My friend Ann Utterback returns with another great article on VoiceOverXtra about eating right for vocal performance.
I am a “man of substance.” That is, I’m large in the normal scheme of things, 6’4″ and closer to 240 pounds than 220. And every so often I am possessed by the “you must get fitter” idea, particularly in light of my family history of diabetes and knee problems. So I am aware that too often, this can lead to not eating for performance, but eating only to lose weight, cutting back on things in a willy nilly fashon that makes you crave things you shouldn’t have, having them, then overcompensating out of a sense of guilt or obligation.
As Ann points out, moderation is the key in everything, but remember that your vocal performance is just that: a performance. One that requires energy, and maybe more than you recognize right out of the gate. Eating right is one of the little known aspects of the craft, especially if you are one of the many involved in long term projects or regular multi hour sessions required by audiobook projects. Keep this in mind when you grab that coffee in the morning and go all day without eating. Your performance will suffer, and so will you!