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The New Victory Blog is a place to learn more about New York's theater for families and the shows we produce. Find out what we do and what we're passionate about—exploring the arts as a family.

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."

Third-Year Usher Junior CastilloWho 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.
Posted by Zack Ramadan

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 Chelsea Guzman, who calls Brooklyn home.

Who inspires you?
I inspire myself! I don't mean for that to sound conceited—I believe in always being proud of my accomplishments. It's hard for many people to acknowledge how amazing they are, and I don't want to be like that.

What's your fondest childhood memory?
The day I learned to love books. As a kid I didn't enjoy reading, but I remember the day that my first grade teacher started reading us a Junie B. Jones book by Barbara Park, and after that day I completely fell in love with those books. It was the storylines that intrigued me, and how realistic and relatable the books were to me at that age. No one could get me away from books after that!

What was your favorite story as a kid?
Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business by Barbara Park was my favorite book as a kid. I first read this book around the time my little brother was born. Coincidentally, in the book, Junie B. was also introduced to her new baby brother! It was funny to consider how mad she was about it, compared to my happiness over my own brother.

What are your favorite subjects in school?
My two favorite subjects are English and Math. As much as I love reading, I also love to write. Describing my life as if it were a book is a natural instinct to me. I actually didn't enjoy Math before high school, but once I began to understand the subject, it became really fun.

How would you describe your personal style?
I would say my personal style consists of a bit of everything. What I wear depends on the occasion, or on how I'm feeling that day. Lipstick, however, is never missing from my bag!

What's your favorite place to eat or grab food near the theater?
I always bring my own food—my mom's cooking is my favorite. The only thing I really do enjoy nearby are Crumbs' muffins, just a few doors down!

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not at work?
I like to go to the gym occasionally, or sit somewhere like Central Park to read a book.

What's your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
Central Park is so beautiful and the perfect place to hang out. Greenwich Village is perhaps my favorite neighborhood, though, simply because it's one of Manhattan's calmer areas.

What's the most challenging thing about being an usher?
Sometimes it's hard to balance home life and school work with work at the theater. It can be hard to come in with a lot of energy. It gets easier, though, once I realize how excited families are to be here.

What's your dream vacation?
Ever since I came back from Disneyland, I've dreamt of going back! Therefore, two weeks in Disneyland and a trip to Universal Studios again would be the best thing ever.
 
Posted by Zack Ramadan
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