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Community Highlights: Meet Michael Tessler

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael Tessler.

Hi Michael, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I’m the proud founder of Multihouse. We are a hybrid tech and entertainment startup based in Los Angeles. We produce original multi-platform content and develop exciting new storytelling technology. Our company uses our creative engine to give back to our community and planet. Philanthropy and service are at the heart of our startup and define much of my own personal journey. I’ve always wanted to help the world in a meaningful way.

That’s why at fifteen years old, I launched the International Youth Congress. At its peak, it spanned 25 countries and helped uplift the voices of disenfranchised young people around the globe. Many of the friendships and experiences forged during that time have helped continuously guide me back to public service. Currently, I serve as the elected chairperson of the Hollywood Studio District Neighborhood Council Public Safety Committee and have been a councilmember on the board for two years. My work primarily focuses on assisting our unhoused population, promoting racial justice, fighting for LGBTQ+ rights, ending economic disparity, promoting social entrepreneurship, and educating the public on the environmental threats we all face. Throughout my life, I’ve been the beneficiary of extraordinary acts of kindness and generosity. In times as difficult as these, it is vitally important that in everything we do we connect the dots back to the unique principle of service above self.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
There’s definitely been some struggles and adversity along the way. Growing up with learning disabilities, there was always a sense I wouldn’t amount to much. It devastated my confidence hearing adults in my life call me stupid or saying I’ll never be successful. Their mold never quite worked for me. Creativity and storytelling became my outlet. In fact, that’s where our company gets its name. It was on the stage of a 100-year-old building called the Multihouse at the historic Camp Keewaydin where I first truly felt confidence and pride in myself. Their traditions and philosophy of “Helping the Other Fellow” helped give me purpose just as it did for generations of campers. Though I’ve taken an unconventional route, by every measure of success, I’ve achieved many dreams and way ahead of schedule. There have still been setbacks. One of my biggest struggles was weight. At my heaviest, I weighed 356 lbs and was told by my doctors that I was on the fast-track to a short life. Building my own Multihouse was a transformative experience for me. My entrepreneurial and health journey will forever be linked. Since launching our startup, I’ve lost over 160 lbs and have embarked on a new and exciting chapter of life. My hope is to replicate the magic of the Multihouse and to give that confidence not just to our Multihouse storytellers – but also to those who experience our stories. Every person deserves to feel that magic and know their true worth.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Multihouse?
Multihouse was founded to change the way people engage with entertainment, serving as a solution to their problems rather than a distraction, through cutting-edge technologies and responsibly produced content. We are based in Los Angeles and headquartered at the extraordinary Second Home creative space in Hollywood. We are pioneering multi-platform storytelling and advancing our industry through innovative technologies, responsible practices, and sustainable programs. We are constantly pushing for new and creative solutions that challenge what’s possible. Through providing a platform and amplifying the voices of LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, and other underrepresented communities, we aim to empower creators to tell unique stories that inspire empathy and advocacy in audiences. Our team seeks to improve our community, both locally and globally, through outreach, environmental conservation, volunteer service, and charitable endeavors. We firmly believe that entertainment should be accessible and bring people together, regardless of socioeconomic background.

What does success mean to you?
What was your impact? What dent, however small, did you leave on this world before your time was done? Did you add a meaningful moment to the story of humanity? Did you bring joy to others? Did you share your bountiful successes? Did you use your power and influence to engage and uplift the disenfranchised? Did you endeavor to give back to the planet more than you have taken from it? Did you try to have fun and take risks for yourself and your spirit? Did you try your least most of the time? From my perspective, success is measured by the answers to these questions. Money is fluid. It comes and goes. Only an impact leaves a mark.

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