Today we’d like to introduce you to Matthieu Jean-Pierre.
Matthieu, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Well, when I was 16, I, somehow, convinced my mom to let me move to LA to pursue my passion after attending my first summer acting camp. I moved to LA with my cousin serving as my guardian. The summer I moved, I came to the city of angels to attend my second acting summer camp where there was intensive acting coaching. At the end of the camp program, there was an agent showcase. After my performance, I received numerous agent offers, and after a lot of prayer, my mother and I decided it would be best if I move and cease the opportunity. Once we made the decision, we were left with two weeks to pack and find a place to live. Finding a place to live in Los Angeles was daunting. My mother was a very important part of this journey as she had decided to fully support me and my cousin financially while pursuing my dream. Everything seemed to be falling into place after a few days. We secured a 2-bedroom apartment, purchased a car for me and cousin to get around, and I enrolled as a junior in high school. Later that year, I decided to take the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE), which allowed me to obtain a legal equivalent of a high school diploma. That certification allows minors to work the same amount of hours, on set, as would an adult. There wasn’t anything like it in my little ole Maryland. After passing the CHSPE, I enrolled at Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) and obtained an associate degree in broadcasting. It’s been a tough road, but every booking is a stepping stone to achieving my long term goals. Besides the acting scene, I’ve been successful in releasing my first EP, Love Me… -90’s Music, dropping a couple of singles, and publishing my second poetry series. I am currently collaborating with a few artists. I am going to be releasing more projects this year and I will be featured on other artists’ projects as well. It all has been very surreal. Being able to achieve these short-term goals and seeing them come to fruition, has allowed me to persevere and remain tenacious in my quest for success.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has not been the smoothest ride. There have been pilots that did not receive the green light, songs that have not grace the ears of listeners, and projects that did not get any air time. The entertainment industry is a tough place and if you don’t have faith and believe in yourself, you will lose your sanity and become discouraged very quickly. Some phone calls you receive make you feel as if you’ve “made it”. It is as if you’ve achieved the step that you feel would advance your career to the next level, but then those projects don’t make it past that phone call. Sometimes, you invest and create relationships with networking professionals and peers hoping to use your talents to benefit one another but those relationships don’t pan out the way you expected. It honestly is up to you to believe in God, then, in yourself. In the entertainment industry, you’re essentially selling yourself to people. If you don’t believe in yourself, you can’t “sell” you to other people because they will not be convinced that you are worth investing in. It really boils down to how mentally, physically, and spiritually strong you are. My philosophy is work ethic, confidence, and faith. The trinity to surviving the roller coaster we call the entertainment industry.
We’d love to hear more about your music.
I am a Haitian-American Artist and Creative who is very rooted in knowing my history. I feel that it is very important to know where you come from, in order to know where you are going. If you listen closely, you can hear every part of me in my music. You can find me on all streaming platforms under my full name.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success to me means that I am utilizing my talent to achieve my full potential or purpose, while being able to do what I am most passionate about and it positively affecting people.
- Website: matthieujeanpierre.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/matthieu_jeanpierre/
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