About Steve Bell
Technical BackgroundI was selected straight out of high school to be trained by New Zealand's prestigious Physics and Engineering Laboratory, in the government's Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR). This was the NASA of New Zealand!
This was a wonderful opportunity, but it was HARD. You worked by day and studied by night. By the end of our training those of us that survived had our academic qualifications as well as the best work experience available. Through the DSIR I learned that there was nothing that couldn't be done - it just took time and dedication.
Moved to the United StatesI was getting more work in the United States than in New Zealand, so I moved here.
In 2009 I became a US Permanent Resident.
I have lived and travelled all over this incredible country; Texas, Tennessee, Colorado, Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC, and of course New York and California.
The people everywhere have been wonderful to me, and I have made some fantastic friends.
Started doing Voice OversEverywhere I go in the United States I get the same two questions. I can't even go through a fast food drive thru without being asked:
"Where are you from?"
"What are you doing in ...insert name of town... ?"
So may people have commented on my voice and said that I should be on TV or radio, that I decided to set myself up, learn as much as I could about voice acting, get some wonderful guidance from those already in the industry, seek out great coaching, and see where it all leads. The response has been fantastic.
Many people have described me as a cross between 'the crocodile hunter' and a gentleman.
Personality is of course a big issue too, and it is important to have a great sense of humor. In fact I've had people say "We love working with you Steve, because you just come out and say what we're all thinking, but wouldn't dare to say out loud!" I'm not sure if that's a compliment, but hey, I'll go with it.
My Passion for AviationI have been crazy about aviation as far back as I can remember.
In particular I love helicopters. I am fascinated by machinery weighing thousands of pounds that can suspend itself motionless in the air, while at the same time being able to maneuver to the precision of a fraction of an inch.
Anyone that has ever flown one will tell you that this is the most incredible and intimate relationship possible between man and machine.