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HISTORY

 

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.

However “music” was the heart of Michael’s passion, and in 1977 he founded Music Connection magazine, a music business trade publication distributed in bookstores and newsstands nationwide. The publication quickly became a “must read” for industry executives, and a trusted advocate for musicians and songwriters, who promptly dubbed it “the musician’s bible.” Shortly thereafter, Michael created Songwriter Connection magazine, which at the time, became part of the MC family of invaluable products and services.

In the 80’s, when the music industry was thriving and musicians were lining up to get signed by the major record labels, Michael created a complete series of music business seminars and workshops to educate both musicians and industry professionals. Titled “The Music Industry Survival Sessions,” these weekly classes covered a wide variety of industry topics, including video production, media relations, songwriting, record production, legal gymnastics, signing procedures and publishing. These seminars also helped to put Music Connection on the map.

It was during this time that Michael was asked to be the keynote speaker at a UCLA career day, which led to an unexpected 3-year teaching gig at the university’s extension program. The course was titled “How to Produce Extraordinary Results in your Showbiz Career,” and quickly became the most attended course in the Department of Arts & Sciences at that time.

The popularity of Michael’s UCLA class ultimately led to the creation of “The Music Industry Network,” a private networking organization connecting people from all diverse areas of entertainment. The company eventually swelled to a paid membership of over 200 professional and semi-professional show business people who met religiously every other Monday night to explore ways to “break through” career barriers and “network” their diversified talents in the entertainment industry—this was long before the word “network” was a verb! Michael led the organization for five consecutive years until its completion in 1985.

In that same year, Michael was introduced to an Apple computer, and from that very instant (and to this day) he became a devoted computer “geek.” And like other magazine publishers at the time, it was an uphill battle convincing his staff to embrace the new technology. However after many months of continuous prodding and pushing, each employee at the company eventually got an Apple computer with orders to “learn it or leave!” Some left, others were let go, while still others remained, and embraced the company’s new direction. It was a tumultuous crossroads in the company’s history. However, eventually everyone came on board, and the company’s profits began to soar, partly as a result of the inimitable efficiency of “Desktop Publishing.”

As the Music Connection brand continued to grow and evolve, Michael saw the need to provide a more contemporary method for musicians to connect with each other. Utilizing the power of the Internet, along with MC’s clout, Michael created the AMP network, a private membership organization that catered to Artists, Musicians and Players. AMP provided professional and semi-pro musicians the opportunity to connect and network with each other, free from fans and non-music people. Eventually, after nearly a decade as a stand-alone product, AMP was absorbed into the MC organization.

In order to tie-in all of the company’s products and services including all three websites and the monthly magazine, Michael created a subscription based Weekly Bulletin, which provides exclusive news and opportunities for people who work in the music industry. The publication also helps the company stay in constant communication with its readers and customers. The Music Connection Weekly Bulletin is emailed (free) every Wednesday to subscribers from all over the world.

Michael has been a driving force in transforming Music Connection Inc. from a traditional publishing business to the successful Internet company it is today with two (heavily trafficked) websites, along with the national print edition. In recent years Music Connection magazine has been affectionately called “the most beloved music publication in the entire industry,” and in 2010, after 33 years as CEO/Publisher and Executive Editor, Michael sold his interest in the corporation.

 
 

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.


Writing has always been at the core of Michael’s ambitions and he currently has six books published; some paperbacks, some digital, all found at Amazon.com. You can also check out his bookshop 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.












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2016 Posts:
• Blink of an Eye (0:37)
• Wasted Power (timeless)
• Our Deepest Ache (1:25)
• Tiny Houses (0:09)
• The Relentless Refrain (0:17)
• TIME BOMB (0:27)
• Clear Thinking at the Wrong Moment (0:17)
• Working With Coppola
• Rules Don’t Apply (0:19)
• Big Blab (0:13)
• Embrace The Base (0:11)
• Divine Blush (0:21)
• Dim Bulb (0:10)
• Belly Of The Beast (0:29)
• Fed Up! (0:47)
• Sense & Sensibility (0:9)
• There’s a Problem (0:29)
• Rock Beats Scissors (0:33)
• Upheaval! (0:43)
• Your New Strategy (0:19)
• Not Like Nostradamus (0:29)
• You Deserve A Week (0:13)
• Miracle On 34th
• Resolution Road (0:9)
• Reject The Flinch (0:41)
• Circle of Influence (0:41)
• Total Recall (0:7)
• Romancing The Stone (0:39)
• My Big Ideas Love Me (0:11)
• Smart People Are Not Very Good (0:23)
• Slip Through The Cracks (0:33)
• What You’re Left With (0:23)
• Opportunity is Everywhere (0:31)
• Rattle The Cage (0:27) 
• The Wow Factor (0:23)
• Bye Bye Middleman (0:13)
• 15 Things You Probably Suck At
• Your Move (0:11)
• Your Grand Canyon (0:39)
• Better Start Swimming (0:31)
• Your Video (0:16)
• ad infinitum! (0:19)
• Keep Your Enemies Close? (0:27)
• Quack! Quack! Quack! (0:13)
• When You Need Answers (0:19)
• Hunger Pangs (0:17)
• Just When it Starts Working (0:14)
• Family Ties (0:19)
• Disrupt Your Datebook (0:21)
• What They Really Want (0:31)
• There’s No Way (0:23)
• Discontent (0:19)
• This Too Shall Pass (0:13)
• Anticipation (0:31)
• Waiting For Others to Arrive (0:15)
• 3 Things Guaranteed to Make the 2nd ½ of 2016 Better.
• Sailing Solo (0:33)
• Future Forecasting (0:17)
• Should I Stay or Should I Go (0:21)
• Aspirations (0:17)
• Obsessed! (0:43)
• Never Underestimate Me (0:19)
• Your Outrageous Victory Cry (0:57)
• Shameless (0:9)
• Unpacking PR (1:00)
• Superman’s Fortress of Solitude (0:31)
• The Directors Trap (0:19)
• Bang Head Here (0:23)
• Too Small to Fail (0:7)
• The Good Hunt (0:19)
• Bumper-Sticker Wisdom (0:17)
• Diversion (0:09)
• Farewell Sweet Prince
• Blitzkrieg Breakdown (0:27)
• Insist on It! (0:31)
• That Relentless Inner Struggle (0:21)
• Little League (0:17)
• Incessant Marketing (0:25)
• I thought it would be easier (0:18)
• Ready or Not (0:08)
• Hiking Boots Optional (0:21)
• Sticky Note #4
• Killing the Darlings (0:19)
• THE POINT (0:33)
• Avant-Garde (0:27)
• LEAP! (0:15)
• A Beautiful Struggle (0:23)
• Hoping vs. Knowing (0:43)
• The Haunting (0:10)
• Yawn (0:07)
• No Growth, No Glory (0:16)
• Getting Through It (0:15)
• Three Major Shifts in Showbiz (0:19)
• No Time to Wallow (0:25)
• Eyes Forward (0:23)
2015 Posts
• 6 Ways to Make 2016 Better
• Daily Resolve (0:15)
• Business As Usual (0:19)
• You’re Headed in The Right Direction (0:19)
• Surefooted (0:15)
• 4-Things That Will Always Clog The Drain (0:19)
• Sticky Note #3
• Basketball POV (0:27)
• Think Outside The Box??? (0:15)
• Iron In The Fire (0:21)
• Your Magnificent Garage (0:33)
• Worthy Works Lives!
• Sticky Note #2
• Why Your Winning Formula is a Loser (0:27)
• Dreaming in The Drivers Seat (0:21)
• Managing the Madness (0:31)
• The Towel Toss (0:29)
• More Money Please (0:21)
• Back to The Bucket (0:23)
• 5 Building Blocks (1:13)
• A Fool’s Errand (0:13)
• More Better Different (0:23)
• NO WAY! (0:21)
• Road Warrior (0:13)
• How To Play “Kick The Can” (0:31)
• Retreat! (0:47)
• Trust Your Tribe (0:29)
• Empty Vessels (0:9)
• "Yeah but…" (0:15)
• Determined (0:13)
• Who Cares? (0:23)
• The Fish And The Dog (1:00)
• 4th ¼ Reminders (0:31)
• The Waiting (0:17)
• Food Fight! (0:29)
• Amateur’s Argument (0:17)
• Sticky Note #1
• Nothing Could Stop Maurice (0:33)
• Monkey Marketing (0:23)
• My Personal Choice (0:29)
• Get Naked! (0:9)
• Game On (0:19)
• The Answer-Free Zone (0:49)
• Where’s The Bottleneck? (0:19)
• Canary in a Coalmine (0:19)
• Tough Choice (0:7)
• Caving In (0:15)
• Cuckoo’s Nest (0:27)
• Strategy (0:19)
• Feed The Wolf (0:21)
• Silicon Valley (0:49)
• Hard Times (0:47)
• Victory's Grand Roar (0:17)
• The Cavalry Isn’t Coming (0:29)
• Own It (0:7)
• By When? (0:19)
• Lifeblood (0:29)
• The Upside (0:19)
• Tongue Tied (0:9)
• Weighing Facebook (1:19)
• Head In A Box (0:29)
• Help! (0:13)
• It’s Not Your Fault (0:27)
• Grand Illusion (0:29)
• TV 2.0: Blue Shirts & Open Windows (1:31)
• Dropping Out (0:13)
• No Stinking Manual (0:27)
• Freak Flag (0:23)
• THE BELL (0:47)
• Babysitting (0:31)
• Invaders From Mars (0:7)
• Powerful Fuc#ing Words
• Anything Goes (0:19)
• Oscar's Lesson (0:21)
• Too Old To Tango? (0:51)
• No Regrets (0:19)
• That Chinese Curse (0:21)
• Your Trump Card (0:19)
• When There's a Hole in Your Boat (0:9)
• Red-Hot Honey (0:29)
• UNWAVERING (0:15)
• Ruts & Grooves (0:19)
• 10 TIPS? (0:19)
• What’s The Real Problem? (0:23)
• CRUMBS COUNT (0:15)

2014 Posts:
• 8 Ways To Make 2015 Different
• Dig Deeper
• The Right to Sweat (0:13)
• IGNORED! (0:11)
• FRIDGE MAGNET (0:9)
• MONKEYS & RABBITS (0:37)
• MISGUIDED (0:13)
• GLOW (0:21)
• We're all Wizards (0:23)
• CHEESE (0:21)
• 2nd FIDDLE (0:19)
• THE RIGHT WAY (0:11)
• Crucial Connection (0:9)
• Mission Accomplished (0:15)
• UFO’s (0:13)
• 9 Career Killers
• STURDY SHOULDERS (0:17)
• Weasel & Whine (0:17)
• Choke, Stall & Flinch (0:21)
• MEDIOCRITY (0:29)
• THRILL RIDE! (0:49)
• Very, Very Soon (0:15)
• Spit’n In The Wind (0:17)
• IT’S SO EASY (0:15)
• WATCH & LEARN (0:49)
• More Than A Game  (0:19)
• Edgy, Crabby & Restless (0:17)
• YOUR AMAZING COMBACK (0:27)
• THE NEXT LEVEL (0:59)
• The Most Important Thing (0:29)
• ABANDON SHIP? (0:41)
• PROMPTS (0:41)
• Robin Williams (0:21)
• Answer Free Zone (0:39)
• Best In The World (0:49)
• F_CK IT! (0:51)
• Nearly Impossible
• It’s Rigged (0:19)
• BORED (0:27)
• Permission Granted (0:31)
• Gag Me With A Spoon (0:43)
• I’m Not Sure (0:23)
• Do What I Do (0:43)
• HALFTIME (0:41)
• The Artist Rested (0:27)
• The Money Seminar (0:13)
• STRUGGLE (0:27)
• GOT GUTS? (0:21)
• THE TURN (0:53)
• Tune Your Sitar (0:19)
• TIGER IN THE VILLAGE (0:41)
• Lost In Translation (0:43)
• License To Choose (0:21)
• I Can’t Help You (0:29)
• SABOTAGE (0:20)
• BANGING YOUR HEAD (0:21)
• UBUNTU (0:39)
• IT’S PERSONAL (0:23)
• Breakfast With Champions (1:13)
• Todays Forecast (0:15)
• Oh No! It’s Cracked (0:17)
• DRUNK MONKEYS (0:29)
• When Your Bones Grow (0:41)
• HIGHWAY 1 (0:23)
• TWO VIDEOS, 3 LESSONS
• TAKE IT PERSONALLY (0:17)
• The Next BIG Step (0:13)
• DON’T FLINCH! (0:19)
• The Pixar Pitch (0:35)
• FREE COOKIES (0:23)
• Oh, That Story (0:29)
• THERE’S NO EXCUSE (0:43)
• TWO GENIUSES (0:21)
• DAWDLING (0:29)
• CRAZIES RULE (0:49)
• OLYMPIC HEAD GAME (0:53)
• PACK OF LIES (0:19)
• WORK ON IT (0:27)
• WHACK THE PARROT (0:37)
• Hard To Explain (0:19)
• Seduced, Wooed & Choked (0:17)
• ROLLING IN THE DEEP (0:29)
• RIDE THE ROCKET (0:31)
• Hunker Down, Take Heed, Get Muddy (0:29)
• Better Safe Than Sorry (0:13)

2013 Posts:
• 7-Ways To Make 2014 Better
• Refried Art (Read time 0:29)
• Don’t Bogart The Good Stuff (Read time 0:30)
• YOU'RE GROUNDED! (Read time 0:25)
• Beat The Bush! (Read time 0:27)
• BREAKDOWN (Read time 0:19)
• 30 DAYS! (Read time 0:21)
• THANKS!
• WHAT RU WAITING FOR? (Read time 0:19)
• Ahead Isn’t Far Enough (Read time 0:27)
• The Field (Read time 0:37)
• Knee Jerks (Read time 0:23)
• What’s At Stake? (Read time 0:27)
• #1 Hit (Read time 0:41)
• ZIP LINE (Read time 0:43)
• GRAVITY (Read time 1:27)
• See’s Candy (Read time 0:31)
• NO SH%T! (Read time 0:57)
• FLYING SOLO (Read time 0:53)
• Consider The Ganesh Factor (Read time 0:27)
• Fishing In Your Private Pond (Read time 0:27)
• Why It's Taking So Long (Read time 0:53)
• Best Pizza In The World (Read time 0:51)
• 1st Impression  (Read time 0:19)
• Smart People Are Dumb (Read time 1:13)
• THIS WEEK (Read time 0:31)
• Must-Have, Must-See (Read time: 1:17)
• R U APPROPRIATE? (Read time 0:21)
• Screaming To Get Out! (Read time 0:49)
• Dangerous Assumptions (Read time 0:41)
• BLEACHERS FILLED (Read time (0:57)
• I'M NOT RIGHT FOR THIS (Read time 0:47)
• REDO (Read time 0:27)
• BRAVER, STRONGER, SMARTER (Read time 0:47)
• Sins Of Artists & Treps (Read time 0:29)
• Modus Operandi (Read time 0:49)
• A Dozen Mid-Year Reminders
• Isn’t It Ironic? (Read time 0:27)
• MY WAY (Read time 0:19)
• FILL THE VOID (Read time 0:27)
• SLOW DANCING (Read time 0:39)
• KILLING THE GOOD STUFF (Read time 0:27)
• A PETTY REMINDER (Read time 0:31)
• THE BIZ (Read time 0:57)
• TIME BANDITS (Read time: 021)
• Gatekeepers Begone (Read time 1:00)
• Spaced, Frozen & Dogged (Read time 0:31)
• EAT LIGHTNING (Read time 0:57)
• QUESTION & DOUBT (Read time 0:51)
• THE RIGHT THING
• SHOWTIME (Read time 0:51)
• OBSCURE BARVERY ( Read time 1:07)
• LEAP OF FAITH (Read time 0:29)
• That Time’n Thang (Read time 0:57)
• LIVING WITH ANTS (Read time 0:27)
• ROMANCING THE STONE (Read time 0:51)
• PLAYING SMALL (Read time 0:51)
• FLY IN THE RED ZONE
• ART + COMMERCE (Read time 0:43)
• A FLEETING GLIMPSE (Read time 0:47)

2012 Posts:
• 7-Ways To Make 2013 Better
• MIRACLE ON 34th (Read time 1:13)
• FAIL-SAFE
• FOLLOW THE LEADERS (Read time 0:39)
• ABSENCE OF FORMULA (Read time 0:51)
• Beginners Mind (Read time 0:43)
• 35 DAYS (Read time 0:47)
• THANKS!
• INDUSTRY MELT DOWN (READ TIME 1:37)
• Your Tired Strategy (Read time 0:27)
• FADE TO BLACK (Read time 1:27)
• DEEPER TRUTH (Read time 0:47)
• Blow Away Distraction 2012
• Unseen Unsold (Read Time 0:49)
• FILIBUSTER (Read time 0:30)
• Got Something To Prove? (Read time 0:37)
• R U OUT OF YOUR MIND? (read time 1:13)
• NO BIG SPLASH (Read time 0:27)
• Modus Operandi (Read time 0:49)
• DETACH (read time (0:31)
• PLAY BIGGER (Read time 0:17)
• DON’T GIVE UP (Read time :037)
• ALL TOGETHER NOW (Read time 1:03)
• R U READY? (Read time 0:47)
• EVERY SINGLE DAY (Read time 0:51)
• The New Marketing Dept. (Read time 0:23)
• O Captain! My Captain! (Read time 0:57)
• THE WORKHORSE AND THE FILLY (Read time 0:21)
• KEEP YOUR BOOTS MUDDY (Read time 0:37)
• When UR Best Effort Fails (Read time 0:29)
• STEEP CLIMB (Read time 0:27)
• SILENCE OF CHAMPIONS (Read time 1:13)
• WHY IT’S NOT WORKING (Read time 0:31)
• THE BUCK STOPS HERE (Read time 0:51)
• WE ALREADY TRIED THAT (Read Time 0:29)
• CHOOSE ONE (Read time 1:09)
• COMMIT NO PETTINESS
• LEGWORK (Read time 0:15)
• ARTISTS vs. ENTREPRENEURS (Read time 1:03)
• 5-YEAR SURPRISE! (Read time 0:43)
• MID-YEAR TO DO LIST (Read time 0:53)
• ALL IN (Read time 0:33)
• WHAT IF NOTHING CHANGES? (Read time 0:21)
• WADDA JACKASS! (Read time 1:07)
• WHAT ARE U SO AFRAID OF? (Read time 0:57)
• DON’T THINK! (Read time :31)
• Why incumbents rarely invent the future (Read time 1:13)
• THE BOX (Read time 0:33)
• STAND UP IN THE BOAT! (Read time 0:27)
• YOU’RE DREAM’N! (Read time 0:57)
• KNOWING (Read time 0:33)
• CONCEALED CONCERNS (Read time 0:47)
• TAMING THE $$$ BEAST (Read time 1:17)
• FAKING IT (Read time 0:17)
• STAYING POWER (Read time 0:47)
• 0:20 SECONDS OF INSANE COURAGE (Read time 0:51)
• GRASS (Read time 0:41)
• WITH BLOODY FINGERS I WRITE ON (read time 0:27)
• I'LL DO ANYTHING BUT THAT! (Read time 0:47)
• ASS ON THE LINE (Read time 1:37)
• MARKETING BLUES (Read time 0:47)
• THE LONG RUN (Read time 0:39)
• CREATIVITY TO THE RESCUE (Read time 2:07)
• THE RACER'S EDGE (Read time 0:41)
• NO WAY NO HOW! (Read time 0:27)
• THE SMART MONEY (Read time 0:25)
• YOU’RE CRAZY! (Read time 1:19)
• DANCING WITH YOUR DEVOTEES (Read time 0:39)
• LIBERTY!
• NO DOUBT (Read time 1:17)
• WHAT EVER YOU DO, DON'T TURN AROUND (read time :39)

2011 Posts:
• GRAND FINALE!
• 2-DOZEN WAYS TO MAKE 2012 BETTER!
• DEAR PRUDENCE (read time :43)
• COMPLAIN ALL YOU WANT! (read time :23)
• IMAGINE (read time :57)
• WEEKENDS (read time :33)
• PIXAR LETTER (read time 1:03)
• RESISTANCE CAN KILL (read time 1:37)
• AMATEURS vs. PROS (read time :57)
• REQUIEM FOR A HONEYMOON (read time 1:09)
• CAN YOU FEEL IT? (read time 1:47)
• BRANCUSI'S VICTORY CRY  (read time :57)
• SAIL AWAY (read time :43)
• ARTISTS RULE! (read time 1:23)
• USE IT OR LOSE IT (read time :53)
• START HERE (read time 1:27)
• UNCERTAINTY (read time 1:19)
• STOPPED BY CALAMITY (read time 1:37)
• ART (read time :57)
• AUDACIOUS & UNSTOPPABLE (read time 2:37)
• WRITERS BLOCK (read time 1:47)
• BLOW AWAY DISTRACTIONS (read time :31)
• WAY OF THE CREATIVE WARRIOR (read time :27)
• GOOD BYE LADY LUCK (read time 1:53)
• CONFIDENCE IS EVERYTHING (read time 1:23)
• DEADLINE OR DIE! (read time 1:53)
• THE WIZARDS CLOCK (Read time :47)
• CREATIVE PRIVACY (read time :43)
• THE KOBE IN ME (read time 1:13)
• READY, SET, GO! (read time :47)
• EVE OF DISTRACTION (read time 1:29)
• KEEP YOUR FEET UP! (read time 1:09)
• JUST ONE MORE FOOT (read time 1:57)
• MY MUSE DOESN'T CARE (read time :39)
• MISUNDERSTOOD (read time 1:19)
• DUMP IT! (read time 1:19)
• IS IT WORTH IT? (read time :49)
• THE 24 HOUR RULE (read time 2:21)
• MONK ON THE MOUNTIAN (read time: a lifetime)
• “IT” (read time 1:37)
• BORN TO SHOW (read time 3:37)
• THE STING OF REJECTION (read time 1:13)
• LESSON FROM A ROCK STAR (Read time 0:27)
• THUMB POWER (read time 1:59)
• EXPOSING THE WIZARD (read time (1:13)
• HEY, WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA? (read time 1:37)
• THE WAITING WARRIOR (Read time 0:41)
• PLAY AT YOUR OWN RISK (read time :57 sec)
• AUTONOMY HIGHWAY (read time :35 sec)
• LIMPIDITY (read time :45 sec)
• WHY I MEDITATE (read time 1:00 min)
• YOUR SHADOW AGENDA (Read time 0:59)
• WHY I SOLD MY BUSINESS (read time 6:33)
• BARENAKED PROBITY (read time 1:47 min)
• THE FANTASIES OF POSSIBILITY (read time 4:17 min)
• THE TUG OF WAR (read time 5:09 min)