We had the good fortune of connecting with Mathew George and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mathew, how do you think about risk?
Before switching from a life that was going towards medicine to a life in entertainment there were a lot of questions going through my mind. Some questions included was it worth it? Am I sure this is what I really wanted? Could I really do this and still make enough money to support a family one day. After a long 2 weeks of thinking about it 24/7, I ultimately decided that I was going to make the switch. I knew it was risky but I also knew that if I didn’t try I would never stop wondering what could’ve been. So I did it. I packed up my apartment and left my friends in Arizona to move to LA and start SheRatesDogs the Podcast with my best friend, Michaela Okland. With this being the biggest risk I’ve ever taken, I was understandably a nervous wreck. 5 months later I can honestly say that I am SO happy that I did this.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Towards the end of my college days at Arizona State University I started to share my experiences as a gay man with different people I was close to. Their reactions made me realize that a lot of these stories were funny to others, which then gave me more confidence to start sharing them with even more people. Eventually I started to tweet about them on my personal twitter account (@matchu_chutrain) and people loved them. I then began to fall into comedy twitter, and started tweeting about different memes, trends and other funny topics that allowed me to show my creative side. While this is all fun for me, I realized that I could actually make a difference with this. Growing up and being in the closet, I never knew anyone or heard about anyone who had similar experiences and fears that I had. My hopes for my twitter account and SheRatesDogs the Podcast is to share my stories and make LGBTQ+ people all across the world feel like they’re not alone. The most rewarding moments are when members of the LGBTQ+ community reach out to me and tell me what a difference I’ve made in their lives.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh God. I don’t know. I moved to LA in the middle of a pandemic so I haven’t really been able to get out and explore too much. I guess I would take them to a few of the beaches, hiking trails and the park that’s within 3 minutes from my apartment. Me and my friends always go there, lay out a blanket and either read, eat or play some soccer. If they’re from Kansas City (where I’m originally from) I may take them to the Chiefs bar/restaurant that’s very close to my place. They have the best chips and salsa I’ve ever head. If anyone is visiting LA and finds themselves in the Studio City are they NEED to visit Jalapeno Pete’s.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
It wouldn’t be right to tell my story without the inclusion of the beautiful, hilarious and talented Michaela Okland. My POGGERS best friend, Co-Host, former roommate and creator of the whole She Rates Dogs idea. Michaela started the She Rates Dogs twitter and Instagram account a little over a year ago. It was an account that called out men who messaged women disturbing messages via tinder, texts or DM’s. Not only has she given me an opportunity to chase my dreams, but she’s also been a friend I can go to about anything without the fear of being judged. She has been my rock throughout the past few years and I’m so fortunate to have met her while attending ASU.