There are various reasons why people may want to pretend to have lost their voice, such as playing a role in a play, being part of a movie, or making an illness seem worse. However, taking steps to lose your voice can damage your vocal cords and is not recommended. The next time you have to pretend to lose your voice, try faking it instead by mimicking the symptoms of laryngitis. Having inflamed vocal cords causes laryngitis. It is a common cause of voice loss that can be caused by bacterial or viral infections, screaming or singing too much or too loudly, and smoking. Symptoms of laryngitis include not being able to speak or speaking at a regular volume, hoarseness, a raspy voice, and croaking or grinding when you speak.
Part 1 of 2: Modify your voice
Step 1. It sounds hoarse
One of the tell-tale signs of laryngitis is hoarseness, which refers to the scratchy, weak quality of the voice when overused.
- To make your voice sound scratchy and gravelly, practice vibrating your vocal cords like you're croaking like a frog.
- Also practice making sounds like a sheep as this will also make your vocal cords vibrate.
- After practicing making sounds, add the same scratchy quality to the way you speak.
Step 2. Make your voice break off
Another common sign that occurs when you have laryngitis is experiencing unintentional changes in the volume and pitch of your voice when you speak.
When you speak, try to make your voice break when you say certain words. Then turn your voice off briefly so that you are quieter. Alternate doing this and speaking in your normal (but hoarse) voice
Step 3. Whisper a little exhaustingly when you speak
In addition to making your voice crackle and fade, you should also whisper more if you want to pretend to lose your voice. When you have laryngitis, you usually have trouble making sounds with your vocal cords. You can also replicate this by lowering your voice to a tired whisper intermittently when you speak.
- Make sure you continue to alternate between having your voice cracking, muffling, whispering, and speaking hoarsely at a normal volume.
- When using the different vocal effects, try to make it as natural as possible so that people don't know you're pretending.
Step 4. Cough when you speak
Laryngitis usually causes a raw and dry throat, so it is common for people who lose their voices to cough sometimes when speaking.
- Don't cough too much. Do it a few times in a dry way if you've been talking for a while.
- Coughing occurs when the body forces air out of the lungs, which is different from vibrating the vocal cords to speak. This means that you can cough even if you have lost your voice.
Part 2 of 2: Backing up the pretext
Step 1. Complain about symptoms days before losing your voice
In addition to performing different vocal effects to give the impression of having lost your voice, there are also other things you can do to support your performance. If you want to create a foundation for the loss of your voice, complain of a sore or ticklish throat, and cough a day or two before losing your voice.
Step 2. Talk less than normal
Regardless of the causes of laryngitis, the best remedy is always to rest your voice. This means that if you have truly lost your voice, you will try to rest to recover faster.
Try using your body language more often, such as nodding or shaking your head, rather than speaking when communicating with someone
Step 3. Write to communicate
Laryngitis usually causes a cough and sore throat. These things can make it difficult and painful to speak. In addition to talking less and using your body language more, try writing to communicate instead of talking.
You can alternate casting the voice effects and typing (to relax your voice) to support the impression that you have laryngitis
Step 4. Drink large amounts of water
Another effective remedy is to drink large amounts of fluids, especially water. To support your performance, drink plenty of water. Take small, frequent sips of water, especially if you must speak for long periods of time.
Step 5. Take throat lozenges
It is common to take lozenges and cough drops when people lose their voice, so do the same to support the idea of your laryngitis.