Matthew Del Negro believes that we learn more about ourselves in our losses than in our victories. He is a hugely successful actor– with major roles on the Sopranos, West Wing, Scandal, and currently starring on Showtime's City on a Hill with Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge. Despite his long list of impressive acting credits, Matt has discovered more about his true self by overcoming the “10,000 No’s” that he has been dealt throughout his career.
While some actors might prefer to keep up the facade of a perfect life and career, Matt chose to get real by starting his podcast, 10,000 No’s. He interviews his guests –many of whom are also successful actors, including Lorraine Bracco and Kevin Bacon– about their own experiences with rejection and the fear of not being able to find the next great role. Matt recognized that sharing these experiences and wisdom would help other young actors, and he quickly realized that the idea of turning a No into a Yes could be helpful to anyone– not just actors.
Matt talks about the importance of being bold enough to take a risk and believe you will succeed. And we talk about not caring what other people think of us when we decide to enter the arena.
Episode Links and Resources:
10,000 Nos Podcast, Book and Insider’s Community
Order 10,000 NOs: How to Overcome Rejection on the Way to Your YES
Matthew Del Negro IMDb Bio
Showtime’s City on a Hill
Full Text of “Citizenship in a Republic” (a/k/a “Man in the Arena”) Speech by Theodore Roosevelt
Matthew Del Negro Instagram
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