When on the stage for a performance or in front of a crowd in an improv class, Steel uses the same sort of focus he has on the soccer field to succeed. “Whether I’m playing soccer or performing, I try to leave all my outside emotion off the field or stage, and shift my attention to the present and only the people surrounding me. If you get distracted, you’ll play poorly in soccer and if you think about other things while acting, you’ll forget your lines,” he explains.
He claims he first realized he had a knack for performing back in middle school when he would sign up for the school plays. Once he got to high school, he didn’t have time to continue with theater productions because of his busy schedule from being a three-sport athlete, but he was still able to get his creative juices flowing through improv classes. Once at Trinity, he was not set on studying theater, but he decided to take basic acting for fun, and he ended up loving it. “I decided I wanted to continue with something that I loved. For me, acting allowed me enter an imaginary world and leave the stress of everything else behind.” So far, Steel has performed in Trinity’s spring play as a sophomore, two senior theses, and several short films produced by his fellow students. "He is a funny guy and he likes to laugh a lot, so it makes sense he can perform. He is very personable, with a good sense of humor, and that’s why we get along so well,” according to Coach Pilger.
Steel believes that everything he has excelled in started with his parents and the way they raised him. Both of his parents are originally from Scotland, and Steel himself was born in London and lived there until he was five. “My family runs like a European family. We eat two hour sit down meals together, we love the outdoors and don’t do much TV or video games. I think that’s why I grew to love acting so much, because my sister and I would have to create an imaginative world of our own when we were young. We still live by that sort of British culture,” he explains. “Putting my family first has taught me so much. I know the importance of loyalty because of them, and that has helped me be successful with any group I’ve been a part of.”