LONGVIEW (KYTX) - FOr 15 years, Matt Merritt has been entertaining thousands in arenas all over the nation. Some people call him a barrel man, others a rodeo clown He says his life is spent on the road with this makeup kit.
"It means everything to me. I am 32 years old and I don't know how to do anything else. This is all I know."
Merritt has a wife, and 3 children who sometimes travel with him. She has mixed feelings about his job.
"It's hard. But you just got to trust him and believe that he's doing what he has to do to provide for us."
Rope acts, dancing, and running from charging bulls is just another day at the office for Merritt.
"I really don't think my job is that dangerous. The other guys here do more dangerous stuff than me."
He says it takes a long time to switch between rodeo acts, and in that time, he's seeking everyone's attention.