Mike can usually be found staring into a computer screen editing the latest WCDB episode or video project. He’s the type of guy who is always willing to lend a hand, and he often goes above and beyond – all with a huge smile on his face. With Mike’s unique perspective and incredible creative abilities, we have been able to create some amazing content. Next to pickles, his other loves include traveling, his girlfriend, his friends and his family.
How did you arrive at WCDB, what path brought you here?
I had worked with Liam Lieberman, the Chief Storyteller, before on video projects. He brought me in to help with some editing. As the projects and ambitions grew, so did my love for the company and the people who work here!
What are you known for professionally, what do you have a knack for?
My editing – I am known for taking the “cutting room floor” footage and crafting a story.
Who have you worked with in the past? And what have you done for them?
I’ve worked at a variety of odd jobs and seasonal work such as; Factory quality control, corn maze supervisor, farmhand, database manager, internet selection and stocker, hospitality aide and editor.
What are you most passionate about professionally? What most excites you about your work & the contribution you can make?
I love seeing the progress of video edits coming together. You start off with just the raw footage, and over time it becomes a whole story. That process is really exciting to me.
How long have you been doing what you do?
I’ve been editing since I was about eight or nine. I would use my dad’s camcorder to record Lego ‘movies’ and I would edit in my own sound effects and music in between cuts. When I found out I could edit *after* filming, it blew my mind. I then started to make live action ‘comedy’ skits with my friends. My dad got an iMac so I would pirate video game cut scenes and TV shows and edit together my own montages and trailers. Eventually, I edited a fifteen-minute travel film that was filmed primarily by my friend Nate. I attribute that to be the first ‘serious’ piece of editing I had done up to that point.
Where did you grow up and why aren’t you there now?
I grew up in Honey Brook, then my parents sold the house and moved to Florida so my dad could pursue a law degree. When I was 11 we moved back to the area.
Any nonprofits you love, & why?
I spent seven years in scouts and it was an incredibly formative experience.
Any awards or medals, or even medallions? Personal okay, too.
I received my Eagle badge in the summer of 2016 which is one of my proudest personal accomplishments. I went into the scouting program with no socialization skills, never slept outside and had no scouting skills. Seven years later I had a total of five years in leadership.
What is your favorite Movie?
Hot Fuzz, Finding Nemo, Sherlock Holmes 2: Game of Shadows, Annihilation, The Incredibles, Inception, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Intersteller
What is your favorite TV Show or Series?
What is a personal favorite quote?
“Don’t chase your dreams, chase your opportunities and bring your dreams with you.”
What is your favorite restaurant?
Red Robin. $6.75 burger. Endless fries. You can ask for fries to go at the end of the meal and they give you a huge basket of fries. It’s perfect.
What is your favorite vacation spot?
Iceland. It’s not really a vacation spot, but so far it’s been the coolest place I’ve traveled.