Oh, even with the stuff I do, I still have mouth clicks to deal with. But fewer, relatively. And the warm-ups cut down on the number of nasal-krunks I have to edit.
Lengthy dairy discussion here
, with lots of people contributing their experience. This is the post that echoes a lot of other things I've read online.
I wasn't going to chime in, but then I just had to say that this whole dairy thing has been debunked by study after study. Unless a person is lactose intolerant, or has some kind of allergy to dairy products, there's just no scientific proof that it's a problem for voices. In fact, I call warm milk and honey "nectar of the gods" and prescribe it (as a voice coach) for throats in all conditions, sore or otherwise.
It's the same with caffeine. Yes, caffeine can be drying, but if one has a sip of water for every sip of caffeine, then it won't be a problem.
There are old wives' tales, myths, and "we've-been-hearing-that-for-years" tales that no one knows the origins of, and the mucus creating problems of dairy are one of them. I have personally never seen it affect a voice, and haven't experienced it myself, but HAVE seen studies online that say it simply can't be substantiated.
Ultimately, a voice-over artist must do what feels right to them. We all know smoking is bad, but I know successful voice-over artists who smoke. I have a bag of tricks I use for vocal maintenance when I'm coaching on set, but usually only need to use them when the artist experiences fatigue, stress, bad resonance placing or an illness (or has post nasal drip from recently quitting smoking). The use of a dairy product has never been a reason for needing to dip into my bag!
Just my observation.
Re. phlegm -- how much water are you drinking? Washing it away by a mouthful every paragraph or two might help?
Also, smoking, since I hear it's very drying, that would help, right?