About Matthew Porter

Welcome to HeyPorter.com!

I’m Matthew Porter. Full-time husband and daddy of four. Part-time Writer/Director/Producer, Author, and Speaker. HeyPorter.com is where I share insights and inspiration from successful Creators, Leaders, and Entrepreneurs. So regardless of the subject, the connective theme here is…

Decoding Success Together™

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Here are a few of my favorite articles on:

Decoding Success

#BetOnYou: A Lesson from Dave Grohl

Breaking The Rules To Get To The Moon

Creative Leadership

Dear "Loser Kids"...

3 Surprising Leadership Insights From The World of Film Directing

Managing Opposites: How to Win With Rule-Followers AND Risk-Takers


A Sales Lesson From Dottie at Cracker Barrel

Storytelling and Metallica


The Secret Value of Fear

What We Mean When We Say 'Paying Attention'

How To Bypass Worry And Get Back To Work



Do you have another two minutes? If so, I’d like to tell you about how this website began…

I Love Working

I was blessed to start working literally the day after I graduated college. For a decade or so following that, freelancing as a writer / director / producer was the name of the game. Then I transitioned to my first full-time ‘grownup’ job, serving as Creative Director for an international agency. Incredible experience leading and collaborating with teams on projects based everywhere from the UK to Nigeria.

‘2008’ is a Four-Letter Word

Then 2008 happened. The economy cratered and the agency shuttered. I couldn’t just not find creative work, I couldn’t find work period. Very clearly I remember asking for a job delivering sandwiches and being told, not only that they weren’t hiring, but that they were seeing professionals including lawyers applying for these entry-level positions. During this season, I started writing. A lot. Funny stuff. Inspiring stuff. Challenging go-make-it-happen stuff. It took a while to figure it out, but the person I was writing for was… me. Without realizing it, I was acting as the coach / mentor / champion I desperately needed during those dark days. Every blog entry was a dramatic halftime speech. Every article was a sermon delivered to the mirror.

So why am I telling you all this?

Three reasons. One, I’m trying to build a "platform" and expand my audience, but here's the thing -- I'm a constantly failing-but-learning Forever Student alongside you.  So it’s my privilege to share insights with you, whether they’re gained from my own research and interviews or from me just stubbing my own toes. Two, that season in 2008 gave me strong sense of clarity and discernment -- what really matters?  What's truly worth my time and effort?  That's why everything I put into this site is designed to add value to your life and work. And three, those dark days have ended up serving me well another way; God saw us through and I emerged with some hard-won perspective.  If you never read anything else here on HeyPorter.com, leave with this:  it gets better if you keep moving forward – even if some days it’s a crawl. Can you dig it?

Hey, thanks for reading this far. Seriously.

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Matthew Porter Bio

Matthew serves as Producer and Director of Marketing for Key Life Network.  He blogs at KeyLife.org and co-hosts / guest hosts on Steve Brown, Etc., a nationally-syndicated talk radio show heard on 200+ stations.

As a filmmaker, he wrote and directed the award-winning Blackwater Elegy starring Tony-winner John Cullum (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Northern Exposure) and Emmy-nominee Barry Corbin (Anger Management, No Country For Old Men) and has directed projects in Asia, Africa, South America, the Caribbean, and across the US.

In the advertising world, Matthew co-created the video division of a digital agency (Triad Retail) owned by WPP Group, the world’s largest advertising agency.  Matthew helped lead his team in working with, and developing branded content for, Fortune 100 companies like Microsoft, Intel, and P&G, and retailers including eBay, Walmart, and Sam’s Club.

As a director, Matthew is represented by Darrin Lee at JØHNNY FÖREIGNER.

More recently, Matthew served as VP of Production for a reality TV media company and later left to launch his own venture, Hey Porter Media.

Currently, Matthew has an animated feature in development (along with a number of other film, TV, and book projects) and teaches Video Production at The Geneva School in Orlando.

In his spare time, Matthew enjoys embarrassing his wife and four children by singing 80s power ballads very loudly and very badly.