Matt and I met under extreme circumstances one evening when we were trapped inside of the chocolate shop due to aggressive protests in the streets of Arequipa, Peru. We were stuck in the cafe for a few hours, and being the only Americans, it was an opportunity for Matt and me to reflect upon our culture and country. We continued the conversation once it was safe to leave the cafe, and Matt and I found a restaurant still open and our conversation floated between our country, traveling to less developed countries, and why he was in Peru in the first place. He was doing a motorcycle trip around the “Gringo trail”, which is a path in Peru in the shape of a triangle from Arequipa, Cusco, and Lima, which hits all the big tourist attractions of the country but allows him to ride along the often unseen corners of the country. Matt uses motorcycling, not as a way to see all of the landscape quickly but to explore the topography of himself.
He casually mentioned that he works in Hollywood and has worked on several blockbuster films and TV shows. We discussed how traveling has helped him find a balance and maintain a humbling perspective about the world when he is working with the upper crust of Hollywood.
In this episode, we discuss
What it is like to work in Hollywood
Why he chooses to motorcycle around instead of drive
What some of the best motorcycling rides have been for him
How motorcycling is a form of meditation
Why he chooses to visit remote areas of the world
Why and how he tries to submerge himself into a different culture
Why he avoids tourist traps and what kind of traveling he prefers doing
Why he finds it important to balance the craziness of Hollywood with traveling to developing nations
How he tries to stay humble in a superficial career field
What he has learned in his time in Peru
Why he believes travel is important for self-growth