Essential hydration for actors
Over the past year, the importance of keeping hydrated as part of maintaining a healthy life style and water coolers being provided at work has been widely publicised. With over two thirds of the body made up of water, drinking enough is essential for maintaining energy levels and a sense of wellbeing.
One of our past employees, Sophie Carmichael, sadly left us to pursue an acting career. Imminently embarking on a touring production of Macbeth, Sophie tells us why water coolers are a must in the rehearsal room.
“When you’re rehearsing, you’re pushing your body to limits that you might not even realise, and sometimes are much more physical than is immediately recognisable. When in character, it’s so easy to become completely absorbed in what you’re doing and not stop for a drink”, she says. “It’s so important to keep on drinking from a bottle, and even better if the company provides water coolers to act as a reminder to take care of yourself by being hydrated. I try and drink every time I think about it or look at the cooler”. She went on to say, “It’s not just your body but your voice which needs to keep cool and refreshed. Projecting lines can take a toll on your throat, and one of the easiest ways to do this is by, again, drinking enough water. It’s basic things which keep you healthy all the way through rehearsals and into a run, which can last for months”.
So, all you budding superstars, start with the basics by looking after your body and your voice. Maybe it’ll be your name that’s next up in lights!