The New Victory Theater launched the New Victory Usher Corps the day the theater opened to provide paid employment, job training, academic support, mentorship and an introduction to the performing arts for over 50 young New Yorkers each year. Since then, the program has provided over 400,000 hours of paid employment to over 500 NYC teens from across the city. Find out how the young people in your life can apply to be a part of this award-winning program!
All season long, we'll be featuring young people from our Usher Corps in our New Vic Bills and here on the New Victory Blog. Today we’re talking to third-year usher Junior Castillo
, a self-described "Brooklyn baby."
Who inspires you?
My parents are my biggest inspiration. They had to work very hard each and every day to ensure that my siblings and I would have a decent education.
What is your fondest or eariest childhood memory?
Learning how to ride a bike would be my earliest childhood memory. The process was intense, but my father helped me along the way.
What was your favorite story as a kid?
Clifford the Big Red Dog!
I was truly obsessed with this series. I even named one of my dogs Clifford.
What was your favorite subject in school?
Photography was my favorite subject in high school. It was the only subject where I actually got to create something fun.
How would you describe your personal style?
Casual and modern.
What's your favorite song right now?
"One and Only" by Adele.
What's your favorite place to eat or grab food near the theater?
Starbucks! Best Frappuccinos in town.
What's your favorite thing to do when you're not at work?
Most of the time I am full up with homework, but now and then I'm able to get out and explore the city.
What's your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
My best friend lives in Williamsburg, so we chill there all the time. Williamsburg has the coolest coffee shops and thrift stores.
What's the most challenging thing about being an usher?
Balancing my time between school and work.