Local Personality – The John Matthew Story

Hi there. I’m John. Thanks for visiting my site. These days I make my living as a voiceover talent – in fact my first job was doing some educational voiceovers when I was just 6 – but it wasn’t always that way…

I’m from right here in Los Angeles, where I grew up riding skateboards (poorly), skiing (not much better) and playing the drums (pretty well, though not at first). I also picked up a little guitar and piano along the way, and I’ve spent a lot of time hiking the local hills and mountains. And yes, I even worked at Trader Joes for a while.

I’ve always loved science, and I got a degree in Geography from UCLA. But by then I was taking voiceover classes and knew that my professional place was not in the field, but behind the mic.  I started small, voicing ads for local cable and radio stations, and worked my way up from there.

Outside of work, I’m still playing the drums, hiking and reading up on science stuff. I’m a big fan of Ray Bradbury, the X-Files, British comedy, gasoline-free gardening, volcanology and Japanese scifi movies; Phil Collins is my favorite drummer. A self-proclaimed “fictionalist”, I enjoy amusing friends and family with made-up nonsense stories and the occasional silly rhyme.

Over the years I’ve brought life to words in hundreds of projects, in all types of media – from radio to internet. Here are just some of the brands I’ve worked for:

AT&T, BASF, Berkshire Hathaway, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Bosch, Bose, Carrier, Chase, Cisco, Clorox, CNN, Coca-Cola, Dignity Health, Ecova, ESPN, FitBit, Food Network, Geico, HP, HBO, Help-U-Sell, Hilton Resorts, History Channel, Honda, Houston Ballet, Hyundai, IBM, IKEA, Infiniti, Jack-In-The-Box, Jennifer Lopez, KIA, Kaiser, Kohler, Lexus, LG, Marriot, MasterCard, Mattel, Michaels Stores, Moen, NBC, New England Journal of Medicine, New York DoT, Nokia, Pelotonia, Plantronics, Pennzoil/Quaker State, Qualcomm, Ricoh, Ritz Carlton, Science Channel, Sempra Energy, Shell, Skechers, Staples, Star Wars, State Farm, Time Warner Cable, Tony Robbins, Toyota, Tylenol, Under Armour, Universal Orlando Resorts, Verizon, Vespa, VISA, Walmart, Whole Foods, USGA, Valvoline, VMware, Zions Bank