We had the good fortune of connecting with Cameron Matthews and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cameron, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
This career path I have chosen is marinated in risk. Every actor, better yet, every artist knows the risk they are taking when they choose this life. You can’t be an artist without taking risks. It took me taking a risk moving away from my hometown. It took me taking a risk leaving a well paying job…with benefits!lol Without those risks I wouldn’t be where I am today. It can be scary, even terrifying sometimes. But it’s also exhilarating and so damn rewarding. It’s one of the main reasons why we do this. For that feeling. That feeling that is so difficult to duplicate in almost in other way. The risks in this life, in life in general, is inevitable. Face them head on and never stop believing in yourself.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m an artist. Specifically, I’m an actor. Now if you would have told young me that, or anyone who knew young me that, NO ONE would have believed you! I was one of the most shiest kids you would have ever met. Didn’t help that I had a bit of a stutter too. It took an English teacher of mine pretty much forcing me to do poetry to first crack that shell for the young artist within me. Was it easy? Hell No. It took years and years before I would even refer to myself as an Actor. I didn’t believe I was worthy at first. That confidence came with rigorous training and theatre work. Theatre will always be my first love because theatre taught me how to be open and vulnerable. It taught me the true meaning of giving all of oneself to a character. It taught me commitment. These are the lessons that every actor must learn. In my opinion. What I would want the world to know about my story can be summed up by a favorite quote of mine: “Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.”
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
You know, one of the experiences I’m most thankful for when I first moved out here was my friends telling me to just go out and explore. We’re blessed to live in a city where that is possible. This city is full of so much character and so many different flavors. Part of the fun is finding out which flavors are your favorite. Lol I know that answer might get a few eye rolls, but it’s true! Take two or three of those seven days here to just explore. You’ll end up finding some hidden gem that none of your friends even knew existed. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I love this question! So often I think we forget to reflect on the journey and those who have assisted us to our personal legend. There’s so many people in my life that I am beyond grateful to. My mom. This woman has believed in me this entire time. From the early days of driving me to every audition before I had my own car to get there. I’m so blessed and thankful to her. My Ama. My prayer warrior. I love my grandma(Ama) so much and just knowing she is here and praying for my success everyday is comforting. Lisa Keating. The Best photographer in the Bay Area. She has done so much for my career, I wouldn’t know where to begin. And of course my Tribe Collective! A community of artist that support and encourage each other is so vital and I’m so thankful for each and every one of them. I thank God for the humans I’m blessed to have in my space.
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