I might just be the last person on earth to find about Matt, but I think that this guy deserves some more praise.
Matt (according to his site) “is a 32-year-old deadbeat from Connecticut who used to think that all he ever wanted to do in life was make and play videogames”.
After quitting his job back in 2003, Matt decided to explore Asia until the money he saved up ran out. During a trip to Vietnam one of Matt’s travel buddies gave him the idea to perform his (now quite famous) dance while he was filming:
The video eventually spread virally, and in 2006 the gum manufacturer Stride Gum got in touch with Matt to see if he was interested in doing another round of spontaneous dancing around the world – a trip they would pay for.
This video also became a viral success but Matt still wasn’t satisfied. After doing his last tour around the globe a lot of people wanted to participate while he was dancing. So he came up with the idea to do another round of dancing, now mixing in locals in his dance routine. And yeah, Stride Gum sponsored the whole thing once again:
So in the end Matt got two trips around the globe paid for and his videos have collectively been watched over 38 million times on YouTube. Friggin’ awesome!
And oh, he also wrote a book about his experiences with making the videos.
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