We had the good fortune of connecting with Matt Stevens and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Matt, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Staying focused on what I do, entertainment. My job is to connect the perfect professional speaker, entertainer, or develop an event that will be a success for the host of the event, either a non-profit organization or a for-profit or individual.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
A close friend of mine in Austin, Texas was dying from HIV/AIDS. He told me from his bedside that the AIDS community needed financial support and encouraged me to help the AIDS Foundation in my hometown of Corpus Christi. I met with the Foundation and they agreed to take me on. I hit the ground running, raising funds to pay for education programs, home visit care, and every and anything they needed including a new facility, Van for transportation, and fun and exciting fundraising events. Numerous celebrity events that encouraged community involvement and community giving. This was a lot of work that was seven days a week and a minimum of ten-hour day. I learned that people do care for others. And I learned that anything can be done, you just have to ask for support and work and believe in yourself.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
So many interesting places to visit. A trip around Corpus Christi Bay would include a visit to Port Aransas riding on the ferry boat over the water, driving on the beach. The Art Museum of South Texas built on the Port of Corpus Christi overlooking the bay. The Art Museum houses some of my favorite Art from all over the world. Kingsville Texas to the World famous King Ranch for a tour of the Ranch and the Ranch Museum, Corpus Christ is the home of the Late Superstar Latino Recording Artist Selena, The Selena Musem, and the Selena Statue, located on the overlooking the bay. Every morning before the sun comes up, a walk along the bayfront looking at the boats, the water, and the sunrise. To eat we would travel to Loyola Beach to eat seafood at the King’s Inn. For Barbecue, we would head over to Mike Cotton’s Barbecue. Everyone loves South Texas Mexican food known as Tex Mex. Both Kikos and Hi-Ho are the best.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Randy Jackson. Randy has been in the entertainment business all his life. I have known him for almost all my life. He was a sounding board for me when I was in high school developing and promoting fundraising events, concerts, dances, and bus trip excursions. In college, I continued to promote and worked along side one of the biggest upcoming country music entertainers ever. Randy listened to my ideas and would tell me the truth and encouraged me to stay focused on graduating from college while working. Later after graduating, I moved to Los Angeles to try to get a position with a major talent agency. I was chosen for the position however realized I was not mature enough for living in Los Angeles and returned to my home in Texas wondering if I was on the correct road for success. I called Randy Jackson in a mental downfall, I told him for the first time in my life I did not know what to do and I told him I was questioning my career path. Randy told me to just get up and go promote. I questioned him about the true meaning of promote, he went on the say promote anything and I would figure out the rest.