Whether you’re a seasoned pro or it’s your very first recording session, stepping into the studio can be somewhat a nerve-wracking experience. However, the very best way to be sure that your work is going to come out the best it possibly can is to be prepared. Here are the five most important things you need to do when preparing for a voice over session.

1. Don’t strain yourself

If you have a recording session booked on Monday, then you may well have to cancel that night out on Sunday. If you go out and spend hours yelling to your friends, it’s going to strain your voice and no amount of voice coaching on the day is going to stop that from affecting your performance.

Whether you’re recording your voice reel or you’re going in to record a voice over, you need to keep your voice fresh.

2. Watch what you’re eating and drinking

As well as straining your voice, you need to be aware of what you’re putting into your body before doing any vocal recordings. Things like cigarettes and alcohol are serious no-nos, for obvious reasons. But even things like highly acidic foods can make a difference to the tone and quality of your voice when you’re recording.

3. Know the material

Of course, it’s not going to matter how beautiful your voice is if you don’t know what you’re doing on the day. There are plenty of voice recording studios in London but there are even more voice actors out there competing for work. If you want to stand out and really make a career out of it, then you’ve got to be willing to put in the work. Read your scripts in advance, get to know the material. That way, when you actually walk into the recording booth, you can!

4. Get warmed up

Your voice is a muscle, and just like any other, it will strain if you don’t warm it up. There are plenty of different voice over exercises that you can do both on the day and before you head into the recording studio. Voice coaching is also a great idea since it gives you the chance to better understand the right and wrong ways to warm up and treat your voice. After all, you don’t want to end up doing warm-ups that are just going to do your voice more harm than good.

5. Stay hydrated

This might seem like the most obvious thing in the world but it’s amazing how often voice actors show up to record a voice reel or a demo or even to do some paid work without water. If you’re not properly hydrated, it’s going to negatively impact your voice. Make sure that the water isn’t too cold either, you need to be able to keep the muscles in your throat relaxed and that’s a whole lot easier if you’re drinking water at room temperature.

The truth is, if you think that the hard work begins and ends the moment you step into the booth at the studio, you’re in for a nasty shock. These kinds of things might be simple, but they are essential to giving the best possible vocal performance and to keep getting work as a voice over artist.