Who is Michael Hurdle?

Before I became the person that you see today, I had to go through tons of interesting journey’s before I realized that my younger self, is the one who creates and molds the future version of me!

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My First Job as a garbage man

My very first real job was working as a parking attendant in an Upper East Side parking lot. I was 21 at the time and just gotten my driver’s license. One week into working as an attendant, I scratched a very high paying client’s car, because I was new and very nervous. Once the manager got word of my mistake, I was fired on the spot.

One of the parking lots clients, who happen to be parking their car during the time I got fired, felt bad having to see a kid get fired for a mistake, asked me if I wanted to come work for him in a private sanitation company called Grand Central Partnership, or GCP for short. He was trying to get it off the ground and he was looking for some people to get his project started.

I ended up working for that company for over 5 years. My regular cleaning route was Madison Avenue and Park Avenue. At the time I was only making $235 per week after taxes, so I didn’t have enough money to send myself to school for a better education. I remember there being a Comp USA  on my cleaning route, so I would go there to read  computer books during my breaks.

I couldn’t afford to buy any of the books in Comp USA, because they were very expencive at that time, and I was saving every paycheck to move out of my mother’s apartment, so for six weeks, every time I took my 30 minute lunch break, I would go back to Comp USA and read as many pages as I could before I had to go back to my route. I felt like I was stealing knowledge, but I really wanted to learn how computers worked.

Once I learned the basics of how computers worked, I wanted to see if I could build one on my own. Over the years, working in the same area, I developed small friendships with the maintenance people in some of the office buildings that would let me go through their dumpsters after the office buildings threw out older computers for upgrades.

It took me weeks of collecting old and thrown away parts to build my first computer from scratch. I used parts from five different computers to build my very first frankensteinPC. You should have seen the look on my face when I powered the computer on for the first time, thinking that this thing was going to explode on me! But it didn’t!  it worked! After that moment, I was hooked forever.

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From Garbage Man To Computer Technician

I continued working as a trashman for another year before I took a big and scary risk, leaving my secure job of five plus years and ventured out as a field technician, going to people’s homes and places of business to fix or repair their computers. I was petrified making such a huge career jump from a trashman to computer repair tech in less than a year with no other prior education or experience.

The first year into my new career was the most challenging journey I’ve ever encountered in my life. I was very unprepared going into a lot of situations. At that time, I didn’t even know what or how to do a resume. Over the next few years, I would hop from different computer related jobs, some of them I left on my own for further growth, many of them I got fired from, mostly because I didn’t have the level of experience they were looking for! I was faking it until I made it as some say.

After years of boot camp like training as a computer repair technician, my experience level shot up exponentially. I was able to build better and faster computers in a shorter amount of time. I was able to troubleshoot computer related issues and resolve them a lot faster than I was able to months ago. I shadowed a lot of lead and senior technicians over the years, so I picked up a few things along the way.

Technology is like a train speeding out of a station, If you don’t keep up with it, you’re going to get left behind! I felt like I blinked my eyes and I was in the information technology superhighway. Computers were getting faster and smarter by the year, giving me so many options in this vast field. I started learning more software as computers became much more powerful before my eyes.

I remember one day going to someone’s house to do a service call and was amazed by the computers I saw. I asked the woman, what do you do for a living to be able to work from home? She told me that she worked as a contractor for Pixar, and she was a 3D modeler who designed and rendered for film and video. At that time, I didn’t even know there was a career path in film. A spark went off in my head after leaving that clients home!  

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From PC Tech To 3D/Film & Video Production

I’ve worked with computers for over 20 years now. I’ve learned so much over time, and realized  how many opportunities are out there when it comes to computers and technology. I always wondered how film and animation were created behind the scenes, but not too many young blacks and hispanics growing up in my area of Brooklyn got that opportunity to be exposed to such things. We only had hip hop or sports.

For one year I saved up and decided to take my income tax refund and buy my first HD camera and tripod. I knew nothing about filming or editing video, but I was more than determined to learn. I grabbed my camera and started shooting low, or no budget videos for the practice, and to better my editing skills.

As my filming and video editing skills improved over time, I started getting more work filming “hood” videos for independant Hip Hop artists as some people may call them. I was one of the few videographers brave enough to film in some of the toughest neighborhoods all over New York City! I did it because I had that drive in me, plus I saw a great opportunity to make money for better equipment doing what I loved.

I noticed that I started diving deeper into Film, Video, and 3D production. It started becoming something I was really good at. I say that because of the reaction from anyone who I’ve done work for! when they saw the final product, they couldn’t believe the level of work they’ve gotten from such a small production. Word of mouth can be your best friend. I got most, or all of my work from word of mouth.

From garbageman, to computer analyst, to video production and 3D artist, I’ve learned so many things that helped me along my journey of one day owning and running a successful company that will grow beyond my life here on earth. My goal is to build a production house that can provide multiple production services from one location. I want to build a team that are more than just co-workers, they can be considered family as well. Building a strong team is the most important asset to me at this point. I will accomplish my goals!