Michael, in his own words: Michael Martin is bi-coastal, soon to be global. He has performed in film, television, and stage. He’s a published writer, and his twin Michael Bright is also a published writer in Hong Kong as well as the USA. The Michaels write for Reductress, I.T Post, television, and film. Michael Martin is an accomplished songwriter as well. He’s been paid to do comedy for 20 years.
“I don’t identify as Gay, Straight, or Bi, but I’m LGBTQ for sure. Even straight people have days when they feel queer.
I’m a performer, so sometimes I get to put on dresses .People always laugh. I don’t like wearing them because my goodies get cold from the wind.
I think the season for challenging who I am is almost over, or, more to the point – the season for me paying attention to naysayers is coming to a close. The gay scene in New York is supportive, judgmental, warm hearted, bitchy, uplifting and mean.
Mean is a math term that means average. I’ve always tested above average. Just slightly, I’d say.
I went through a phase in high school. People threw rocks at me, so I made them laugh a lot. Then I practiced. I sang, played instruments, spoke languages, invented languages with my brothers, and lovers.
I don’t want to paint myself a victim. I won acting and writing awards. I was class president. Swim team captain. By the end of school I had lovely, wonderful friends.
My teachers were supportive or cruel, depending on my classes. Sometimes they were both supportive and cruel.
My favorite teacher ever was a man named Jose Quintero. He directed the first runs of many Tennessee Williams plays.
I kept a diary in high school. I still do.
I like Vonnegut and French existentialists. I want to ruminate on the Tao.
Together As One.
I’m learning to meditate so I can forgive myself for the voice in my head that says I’m not good enough.
That’s all I have to say about that.”