Michael W. Dean


Casper, Wyoming

Michael Dean GETS it. —Lydia Lunch, writer/musician

Areas of Expertise:

  • Video
  • Audio
  • Podcasting
  • Music
  • Writing
  • Cats
  • YouTube
  • Punk Rock
  • D.I.Y. Art
  • consulting
  • speaking
  • writing

An anagram for "Michael Dean" is "Deal Machine," and that truly fits. Dean never sits on his laurels, and he's constantly touching the world in special places.

Michael is the author of the books $30 Film School, $30 Music School, $30 Writing School, Starving in the Company of Beautiful Women, The Simple Pleasures of a Complex Girl, and DIY NOW! Digital Audio. He directed the films D.I.Y. Or Die: How To Survive as an Independent Artist and Hubert Selby Jr: It'll Be Better Tomorrow. Michael played guitar in the band The Beef People. He sang and played bass in Baby Opaque and Bomb (Warner Brothers).

Michael W. Dean has toured America and Europe lecturing at youth centers, colleges, and museums. He was a speaker at the Podcast and New Media Expo.

Michael contributed to O'Reilly's Digital Video Hacks book, edited O'Reilly's DV Filmmaking: From Start to Finish by Ian Aronson, and wrote "MAKE a Mailbox Movie" in MAKE Volume 3. His books $30 Film School, $30 Music School, and $30 Writing School have sold over 75,000 copies.

He co-authored (with Alan Lastufka) a book for O'Reilly called YouTube: An Insider's Guide to Climbing the Charts.

Michael recently finished his third film, "Guns and Weed: the Road to Freedom"

He does a weekly podcast called Freedom Feens, and a whenever-he-feels-like-it interview cast called The Anarchy Gumbo Podcast. Michael sleeps in late, stays up late, and works at home as a writer and filmmaker. He lives in Casper, Wyoming with his lovely, nifty wife Debra Jean Dean and their three cats, Charlie Squitten Jr, Peanut McFluffernutter, and Fuzzbucket McFluffernutter.

Michael loves communicating out to the world, but says, "A good day is one where my phone doesn't ring."

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YouTube: An Insider's Guide to Climbing the Charts YouTube: An Insider's Guide to Climbing the Charts
by Alan Lastufka , Michael W. Dean
November 2008
Print: $29.99
Ebook: $23.99

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Podcast Digital Media Insider Podcast 19: Inside the New Media Expo
Publish Date: Oct. 4, 2007

In this special guest episode, DIY digital media expert Michael Dean interviews podcasting's rock stars to learn where the format is going and how we all can get involved. Recorded live at the premier podcasting show, the New Media Expo.

Michael W. Dean

"No one knows more about building a fan base than YouTube star Alan Lastufka. Alan and his co-author, the well-known independent filmmaker Michael W. Dean, will show you a variety of effective strategies for becoming more popular. Proceed into the wisdom of this book, and I look forward to seeing you pass me on the YouTube most subscribed list."
--John Green (vlogbrothers) YouTube Star & Author