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5 Things We Learned... Steve Kantor

STEVE KANTOR, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

NEW YORK, NY

Steve Kantor was one of my first roommates in NYC when I moved to Park Slope in 2006. It was New Girl before the sitcom: 1 girl (me) moves in with 3 guys (Steve and his college pals Jason and Jackson) after meeting via a craigslist ad. High comedy, a bit of drama, and lasting friendship ensued. Steve was much the same then as he is now: sharp, clever, no bullshit, and deceptively goofy. He has an innate ability to hold genuine conversation with anyone and everyone, which is a skill well-suited for his impressive work as an executive producer. He has produced unscripted cable series for several high-profile production companies and networks, including A&E shows The First 48, Manhunters: Fugitive Task Force, and Kansas City SWAT; History show Swamp People and HGTV’s Million Dollar Contractor. One of his latest projects – Tiny House Nation – was recently listed by Insider as one of the top 15 reality shows currently on TV.  

Here are 5 Things We Learned about Steve.

What made you...you?

Becoming a father has changed me in just about every way. It’s trite, but it’s true: my priorities have become crystal clear. It’s important to me that I give the best of myself to my kids, and that means I have less time for everything else – but luckily I work best under deadline. I’ve had to become very disciplined and finding a balance is a challenge, but it’s incredibly rewarding. So far, so good.

When are you happiest?

I’m at my happiest in the woods or in a canoe. I spend so much time plugged in, it’s a huge relief to make myself unreachable for a while. 

Would you rather have a muse or be a muse?

My first instinct would be to have a muse, and I’ve been lucky enough to have had a few. But to think that I could inspire someone else … that’s a wonderful thought.

Who do you admire?

That’s a long list. But let’s just say I admire anyone who takes on something audacious, who says “why not?” I admire boldness and guts.

What is important?

Integrity. In a world where the concept of “truth” is becoming subjective and weaponized, it’s more important than ever that we’re true to ourselves.


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All images by Steve Kantor, taken during various travels for work and otherwise.