Brick, New Jersey, US
About Steven Lance
I am an extremely versatile voice actor with a friendly Rich Baritone voice, speaking Standard American English (SAE). With perfect diction, I am an expert at inflection and phraseology. I take direction well, allowing me to offer clients multiple takes with many different feels. With a collection of nearly two-dozen “familiar” and “original” character voices and impressions—from "Popeye's high-pitch under-the-breath" wisecracks and singing, to Lance LeGault's guttural "Colonel Decker" from The A-Team—I am your “go-to” choice for animation, video games, off-camera film, radio and television commercials.
I am a quick study at picking up new voices, with the following included in my repertoire: Boris Karloff-From his Frankenstein Monster's growl and speech in "The Bride of Frankenstein," through his early motion pictures such as Edmond Bateman in "The Raven," to his older double-role as both the Grinch, and the narrator, of the Chuck Jones animated classic, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," Jack Mercer's original Popeye's (unscripted) under-the-breath wise-cracks and singing, Lance LeGault as Colonel Decker from The "A-Team," Matt Pinfield (my friend and former MTV boss), both Bob & Ray (Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding),"Star Trek" TV series' William Shatner as Captain Kirk, "Star Trek TV" series' James Doohan as Mr. Scott "Scotty," "Star Trek" TV series' George Takei as Mr. Sulu. "Star Trek" TV series' Walter Koenig as Mr. Pavel Chekov, Art Carney "characters" Ed Norton, Yogi Bear and Barney Rubble, Kermit the Frog, and Bullwinkle the Moose from "Rocky and his Friends"
My voice credits include dozens of television and radio commercials, and industrial narration, as well as pre-recorded puppet voices, and animated segments of Villa Alegre, and Sesame Street.
In addition, I have written and directed numerous radio commercials including a series of Anti-Smoking spots for the American Cancer Society featuring baseball legend Phil Rizzuto, and actress Fran Allison of the classic CBS television show, Kukla, Fran and Ollie.
My on-camera feature film credits include an alien crewman in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and the Emergency Room intern in Woody Allen's Stardust Memories.
I'm not just "a narrator," I am an actor. And having had the good fortune to have been directed by some of the very best directors, including Bob (Robert) Wise, and Woody Allen, I also come to the table with a very unique ability to both "self-direct" my own work, as well as being able to direct other actors. With this comes a unique sense of timing, which helps me not only direct other actors, but the recording engineers and editors, as well.
Preferred Recording Studio is The Jam Room Music Complex.
My dad was a professional magician and I began my stage career as his "stooge" at age four--the same age Ron Howard hit the boards with his parents.
I grew up in Freehold, New Jersey along with Bruce Springsteen and David Garrison. I'm assuming you know Bruce. And Dave should be familiar to you as the Bundy's next-door neighbor, Steve Rhodes of "Married with Children" fame. I even played in a band with him (but not Bruce.)
While the rest of my friends were out playing sports, I was at home riveted to something my folks had in the den, an electronic box that had pictures that moved . . . a television set. And I knew from the first time I saw it, that I wanted to be in it--just like Mike Teavee, the kid from "Willy Wonka."
I got my first break at doing cartoon voices for animated segments of "Sesame Street" and "Villa Alegre" because they were produced by my mom's brother, Harvey Siegel, who had earlier produced "Rocky and Bullwinkle," "Tennessee Tuxedo and his Tales," and "Underdog."
I began my professional career while still in high school, writing and producing radio commercials for local businesses, which included the Monmouth Mall.
In 1973, my friend Barry and I attended a Star Trek convention in New York City. I entered the talent show and did my Star Trek stand-up routine--complete with impressions of the Enterprise crew. I won the competition and was hired to host the 1974 International Star Trek Convention -- I hosted every convention for the next four years, which earned me the role as an alien science officer in STAR TREK: The Motion Picture. (To see a black and white publicity still of me, just go to Google Images and type in "Steven Lance Star Trek.").
Following my work in Star Trek: TMP, I played the emergency room intern in Woody Allen's film, STARDUST MEMORIES, which pleased my mom that now I was a doctor. I continued hosting Star Trek conventions through 1981, while also working as a disc jockey and eventually program host, on local radio in New Jersey WJLK, WRLB, and FM 106.3 where my boss was the bald-headed gravel-voiced Matt Pinfield of MTV's "120 Minutes" and "Celebrity Death Match" fame.
I am a professional writer and published author. My pop-culture book about the TV industry, "Written Out of Television" was published by Scarecrow Press in Hardcover and Madison Books as a Trade Paperback. I also served as the Lead Researcher for James Robert Parish's, "The Unofficial Murder, She Wrote" book. And those successes won me a job as the Marketing Director for Geraldo Rivera.
I naturally got to appear on Geraldo's show as well as numerous radio and television shows that included "The Rocky Allen Showgram" on New York City's WPLJ-FM, and Fox TV's "Good-Day New York" with Donna Hanover. And during my "Star Trek" years I appeared three times on the now iconic "Joe Franklin Show!" That show was produced at WOR in New York, which is where I met and became dear friends with "Bob & Ray" (Bob, Bob Elliott, is Chris Elliot's dad).
I later went to work as an Audiovisual Specialist government contractor with CACI and Northrop Grumman. While there I was responsible for writing, producing and narrating more than one hundred Marketing and Training videos for them and their government customers. And, after 20 years in the business there isn't a technical or government term, acronym, system or program that I can't pronounce.
As a kid, I can recall one report card from 4th grade on which my teacher, wrote, "Steven is very bright, but he talks too much." I actually think she would be very proud of me today if she knew that is how I earn my living.
Keansburg Amusement Park [Commercial]
Adopt-A-Pet [Comcast/Cablevision Simulcast]
Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee, "Spelldown"
International Star Trek Convention
Country Western Stars [Franks Pizza. WXCY Radio spots]
Al’s Bootery “Elves”
Spiderman for Child Abuse Prevention [United Way]
Names in the News [FM106.3, Eatontown, NJ]
WJLK-FM/WJLK-AM [Asbury Park, NJ]
Monmouth Mall [Eatontown, NJ]
My Name is Alpha and Omega [Restore Church Promo spot]
Welcome to Restore Church
Peer Review for Facilitators [Aberdeen Proving Ground]
Newspapers in Education (NIE) [Gannett]
Puppetry Voices (pre-recorded for live performances)
Super Heroes & Super Villains in the Bible
Global Broadcast System [Promotional/Marketing Video)
M&A CMMI [Interactive Multi-Media Interactive (MMI) Training]
Software Release Process [Interactive MMI Training]
Northrop Grumman APG Office Grand Opening [Video]
Battlefield Target Identification (BTID) [Video]
Project Manager Defense Message System (PM-DMS) [Video]
Demo/UAV: Beyond Line of Sight [Video]
TPQ-36 and TPQ-37 Firefinder Radar Systems [Video]
Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) [Video]
CSA/Comsat Man-Portable Antenna System [Video]
Information Warfare: A Brief History [Video]
Full Spectrum Vigilance for America’s Army [Video]
BA – English, Upsala College, East Orange, NJRead More
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