Voiceover Insider Podcast #34 with Shana Pennington-Baird

The VoiceOver Insider Podcast has launched Episode #34. Julie Williams talks to Shana Pennington-Baird, who is the director of the Seattle Voice Institute and a voice-over artist.  Eighteen years ago Shana ‘bent’ her vocal cords after performing for six shows consecutively without break and teaching kids theatre during the day.  For six weeks she did not speak, for nine months she did not sing, and after healing without any kind of surgery has gone on to a long career in audiobooks, promo, commercial VO, eLearning, musical theatre, and teaching vocal health.  Shana trains people from all walks of life to breathe properly, warm up, and keep their voices healthy for life. Julie Williams talks to Shana about protecting your voice, no matter how long or difficult your sessions are.

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About Julie Williams

Julie Williams has voiced thousands of commercials and narrations, and eLearning scripts, as well as many other voice-overs. She is an active audiobook narrator, and was a 2012 Audie Finalist. Julie has also taught at such notable events as VO2013, The VoiceLympics Cruise, and multiple VOICE Conferences. She is a nationally recognized voiceover coach, and has coached hundreds of talent worldwide to reach their full potential. Julie is available for private coaching via Skype for a limited number of students.


  1. Excellent info, Julie and Shana — thank you! I looked up the personal steam inhaler on Amazon.com. I think the one Shana was talking about is the Mabis personal steam inhaler, $34.99.

  2. scott f feighner says

    I’ve been using the MyPurMist personal steamer for a few months. I have the worst habits imaginable, (laziness and taking short cuts) this has helped me very much…As has the taking the time to do a bit of a warm up before pressing record….not trying to read a chapter non-stop, and attempting to put in 10 hours recording…And did I mention i forget to drink? Yeah. Nightmare waiting. Building better habits so I keep the tools healthy. I won’t promise there won’t be a loud and harsh glottal slamming scream when I finally win an Audie, but, I’m being careful.

    • Wow. I can’t believe you recorded 10 hours straight!! I can’t do that anymore.

      I only did it once… 12 hours while on deadline for a book. Then my QC person (sitting behind me–it was the middle of night) and I both got giddy with exhaustion. She started seeing roaches walk across the floor. (they weren’t there) And I could have sworn that the picture of the cat on her purse was breathing!

      Fun to think back on and laugh at. But I’ll never do it again!

  3. David Johnston says

    Greetings from the heartland of Manson,Iowa.Really enjoyed this,Thanks Shana,for sharing your insight,even though I was a vocal performance major some years ago,you have reminded me not to take my voice for granted,I am going to get me a personal steam inhaler.Best wishes in all your endeavors.Thanks to you Julie for having her on.

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