In Chapter 7 of 18 in his 2011 Capture Your Flag interview with host Erik Michielsen, public affairs and communications strategist Matt Curtis answers "Where is Your Comfort Zone and What Do You Do to Break Free of Living in It?" Curtis shares how for the longest time, his comfort zone was living a sedentary life at home. After breaking free of this by moving into the city and cutting his cable TV, Curtis now focuses on how he can become more centered each week. He finds waking up early an effective way to get the alone time necessary to plan his future. Curtis is the communications director for Austin mayor Lee Leffingwell. Curtis' charity work includes affiliations with Capital Area Food Bank, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Students of the World, the Rainforest Project and the Art Alliance. In 2011, Curtis won "Austinite of the Year" in the Austin Under 40 Awards. He earned his bachelor's degree in radio, television and film from the University of North Texas.