Name: Steve Barr

Social Media Handle/Username: @BarrSteve

Introduce Yourself/Tell About Yourself: I’m a American who moved to Aotearoa New Zealand in 2010 so my wife Cece could go to one of the best veterinary schools in the world. We planned to go back to America in 2015 when she graduated, but we fell in love with New Zealand and decided to stay. I started my career at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, and now I work for TVNZ, the biggest broadcaster in this beautiful country.

What Inspires You Every day? : I love my job and the projects I work on. I get to work with some of the best storytellers and creative artists in the country, and if we do our jobs well (and are a little bit lucky) we can entertain and inspire millions of people.

What is some words of wisdom you live by?: I think the golden rule is pretty cool – treat other people like you want to be treated.

Patton Oswalt also has a pretty good suggestion: “Life is chaos. Be kind.”

What is your ultimate goal in life? : I’d like to make people’s lives better than they were. It might be just a little bit, by entertaining them. It might be a little more, by helping in some practical way. In any case, all of us can choose to make people’s lives worse or better … why make them worse?

How have you been during the pandemic and how has it affected you? : My life didn’t change much at all. New Zealand had a hard lockdown early, and we eradicated Covid from the country. Since then we’ve been able to go about our normal lives pretty much like the old times, except for new lockdowns every once in a while.

This country’s politicians and public listened to the experts, and so almost none of us died. I feel very lucky to have been in New Zealand for this time.

What is a message you would like to give others? : Life is chaos. Be kind.

Also, I think there’s a reasonable middle ground between most extremes. I’m not sure if I would call myself a centrist, but I’m definitely a non-extremist.

What else would you like to tell others about you or your life?: Growing up, I was a much different person than I am now. I had big mood-swings and no social skills, and it got me in a lot of trouble and made me really unpleasant to be around. Since then I’ve learned how to talk to people (mostly) and have chilled out a lot. I’m a lot happier now, and when I see young people who are struggling I have a huge amount of compassion and hope for them.

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