Matthew Rhode was born April 19, 1982 in Louisville, Kentucky. At the age of 4, he was introduced to, and fell in love with, video games, a hobby that he never tired from and would end up giving him opportunities he never could have imagined. After struggling to find his path as a young adult, Matthew decided he wanted to pursue a career in acting. He moved to NYC and enrolled in acting school.
After graduating The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, he hit the audition circuit in NYC while doing construction to make ends meet. He landed TV commercials for Powerade and JC Penney. While in his agent’s office, the head of the voice over division overheard Matthew in the other room. He raced in, introduced himself, and signed Matthew immediately.
Soon afterwards, he landed voice over radio spots for Progressive Insurance, Miller Lite, and Chevron. He also voiced various characters in the wildly popular Grand Theft Auto V. Tired from doing construction, Matthew looked for new ways to earn money to survive in the Big Apple. Having played the game World of Warcraft for years under the name “Ducksauce,” a friend introduced him to Twitch.tv, a website dedicated to live streaming video games. He decided to give it a shot and start a broadcast from his rundown bedroom in NYC, complete with a leaky ceiling and mold.
Within months, and after a lot of hard work, Ducksauce caught momentum. He was awarded a premium partnership with Twitch and skyrocketed to one of their top streams. He gained notoriety for his resonating voice, huge 6’6″ frame, high spirited game play, comedic commentary, and morning talk show style.
After a month on the west coast, he met TV star and model Adrianne Curry. They teamed up in both romance and business, sharing a home and working with one another on branding, new media, television projects and more. Playful videos the couple made on Instagram and Facebook featured Matthew narrating Adrianne’s actions in his “movie trailer voice.” It was a huge hit and their fans began to ask why he wasn’t doing it for a living.
At the urging of Adrianne, Matthew signed up for weekly voice over classes to see if he could pursue it further than the few spots he had booked on the east coast. Told he had a “million dollar voice,” he took a chance and created two demos to present to agents. He was informed that movie trailers were the very top tier of voice overs and that it would be almost impossible to get into. In typical Ducksauce fashion, Matthew landed Paul Wintner as a manager, the head of Wintner Artists, one of the most prestigious movie trailer talent houses in the world. He also landed one of LA’s top agents, Kama Nist, the head of DPN Talent. He booked his first job within a month for the new season of “Real Time with Bill Maher” on HBO. Shortly after, Matthew booked the campaign for the international blockbuster “Logan” for 20th Century Fox and is now recording for the new Pirates of the Caribbean film.
Finding the balance of running his own business and pursuing voice overs proved to be a challenge. However, Matthew has pressed on, finding a unique balance of weekend gaming fun, preserving his own business, as well as pursuing the golden ticket in the world of voice overs.