One fateful day, on Main and16th, Robin Williams asked Steven what he was working on in acting class.“Good Will Hunting” Steven sheepishly admitted to which Mr. Robins replied, “I think I know a little bit about that one”. The two walked to a park bench and worked the scene together. The late actor’s surprising reaction “you should really consider doing this full time” gave Steven the confidence to change his focus from Mixed Martial Arts to acting.
Since then, he has accumulated an arsenal of craft tools studying with acting coaches Larry Moss and Patsy Rodenburg, in New York, and several of the talented instructors across Vancouver.
In a relatively short time, he’s booked guest-star and recurring roles in shows such as “Once Upon A Time”, “The Murders”, “iZombie”, “Snowpiercer” and “The Romeo Section”. In 2018, his first film credit was in Jason Reitman’s “TULLY” as the ‘Let’s be trees’ teacher in a scene opposite Oscar winner Charlize Theron. However, with a flare for playing tragic, darker characters while bringing humour and humanity to light, Steven’s biggest impact has been on the independent film community. He’s garnered accolades for his performances, starting with a “Best Supporting Actor” nomination for SIC., at the Maverick Movie Awards in New York City, then 2 consecutive “Best Lead Performance By a Male In a Motion Picture” LEO nominations for “In God I Trust” (in 2019) and “Beyond the Woods” (in 2020), the latter of which he co-wrote, and which won him the “Best Actor” award at the L.A. CRIME AND HORROR FESTIVAL as well as “Best Writer” and “Best Actor” noms at the VANCOUVER HORROR SHOW. Chosen by his peers, he won “BEST EMERGING PERFORMER” at the UBCP-ACTRA AWARDS in 2019 and was nominated for “BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE-MALE” in 2020. He’s participated in some capacity as actor, director, or coach in several short films and been proud to see some go on to be included in the CANNES FILM FESTIVAL shorts selections. He’s successfully coached students into booking principal, guest star, recurring and regular roles on shows such as THE BOYS, VIRGIN RIVER, RESIDENT ALIEN, A MILLION LITTLE THINGS, THE GOOD DOCTOR, BH90210, THE BABYSITTER’S CLUB, MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM, Hallmark/Lifetime movies, and others.