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This is the audio version of the blogpost you can find at AllThingsVocal.com.

Today's topic is 12 Vocal Resolutions for the new year. Listen to this podcast episode to learn 12 commitments you can make to significantly improve your voice next year.

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Subjects covered in this episode include:

  • Resolve to assess the state of your voice.
  • Resolve to do something about your weakest vocal area.
  • Resolve to warm up and warm down your voice
  • Resolve to address your speaking voice.
  • Resolve to get out of your comfort zone.
  • Resolve to improve something you already do well.
  • Resolve to study some masters of your genre.
  • Resolve to set goals for your vocal performances.
  • Resolve to have and nourish a small circle of trusted friends.
  • Resolve to take better care of yourself physically, mentally and spiritually
  • Resolve to sing fearlessly.
  • Resolve to be a better listener.

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This is the audio version of the blogpost you can find at AllThingsVocal.com.

Today's topic is: Why you shouldn't sing from your diaphragm. Listen to this podcast episode to discover why this mistaken concept is wrong and dangerous for the voice, and where you should power your voice from instead.

Subscribe to this podcast at iTunes and don't miss an episode... and please leave a review there, too! REVIEWS ARE MUCH APPRECIATED!

If you’d like help with powering your voice in a healthy, effective way, or any other vocal matter, try Power, Path and Performance vocal training, available at www.JudyRodman.com in vocal lessons and on CD courses.


Subjects covered in this episode include:

  • Where the diaphragm is located and what it is connected to in the body
  • What happens when you try to 'sing from the diaphragm', and how it can hurt your voice
  • What to do instead to power your voice in a healthy way that unlocks vocal improvement and impact

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This is the audio version of the blogpost you can find at AllThingsVocal.com.

Today's topic is the career of voiceover, and includes my interview with renown New York-based voiceover talent Linda Bruno. Listen to this podcast episode to learn what goes into creating a successful career in the field of voiceover, from an insider who has done it. 

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There is nothing like speaking with a master of any art, and Linda's career credits speaks to her mastery of not only the art of voiceover, but the business as well. And to top it off, she continues to train her voice in the endless pursuit of higher levels of ability, and protection from strain. It is my great pleasure to work with her every week from her office to mine, over Skype.

Some of the topics we discussed include:

  • What the preferred term for her line of work is.
  • The trip to Miami with her father when she was 18 and the kindness of a pro that lit the fire for Linda's voiceover career. 
  • The current state of business for skilled voiceover talent, and what Linda does to stay competitive in the field. 
  • What it means to work union (SAG-AFTRA) vs non-union.
  • The really fun stuff: How Linda met Meryl Streep backstage while working the She Awards at Radio City Music Hall.
  • The not-fun stuff: How she deals with difficult clients who don't know what they want.
  • What it means to be a professional with a great reputation in this field.
  • How improv classes can be helpful for honing voiceover skills.
  • How acting can help with message delivery in voiceover as well as singing performance.
  • Why Linda still takes vocal lessons.
  • Why Linda believes it's no longer necessary to have an ISDN line for voiceover work.
  • Her practical advice for those interested in developing a professional career as voiceover talent. 

More about Linda Bruno:

Her website is www.LindaBruno.com. She can be contacted there.


From voicing promos for National networks to making you laugh with character voices to providing your pharmaceutical or banking information over the phone, Linda Bruno has been tagged a renaissance woman. Linda’s voice is used daily for Television, Radio, and multimedia formats all over the world. Currently she is the voice of HSN – Home Shopping Network, Disney Jr for South East Asia, Fandango, The Weather Channel as well as the voice of “Alex” for United Airlines’ website.  Her specialties include retail spots and auto dealerships. More Credits: Walmart, Pfizer, Disney Asia, HSN, The Weather Channel, Fandango, United Airlines, TLC – The Learning Channel, CNBC, CNBC Asia, CNN, Stride Gum, VH1, Nickelodeon, Verizon, Costco, McDonalds, AT&T, Kraft Foods. Various radio and TV stations across the country. Local and Regional auto dealerships including Mercedes Benz, Acura, Jaguar, Kia, Chevy, VW, Lexus, Honda and more. 

Remember you can find me and my services for your voice, as well as contact me, at www.JudyRodman.com

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How Singing Is Like Kefir

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Kefir is an incredibly nutritious probiotic drink, with origins in antiquity. I've just gotten into making both the water and milk kefir and find many similarities between singing and kefir! Listen to this podcast to explores these similarities.

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Here is a link to my slideshow of my kefir-making activities:  https://picasaweb.google.com/104316444961815474808/MakingWaterAndMilkKefir#slideshow/6168827067039424946 
Also, here's a good source for all things kefir. I personally enjoyed the video 'Donna's Story': http://www.culturedfoodlife.com/video-how-to-make-kefir/ 
Your comments and suggestions are most welcome!
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Vocal Fry example

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