#trustyourinstinKt: Matthew Brinston
I met Matthew at an intimate dinner party in Dallas. He shared his incredible story of life, death and life again after a terrible motorcycle accident. The entire table was fascinated and what stuck with me was how sure he was of his new path as an artist. I knew I wanted to interview Matthew when I decided to pivot instinKt.
Can you give the readers more details of your life changing story?
Three years ago, on Nov. 2nd, I was involved in a motorcycle wreck that briefly killed me in the hospital, giving me one of the most memorable and life shaping moments of my life. I was in the presence of Christ. In the time I was clinically dead and the following couple of days while I was in a coma, he was with me. When the time was right he looked up at me and gave me a “smirk” that I’ll never forget because that smirk brought me back into the world. It took almost a year to make sense of everything, but the moment I knew I inevitably, no matter how hard I tried to push, God made it very clear I needed to shift my focus to being an artist. That’s why I was alive. That’s my purpose.
What is your experience with intuition?
It’s taken a lot of time, but I know now I have a good handle on my intuitive nature. I trust myself and the decisions I make because I know where the decision came from.
Do you recall a distinct moment of feeling your instinct/trusting your gut?
I remember many distinct moments in the past few years. One is trusting what I knew God wanted from me and becoming an artist. Some are as minor as randomly deciding to go to a coffee shop only to meet someone that needed hope.
How did you identify it?
How do I identify my instinct? I pray throughout everyday that I’ll have the wisdom to get me where I’m supposed to be.
What was your first childhood dream career aspirations?
When I was a kid I don’t think I quite realized what I wanted to be but I was always drawing and painting so I was working towards it without even knowing it. I guess that was my intuition getting to where I am supposed to be.
What were you doing prior to following your instinct/passion?
I was playing in a signed band.
What was your “trust your instinkt” moment?
When my band was about to sign a four year management contract with a company in New York and I knew I was supposed to be painting and not playing music.
What are you doing now?
I’m a full time artist. I exhibit my work in Los Angeles and Dallas…and things are just getting started.
What was your first step in pursuing your new career path?
I realized what it was that I was passionate about very organically.
I practiced my passion every day and every night.
I took myself out of an environment that I knew would only hold me back.
I put my passion on display for anyone to see and for anyone to judge. It’s a scary thing now that I think about it, putting yourself out there, but as an artist that’s the only way to survive.
What is the greatest challenge?
Probably just taking a leap of faith and getting rid of things or people in your life that aren’t going to get you where you need to be. It’s not selfish to follow your dreams, it’s actually the most selfless thing you can do.
What is the greatest reward?
For me it was seeing everything come together so beautifully. If you just do what you know you’re supposed to do in life and do it for the right reasons, a lot of good can come from it and a lot of people will feel inspiration from the things you do.
Advice for someone on the fence of following their dreams?
Happiness takes time and work, just floating through life is the easy route.