I graduated college in 2010 with $95,000 in student loan debt and did the smartest thing I could think of at the time. I bought a brand new car.
Back then I was living in my parent's basement in New Jersey while trying to make it as a filmmaker. At my lowest point I had $13 in the bank. Then I plugged my finances into a net-worth calculator online and realized I actually had negative money. A lot of negative money.
I wasn't happy with where my life was going, so over the next couple years I became obsessed with turning things around. I read every self-help book I could find, discovered minimalism, redefined my idea of success, grew my business, and within five years I paid off every last loan. Even the new car.
Then in 2016 I completed a lifelong dream to direct my first feature-length documentary Minimalism. Holy shit did things turn around.
My name's Matt D’Avella and I'm an award-winning documentary filmmaker & commercial director. My work has been viewed by sold-out crowds around the world, from the London Palladium to the Castro Theatre in San Francisco.
I'm passionate about helping creatives get un-stuck. Trying to create something from the ground up can be incredibly daunting, especially when you're doing it alone. I want to help you create the life you want, love the work you do & make a big impact along the way.
You can get in touch with me at hello [at] mattdavella.com