- Colorado Mountain College: Alpine, 1275 Crawford Avenue, Steamboat Springs
Program coordinator Joanne Palmer chose Michael Bye to present a seminar at Colorado Mountain College because he truly embodies a dream job for this community.
The seminar will take place at 7 p.m. in Bogue 300 at Colorado Mountain College and is part of the fall Alpine Enrichment Program that promotes life long learning.
Bye has come full circle in his career as an award-winning producer and videographer.
"It's interesting because the job I'm doing now is the same job I started in over 20 years ago," he said.
Bye currently works for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., but has also worked for CBS, ESPN and done freelance work and documentaries. He will be sharing stories, video and stills from the course of his career.
"It's show and tell just like kindergarten," Bye said. "I will also talk about some of the stuff I've done at the Olympics. It's always exciting being part of that."
Bye's career has taken him to six Olympics, where he has worked as a finish line cameraman for alpine sports and a start line cameraman for kayakers in the summer games in Atlanta.
He primarily covers sporting events.
"I do more sports because of where I live. Most people don't associate Steamboat Springs with living," Bye said. "It's all about sports, skiing and different summer activities, but I have done a fair amount of documentaries as well."
Bye worked on a documentary this winter about four children in Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, and recently did a documentary on Basque sheepherders.
His favorite part of his job is the people he works with.
"Meeting the people involved (with my projects) has been the best part," Bye said. "It's all the different personalities, famous and otherwise, including crew and cast members and the person I'm there to document."
His field has become more accessible in recent years because of the increased opportunities.
"A lot of high quality equipment and editing equipment is now available at reasonable prices and so many channels are looking for programming," Bye said.
His advice to people who want to pursue a similar career path is to pick up a camera and start telling stories.
"Don't look at it as shooting a picture," Bye said. "The best part of that type of job is telling stories. If that's your goal, you'll listen better and do a better job of editing when you get back."