From the MRW Water Cooler:
Q: Dear Mike,
In one of your episodes you launched into a rather well-sung rendition of “Vecchia zimarra” from “La Boheme.” I’m an opera singer and voice teacher, and immediately recognized your excellent diction and lovely bass/baritone voice. Where did you train, and did you ever sing opera professionally? Also, for heaven’s sake, how does one begin with Puccini and end up scraping ostrich barf out of buckets?
I would love to know more. — V. Hart
It’s been a crooked road for sure.
Most of my career choices have been motivated by my interest in doing a particular thing at a particular time. No master plan. Sometimes, those choices were made as a means to an end. The Opera for instance, provided me with my union card, as well as an unprecedented opportunity to meet girls. Eventually, I began to appreciate the music, but that was not my objective going in. Likewise, QVC presented an excellent opportunity to learn the details of live TV, and work in an industry that was in its infancy, but clearly destined for wild success. I had no great love for the industry, but had the time of my life nevertheless.
Along the way, there have been game shows, talk shows, reality shows, infomercials, tons of narration, local TV, writing gigs, consulting gigs, and all sorts of other silliness that might surprise you.
In the end though, it’s all ostrich vomit in the bottom of a bucket, and I’ve been scraping it clean for sometime. At long last, I did it literally.