J. Christopher Dunn's Blog (10)

The Magic Phrase that Pays

There is a small two-word phrase that carries much force. The utterance of these words could make you a hero in a child’s’ eyes. Saying these words to big macho men could melt their hearts. If you said this to your mom, she’d smile, knowing that she taught you well. Telling this phrase to your clients will let them know you appreciate their business.

Imagine a scenario where you work hard to get the business of a recognized client. You establish a professional…


Added by J. Christopher Dunn on May 20, 2014 at 6:51pm — No Comments

A Standard in Which to be Recognized

I take my car to a locally owned garage here in Coupeville. I get along well with the mechanics and I’ve always driven away feeling like my needs were met. When I first moved to the area, I considered a few auto repair shops. One of the things I took into account was whether a shop had Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification. I understand what the certification stands for and know that it’s not easy to acquire. To be ASE Certified, mechanics take a number of exams, which typically…


Added by J. Christopher Dunn on February 6, 2013 at 1:52pm — No Comments

Go Paperless with Foxit PDF

When I was preparing to open the door of my voice-over business, I made a list of all the office goodies I needed. One of the items was a printer, and I had my mind set on a multifunction unit. I thought having print/fax/scan capabilities in one easy to use box would be the most efficient way to go. I made the purchase and printed off into the sunset.…


Added by J. Christopher Dunn on January 29, 2013 at 8:07pm — No Comments

Five DIY Home Studio Voice-over Tips

As work from home voice-artists, we are a segregated lot. Our time recording is spent in the lonely convenience of closets, spare bedrooms, under moving blanket tents and for the truly fortunate, a sound booth. Regardless of where we record, we are usually solo, self-directing to the point of our best performance. Sure, there are patched or ISDN sessions with directors talking to us from some remote location. Still, we are standing by ourselves, behind a mic and putting our best VO effort…


Added by J. Christopher Dunn on June 13, 2012 at 2:23pm — 2 Comments

Are You Available?

I’m a repeat customer at my local haircut shop. I make the pilgrimage once a month to get what I believe to be the best cut in town. It’s a short six mile drive to where the shop is located.


This month’s cut was super important because my parents were coming for a visit. Mom appreciates a well groomed son, and I was aiming to…


Added by J. Christopher Dunn on September 7, 2011 at 3:01pm — No Comments

Who Wants to Be a Voice Talent?

Recently, I’ve received e-mail from a number of folks who are checking out the prospect of becoming a voice-over talent. They ask me questions about how I got started; what I did to become successful; and what a typical day looks like for me. I openly let them know that it’s hard work and encourage them to give the idea some careful consideration before taking the plunge. My 1000-foot level response looks something like this:


Self Examination

There are…


Added by J. Christopher Dunn on August 6, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Simple Two Step Process for Losing Clients

  • Is your customer list so huge that you’re overwhelmed by the sheer number of contacts?
  • Are repeat clients bothersome and too much of a maintenance nightmare for you to imagine?
  • Do you enjoy the challenge of searching for new clients?

If you answered yes to any of these, the following two-step process will help you reduce the number of clients that you’re currently working with.


Step 1 – Don’t Say Thank You



Added by J. Christopher Dunn on June 6, 2011 at 2:45pm — 1 Comment

Eight Ideas to Help You Wade Through Inbox Muck

In a previous life, I was a Software Development Engineer in Test at the largest software company in the world. The team of extremely smart folks that I was on, developed a prominent e-mail application. I believe one of the goals was to keep customers in our e-mail inbox for as long as possible. It was designed with bells and whistles that alerted you when new mail arrived, beckoning you to deal with it in real time.

On any given day, I received over 200 e-mail items. Some were not…


Added by J. Christopher Dunn on March 17, 2011 at 6:53pm — No Comments

Five Must Have Online Gizmos for Your Voice-Over Toolbox

It should never be said that voice-over work lacks variety. Whether it be the type of project, length, emotive delivery or just the file format requested by the customer, most projects are unique.

Along the way on my voice-over trek, I’ve gone searching for tools to help me get a particular job to the finish line. Most are easy to use and intuitive to implement. Except for one, all cost nothing to use. Free is a price most anybody can afford.

1. Word to…


Added by J. Christopher Dunn on March 10, 2011 at 4:19pm — 11 Comments

Three Part Voiceover Practice Method that’s Close to Perfection

By J. Christoper Dunn


An athlete practices daily to train for competition. Without practice, the chances of success are greatly reduced. It’s important to teach the body how to move or react to situation so it can do so automatically without having to put much thought into it.

Like an athlete, voice actors should train. Doing so will increase the chance for successful auditions. An hour a day can make the…


Added by J. Christopher Dunn on March 4, 2011 at 12:00pm — 19 Comments

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