Best selling author, J. Michael Dolan continues to augment a successful entertainment industry career, which has spanned over 40 years—covering all aspects of the business, including writing, publishing, producing, performing, digital media, teaching and private consulting.
After an attempt at rock n’ roll stardom stalled, a Capitol records contract aborted, an offer to write songs for Universal Music "didn't pay," and a photography business failed to develop, Michael spent the entire 70’s working at literally every major motion picture studio, and every major television network in Hollywood. From a union musician, to a union projectionist, to ultimately, a steady gig on the CBS Sunday Night News, this is the decade where Michael “made his bones” in showbiz, and gained valuable knowledge, experience and connections all along the way.
Michael has relentlessly pursued the study of philosophy, spirituality, psychology and the development of the human spirit, and has been meditating daily since 1985. In 1995, and for 10 years thereafter, he taught a unique meditation method to prisoners in two California penitentiaries: Lompoc and Terminal Island. Michael continues to share his meditation technique with groups and individuals whenever the opportunity arises or a request is made.
Over the years, Michael has received many awards and accolades for his unwavering commitment to the plight of artists, and was eventually honored with a Lifetime Achievement "Star Award" from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the Los Angeles Music Awards.
In 2011, after 40 years of riding the showbiz roller coaster, Michael started blogging, and today, his short stories & blogs are regularly read by thousands of creative artists and brave entrepreneurs, all with big ideas and impossible dreams. His stories are meant to inform, enlighten, educate, illuminate and inspire anyone who is committed to a lifelong career in the arts and entertainment business. He continues to write 2-3 blogs a week, and they can all be found on this website.
Today, Michael writes books & blogs, speaks, and works as a private consultant to artists, entrepreneurs, and Internet pioneers in all areas of media and entertainment. See Michael’s consulting page.