Hi, my name is Michael! I am a video production professional from the U.S. state of Connecticut with over 10 years experience in the field. My main strengths lay behind the camera, control room equipment, or a linear or non-linear editor. However, I have occasionally been known to step under the lights. Although for many years most of my experience in this field was with newscasting, I have created commercials, documentaries, training videos, and have even dabbled in film-making.
I was previously a student at Eastern Connecticut State University from 2004 to 2008, where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Communications, with a concentration in television production. While in college I was active in the campus’ television club TV 22, where I participated in all aspects of the weekly newscast and for one year produced a pop-culture-oriented game show.
When I am not in back of the camera, or taking my shy steps toward the front of it, I can probably be found in front of a computer. My day job is as a content developer and inbound marketer for TicketNetwork.com, an online ticket marketplace. I also do video work for the company.
Besides video work and content development, I also have an interest in computers in general, thanks to my father’s nearly 14 years in the industry, although our expertise is different; his more geared toward hardware, and mine toward software. Entertainment-wise, I have no shame in saying I’m a huge sci-fi and fantasy geek. My two favorite book series are Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings (in order of preference), and my favorite movie series is Star Wars, with my all-time favorite movie being Return of the Jedi. My fantasy and sci-fi picks do not stop at books and film, but reach into television. My favorite television series is Stargate: SG1. I’m also an armchair history buff and when I travel — and I like to travel — my first pick is anywhere with a lot of history to it.
My love for history is complimented by my interest in politics. Identifying as a moderate libertarian, I hold socially liberal and economic centrist to center-right positions. I blog some politics here at Dymersion and on Connecticut-based politics at Nutmeg Politics, a blog I founded in 2011. I am also fascinated by the history and workings of religion, although I am personally an atheist (but a friendly one!).
I’m not the healthiest guy out there, and I don’t mean in diet or hygiene. Apart from having the very well known chronic disease of asthma, I also have the lesser known Crohn’s Disease, which is an inflammatory bowel disease. I’ve had asthma for years, since I was young, but I’ve only been diagnosed with Crohn’s since the summer of 2002. It’s been a struggle for me, but I’ve managed to keep it relatively under control thus far. I’m hopeful that I’ll see a cure for both within my lifetime.
Overall, I am just a simple guy trying to find my way in life. I am hoping (and finding) that some of the plans I made for myself starting in my sophomore year of high school are coming to fruition, and I am happy that more than 10 years later, I am still on the same track.