I started writing and producing motorcycle movies for Roger Corman in the 70's, wrote and produced Emmy Award winning movies and created The Wizard for CBS, then Baywatch for NBC in the 80's. When Baywatch was cancelled in the 90's I bought the rights back for $10.00. Everyone passed so I produced it in syndication and according to the Guinness Book Or World Records it became the most watched show in TV history. I started a VOD channel, Vegas On Demand in 2000, wrote Soul Surfer in 2011, and I'm ready to produce Baywatch The Movie starring The Rock as Mitch Buchanon in 2015.

Also have a new digital VOD channel called Weed TV, dedicated to the marijuana lifestyle.

Please ask me anything. Proof!

My friends Jeffrey and Marc, the Drop Stop boys, will be assisting me today.

EDIT: Well I have to wrap this up for now. Hopefully I can come back soon and we can pick up where we left off. Please leave me any last notes or messages on how I did and what I can do to improve next time. Until then, "I'll be there, Never your fear, I'll be there, Forever and always, I'm always here!"

Later, Michael

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I_do_the_lords_kiss7 karma

Whose idea was it do put in the slow mo run?

michaeljberk17 karma

We'd filmed Olympic sprinters in slow motion, then did the same with lifeguards running to rescues. Never thought it would be the show's signature, or sexy - until Pam Anderson started running in slow motion

xenokilla8 karma

on behalf of a million teenage boys, thank you!

michaeljberk11 karma

If those million teenage boys show up at our movie we'll set world records. Thanks for following me on Reddit today. I didn't come on to promote anything in particular, just to get to know Reddit and let Reddit get to know me a little. Hopefully there'll be a long learning curve for a long time.

eyesick7 karma

What are your thoughts on the spoof Son Of The Beach? Did you see it as an homage or a cheap rip off?

michaeljberk9 karma

It was definitely a cheap ripoff - Howard Stern was behind it. But I love him so it was okay. But not only did they spoof the series, every episode of theirs spoofed a specific episode of our, including many I wrote. I thought I should have been compensated.

Penroze-4 karma

You might want to educate yourself about copyright law and parody.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parody#Copyright_issues

michaeljberk11 karma

Trust me, I'm very aware of it. Parody is protected free speech. Without it there would be no Saturday Night Live. But sometimes there is a fine line between parody and plagiarism.

JeppyBass5 karma

Hey Michael,

I am legitimately reading a book on Roger Corman right now! Very curious what your experience working with him was like. Any fun or wild stories?

michaeljberk3 karma

I worked for Roger at the same time Jack Nicholson was writing and directing films for him/ He gave you the ability to make movies. He was amazing in that way. You didn't make much money, buy you learned your craft. Did every job.

redditguy0015 karma

Have you ever given up on a dream?

michaeljberk4 karma

No, actually I never have. Many are almost as old as me, but they're still possible. As a Buddhist I believe in the mystic law of cause and effect. So as long as I keep making causes my dreams can come true as the effect.

redditguy0014 karma

What gave you the courage to stop selling sea she'll necklaces and pursue your aspirations?

michaeljberk6 karma

I was pursuing them all along. I was just broke. My wife left me saying "I love you too much to be around when your dreams fall through. My uncle was selling puka shell necklaces to stores and said here, go to a swap meet. Make some money. But I went to Venice Beach instead. Was the first person selling stuff on the strand. It was 1976, the summer of the Puka Shell. I made so much money I could write all week and sell puka on the weekends. By the end of summer I had a movie development deal with Sandy Howard and opened a store on the strand. I invited my ex to the opening. It was sweet.

Melnorme2 karma

Holy shit did you grow up in a different time.

michaeljberk5 karma

The 60's and 70's. It was a very different time. The 60's was the best decade in history. Well, for those who can remember it.

two_off4 karma

Can you promote the movie better by saying who the female leads are going to be?

Have you put any thought into having a joke in the new movie with The Rock being so completely drunk that he can't get get off of his floor while eating cheeseburgers?

michaeljberk7 karma

Don't have the female leads cast yet. Looking for a CJ and Summer and Stephanie (even though she died in the series). I like Kate Upton as CJ. Please, any suggestions. Love to hear them from Reddit.

I_do_the_lords_kiss5 karma

Kaley Cuoco for Summer or maybe Elizabeth Banks.

Also, I can think of at least two good reasons Kate U. should be CJ. Good call.

michaeljberk5 karma

Great idea! Really. She's innocent and sexy at the same time, and funny. I really like her. We also need the guys. A Matt, and Newmie, a Garner (the black beach cop)

I_do_the_lords_kiss4 karma

Will edit these as I think of it. For Matt you could do Matthew Lawrence, Chace Crawford or (Its a stretch maybe) Scott Caan.

Garner - Blair Underwood or Taye Diggs?

Jon Hamm - Newmie

michaeljberk6 karma

We're thinking of someone like Zac Efron for Matt. Thoughts?

I_do_the_lords_kiss3 karma

Efron will def pull in a crowd. He has the looks and is pretty funny. Channing Tatum would be along the same line as him for me. Both have a fairly comedic side and the looks.

Edit: Cam Gigandet could also work for you.

michaeljberk8 karma

Channing Tatum would make a great Baywatch Lifeguard. But with The Rock it will strain the budget a lot to get Channing. We could probably afford Cam though. Rather make a star than pay one. That's a lesson we learned on the Baywatch series. Baywatch indeed made international stars. Even today everyone referenced in the press it's still like "Baywatch Pam"

michaeljberk3 karma

What do you think of Craig Robinson?

I_do_the_lords_kiss3 karma

Alright thats all the ideas I have for now. Thanks again for doing the AMA.

Serious note, if you need PA's let me know.

michaeljberk3 karma

Send me a private message on Reddit and who knows. We will be hiring PA's

two_off3 karma

Try to get that Jennifer Lawrence in there. She's so hot right now.

michaeljberk11 karma

Love Jennifer. She'd Only cost half the budget. Maybe we should get Hansel instead. He's so hot right now. Hansel

eyesick3 karma

I will play any character. You can pay me in weed... I mean weed killer. My lawn is not looking so great or something.

michaeljberk9 karma

I think the SAG minimum for playing a character is one ounce, unless you have dialogue, then it's an ounce per line of dialogue. Or they'll replace your lawn.

michaeljberk4 karma

The Hoff will do some sort of cameo in the film. While it will be action packed, it's also a comedy, so maybe he can be scooping up crabs on the sand and eating them. Any suggestions for what the Hoff should do in this cameo?

If_Backwards2 karma

Whatever he does, make sure he drive away in a black Trans-Am when he's done.

michaeljberk10 karma

Just finished a movie with the Hoff called Celebrity Death Pool - Killing Hasselhoff starring Ken Jeong. The Trans Am is in the movie. The voice of Kitt is played by Justin Bieber. His day on the set generated a ton of publicity. It's a dark comedy that will be out in 2015.

19Kilo5 karma

Pretty much everything about this response made me wonder if someone had dosed me with LSD.

michaeljberk3 karma

I know, trippy isn't it? But it's not an hallucination. It's real. Well maybe surreal, but still mind boggling. Hope your come down is smooth and it's a good, not a bad trip.

xBeyondBirthday4 karma

I just can't believe you were selling puka shell necklaces at the beach, and then suddenly BAM, that inspirational thought came to mind. Its just insane how life works. My question is not related to your work, but did you ever imagine you'd be where you are now? Growing up was there ever a time you said, "I'm going to be a writer/producer for the movie and tv industry"?

michaeljberk7 karma

Actually, at 13 my uncle Sherwood gave me and my cousin an 8mm movie camera and we used it to make a war movie called The Lost Battalion featuring all kids. We showed it in the backyard and sold tickets, popcorn, candy. Everyone thought, how cute. But a neighbor who came worked at CBS and bought the movie for $5,000 to air on CBS on Saturday morning.

Our parents wanted us to put it away for college, but we invested it in our next movie for the next summer called Journey Through Time where I snuck into my father's time machine and went back to warn Custer not to go. CBS bought that one too for 10K.

When I was sixteen my cousin and I started a movie company made up entirely of kids. We got all the kids apprenticeships are Desilu studios to learn different crew jobs. There are still dozens of people in the industry who started with us as kids.

When my cousin and I were standing on the set of Baywatch on the first day of the pilot, we looked at each other. We were still doing what we loved doing as kids, only on a much bigger scale.

xBeyondBirthday3 karma

Woah. That's amazing! Now I need to watch these two movies, hahaha. Thank you for answering my question, I do look forward to the Baywatch The Movie. I'll make to get to the theater half-hour before the movie starts, that way I can run and get my ticket in slow-motion.

michaeljberk3 karma

Better start running now. It won't be out till next summer.

monumentalideas4 karma

What's something I can learn from your life experience that I can't learn from anyone else?

michaeljberk12 karma

Other's may give the same advice, but never quit! When Baywatch was cancelled everyone told me it was dead. Even my own agent. But I believed in the show and faced huge uphill odds but won!

joethetipper3 karma

Can you comment on how the TV landscape is different now than in the 90s? What would you have to do differently in today's climate to get Baywatch on the air?

SUBQUESTION: where did you learn to write for television and what is the most important thing to remember when writing a pilot?

michaeljberk3 karma

It's a lot tougher today. We started doing TV Movies - there aren't a lot of those these day. And this is the era of the superstar producers you have to attach to get network attention.

I was a reader and read a lot of bad scripts. That really helped me recognize when my script was going bad and correcting course. Read as many bad scripts as possible, and the good ones too.

There's a book by Lagos Egri called "The art of Dramatic Writing" that was very helpful, especially with creating interesting characters.

adub8873 karma

What's your best Hoff story?

michaeljberk6 karma

I can't tell the best Hoff story but it involved an investor in a Baywatch Nightclubs deal I was putting together ripping up a million dollar check and throwing the pieces in my face.

danceswithwool3 karma

Did you ever think that Baywatch would run for 11 seasons?

michaeljberk6 karma

We were actually picked up for two more seasons but Fremantle would have to have paid us millions and decided to same the money. I was pissed.

I_do_the_lords_kiss3 karma

How could one be a drowing victim in the new baywatch movie? Really though thanks for doing this AMA. Have so many questions I would like to ask, but I don't want to take up all your time. So here are a few more.

What advice would you give someone wanting to break into the industry as a writer? What is the programming of WeedTV like? Following workers, users, illegally, or legally? What is one of your most memorable moments working on Baywatch?

michaeljberk10 karma

You could wait until we're filming and try to drown yourself. The cameras will be rolling. Who know? If you survive you could end up in the movie, pr at least a video trending on the Internet.

michaeljberk6 karma

WeedTv uses what we learned from Vegas On Demand capturing the Vegas Lifestyle, to capturing the week lifestyle. We just launched so it's not fully populated with content yet, so submit your "High Times" videos, or your Medical Marijuana stories.

eyesick3 karma

Looking back on the 11 year run, were there any episodes that you wrote or any ideas you came up with that you were surprised to be actually shot?

michaeljberk8 karma

Not surprised. We had to shoot a new episode every 5 days so everything I wrote got made. But there were some I had to fight for. Like the fantasy Gilligan's Island and Charlie's Angel's episodes.

You know those logos on curbs by drains with a picture of a dolphin that says "No Dumping, Drains Directly to Ocean"? I invented those in a Baywatch script called "Heal The Bay" where the lifeguards go out and paint them by drains. Who know they would become real. I also invented "Spray Tanning" for Baywatch - to quickly tan the cast all the extras on the beach. Wish I'd patented that.

eyesick1 karma

Wait a minute, are you pulling my leg? Are there any other things in our everyday lives or popular lexicon attributed to Baywatch?

michaeljberk7 karma

Not pulling your leg about these. Probably the biggest catchphrase is adding "Watch" to everything - Kind of like adding Gate to scandals.

Oh, and bigger - saving lives for real! We were awarded the first ever Red Cross Spirit Award for saving many lives by accurately portraying CPR on the show. A six year old boy saved his drowning baby brother by giving him CPR. When they asked how he knew how to do it he said from watching Baywatch. Baywatch has saved dozens of lives. What other TV show can say that?

AGallagher4103 karma

What's your favorite ride in Disney?

michaeljberk6 karma

I was in the original Mickey Mouse Club magazine getting on the Jungle Boat ride on Opening day. Yes, I was at Disneyland opening day, and on the first boat on the jungle boat ride. So it's my sentimental favorite. But I also loved Tom Sawyer's Island. Wasn't a ride, but a place to use your imagination. Loved that.

H2O4S3 karma

What is your favourite tv show, besides your own?

michaeljberk3 karma

I like Homeland, Ray Donavan, House of Cards and a lot of the new dramas. I love a show I did create that only ran one year on CBS because it was opposite the Cosby Show. It was called The Wizard starring David Rappaport who starred in Time Bandits. Everyone thought I was crazy to have a dwarf starring in my first TV series. But the script was picked up to pilot, and the pilot was picked up to series. The theme of the whole series was Never Give Up.

RamsesThePigeon2 karma

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michaeljberk2 karma

My history has been to do everything myself. I've run writing staffs and it's great to have other talented writers do the heavy lifting, then just come in and do a polish. I have worked with many writers as a consultant helping them break stories. Integrating strong characters with solid story structure is my sweet spot. When writing a comedy, collaboration with a writing partner is much more important. It's hard to be funny alone.

RamsesThePigeon1 karma

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michaeljberk2 karma

That's tricky. There are so many lawsuits where people say, you read my script and stole this scene or that concept. So you can't just accept unsolicited scripts. But there are release forms. I just got one to sign for a script I submitted to Legendary. The document is a little intimidating, but totally necessary. You have to have a level of trust that it's easier for real professionals to do a deal with you and acquire that material rather than rip you off. The best thing is if the material is submitted by a reputable agent or manager so there's some accountability and credibility.

As for collaborating, unless it's a close friend, I do that as a work for hire. People and businesses hire me as a creative consultant to work with them on scripts, or consult on their business projects, both conceptually and to come up with a creative marketing campaign.

This is my first time on Reddit, so I want to make it clear, I'm not selling anything or soliciting work or anything like that. I'm just trying to be open and honest and becomes a trusted member of the Reddit community.

hillbillygoat2 karma

Did any of the cast need to take swimming lessons? It would be strange to see someone playing a lifeguard that looked like they needed more help than the victim.

michaeljberk6 karma

The original actress we cast in the pilot told us she could swim, but lied. We never tested her. We replaced her the first day of filming. From then on everyone had to swim. And run carrying the rescue can. Pam was a stud.

CobraCornelius2 karma

I love the theme song to Baywatch. It is one of the greatest songs of all time. I'll be ready is always in my head. Did you choose the song? Have you ever heard someone cover that song?

michaeljberk1 karma

Our composer Cory Lerios wrote it and we got Jimmy Jameson to sing it. I have it on my phone as a ring tone. Every time someone calls me people around me start running in slow motion. We switched out the main title theme sone from the one we used on NBC to this one.

I told my partner I wanted to write the song lyrics. Our uncle Sherwood made a fortune writing the lyrics for the Gilligan's Island and Brady Bunch theme songs. But he said we were too busy getting the show back on in syndication, so I didn't write the lyrics. Cory and Jimmie probably made more money from the song than I made writing and directing the show. We'll probably be doing a new, hot undated version for the movie.

ElMangosto1 karma

Holy shit, I've been unwittingly lying to people for decades about that being Hasselhoff's voice. I have a LOT of apologies to make tonight.

michaeljberk1 karma

Hasselhoff sang a song that was used over the end credits on many episodes.

I_do_the_lords_kiss2 karma

Do you have any other films that you are writing or working on that you hope to get into production over the next few years? (outside of Baywatch)

michaeljberk2 karma

Well, just finished Killing Hasselhoff and working on doing a film version of the Michael Cera web series Bad Dads. Also working on a new Beach Volleyball series and a couple of other passion products.

I want to thank Reddit for allowing me to procrastinate writing today, although I think I'm doing more here than I'd have been doing on my scripts.

I_do_the_lords_kiss2 karma

Awesome! Will have to keep an eye out for those. Keep up the good work!

michaeljberk2 karma

Thank you. It's good to be working creatively. I've been so fortunate to make my living using my creativity. Everyone should pursue that path, whatever it is you're creative at.

ElMangosto1 karma

In your opinion is location still a big factor in getting your foot in the door to the creative arts?

I live in Michigan...do I have to move to California to create an opportunity for myself?

michaeljberk1 karma

No, you don't have to move. Today, with the internet, anyone with talent can be discovered if they create and produce something original and compelling - a web series or a short movie. With inexpensive high def cameras and editing programs movies can be made and submitted to film festivals. If you're more of a writer than a film-maker, you can go to a university film school and try to hook up with a young filmmaker to work with. There are legitimate script submission websites like inktip.com that has had success selling scripts for non-professionals. Hope this helps.

notagain_yeessagain2 karma

How did you go from puka necklaces to Baywatch was it just a eureka moment or a gradual build up to the idea?

michaeljberk2 karma

It was eureka, then another ten years before my career had gotten strong enough that I could convince people that a series about lifeguards would work. Brandon Tartikoff, a brilliant executive at NBC got it, but didn't think it could be a series. How could we come up with 22 storylines for a season. How many CPR's could we do? So he picked it up for a movie of the week. Our title was Baywatch He retitled the movie Baywatch, Panic at Malibu Pier. It was the highest rated movie of the week, and in the top ten of all shows for the week. He finally picked up the series for NBC.

It was on one year on Friday nights and then cancelled. But my partner and I still didn't quit. We convinced the studio to sell us the rights back for $10.00, then took the next 14 months selling the show to individual stations and station groups in First Run Syndication. No studio would back us so we found a small distribution company named Fremantle. Many of you know it today as a multi-billion dollar company that produces American Idol and America's Got Talent etc. Well that was all built on the success of Baywatch. We came up with 387 episodic stories in 13 seasons (including two seasons of Baywatch Nights (which is a whole other story). The Baywatch Movie aired in 1989. Now here it is, 25 years later, and it's still going strong with the Movie for Paramount studios and Montecito Productions (Ivan Reitman's company), and a Baywatch Musical I'm developing for the West End of London. I guess good things happen to those who wait… that is as long as they keep fighting for their vision.

TalonX221 karma

What happened Baywatch Nights? Or did you not have a hand in that?

michaeljberk1 karma

Hi. Here's the story. When Hasselhoff's contract was up on Baywatch his manager negotiated for him to have his own series. David did not have creative control of Baywatch, but he negotiated creative control of the spinoff. He was still doing Baywatch so it had to be based on the same character. I came up with the idea for him to moonlight as a private eye with Garner, our Baywatch beach cop character. Thus Baywatch Nights was born. But David didn't really want to play Mitch Buchannon. He wanted to be Matt Helm, drive a Ferrari and be single. And he had creative control. So Hobie went to stay with his mom, and a client paid him by letting him drive his Ferrari. David also didn't want the Baywatch girls in the show. He wanted to prove that the popularity of Baywatch was because of him, not bouncing boobs. Eventually he and I disagreed on the show so I took a passive position. Then David decided to turn Nights into the X files. Despite a strong cast that included Angie Harmon, Eddie Cibrian and Lou Rawls, the ratings we not great. Baywatch Nights was cancelled after 2 seasons.

At that time Baywatch was airing on two night. One of those nights was given to Baywatch Nights. When it was cancelled Baywatch never got that second run back and that's when the show's ratings started to decline. I hope this answers your question.

AdidasPete1 karma

Were there any large-breasted lifeguards on patrol that fateful day?

michaeljberk3 karma

There really weren't many real ones - lifeguards with big breasts I mean, not the breasts themselves.

Slight3161 karma

Do you showcase SnoopDogg's youtube show on Weed TV?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBxK3WEtN8I

If not, you should definitely get in contact with him, cause that show is amazing.

michaeljberk1 karma

Great idea. Thank you. I created a game show format called "Cheech and Chong's Drug test" They haven't agreed to do it yet, so whatever lobbying you can do, please help us land C&C. it'll be an hysterically funny show.

boodler881 karma

David Hasselhoff these days seems like a cartoon version of a real person. What was he like pre fame and pre middle age delusion?

michaeljberk1 karma

He was great in the early years, and in many ways he's still great today. I don't think David is deluded about anything. He understands, accepts and smartly exploits his "character" of "The Hoff" today. He's probably making more money being a caricature of himself today than he made on Baywatch.

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michaeljberk2 karma

There are so many dark shows on TV these days. Baywatch is bright, colorful, blue skies, escapist. I think people need to escape to the Baywatch Beach especially these days. What do you think? But the movie is first anyway. If it does well then the question will be, sequels or a new series. I should only be that lucky.

swankking1 karma

Favourite TV Show aside your own?

michaeljberk2 karma

Friends - especially the shows where Joey and Chandler are watching Baywatch. My uncle Sherwood created Gillian's Island and Brady Bunch, so I love those too.

thisguystaint1 karma

what lasting impact do you think 'Miami Vice' had on television programming?

michaeljberk1 karma

Without a doubt style and music. Especially music. Baywatch used a ton of it for our montages. Problem is they're so expensive when you try to put the episodes on DVD.

synoptico1 karma

Did you personally "cast" any of the lifeguards?

michaeljberk1 karma

I personally cast all the lifeguards. Pam kept missing auditions. We almost cast Kathy Ireland. But our female casting directors kept saying you have to wait for this girl Pam. So we did. And they were right. When Michael Bergin came in to audition every woman in our office insisted we cast him cause he was so hot. So we did. There are many other casting stores. Did you know Hobie girlfriend was played by Michelle Williams?

If you look in IMDB you'll see a whole bunch of stars who were on Baywatch.

eyesick1 karma

My last question got deleted because of format, but the guy at the bar next to me is wondering, how did you come up with the name Hobie?

michaeljberk3 karma

I was thinking of something nautical that Mitch would name his son that his wife probably hated. I thought of the Hobie Cat catamaran, and came up with Hobie.

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michaeljberk3 karma

There's always a chance. I wrote earlier about chasing your dream. Wait! We should run a contest where people submit videos saying why they want to get mouth to mouth from a Baywatch girl, or Baywatch guy. People would vote. The best answer would get to be a drowning victim in the movie getting CPR. What do you think?

Demantra1 karma

Yeah, but what was your favorite episode of Saved by the Bell? Why no crossover show?

michaeljberk2 karma

Actually Elizabeth Berkley was in a Baywatch Episode called Malibu Beach High that was filmed as a spinoff for CBS. It featured Nicole Eggert as Summer, David Charvet as Matt, Pam as CJ as a gym teacher, and Kelly Slater as a surfer on the Malibu Beach High surf team. Needless to say they won a lot. Unfortunately it didn't get picked up as a separate series, but was a really good episode.

Demantra1 karma

Was this in between Saved by the Bell and Showgirls?

michaeljberk1 karma

Yes it was, definitely before showgirls. I liked Elizabeth and felt bad that Showgirls derailed her career. Nothing in that film was her fault and she deserved better. But she was hot, especially licking that stripper pole, wasn't she?

I_do_the_lords_kiss1 karma

When do you think Baywatch will begin production?

michaeljberk1 karma

It all depends on when The Rock has an availability in his schedule. We're hoping that will be spring or early summer next year. Fingers crossed. The man is very busy.

theflyingskunk1 karma

Do you have anything cool in the works?

michaeljberk2 karma

I think so. In addition to the Baywatch Movie and Baywatch Musical, I've written another faith-based movie as a follow up to Soul Surfer, and am writing a teenage comedy along the lines of The Breakfast Club to be directed by artist Alex Israel.

CollumMcJingleballs1 karma

So can you plan a Hulk Hogan movie renaissance comeback film? Because the world needs one.

michaeljberk1 karma

I just worked with Hulk again on Celebrity Death Pool - Killing Hasselhoff. I have to tell you, he is a true hero of mine. When his wife screwed him over after he gave her everything he took the high road and started again. Now his club in Florida is a huge success and he deserves it. I pitched him a concept for a new series we can shoot in Florida and he loves it. So we'll see.

populashuntire1 karma

Who do I have to kill to get bluray sets with that glorious, glorious theme song?

michaeljberk1 karma

Not on Bluray yet because the show, although shot in 35mm we transferred to standard def video and the time it was distributed, and need to be uprezzed to 4K High Def, which I'm working on getting done. Until then the song is on iTunes. I use it as my ringtone. It gets an awesome reaction when people hear it. We'll be recorded a hot, new version for the Baywatch Movie.

developingman1 karma

My father and i used to watch Baywatch. Anything you want to say to a wannabe movie director?

michaeljberk2 karma

Just drop the wannabe as soon as possible. And be nice to your crew.

Lamps_are_great0 karma

What's it like having the most viking last name in the world?

michaeljberk2 karma

Berk? Is that a Viking last name?

pigpotjr0 karma

Any advice for a 17 year old?

michaeljberk2 karma

I see that you've asked that exact same question to a lot of other Reddit IAMA people. If you want a real answer, please ask me a real question, an original question, not a cut and pasted question.

pigpotjr0 karma

It is a real question I assure you. The reason I ask that question to different people is I enjoy advice that people have for some young and experienced like me. So to me it's like a learning expirence. Also. Do not copy and paste them, I type every single one out. So I ask my question again if that's alright. what advice do you have for a 17 year old?

michaeljberk2 karma

Give me a specific area. Career? Personal life? Are you male or female? In high school? Going to college? Have a job? You get it. Give me something to go on.

pigpotjr1 karma

Well I am male, in highschool, I trade stocks in the stock market, I have a job at our family business, And I plan to go to collage to get mba then I hope to get a CFA

michaeljberk1 karma

Sounds to me like you're on the right path, unless you're losing money in the stock market and hate working at your family's business. I guess my advise would be to enjoy and appreciate being a teenager. Looking back at my own teenage years I wish I had appreciated them more at the time. Remember, "be here now!". and write if you can. Poetry, a diary, anything that documents your activities and thoughts and feelings. If you can't write, dictate them into a digital recorder and save them on your computer. You may think you'll remember everything, but you won't remember the details, and the details contain the best memories. Good luck.