Matt Harding, Creator of Where the Hell is Matt, LLC, charts the growth of an off-handed silly dance film clip - to a global, corporately-funded viral video - and finally into the present-day blossoming of his big idea: dancing in the style of local communities to illustrate a world without fear.
One time when Matt Harding was traveling in Vietnam, his friend told him to stand over by the curb and do his stupid dance. Now he is famous on the internet as that guy who does that stupid dance all over the world. It's his job. Things worked out pretty well for Matt. Matt is a 32-year-old deadbeat from Connecticut who used to think that all he ever wanted to do in life was make and play videogames. Matt achieved this goal pretty early and enjoyed it for a while, but eventually realized there might be other stuff he was missing out on. In February of 2003, he quit his job in Brisbane, Australia and used the money he'd saved to wander around Asia until it ran out. He made this site so he could keep his family and friends updated about where he is. In 2006, Matt took a 6 month trip through 39 countries on all 7 continents. In that time, he danced a great deal. The second video made Matt even more quasi-famous. In fact, for a brief period in July, he was semi-famous. Things settled down again, and then in 2007 Matt went back to Stride with another idea. He realized his bad dancing wasn't actually all that interesting, and that other people were much better at being bad at it. He showed them his inbox, which, as a result of his semi-famousness, was overflowing with emails from all over the planet. He told them he wanted to travel around the world one more time and invite the people who'd written him to come out and dance too.