Many of us will be very busy this month with Holiday shows. Every winter I usually end up with a nasty case of laryngitis and I have to miss out on some shows. Fortunately, I have other streams of income coming in when I do get sick, so I don't miss the boat entirely.
I just wanted to pass along some tips I've picked up from various doctors and personal experience, to avoid this problem and save some money and aggravation.
- First and foremost is to exercise control over your audience. If you have to shout over the crowd, you're more likely to strain your voice.
- Always bring a sound system...even to birthday party shows. You never know when you're going to need it and it is better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
- Drink plenty of water. Before your show, during your show, in between shows, and after your show. I also recommend tea or orange juice. Stay away from coffee, alcohol, and soft drinks. This is one of the most important tips I can offer.
- If you think you've strained your voice at a show, don't talk for an hour afterwards.
- Have a humidifier running in your bedroom at night.
- Don't smoke
- Dress warm, wear a hat or at least a scarf if you don't want to mess up the hairdo.
If you end up with laryngitis and you really need to get to a show, try this:
- Gargle with warm salt water or Listerine for at least a full minute.
- Carry plenty of cough drops
- Drink plenty of tea and water...more than you think you need.
- Learn a silent act or be a mime for a day
- Tell them you did a great "disappearing voice trick" (in sign language of course)
Well, that's it. It's pretty much common sense stuff, but it's good to remember to do it so you don't miss out on any shows or income. It is very important to set up other streams of income for yourself so you don't HAVE TO leave the house to earn money.
The Holiday season lends itself to selling products, so if you have a product to sell, that would be a great source of income during the early winter months.
If you don't have a product to sell, try mine:
You can also book another magician to fill your spot and take a commission for the show. It's not as much as a full show, but it is at least SOMETHING.