Local Personality – The John Matthew Story

Hi there. I’m John. Thanks for visiting my site. I make my living as a voiceover talent, but that wasn’t always the case. A rather long and crooked path led to my current station. So, who am I? Where am I from? How did I get here? We may never know, but clues from my murky past help paint the picture.

Beginnings…

I’m from right here in Los Angeles. I was a big reader as a young kid, and connected early on with the fiction of Kurt Vonnegut, P.G. Wodehouse, and in particular Ray Bradbury. His fantastical evocations of mood and ambience struck a chord with me that still resonates. Throw in spooky and scifi story lines and I became a fan for life. Science and history are favorite subjects too.

Like a lot of voice actors, I was a natural mimic, always trying to imitate interesting and funny voices from TV and films. I saw Jaws and immediately began imitating Robert Shaw’s crusty sea captain Quint (I have not, however, gone back in the ocean). But the rhythm got me first (they were right), and after the usual early piano lessons, I started on the drums at age 14. The neighbors have suffered ever since.

I played in bands, played volleyball, climbed Southern California’s mighty peaks and even got a degree in Geography from UCLA. But by then my voice and wisecracking ways had led me to voiceover classes (improv too), and I knew that my professional place was behind the mic. I started small, voicing ads for local cable and radio stations, and worked my way up from there.

The present day…

Outside of work, I’m still playing the drums, hiking and reading up on science stuff. I’m a big fan of scifi, British comedy, the Simpsons and Bob’s Burgers, gasoline-free gardening, volcanology and Japanese monster movies. A self-proclaimed “fictionalist”, I enjoy amusing friends and family with made-up nonsense stories and the occasional silly rhyme.

And yes, I’ve climbed Mt. Whitney three times!

Impressive client list

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, Belkin, 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, Mass Mutual, 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