Michael W. Dean

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An anagram for "Michael Dean" is "Deal Machine," and that truly fits. Dean never sits on his laurels, and he's constantly touching the world in special places.

Michael is the author of the books $30 Film School, $30 Music School, $30 Writing School, Starving in the Company of Beautiful Women, The Simple Pleasures of a Complex Girl, and DIY NOW! Digital Audio. He directed the films D.I.Y. Or Die: How To Survive as an Independent Artist and Hubert Selby Jr: It'll Be Better Tomorrow. Michael played guitar in the band The Beef People. He sang and played bass in Baby Opaque and Bomb (Warner Brothers).

Michael W. Dean has toured America and Europe lecturing at youth centers, colleges, and museums. He was a speaker at the Podcast and New Media Expo.

Michael contributed to O'Reilly's Digital Video Hacks book, edited O'Reilly's DV Filmmaking: From Start to Finish by Ian Aronson, and wrote "MAKE a Mailbox Movie" in MAKE Volume 3. His books $30 Film School, $30 Music School, and $30 Writing School have sold over 100,000 copies.

He co-authored (with Alan Lastufka) a book for O'Reilly called YouTube: An Insider's Guide to Climbing the Charts.

Michael directed the film, "Guns and Weed: the Road to Freedom".

Michael created the BipCot NoGov license for software, media, services and events.

Michael co-created FeenPhone, a free VoIP program for radio hosts and podcasters that sounds better than Skype.

Michael does a libertarian radio show called The Freedom Feens, syndicated nationally on Genesis Communications Network. Michael sleeps in late, stays up late, and works at home as a writer and filmmaker. He lives in Casper, Wyoming with his nifty wife DJ and their two cats, BipCat and BEAST.

Michael loves communicating out to the world, but says, "A good day is one where my phone doesn't ring."

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