S2 037: Matthew Del Negro

S2 037: Matthew Del Negro

S2 037: Matthew Del Negro 1500 750 Alyshia Ochse

10,000 NOs: Enjoying the Journey More than the Win

Matthew Del Negro grew up in Westchester County, New York and graduated from Boston College, where he played Division I Lacrosse. His acting career began in small theatre productions in New York while he was bartending, before landing a pivotal recurring role on Season 4 of HBO’s groundbreaking series, The Sopranos opposite James Gandolfini and Edie Falco. Using that momentum, Matt segued onto Aaron Sorkin’s critically-acclaimed NBC series, The West Wing and Diablo Cody’s series for Showtime, The United States of Tara.

Scandal gained him wide recognition as an actor with range. He followed that with a turn in the critical and Box Office hit, Wind River, starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen before landing a coveted role on the 2nd Season of Amazon’s Goliath. Following his darkly dramatic turn on Goliath with a layered, scene-stealing comedic portrayal of down-on-his-luck actor Jason Alan Ross on Netflix’s Huge in France, Del Negro proved that he is capable of comedy as well as drama.

In July of 2017, Matt launched his podcast, 10,000 NOs, where he sits down with top-shelf folks from all walks of life about the rejections they’ve had to endure and struggles they’ve had to overcome on their journey to where they are today. He has since become one of the faces of Perseverance, Resilience, and Grit as his podcast has ranked in the top 100 Apple Career Podcasts in the USA, Australia, and Canada. The podcast also led to a publishing deal with Wiley & Sons, who published his book, 10,000 NOs: How to Overcome Rejection on the Way to Your YES.



“I’m sick of waiting to be hired to be creative… I’m going to follow my string of inspiration and hopefully, if I’m scratching my own itch, that’s going to scratch a bunch of other people’s itches too.”

“Truthfully, the podcast, which I started a little over 3 years ago, has done so much for me. That’s really what it was, it was a lifeline that I threw to myself.”

“Whether you’re talking about getting a particular job or getting a particular award, there’s so much that goes into that that’s out of your control. So it’s almost irrelevant. It’s the person you become on the way.”


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