How a Flu Shot and Mouthwash Saved a Voiceover Career

Posted on January 23, 2013 by



Today’s post comes to you from voice actor, Ben Bledsoe, who discusses what steps he took when mouth clicks and pops started during recording.

“I am a voice actor based in Hollywood, California.  Now, we don’t get strong winters down here, but I started noticing that my mouth was getting drier and drier towards the end of the year.  I also noticed that around the same time every year I have been getting colds, which can bring a voiceover career to a screeching halt at what always seems to be “the worst time imaginable”.

I decided to bring it up with my doctor when I went in for my flu shot.  His response was very simple, “Mouthwash”.

Now, I Listerine every day, so I was a little unconvinced by his response, but then he explained further. He said that I should pick up Biotene mouthwash and use it when I begin noticing those annoying pops and clicks, that are a sign of your mouth drying up.  He also said that Biotene makes a gum that you can take with you to sessions to help get saliva going and help lubricate your mouth, both of which I purchased immediately.  It’s amazing how quickly it turns you from dry to perfect.  I had a session today where I told the client that I needed to go get some water, but I actually went and did a quick swish of Biotene and came back ready to take on the world.

The other thing he told me to do was pick up a bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide and add a bit of that to my normal mouth washing routine.   You heard me right…  Hydrogen Peroxide; the stuff that your mom pours over a cut, which bubbles until your cut is clean. It sounds like a terrible thing to put in your mouth!  I did a double take until he showed me on the bottle that it was meant for such a thing. He said that peroxide cleans better than any standard mouthwash can, and tends to reach further down your throat to stop any bacteria from getting too comfortable in there; slowing or stopping any general colds. So there you have it.  Mouthwash has saved me from the two main issues I tend to face in the recording booth, and now it can hopefully do the same for you.”

Ben Bledsoe is a voice actor with 44th Floor Productions