so, here's my story.
Johnny Michael is a writer. He began his pursuit of this professional title at the age of 17, it was then he realized the potential power of writing his ideas down and found a love of telling stories with the written word.
During college Johnny interned at a small advertising shop called Driven, where he had access to an endless amount of Founders beer and a small taste of the advertising culture. He contributed thoughts on campaigns for Big Boy, Wayne State University and Matick Chevrolet.
After 23 rotations around the sun, Johnny attended Chicago Portfolio School to become a Copywriter and made this portfolio site. During that time he also interned at Avenue Inc creating work for Tork Xpressnap and TEDx Midwest. In the midst of all this he also wrote and performed his second stand-up bit, sanitized glassware at a Wrigleyville bar and walked a lot. His legs grew strong, his dreams grew legs.
From portfolio school Johnny’s Copywriter career wandered a bit as he began walking about town with red balloons and giving them to strangers. He would soon take a leap to help write a book called The Leap Year Project. After completing that book, he teamed up with You Are Beautiful, a worldwide movement that started with a little sticker, to help write their book and build some large scale public art installations.
Not too long after, he found sanctuary in the coworking community, NextSpace, where they recruited him to build community and write & design signage around the space. Johnny also worked for the team at Desktime where he wrote on the blog and brought coworking spaces around the world together.
Johnny moved back to the Detroit area after four years in Chicago. In Motown he worked at Commonwealth//McCann as a Jr. Copywriter on Chevrolet for over two solid years. He had a great run, a ton of fun and met some incredible friends.
A new chapter in his career began as Johnny worked freelance for places like Campbell Ewald and Allure Medical Spa, a cosmetic spa where he wrote about places on the female anatomy he never knew existed. Along with working, he practiced Improv at Go Comedy!, took online comedy writing classes at The Second City very seriously, and pulled off a charity event to help Humble Design and the city of Detroit while breathing a bit of life back into the Red Balloon Project.
Currently, he lives in Miami, Florida. He moved down for a job with 500 Degrees Studio and worked on Burger King and Tim Horton's. He's still there in Miami, actively seeking new opportunities and thinking about taking some salsa lessons. He also recently won a scholarship with The Second City and continues his efforts to take over the world of comedy writing. His current mood is ambitious.
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