J. Christopher Dunn
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  • Seattle, WA
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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 relationship, and find that working…See More
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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…See More
Jun 13, 2012
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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 please. My folks were set to arrive in one day and so the need for a hair cut was immediate. I called the shop to make sure that Jean, the Master Stylist who always cuts…See More
Sep 7, 2011
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Jun 15, 2011
J. Christopher Dunn replied to Linda Velwest's discussion 'I'm looking for a good book/cd to learn accents'
"Hi Linda- My vo coach recommended "ACCENTS a Manual for Actors" by Robert Blumenfeld. The book covers accents from several locals and includes two CDs. -JCD"
Oct 6, 2010
J. Christopher Dunn commented on Jon Bailey's blog post 'Finally got my first THEATRICAL trailer! And I've been STAYIN' booked!'
"That is so cool. Congratulations on successful pipes!"
Sep 15, 2010
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I WORK IN THE VOICE OVER INDUSTRY AS A(N)
Voice Actor, Copy Writer
HERE'S A LITTLE ABOUT ME AND MY VOICE OVER EXPERIENCE
I'm a professional voice actor based in the Pacific Northwest. I had no idea how the voice over industry had grown since I left in late 80’s. I was a production director for two stations then, at the time when voice work was limited to TV and radio. Writing copy and producing commercials was a hoot, one of the most crazy but enjoyable periods of my life.

After taking a look at the direction terrestrial radio was heading, I got out and moved on to tech were I spent over 15 years testing software. A good chunk of that time was at Microsoft banging on code for the Macintosh and Windows operating systems. It was an interesting job, one that I fell into by accident. I was a round peg that fit into a square hole, and not very well at that. Testing software is not overly creative but the pay was satisfying.

I was swept away from Microsoft and became an Amazonian. While at Amazon.com I wrote copy, played with web analytics, created e-mail campaigns, hobnobbed with vendors and manufactures. I got in the pool again and took on two voice over projects. The first was multiple episodes of AmazonWire, a podcast that featured interviews with authors, musicians and celebrities. After that, I voiced a number of book descriptions for the website WindowShop.com. Both of these were freebies and I found myself wanting to do more and more voice over work and less and less of what I was hired to do. Not a good thing. I ended up totally bailing on voice over work in favor of focusing on what I was paid to do. I got out of the pool. Sad.

OK, this is were it gets better. I left Amazon and took some badly needed time off to get my soul aligned with my brain so that I could recognize and understand my passions. The VO water looked temping and that’s when I realized what my number one passion with a bullet was.

So, I’m in the pool again and I just wanted to say, hey. Based on what I see on the BB, there are a number of talented swimmers that I hope to get to know better. Right now, I’m on shallow end but gravitating to deeper waters. Thanks for giving me a place to swim.
RECENTLY BOOKED PROJECTS
TV
Whirl-a-Style - commercial
Fashion on the Go - commercial

Narration
Haiti Relief Fund - Jusuru International
Safety and Security Solutions Video - ten90

Audiobook
To Define Humanity - Red Anvil Productions

Web Video
Flight Sim Help.info
Tegrity Lecture Capture Software - FlickerBox
Forex Big Bang - Financial Software
Z-CounterForm - Z-CounterForm
Bandknight.com - James Boyd Band
LANGUAGES
North American English
VOICE DESCRIPTION
Warm • Friendly • Trustworthy
Authoritative • Relaxed • Guy Next Door
VOICES I AM ABLE TO PERFORM
Middle Age Male, Young Adult Male
AUDIO DELIVERY METHOD
FTP, AIF, MP3, WAV
EQUIPMENT
•Samson VR88 Microphone

•T.C. Electronic Audio Interface

•Mackie 5 Studio Monitors

•Sennheiser HD 280 Headphones

•iMac Digital Work Station

•Garageband, Audacity
WEBSITE
http://www.JChristopherDunn.com

J. Christopher Dunn's Blog

The Magic Phrase that Pays

Posted on May 20, 2014 at 6:51pm 0 Comments

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…

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A Standard in Which to be Recognized

Posted on February 6, 2013 at 1:52pm 0 Comments

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…

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Go Paperless with Foxit PDF

Posted on January 29, 2013 at 8:07pm 0 Comments

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.…

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Five DIY Home Studio Voice-over Tips

Posted on June 13, 2012 at 2:23pm 2 Comments

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…

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At 8:48am on March 10, 2011, David W Stone said…
Good Stuff!
At 2:16pm on March 8, 2011, Scott J. Smith said…
Thanks for the compliment.  Working on re-designing my website...need to add some new VO samples, too.
At 9:28pm on March 7, 2011, Lynne Darlington said…
I am pleased to connect.  Have a spectacular week!
At 10:30am on March 7, 2011, Arthur Gregory Pugh said…
Hi Chris. Thanks for the connect. Continued success.
At 6:25pm on March 6, 2011, Zook Matthews said…
Hi christopher thanks for the invite and welcome aboard. Best of luck looking forward to more posts
At 4:42pm on March 6, 2011, Rebecca Michaels said…
Hey Christopher - thanks for the connection... Looking forward to more excellent tips!
At 3:53pm on March 6, 2011, Howard Ellison said…
Hi, Christopher.  Glad to welcome you as a friend, thankyou!  Your tips are very helpful.  It's too easy to overlook practice when we are yapping one way or another most of the day - to friends, the cat, the mike, anything/person that will listen!
At 11:37am on August 23, 2010, Penny Abshire said…
Hi there!

I’m so happy to be one of the first to welcome you to the UNIVERSE! You've joined an amazing group of very talented and generous people. You’ll love it here!

I'd also like to invite you to join my VoiceOver Universe Group, Positive Thinkers UNITE! We welcome all creative, positive voices to join! We hope you’ll count yourself among us!

You can also check out the other groups here at VO Universe by going to the FORUM tab and then selecting GROUPS.

Best wishes for your continued success!

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