30 Vocal Tips in 30 Days
No. 14 JUST SAY “NO”
“The most common performance-related practice that results in injury to the vocal folds is continuing to perform when one has an upper respiratory tract infection that involves the vocal folds…The second most common injury is not treating an excessive cough during an upper respiratory tract infection and just “waiting it out.” A chronic cough, in and of itself, will cause nodules on the vocal folds, whether you are performing or not”. Yolanda D. Heman-Ackah, MD
I promise I’m not trying to freak you out by quoting Dr. Heman-Ackah. My real intention is to give you permission to say “no.”
I know you’re not a whiner. You’re respecting your obligation. You said you’d be there. You may not want to miss an opportunity to perform. But sometimes, you just have to bow out. Sometimes you have to measure whether or not this gig is worth gambling on your vocal health.
TAKEAWAY: If you’ve been coughing or struggling with laryngitis, your voice is vulnerable to damage. It’s up to you to protect it.