Health and Wellness – OH NO, I’m Sick!

It’s 7am. Alarm goes off. You open your eyes…and swallow...

You have a sore throat! The sickness is coming! But you have auditions, gigs, clients and agents to keep happy! What are you going to do? Well – Anne and Gabby have you covered! They talk about some of their go-to remedies and some strategies on communicating with your clients when you just don’t have a voice.


Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode:

  1. You are human! Be honest with your clients, they will understand when you’re sick!

  2. You can fight through the early stages of a cold, before you sound bad. Get your recording in and then rest!

  3. Rest, fluids, tea, and honey will help make you comfortable and protect your throat.

  4. If you have any serious symptoms, please go see your doctor.

Referenced in this Episode

Direct links to things we brought up ++

The VO Peeps Immunity Spray is great for a sore throat
Throat Coat Tea or anything with slippery elm is great for your throat too
Check out the VO Peeps Store for other great vocal products!


VO: Today’s voices need to be more than just a pretty voice. Today’s voiceover talent has to be a boss. A VO BOSS Set yourself up with Business Owner Strategies and Success with your host Anne Ganguzza along with some of the strongest voices in our industry. Rock your business like a boss. A VO BOSS Anne: Hey everybody! Welcome to the VO BOSS podcast. I’m Anne Ganguzza your host along with my wonderful, amazing co-host, Gabby Nistico. Hey Gabby. Gabby: Hi Anne! How ya feelin’? Anne: Well Gabby… …Oh No! I’m Sick! I’m getting sick and I’ve got a session. So, this I think is a good time to talk about that, actually, for our episode, because what do we do when we’re getting sick or what do we do when we’re sick? How do we handle it? How do we talk to our clients? What do you do, Gabby, when you get sick? Gabby: Well, I mean, we’ve all been there. And it’s going to happen. And if it hasn’t happened to you yet, it’s coming, okay? It’s just the way it goes. Anne: How many threads on social media what to do? Gabby: Yeah. I think initially, people freak out any they panic. Okay. So let’s kind of break down a couple things here. First and foremost, if you’re at the very beginning stages of a cold, you probably think you sound worse than you really do. Anne: Yes, that’s me. I’m at the beginning stages, Gabby. Gabby: Yeah, but you don’t sound bad at all. I think that for a client to notice, they would have to really, really know your voice super intimately. And most of them don’t. You know, beginning stages, early phase, you can usually fight and plow through. If you’re at that point though, where you’re really… it’s like chest congestion and your nose is stuffed up. And yeah, you’re just… Anne: Nasal! Gabby: or have lost your throat. I mean, I’ve had plenty, plenty of instances where I’ve lost my voice with a cold and had like a whole laryngitis thing going on. Well, and I mean, we’ve talked about this before, you are allowed to be sick! Yeah, like news flash! Hello! You’re allowed to be sick. Anne: It’s okay! We’re giving you permission. Gabby: You just have to kind of fess up. Yes, you want to call your client. Yes, you want to apologize, but it’s not like they’re going to not understand. Is there a chance you might lose a job? Yeah. Maybe. But in many instances I have found that they’re just as nice to reschedule. I don’t think I’ve ever lost a job because of a cold. The client has just gone, well, can we play it by ear over the next few days and see how you’re feeling so we can get you at first avail. Yeah, of course. Anne: I think Gabby, I think that is the absolute, you hit the nail on the head, right there. Because I think the fear for most people is that they’re going to lose money, they’re going to lose income and they’re afraid. And so I think you’re absolutely right. If you talk to your client, you know, we’re human! You explain, look, my voice is going and what are the possibilities of maybe pushing this a couple of days. I’ve done that myself many times. As a matter of fact, I woke up this morning and I went… Oh no! And I will say, that time of day, if you know your body, know yourself. I knew that ultimately if I drank enough fluids that it would start to come out, but this morning when I woke up, I barely had a voice. And I thought, oh no! I had an audition due at 9 o’clock. I couldn’t do it! And no matter… I tried to swallow, you know, hot tea with honey and I just had to email my agent and say, I’m so sorry, I have to pass on this one. But now I’ve got a job that’s due, by the end of the day today and I think I can probably, I can probably pull it off, but I also think that if I contacted my client and I said, Look, you know, can we push this a couple of days? My voice isn’t in tip top shape. I think they would be very understanding and that is so important for everyone to know. That we are human. It’s okay. Talk to your clients. Open up that dialogue of communication. I think that they’ll understand. Gabby: They will. Year ago when I worked in rock radio, I had gotten sick one time and I had to call in and I was really apologetic to my PD and I was really, really worried and he said, “You know, there’s a difference between being human and being negligent.” and he goes, “Look. It’s not like you went to a show last night and blew your voice out screaming for 45 minutes like a lunatic fan. You got sick.” SO yeah, I mean, most people are going to be accepting of that and are going to be okay with it. But there are defintiely things you can do, I mean, the internet is nothing but a slew of remedies and quick fixes and things. Anne: For sure. For sure. Gabby: The things that I like, I’m a big fan of the throat coat tea. I like anything with slippery elm root. Anne: Tea in general. Gabby: Yeah. I like anything with slippery elm root in it. Slippery elm root, you can actually go to herbalists and you can get it by itself and that’s what I do and I just it’s awful. The stuff is…and I will tell you, it’s disgusting. You don’t frink it for the flavor, that’s for sure. Anne: That I know. That I do know. I’ve had it. Gabby: The texture is heinous as well. But what it does is it creates a really, really epic coating on the inside of your throat that makes the scratchies and the pain go away so that you can continue to function or fight through. A