POP QUIZ – Matt Wolpe
Matt Wolpe was born in New York but moved to Los Angeles when he was four years old. Growing up in Hollywood he attended high school at the prestigious Hamilton Academy of Music playing drums in the jazz band and then focusing his talents on acting while performing in many of the school’s acclaimed musical productions. He attended both The Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music for Musical Theatre and Songwriting respectively. After college Matt has had much success as an actor and a songwriter. Aside from being the Bumble Bee Tuna Spokesman for 3 years Matt has done spots for Wendy’s and McDonald’s. In the theatre community he has performed all over the country in numerous regional productions from Jack in “In To The Woods” up at Sacramento’s Music Circus to Freddy in “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” at The Noho Arts Center. He has also performed at The Kirk Douglas, The Ensemble Theatre, and La Mirada Center for the Performing Arts. You can see him as Guy in the hit web series “Every Other Wednesday” in which he also penned the theme song and original music. While Matt isn’t acting he is writing songs and playing music all around the country. He has written and recorded with such notable artists as Kyle Patrick of the Click Five, Andrew Dixon (Colbie Caillat) and Dustin “Copper” Jensen (Ava Brown Band).He has been seen everywhere from the Famous House Of Blues on the Sunset Strip to The Hard Rock Cafe in Boston and everywhere in between. He recently released a new album and can be currently seen in Once at the Benedum Center tomorrow through March 16. More information can be found here. And now on with the quiz!
1. Which would you rather drink for the rest of your natural born life, pop or water?
2. Which television show could you watch over and over and never get bored?
3. Team Marvel Comics or Team DC Comics?
DC – BATMAN
4. If you could have any super hero save you, who would it be and why?
Batman. I really would like to ride in the bat mobile or bat copter or bat plane or… you get the idea.
5. Which quote is the one you live by: “To thine own self be true”, “Can’t repeat the past? Why of course you can.”, or “Draw me like one of your French girls.”
Draw me like one of your French girls (Bethany’s note: Finally someone said this one!!!)
6. Which book best sums up your philosophies on life?
7. If you could bring any fictional person to life and ask him or her a question, who would it be and what would you ask?
I’d have to ask Dr. Doofenshmirtz what his next evil contraption would be.
8. What is the most attractive quality in the opposite sex?
Kindness and the ability to laugh
9. What is the least attractive quality in the opposite sex?
Selfishness and taking oneself to serious
10. Which would you choose: being a billionaire at a job you hated or making $20,000 doing your life’s passion?
I’d have to choose doing what I love and making less money. Be it acting, writing music, or playing it.
11. Define what the word “fear” means to you.
I’m really only afraid of two things. Sharks and stand up comedy.
12. Define what the word “happiness” means to you.
Happiness is an ice cold beer on a hot summer day. Or a nice warm beer and a freezing winter night. Wait no, a cold beer on a cold night. I’m changing my answer to a puppy. Happiness is a puppy.
13. Which is more fulfilling: the moment of creating art, or the moment of sharing it with the world?
I definitely feel that the moment you get to share your art with the world is most fulfilling. The process is my favorite part of the experience but seeing and feeling the audience’s reaction to either a song or a story is like no other feeling.
14. Which is more difficult: the first rejection from an industry insider or the first negative review from your audience?
Ha. I still think with all the rejection we get in this business we try not to take any of it personally. It’s the personal rejection from the girls at the bar that are still the toughest…
15. Is there anyone in your life that you love but are afraid to tell how you feel?
16. Who do you admire most in your professional life?
My father. He’s a wonderful actor who I luckily get to see perform all the time. And I’ll get to see him soon in Bullets Over Broadway! He’s the utmost professional and the best role model a boy could have. I remember touring with him when I was 3 years old. Weather he knows it or not he taught me how to be a professional in this wacky business.
17. Who do you admire most in your personal life?
Can I say Kramer…???
18. To be successful in your field, what traits do you think a person needs to have?
I think success can come at any time you just have to be ready for it. So you wanna work hard and be prepared for that time you get lucky and everything falls in to place. Hopefully those opportunities will happen more and more frequently.
19. What motivates you most?
We all still have things to prove and more songs to sing. I think my motivation comes from wanting to tell great stories and hoping that you’ve touched a few people along the way. Changed some minds, made someone stop and think or take a look back and wonder.
20. What will you be doing next?
With such a fabulous cast crew and creative team, I plan on doing this show for a while. I get to see the country and do what I love with people I love. I am also a songwriter, so I write a lot on the road. I have couple albums out and plan on finishing 2 more by the time we finish the first leg of this tour. All updates will be on MattWolpe.com.