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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 Chelsea Guzman, who calls Brooklyn home.

Who inspires you?

Chelsea prepares for take-off in a rocketship made of New Vic booster seats!

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 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 job? 
I'm not sure. I have nothing concrete in mind, but being an OB/GYN sounds cool!

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

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 Daniel Alaimo, who comes from the Bronx.

Who inspires you?
My family and friends. They are the ones that have pushed me to better myself, to become fearless and to never doubt myself.

What's your fondest childhood memory?
Waking up on Saturday mornings to watch Pokémon with my sisters.

What was your favorite story as a kid?
The Amazing Spider-Man comic books were my favorites. They were fun, awesome stories that have also helped me with growing up; they've taught me to be responsible and to help others whenever I can.

What are your favorite subjects in school?
I would say it's a tie between science and history. Science has helped me learn how the universe works, and history has taught me how humans have evolved throughout our existence. 

How would you describe your personal style?
If I'm being honest with myself, my personal style would probably be considered “lazy.” I kind of just wake up, look in my drawers and think, “Meh, good enough.”

What's your favorite place to eat or grab food near the theater?
My favorite place to eat is usually someplace quick and cheap. Also, Dunkin' Donuts. I really like (and often really need) their coffee.

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not at work?
I sometimes take classes and perform at The PIT (The People's Improv Theater). I also play video games and work on my YouTube channel. 

What's your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
I'll go anywhere that seems fun and interesting—there's no one specific place that I like to hang out.

What's the most challenging thing about being an usher?
The most challenging thing would probably be trying to make sure that everyone has a good time.

What's your dream vacation? 
I would love to go on a cross-country road trip.
 
Posted by Zack Ramadan
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