Originally from St. Louis, Michael grew up playing sports, skateboarding, BMX and also making movies with the family video camera. He majored in theater arts at the University of Missouri and spent his summers in Los Angeles where he studied acting and interned at Twentieth Century Fox in feature casting. After college he moved to LA, booked his first audition to guest star on a popular teen series and started his professional career in film and television. He briefly pursued acting and worked in live television directing publicity shoots for movies, tv shows, music, sports, and politics.
He eventually went to graduate school and now lives in Austin where he's a pastoral counselor, leads a nonprofit, and acts in commercials. He also likes a good house project and traveling with his family.