About Mike

mikeshot editedHi, I’m Mike. Husband, father, writer, musician, tech geek.

For years, my interests and work have revolved around a small handful of things: writing, music/audio, theatre, and tech. For me, these have all had fortuitous overlaps.

In the 1990s, I played tons of music gigs and learned quite a bit about recording and audio in my own basement studio. I play a few instruments.

In 1997, the theatre bug bit me, and I went back to school to study theatre in 2000. My audio work served me well in theatre.

Between 2001 and 2005, I worked full-time doing theatre. I was the Producer at one regional theater, was part-time Promotional Director for another, racked up dozens of credits for everything from acting to sound design to directing.

In 2006, I started writing a regular contributing column for a local newspaper in central Kentucky. I reviewed new album releases and sometimes wrote about music trends in general. My theatre contacts, writing, and music all came together when I started producing a string of commercial podcasts for area businesses. The quality of these led to my being offered an on-air position at an area radio station.

Somewhere in the middle of all this, I got married and started a family.

In 2011, I started working full-time in a writing “bullpen” for an online news outlet. Before long, I went freelance. Over the next few years, many of my articles caught wind from Google and Yahoo in their sails, trended, and were read by millions of people.

I wrote over 2,000 articles for one site alone, not to mention a dozen other sites that paid me to write on a wide range of topics — everything from politics to science/tech to movies. I paid my bills by writing, which is the Holy Grail for freelance writers.

Eventually, I got pretty disillusioned at all the celeb news and misleading clickbait headlines prevalent in the online news industry. I scaled back my writing, and trained as an Apple tech, helping folks fix their computer problems by phone. I started mixing live music part-time, and helping do light design and other tech work for live events.

Now that the taste of celebrity garbage writing has faded, I have fired back into freelance writing. I found I have a particular knack for guest blog posts. I research what a business does, and then write a blog post that fits their audience, voice, and goals. You can check out my experience and rates here.

I still do occasional theatre work, especially with music and audio. And I still am a Mac devotee, and use Adobe Audition for my audio work.

You can see my writing résumé here.