"Creativity is my life and the belief that everyone is creative. Ideas can change the world. My book is my contribution."
Michael Kryton is the author of “A Brilliant Idea Every 60 Seconds” published by Gildan Media New York.
Professionally, he has been generating ideas and creating all forms of creative communication and programming for over 36 years as a writer, producer, director, musician-composer, and a creative communications consultant. He also continues to perform as a voice talent behind the microphone and a performer on-camera. His collaborative creative approach is a blend of art, science, and instinct.
Originally from Montreal, Michael trained in music and theatre. He studied piano performance and music composition through the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto). His background in theatre includes studies at Concordia University, National Theatre School and the Toronto New School of Theatre. Michael also pursued undergraduate studies at the University of Alberta and the University of Victoria, focusing on English, economics and commerce.
In 1979, Michael began his career as a writer-producer with the OK Radio Group in Northern Alberta. In 1984, he accepted the position as Creative Director at CISN FM Radio in Edmonton, working with the legendary Canadian radio personality, Bob McCord. Within 2 years, Michael was one of the first in the Canadian radio industry to wear 2 hats simultaneously as both Creative Director and Production Manager.
In 1988, a chance encounter with a growing consumer electronics chain (originally Krazy Krazy’s) led to a contract as a national, television spokesperson. Subsequently, in 4 years, he became a household face in Canada and famous for his notorious antics on camera, doing everything from performing hard-sell commercials while playing rock ‘n roll piano and guitar to the execution of twists of reality that became the stuff of discussion for media pundits across the country. He eventually became Director Of Communications for the 54-store chain.
By 1996, Michael had established his own media studio and expanded his work to include corporate videos, music and jingle production, radio features and television production. He was the first producer in Alberta to create an infomercial entertainment program with Chuck Chandler, one of the original booth announcers for Monty Hall, and his long time friend and creative associate, Keith James, better known as “Mr. Voice”, and currently an imaging voice, narrator and commercial announcer in high demand internationally (www.soundspark.com).
In 2001, Michael accepted an invitation to join “The Idea Factory” as Creative Director of the Alberta based, independent television production company. Within the first year, he had penned his first major documentary, a Life and Times doc for CBC Television on Jean Pare, the best selling Canadian author of the Company’s Coming book series.
In 2005, he was approached by the OK Radio Group once again to head up a unique project, supplying out-sourced commercial production for their retail clients. By the end of the year, he had won Best Radio Campaign and Best of Show as the overall winning advertising campaign (regardless of medium) in Edmonton.
In 2007, entrepreneur Clarence Shields approached him to write the 3rd book in the national best-selling Bachelors Guide series, which has sold over 300,000 copies.
In 2009, Michael joined AXE Productions (now Production World) as Creative Director.
In 2011, Michael accepted a contract with Trixstar Productions to write and direct “How Time Flies: An Evening With WIlliam Shatner” – Canadian Tour 2011.
In 2013, Michael was tapped by the Chamber of Commerce as Executive Producer for the tribute to outgoing Mayor, Stephen Mandel, and subsequently recruited as Executive Producer by the Rotary Club of Edmonton to produce the Rotary Roast for Stephen and Lynn Mandel. He also wrote and directed the Edmonton Chamber Ball featuring the Broadway sensation, Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles.
In 2015, he signed a publishing deal with Gildan Media New York. He is represented by his literary agent, Dan Strutzel (Inspire Productions, Chicago).
He continues to write, produce, direct and voice various campaigns in radio and television.
He lives in Edmonton, and has 4 children: Brock, Cole, Caleb and Hope. He is engaged to his Fiance, Janet Toews.
Even as a child, Michael Kryton was always creatively focused and wanted a career in the arts, whether it was acting or writing. In a movie about himself, Michael says he would have suggested a younger Dustin Hoffman. He has even worked with William Shatner which he describes as “demanding and fun". The hardest lesson he’s learned is to always stick to your dreams... read full interview
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