I know I'm, I'm only gonna be able to do so much. Once you get to this point, it's not as if, you know, I can speed up the recovery. It's not as if I can, you know, uh, go back in time and not have it.

It's here. It, it is. You know, uh, should I have taken better care of myself up to here? Probably. Do I get enough sleep? God, no. No, I have a five year old. How the heck am I going to do that? Right? Um, you know, do I drink enough water? Probably not. I can tell you that you don't, because I see how much coffee you drink.

But I drink three cups, that's it. I swear to you, just three cups. But that in itself is, that's a lot. I mean. It wouldn't be if I drank enough water to go along with it. Which I don't. I will fully admit that. No, you're not wrong. You're not wrong. I just, I just don't like you attacking me. I just think it's funny because like, every time I see you when I'm here all of a sudden, it's like I hear the Keurig.

Oh, yeah. It's like brrrr. Well, and here's the thing, so for like this morning because I know that we're coming into a podcast, like I don't have any coffee at home. Yeah. Coming in to work today because I'm like, well, I'll just... Have coffee at work, and use Work's coffee instead of my coffee. So, I mean. And here we are.

And here we are, yeah. So, and I'm, don't think for a second I'm not brewing another cup once we're done with this and I have a glass coming. You better believe I totally know. You better believe I am. You have, you have two, two cups in here. Yeah, I had my iced coffee that I finished that was like half full.

Okay. And then I've got nothing but seltzer the rest of the day, which is just water. With bubbles. Yeah, with bubbles. Because I, that's the only thing that gets me through it. It faked, I gotta fake that in my head to think it's something else. It's fair, it's fair. I don't, like I like water, it's just, it's, it's boring.

I always have to put some, some kind of flavor in my water. Otherwise, I can't do it, it makes me want to vom. I don't like the taste of water. It doesn't have a taste. Exactly. Or it shouldn't have a taste. It does have a taste. Maybe that's the problem. Like, it doesn't have a taste, and then there's no taste in your mouth, and then it gets like a bad taste.

So I need something in there. Usually, I get those little drops, those zero calorie drops. Mm hmm. Uh, um, Or like the Mio, or Yeah, Mio. Mio. Yeah. Those are like the knockoff brand at Walmart, whatever. Yeah. Um, and I, I will make like a, like an Arnold Palmer. So, ooh, that sounds good, actually. Mm hmm. Do you know what my, my, my wife has?

Uh, there's these little packets of, um, of like, uh, concentrated lemon or lime. And, and it's literally made from, like, lemon or lime. It's like a little lemon or lime zest, and you put it in there. And it, it, it's, I put one of each in there. Mm hmm. And, uh, and it gives it that kind of lemony, limony... Lemony, limony.

Yeah, that's the thing. That's the thing. Don't worry about it. It's a thing. It's a thing. All right. And if it's not, it's because... But no, like, I mean, that's... It's a beautiful, beautiful thing. It makes it so I drink more water. Which is fair, which is the ultimate goal. And believe me, after the kidney stone surgeries I had in 2013, we don't need to go back to that.

Well, so if it makes you feel better, I just had to order some more protein, um, because I'm running low, and, you know, gotta get them gains. Yeah, gains. Um, but from the place so I could get free shipping, I needed like an extra, like, ten dollars. And I was like, alright, well, I mean, I'll Do that. And I ended up getting a, a water jug that's a half a gallon.

Oh nice. And, uh, and I'm going to, I, I literally ordered it yesterday, um, so I don't have it yet. But once I get it, I'm going to be drinking copious amounts of water. You think you are. I know, I say I'm going to. I will for like a week. I swear to you, I will for like a week. And then you're going to pee so much, you're going to be like, I can't do this.

So much. I, I will tell you, like, I remember, um, like, that, that year that I had, I had three kidney stone surgeries in one year, and my doctor had said, like, you just need to make sure that you are drinking this much of water, like, you know, every day, so I was trying to keep up with it, and it was around the holiday time, and it was Christmas Eve, and I was so full of water.

That I didn't want to eat dinner. And I'm like, I to drink? Like, I see somewhere, it's like, well, you should have 10 ounces of water for every pound. And I'm like, I'm too big for that! It, it was a lot. Like, I couldn't, I mean, it was like six o'clock at night and I had had so much water that my stomach was distended and like I like could not pee enough and I was just like, I can't do this anymore.

So I make sure that I drink a lot of water, but I don't probably drink what the doctor has recommended. So and I don't want to, you know, give anybody any more information than they need. But when I was broadcasting, you know, I can't Pee in the middle of a broadcast. Right. Because I'm on the air And and you're like the the the I'd throw on an interview, but I'm also engineering on site So I like when commercials are going like I I would have to go, you know It'd be very difficult and then I would get on a bus and like a coach bus for like 10 hours and You know walking to the back of the bus to use the tiny little lavatory in there through a gaggle of water players because the coaches and staff would sit up in the front was not enticing, was not enticing.

And especially is because I know how I am. I'll go once and that will mean I will next now have to go like 17 times. That's what we call breaking the seal. It is what we call that. Yes, I was trying not to use that terminology. It's fine though because everybody that's ever had a beer or something. No, it's a thing.

And like, yeah, so I mean, look, I'd love to drink a lot of water, but I'm afraid we'd have to cut our podcast short because I'd have to pee a lot. Um, next, next week podcast, three minutes long, three minute podcast, little, little mini pod. I'll just be like, you know, trying to kill time. Like, well, Josh left the studio and I don't know when he's going to be back, but he got that 50 gallon jug.

So we're good. Next, next, next podcast is not going to be a short one because the next podcast is going to be our Christmas Eve extravaganza, AKA gift giving, and I'm very excited. I don't have anything for you yet. I have not figured that out at all. In fact, you mentioned it today. You were like, yeah, we're going to do that next week, and I'm like, shhh.

Yep, you I have an idea. I have to figure out how to make it happen. I, uh, I got nothing right now. Um. Throat lozenges? I mean, that could definitely be helpful. Um, I don't know. That's all I got. Lungs? Do you want a pair of lungs? You can get me a squeak toy that sounds like me. Fair enough. Fair enough. That's any of them.

Gotta get that creative radio brain into play. I know, I gotta think of something. I feel like you're gonna come up with something super creative and I'm gonna be like, Here's a gift card to Bed Bath Beyond. Oh, well, I don't know if I'll have time this weekend to go. I don't know if I have time. I don't have time.

I'm going to Home Depot! Maybe a little Bed Bath Beyond? I don't know. Bed, Bath, and Beyond. I prefer the Beyond part. What was that movie from? Uh, Old School. Yeah, thank you. Have you seen that movie? Oh, yeah. Speaking of movies that you haven't seen yet. Will Ferrell's wife in that movie is named Marissa.

Have you seen... What was the movie I wanted you to see and now I can't remember? Princess Bride. Princess Bride. Oh my god, come on! I don't know if I own it. Like, I, you don't need to, like it's anywhere, but I don't know if I own it, so I can't like get you to borrow it, but like, figure it out. Maybe that's what I'll get you the Princess Bride.

Fine, I'm just gonna go and get you the new Hanson CD then too. Awesome. I can't. Wait. Yeah. For just like, I, I can't wait for, I dunno, I told for Princess Bride, I dunno if I told you, I was at the gym the other day and we were finishing up, we were doing deadlifts, like heavy deadlifts. Yeah. And, uh, and we were finishing up and, and Hansen Umba came on the, uh, the whatever, whatever makes, I'm so frustrated that that's the only song anybody ever knew.

Well, and, and the problem. And, and literally I was like, first time went, ugh. And then I went, man, too bad. This song wasn't playing. When I was doing those lifts, I had PR City right there, , like nothing gets me jacked up. Like, like Hanssen, like mbo. And then it stuck in my head forward the next. 48 hours. And you're welcome.

Uh, it's like the virus that is currently attacking my dress. Oh, the best earworm ever. Uh, yeah. Anywho. Um, so yeah, so that is, uh, so stay healthy, would ya? Would ya? Stay healthy, because mm mm bop. Everything can be gone. Sorry. Oh my god. Can I turn off your mic? I can. I can. I do have that power. You can't. I can.

I can. What do you mean I can't? No, don't do it. Oh, I mean, I have the power. Like, I'm sitting at the desk. Like, I can do that. I know, but then you gotta figure it out. And we've already realized. Hey, so, uh, thanks for tuning in this week. Could you hear me through the wall? Uh, I could. I don't know if the people, people could.

I could. But, um, but yeah. I could. Good story. You shouldn't yell though. Okay. It's not going to turn out well for anybody. No, it's not going to. Like, it's Friday. So again, you know, the best prevention. No, what is it? The best, best, uh. Oh, you've got, you've got cold brain. I do. There's some, there's some good quote about it, but you know, the best way to take care of a cold is to not get one.

It's true. And, and, and that's the best way to. You know, prevent doing what we're doing. And again, if you, if you have a job rambling, that's not, that's always going to happen. But if you have a job and you're, you're feeling like we're feeling, you're sounding like we're sounding, hopefully you'll be able to either muscle your way through it or, um, you know, have a little flexibility and oftentimes, I mean, and that's one of the great things about this industry, right?

He has the flexibility of it. So oftentimes there is like, yeah, you can eat an extra week. That's fine. Um, if not.

Yeah, that pretty much, I don't know about you, I have, I have missed out on a job because of it. Um, is what it is. It's not fun. It's not exciting. I've definitely sounded like garbage on the radio. It's happened. Every week, I imagine. But no, I mean, so, you know, there are ways to help mitigate it, but the best way to do it is just to try to stay healthy.

So get that sleep and I know it's tough this time of year with the holidays coming up and temperatures going down, but do the best you can to do that. Because this is the time of year, I mean, that, that we need to make sure that we're, we're ready to go when called upon. Um, because we, I don't know about you, but I can't afford to miss out on jobs.

Hey, same. Right? And it's not, not just the money portion of it, yes, that. But it is the money. But also the experience and the connection and the relationship. And mostly the money. And also the money. Um, So, you know, we obviously, you know, jobs are precious, they are jobs are oppor and we've talked about it.

They're, they're opportunities not just to make a few bucks, but to hopefully make a relationship that can be much more than that. Um, but also you got holiday presents to pay. Yeah, that's true. No, that is a fair point. I do need a job if I don't get this, uh, book job. I don't know if I can get you any presents.

Okay, well, um, so it's alright. So, you know, I'll put my, I know you like me regardless. It's fine. Yeah. I y yeah. Um, so, uh, so yeah, so. That's it. So, Marissa, I hope you feel better. I hope you feel better. Like, I just gotta get through a couple more days and get this, like, booster situated. Yeah, I just need to. I know it's gonna be a week for me.

I know that. Well, it has been a week for me, so. Well, yeah. No, it's just gonna be a week for me to get over the cold. And hopefully that's all it is. Yes. Um, but, uh, but yeah, so. Is what it is, but, uh, but yes. So thanks so much for tuning in. Hopefully you guys are feeling good. Holidays are coming up next week.

Oh, tune in episode five 11. That is Christmas Eve extravaganza. I have to bring my jingle bells. And the week after that is New Year's Eve. My goodness. No, we get to celebrate all sorts of stuff. And then 2021 is kaput. Thank God. Kaput. Let's keep moving forward. Come on. That's what I said a year plus ago and here we are.

And here we are. Yeah, I know. So, uh, so yeah, it has been a bit of a blur, hasn't it? It really, really has. Um, but, uh, but yeah, so this, uh, so we'll get some, definitely want to tune into that. It's going to be fun. We're going to have some fun with those. Um, but I always want to hear from you guys and, uh, and let us know what you are thinking, what you are going through, and, uh, we'd love to talk about it on the air.

Um. I'd love to make fun of you guys if I can. It's kind of my thing. Yeah, please, let him make fun of you as much as he makes fun of me. Yeah, yeah. Misery loves company. It's true. Misery loves company. Um, but yeah, so make sure to tune in next week, Christmas Eve extravaganza, and then the New Year's Eve...

Extravaganza, also. I should probably think of new words. Um, New Year's Eve of Palooza. Yeah. I feel about that. I don't know how I feel about that. But, uh, some big episodes coming up. Uh, again, hopefully you all are doing well and feeling well and staying healthy and staying happy and, um, you know. Be smart this holiday season, and uh, and have some fun, and enjoy the time, and thanks for spending a little bit with us.

I really appreciate that. I really appreciate that. So um, Marissa, until next week, Josh, right back at ya. So long everyone. Visit voicecoaches. com for more voiceover news and information.

With both Josh and Marissa under the weather, they talk about keeping you and your voice healthy this winter. Neither one is sounding 100%, but both will help you sound your best.