You know that gross sound people make when they’re speaking with a dry mouth? The one that sounds like they’re trying to pull a hair off their tongue? It’s pasty, sticky and annoying as heck.
Well, it happened to me. I was heading to a voiceover job and all of a sudden I could hear “tsk tsk“. Dang it!
I had done all the right prep: got lots of rest, drank tons of water, and did a full vocal warm up. And then I drank milk. And lots of it: latte, smoothie, yogurt…
Apparently milk is a jerk and will give you thick saliva (aka dry mouth or xerostomia) .
The voiceover job begins: I talk into the microphone and immediately the recording engineer wants to hear playback. “Hmm, sounds sticky; I’ll get you some *%#?! to drink.” I respond with, “yes, great idea”! Full disclosure: I have no idea what he just said. Could have been anything… I immediately assume I’m about to drink some caustic old-school remedy. It’s bleach isn’t it?
The recording engineer returns with a mug. I ask: “What type of juice was that again?!”
To my pleasant surprise, the ascorbic and malic acids in apples stimulate saliva production  and get rid of the pasty sound.
Next time I have an acting gig, I’m going to make sure I have a little apple juice handy. And maybe cut back on the milk. 🙂