Matthew's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Poor, Lazy Overachievers

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    New Orleans, LA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 7

  • ON DVD:

MATTHEW NOLAN

Writer/Poet

“Be around people that are supportive of what you are doing.”

INTERESTS:

Art Writing

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Determination Pressure Risk Struggle Choices Societal Pressures

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

approval, artists, crazy, depression, discipline, dreams, environment, expectation, intellect, journals, learning, poetry, preparation, psych hospital, psychology, ridiculous, skills, stereotype, structure, unconventional

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Graduated from college at the top of his class.
  • Was encouraged to go forward with academia, but while in school, he'd found his creative side in writing and acting.
  • Was flooded with job offers after graduation, but as soon as he almost took one, something said, "This is not right."
  • He wasn't sure what to do elsewise, but the job offers started slipping away the further he got from graduation.
  • He felt so anxious and out of place, that he became depressed; decided that if he was still in Alabama in a year, he'd kill himself.
  • Right before that deadline came up, he saved his own life by hopping on a bus and moving to New Orleans.
  • During that journey and during his time living in poverty in New Orleans, he was constantly writing; his journals became his first book.
  • He printed up 100 copies and sold them on the street; decided to send one copy to a publisher and they distributed his book nationwide.

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