We had the good fortune of connecting with Matthew Tarutis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Matthew, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Resilience. I’ve had every opportunity to break down and give up fighting but the only reason I am where I’m at today is that I continued moving forward no matter what the circumstance may be. We will always face adversity, it’s inevitable, but the only pathway to success is through it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a writer. I began writing prose but went to college to study film production and screenwriting. What sets me apart from others is my experiences. I’ve been dealt a shit hand in life and have lived so many different lives for the sake of survival. I’m most proud of myself for continuing to move forward and pursue my goals despite life’s many attempts to stop me. I was kicked out and abandoned by my family at age 18 after the death of my 16 year old sister. I was absolutely devastated and resorted to drugs, alcohol and violence to fill the void, which only lasted a year before the entire police department knew me by name. I then joined the Navy to get away from the trouble where I got the structure and stability I needed to succeed. I then supported myself through film school in Los Angeles before landing a job for Tyra Banks running her entire creative department at ModelLand. It was never easy, but the only person I had to rely on was myself, so I couldn’t fail. I couldn’t let life win… I want the world to know through my stories that you are never a victim of your circumstance. I want the world to know that nothing is permanent and as long as you believe in yourself, you could never lose.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Venice and Santa Monica for sure. We’d spend a lot of time at the beach, drinking tall cans, playing beach volleyball, and people watching. I’m honestly too spontaneous to really have an itinerary. If something sounds fun or if a restaurant looks good, I’ll just go. Life is better as a freestyle.
I think the most exciting and fun people are those creative types who aren’t afraid to try new things or embarrass themselves in the sake of fun. You really can’t take life too seriously. Those who do aren’t very exciting or interesting…
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Each and every person I’ve come in contact with has attributed to my success. The haters gave me the fuel to keep pushing and my loved ones gave me strength when I had none left. I would like to give a huge shoutout to the United States Navy for taking me off the streets and giving me structure and stability.