I created a matinee walk through of my project, however, now when I press play it will only go to the walk through that was created. I have selected other items from the scene outliner list but that does not work. Figuring this is a simple fix but missed something along the way, first time making anything with the matinee function.

I dont understand the problem. Do you not want Matinee to start at level begin?

It only starts in matinee, I want to be able to have a matinee for recording purposes but still be able play the level. So they will work independent of one another.

Oh ok. Create a director track if you havent already. Then hit Enter at the first frame and select DirGroup as Cut To Group. This way it will play whatever animation you have in that Matinee but use the player view as the camera to record.