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Flu Season: How to Prevent Losing your Voice Before an Audition

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People everywhere are getting sick, but missing an audition can be devastating. Of course, showing up to an audition while you are sick can be counterproductive, as you run the risk of frustrating the Director (they don’t like being exposed to the flu) and losing out on the rest you need to get better.

However, if you feel something coming on but plan to tough it out and attend the audition, the best thing to do is prevent it from getting worse! Otherwise, you may find yourself without a voice when you need it most. Getting Laryngitis from a cold or flu can even leave you with voice loss even after all of your other symptoms have gone away, which can also be extremely frustrating.

Prevention is key, which is why we have put together some important tips on how to keep your voice intact for your audition if you are getting sick.

One of the most important things you can do for yourself is to stay hydrated:

  • Drinking lots of water will help your throat clear mucus, restore any lost fluids from fever/vomiting, and keep your vocal cords moist.
  • Breathing in steam will help clear your sinuses and keep your throat from getting overly dry.

Be careful to avoid the following while you are sick:

  • Caffeine & Alcohol
    Avoid drinks that will dehydrate your body.
  • Acidic Foods & Drinks
    This includes tea, chocolate, and citrus-based items. Yes, hot tea and chocolate are very soothing, but the additional inflammation isn’t actually helping you get better.
  • Whispering
    Doing this causes strain on your already fragile vocal cords. Instead, try avoiding talking altogether and give your voice some much-needed rest.
  • Smoking
    Your lungs will thank you for the fresh air and your throat will benefit immensely from the smoking break.

And of course, see your Doctor if symptoms persist!

Cassie DeMay

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