Quick vocal warm-up tips from a voiceover actor

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We are delighted to publish this article by actor, voiceover artist and comedian Nicola Redman – Follow Nicola on Twitter at @nicredmanvoice
I’m an actress, singer and flautist/ukulele-ist with experience in theatre, actor-musicianship, comedy, multi-role playing and radio drama. This is the serious bit. No jokes here…unless it’s a comedy. Then #majorlols
I do stand up. It’s a lot of fun. Some times even for the audience. (See? A JOKE!) I’m also in a sketch group called Jolly Mixtures.”

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Ron Burgundy Vocal warm-up from Anchorman

(see video below)
I keep reading blogs about advice on peoples favourite vocal warm up exercises and tongue twisters, and I’m pretty sure I’ve yet to read the same suggestions twice. Which can mean only one thing. We’re all running round like mental eejits making a load of weird and wonderful noises.
And, would you want it any different?
Weeeeellll, maybe the neighbours would. But what do they know except hoovering at 6 am, or playing Blink 182 on full blast when I’m trying to watch Eggheads quiz show. What is it…90s American niche rock music revival hour or something. AM I RIGHT?!
(*High fives herself. And the neighbour through the wall. But they couldn’t hear it… #callback)
Now, for me it’s not about being able to recite the whole of a Gilbert and Sullivan aria (…how cultured am I with that reference. I can tell your impressed.)
Who has time for that every day/time you need to record something.
It’s about having a few short and memorable bits that you can call on immediately and discreetly to get the old mouth in a place where it’s making sense and not tripping you up like you’ve been on the vodka cornflakes again. IT WAS ONE TIME, OK?

What tongue twisters and vocal warm-ups can I use everyday?

So, here are my favourite tongue twisters that I use every day. Picked up from various eccentric voice teachers and acting coaches over the years.
Just say them loads, vary the speed, the energy, the diction, do them backwards, do them jumping up and down, do them lying on the ground, do them in the shower, whatever fits your schedule, after the usual sirening, trilling and scrunching your face up like you’ve had a bit of sour lemon muscular work out stuff.
So there you have it folks. You’re bloody welcome. You might like them. You might not. Every voice is different. Find what’s right for you. These are the ones that have stayed with me and proven to be winners in terms of performance, memory and lols.
Thank you to the voice tutors who may have equipped me with them over the years. Or maybe they came to me in a dream, who knows. But I put them out into the world for all to see!
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