Asking Steve Nagy for a story is like being pummelled with bricks repeatedly for hours on end. In fact, he has one story about bricks that he loves to tell. It’s a story about three bricks…all of whom are trying to jump.
Contrary to popular belief, bricks rarely possess the gumption to jump. It’s not a matter of the physical inability, just the mindset necessary to disregard “impossibility.” Impossibility will invariably try to introduce itself to the brick, repeatedly, but in this regard (and only this regard) the ardent brick must be like an impolite party guest: aloof. This results in much exploration of further rooms of the party house. But it is when they do avoid impossibility long enough that bricks are the most amazing of creatures. This is when they jump.
Nagy’s exploration has so far lead him across the world, a couple of times. The short story goes (in order of event appearance): born, dad=ski bum geologist, mom=caring sailor teacher, live in Calgary (Canada), grow up, play lots of ninja turtles, grow little more, play lots of ghostbusters, ski race, go to school, swim meets, school, sailor, school, drama, drama, musical theatre, drama, freeride skiing, graduate, university of british columbia, live in Vancouver, philosophy, puberty (maybe), backpack europe, studio 58, acting, superdogs! (travelling dog show), acting, puberty (for sure this time), lifeguard, want to move to Luxembourg, Calgary, tell everyone he’s moving to Luxembourg, China, winds up in China, climb, travel, hike, buy motorcycle, ride motorcycle for first time in life, motorcycle 5000km across China, Tibet, Nepal, photography, Everest (not climbing, this time), Nepali civil war, deposed king, meets next door neighbours from Calgary for first time…in Nepal, goes to europe, moves to Montreal, pre-med then religion, McGill, parkour, skiing, school, family, friends, breaks arm, really breaks legs, switches major to psychology b/c of broken legs, graduates, calgary, friend’s school project (with friends), meets old friends, tofino, on whim: Africa, rwanda to work with next door neighbours from calgary/nepal (now live in rwanda), uganda, tanzania, kilimanjaro (climbing this time), went out to buy milk, ended up with motorcycle, motorcycle to tanz. coast, hitchhike with broken down bike in back of banana truck, kenya, meet sister of woman he never met, try to fly to Cape Town, land in Istanbul, sail Med., dirt bike, pilgrimage to Batman (seriously)(it’s a town in Eastern Turkey), London, Montreal, Calgary, tried for Vancouver, acting, tried again for Vancouver, more acting, stopped trying for Vancouver (for now), Calgary, marketing for cancer foundation, became captain fancypants, more cancer foundations, events, big events, roommate didn’t want an audition, landed audition, Dodge Squad, watch friend at lecture series, got interview, interviewer submitted him for lecture series at end of interview, PechaKucha, Calgary Arts Development, photography, Calgary International Children’s Festival, real estate dev’t marketing (with friend from friend’s project), parkour, introduce friend from friend’s project to friend from parkour (montreal) who has friend in parkour who created magazine of parkour, acting, parkour, photography, fashion photography, Dodge Squad, Calgary International Children’s Festival, comedy (roommate), sponsor Calgary International Children’s Festival, parkour, photography, marketing, Kids’ Fest, content building, social media, content marketing, parkour, Kids’ Fest sponsorship, editor of magazine for parkour, marketing, events, acting, CEO of company for parkour, content marketing, Calgary White Hat Award won by Kids’ Fest (best Fest), posting videos, typing bio for his own content marketing, looking very forward to the future adventures, still pressing forward, trying to learn to jump.
…Figures he’ll know how to jump once he can express his story in a single tweet.