TV Commercial: MIX 106.5 “I Know My Name”

In 2006, I made my one and only acting appearance in a TV commercial for MIX 106.5 FM Sydney.

While I did work at said radio station, I had no idea what the competition was about. One of the staffers was given instructions on recruiting people to appear in the ad, asking for people 30 to 45 age range, preferably female. Out of all the searching to find people available to be paid $150 for a few hours work or standing around and trying to collect fake money falling from the studio ceiling, I was one of the standees. But because I was male and in my mid 20s, I was shoved towards the back… the far back.

The end result was my lanky arms appearing for 1 second around the 17 second mark, popping up behind the presenter at the front.

First commercial radio shift – The Edge 96.1 – 2005

As someone who for years has been eager to get into commercial radio and be an announcer, I had the opportunity in 2005 on Sydney’s The Edge 96.1.

In 2005, I was studying at AFTRS in North Ryde, and in February 2005 I scored my ‘foot in the door’ job at the Australian Radio Network, Sydney. It was the first role in Production for me – the ‘Cart Boy’ – loading commercials into the system for the network. I became known as “Matt The Cart Boy”.

The Edge were doing a gimmick at the 9am hour Monday to Friday by inviting a staff member to do an hour shift a day. I was lucky enough to have a go. What a thrill ride it was.