Vocal Health Resources

Your vocal cords (also called vocal folds) are membranes attached to the muscles in your neck and throat– and they can get hurt.  Sometimes temporarily, sometimes permanently.  We are here to help. Your vocal health is important throughout your whole life. You need to know more about vocal hygiene and vocal health!

Here is a fantastic link about vocal myths.

Here is a fantastic link to help you understand your cords and how they work.

Podcast with the Voiceover Insider with SVI’s director Shana Pennington-Baird on fatigue and vocal health.

Want instant relief from a tired voice?  Watch this video from Ingo Titze.

First and foremost, if you feel PAIN of any kind…. STOP.  And by stop, we mean talking, whispering, singing… everything.  And schedule an appointment with an otolaryngologist TODAY.

Dr. Al Merati, otolaryngologist at UW Medicine.
Don’t wait.

For voices with damage there are several courses of action– and this website is going to give very broad sweeping statements– and you’ll need to determine exactly what is going on with your vocal cords and why.  But here are a few basic solutions:

  • Possible vocal rest for a period of time (4 weeks)
  • Speech therapy
  • Surgery

Ways to hurt your voice:

  • Glottal fry
  • Harsh glottal onset
  • Never varying pitch and staying in one or two notes in your vocal range
  • Singing or speaking outside your pitch range
  • Improper warming up or warming down

This page is a work in progress and we will continue to add articles and assistance for those who need help with damaged cords.

Books, Podcasts and Other Great Resources

Great Books:

For VO:

The Art of Voice Acting by James Alburger

Voice Over Legal by Rob Sciglimpaglia Jr.

Rodney Saulsberry’s Tongue Twisters and Vocal Warm Ups

Word of Mouth: A Guide to Commercial and Animation Voice-Over Excellence. Third Edition. Susan Blu, Molly Ann Mullin, and Cynthia Songé.

There’s Money Where Your Mouth Is: A Complete Insider’s Guide to Earning Income and Building a Career in Voice-Overs. Third Edition. Elaine A. Clark.

How to Start and Build a Six-Figure Voice Over Business. Bill DeWees.

VO: Tales and Techniques of a Voice-Over Actor. Harlan Hogan.

Voice Actor’s Guide to Recording at Home… And on the Road. Harlan Hogan and Jeffrey P. Fisher.

Accents and Dialects for Stage and Screen. Paul Meier.

Voice-Over Voice Actor: What It’s Like Behind the Mic. Tara Platt and Yuri Lowenthal.

Tongue Twisters and Vocal Warm-Ups. Rodney Saulberry.

Voiceovers: Techniques and Tactics for Success. Janet Wilcox.

Voice-Over for Animation. Jean Ann Wright and MJ Lallo.


Acting for the Camera

Tony Bar

Acting In Commercials

Joan See

Acting in Film

Michael Caine

Acting in the Million Dollar Minute

Tom Logan

Hitting Your Mark

Steve Carlson

How to Book Jobs in TV and Film

Cathy Reinking

How to Make an Audience Fall in Love with You

Deryn Warren

How to Stop Acting

Harold Guskin

Intent to Live

Larry Moss

The Power of the Actor

Ivana Chubbuck

The Science of On-Camera Acting

Andreo Morris

True and False

David Mamet


Comedy Bible

Judy Carter

Truth in Comedy


Improvisation for the Theater

Viola Sporin



Michael Shurtleff

Casting Directors Secrets

Ginger Howard Friedman

Confessions of a Casting Director

Jen Rudin

For Presenting and Public Speaking:

Show and Tell by Dan Roam

For Vocal Health:

Broadcast Voice Handbook by Dr. Ann S. Utterback

VO Podcasts:

Voiceover Body Shop with George Whittam and Dan Lenard

Julie William’s Podcast


Know of other great books, podcasts or articles?  Please contact us and we’ll post them here.