Our 295th Dad in the Limelight is Steven McMichael. I want to thank Steven for being a part of this series. It has been great getting connected with him and now sharing him with all of you.
1) Tell me about yourself, (as well as how you are in the limelight for my readers knowledge)
I was a world ranked martial artist turned US Marine, turned stuntman, turned fight choreographer, turned stunt coordinator, turned swordmaster, turned Dove Men +Care spokesman, turned producer. I’m a very happily married father of five living in Alberta, Canada.
2) Tell me about your family
I met my wife on the Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series where she was the stunt female turtle (Venus). I was brought onto the show frequently to be a villain that could fight and flip. Four years later, we got married and now have three beautiful children together, ages 9, 6, and 3 (2 girls, 1 boy). I also have two boys, aged 14 and 12, from my previous marriage that are quarterbacks for their school football teams.
3) What has been the largest challenge you have had in being a father?
Being far away working has been the largest challenge in being a father. Thank goodness for Skype, but it’s not the same as being there. For instance, I tried to discipline them over Skype – they just laughed at me!
4) What advice would you give to other fathers?
You may be tired from waking up several times a night with your baby and/or other kids, so give yourself a jolt of freshness to jumpstart the day by showering with Dove Men+Care Fresh Awake Body and Face Wash. I’m a creature of habit, and this really sets the tone for my day. Plus, it has skin care built in and is clinically proven to fight skin dryness better than regular men’s body washes. In addition, another piece of advice I have is to make sure you give your wife a break whenever you can. My wife is my rock and my backbone, and she has the most important job in the world looking after our kids. If she isn’t happy, it’s hard for anyone else to be.
5) Seeing that you (or your position) are in the limelight, how have you come to balance parenthood and outside life? If you are currently not in the limelight per se, please still answer this in regards to how you balance parenthood and outside life.
The great thing about being a stunt performer/swordmaster/fight choreographer/stunt coordinator is that I’m not the ‘on-screen face’ that you see. The only people who know who I am are those in the stunt community or film crews. When I’m working, I stay connected by texting, calling, and Skyping. When I’m at home, we spend as much time together as possible. I love taking the kids to their activities and going out to do something fun like the fair or waterslides.
6) What have you learned from the fathers that you have interacted with?
I’ve learned that each of them has their own unique perspective on how to parent. I’ve gathered tidbits from the ones that I admire, and one that sticks out is a camera guy that was telling me he has 5 kids and how wonderful it is to go home and be goofy.
7) What else would you share regarding your experiences as a father thus far?
Be present as a father. Really listen to your kids, give them your undivided attention, and spend quality time together.
8) What have been the most memorable experiences that you have had thus far as a parent?
The most memorable experience I’ve had thus far must have been delivering my youngest son- he was born in 20 minutes! The midwives didn’t make it to the house until 5 minutes after he was born. I was scared that something was going to go wrong, but my wife guided me to focus on catching him. It was one of the most precious moments of my life and also the biggest stunt I have ever been a part of!
If you have any questions for Steven, please leave a comment here and I will make sure that he gets them so that he may be able to respond!