Hi my name is Matthew Olson and I was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia when I was 16. I’ve always loved the theater and singing. I have had a hard life got into drug addiction even stealing things to get high which in the long run made my schizophrenia 100 times worse. Now I’ve been clean for quite awhile. I have held a part time job at Walmart for about 3yrs but there is something missing. Singing.
In January 2016 I will be auditioning for the TV show THE VOICE. This is what I believe I was born to do and I’m not going to let any person or any illness stand in my way of following my dreams of becoming a singer. Even if I don’t get through the first audition, the experience will last a lifetime. I would not only make myself and my family proud, I hope I can inspire others that have that voice and mental illness to come out of the shadow we call stigma and follow their dreams as well.