We had the good fortune of connecting with Matthew Solomon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Matthew, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My main consideration in starting my own business, and the various facets of it, was firmly rooted in the inquiry of where I could serve people and society the best. In my prior careers as a musician and filmmaker, I was focused on what I most enjoyed at those times. Entering into coaching and consulting, however, was more of a calling for me–I thoroughly enjoy what I am doing, and the driving force behind it all is in bringing people together and helping to facilitate positive change in the world. Across the board, one of the main sources of conflict is the inability of people to connect and communicate at a deep level. I am grateful to have acquired the tools and skills that I have. And, I am grateful to have the ability to teach people how to do this– whether it is within organizations, within romantic partnerships, or within the everyday lives of people.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Prior to coaching and consulting, I was a professional musician and a filmmaker. I identify as an artist. And, I believe that art and creativity exist within all forms of expression. This informs how I relate to people, how I construct programs, and how I approach writing about the important issues we face today regarding relationships, communication, racism, sexism, xenophobia, and more. The written word, music, and film all have ways to connect us and bring us together. A person’s expression gives insight into their lived experience. When we can relate to each other on experiential levels, the conflicts tend to dissolve and we are then better able to connect. My career paths have all been part of my evolution. I could not be as effective as a consultant if I had not been a coach, had not been in the entertainment industry, or had not had the drive to be “better” in my personal relationships. My brand is really the intersection of leadership, partnership, and intimacy. The people I have been drawn to as effective leaders have all possessed the ability to relate and connect, and have all shown a deep sense of caring for others.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I was born and raised in Los Angeles. Because of this, I love to show people some of the sights that are not on the usual itinerary. The Brady Bunch house is in Studio City, the Nightmare on Elm Street house is in Hollywood, John Burroughs Junior High School (where I attended) was used in countless tv shows and films, Neptune’s Net is an amazing place on PCH for fish n chips and watching the ocean, and Old Tony’s in Redondo Beach has incredible views and great drinks.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
While there are dozens of teachers and mentors I have had in my life, all of whom have had a significant impact, in this moment I am most grateful for my parents. My mother passed away last March from complications associated with breast cancer. My uncle (my father’s brother) passed away five days later from COVID. In this past year, I have had the opportunity to connect with my father more deeply than ever. I am clear that my parents’ influence, guidance, and care for others has had an incredible impact on me and why I do the work that I do.