Growing more popular each day, Steve P. Hamm is well on his way to becoming a featured actor. He already is a successful model and voice over professional. As a retired army helicopter pilot he fits the role as anything military and any casting director could take advantage of his experience….
Just dubbed Rising Star 2021 by The Hollywood Digest, Steve Hamm has had a stellar year working at his craft in between his helicopter piloting, acting and his voice over career. http://thehollywooddigest.com/hollywood-digest-2020-best-on-earth-awards/
In a conversation with Steve Hamm we discovered much about his persona, his desires, and what he treasures most…..
What gets you excited?
Well, besides getting booked for a project or a modeling gig, being able to help someone or just showing simple acts of kindness.
You’ve had some cool things happen in the last few months, update us please?
I was able to finish producing the audiobook I was working on- “The Seasons of Sam Rock”. The author is currently reviewing it. Should be available soon.
I have also booked a role in an international project titled “The World Mission”.
I will be playing the Director of Central Intelligence.
Is there a moment in your life that you recall that became your biggest Triumph?
There are a few actually. I would have to say my first biggest triumph was getting accepted in Rotary Wing Flight School while serving in the Army. It was a rigorous application process. Besides completing the basic application forms, there was a flight physical, a flight aptitude test, and recommendations that had to be obtained. Luckily, I was selected on the first look at the board.
The second one was when I completed the SERE (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape) Level C course. This was an intensive three-week course which taught us how to do our best to avoid getting captured by the enemy, and if we did, how to survive becoming a prisoner of war (POW). This course was both physically and mentally challenging. The Level “C” meant that the instructors could physically slap you around in order to get information or as a punishment for disobeying a camp rule.
This was required training for all newly graduated pilots who were on orders to overseas assignments. This course made us learn about ourselves on several different levels.
The third one was when I officially retired from active duty service after 23 1/2 years. I had spent nearly a quarter of a century serving my country, the last 5 of it with multiple combat deployments. I was extremely grateful to have had the honor of working alongside some of the best people this country has to offer.
Do you have a favorite movie that you wish you had been in?
There are two. “Gladiator” with Russell Crowe and “The Equalizer” with Denzel Washington. Both of these actors are top notch. Gladiator was very epic and The Equalizer was a great “bringing justice to an unjust world”.
How do you relax?
I listen to music, watch movies, and work out. When the weather is good, I’ll play some golf.
If you could recreate yourself, what would you choose to do?
I have always been interested in the legal profession. I think I would be a lawyer or a police officer.
You’re a superhero. What are your powers and how will you help society?
I would have powers that would ensure people are fed, they have a home with a good job, and most of all, get rid of all the hatred in this world. If 2020 has shown us anything, it’s that there is still varying degrees of racism. In these trying times, we need to put our differences aside and help our fellow brothers and sisters.
Briefly describe your ideal role as an actor and tell us why?
I can play several types of roles: Pilot, Military Officer, Cop, Detective, Husband, and Father. My military background helps with any pilot, military and cop roles, including the handling of weapons. I’m married and have 3 sons plus two stepdaughters. This covers the husband and father angle.
I work for Life Flight too so that’s another interesting angle to work.
What has been your biggest challenge in the acting industry?
Dealing with rejection and location. This business has a 99.9% rejection rate. For the bigger projects, there are usually thousands of actors auditioning for one role. You have to make a bold choice and decide how to stand out from the rest.
I live in NE Ohio, so the opportunities here are a bit limited. If you live in NY or LA, you have more opportunities, plus you also have the ability to physically be somewhere in a matter of hours.
Self-taping for auditions has become a normal thing lately. Still, if you live in the general area, the Casting Director has the ability to use you faster, rather than having to wait a day because of travel.
Tell us a little about the roles that you have been in?
My first on-screen speaking role came when I was cast in “Crisis in the Valley”, directed by David Walker. He found me after I replied to a friend on her Facebook post. My character was married to a black woman. They had some serious issues plus he had a secret.
I have played various cop roles, including a desk sergeant in “Memoirs of Wroth City” and a featured Detective role in “Acts of Violence” with Bruce Willis. I have played a father/husband role whose life was spinning out of control in the independent film “Buzzing in the Garage”. Most recently, I played the Mayor in “Common Creed; The Epidemic”, now available to watch on Hulu.
What do you believe is your best quality and your worst and of course why?
My best qualities are that I genuinely care about other people and I don’t let things bother me—too much. I want to see people succeed. I want to be supportive and congratulate them when something good happens. This is how I can begin a genuine relationship and build a supportive network.
My worst quality is that I have OCD when it comes to task accomplishment. I can get so wrapped up into a task that I want it done perfectly. Perfection doesn’t really exist. I have to remind myself to just do my best, and things will fall into place. The good part is that I put 110% effort toward everything that I do! The official website for Steve Hamm may be found at https://www.stevehamm.org
Photo Credits: Tony Time