WOODLAND PARK - Passaic Valley alumni Nicholas Juzdan will speak at a free TEDxYouth talk in Kinnelon this weekend.
Juzdan graduated Passaic Valley Regional High School in 2011, and furthered his education with a degree in business administration with a concentration in sports, events, and tourism marketing from Montclair State University in 2015.
Juzdan's interest in theater and film began at a young age of 10 after being enrolled in PV's summer camp, along with theater and music classes. He said, “I knew PV had a great theater program, so when I entered PV, I tried out to be in the school's play and realized my love for producing entertainment.”
Juzdan worked on 13 PV productions and won four performing arts awards throughout his years at PV.
As Juzdan was graduating high school and about to embark on his college career, he said he was faced with the decision many young adults face after high school, “What do I want to do with my life?”
“You have a group of people come together to make beautiful pieces of art, and we are all different but we all understand the purpose," he said. "I took that and figured out maybe I was meant to create those lasting relationships and settings. By doing that I figured out I wanted to produce entertainment, pieces of art, anything that interests me.”
Juzdan began working large scale events such as Montclair Film Festival, the Documentary Film Festival in New York City, and the Miss USA Pageant. Stressing the importance of networking, he said, “As a person, I grew from the experiences I had from those two festivals. I met a lot of driven people, and through those relationships, I found a job which I love.”
Juzdan is currently employed at Ashley Stewart where he creates reality content for plus size women. “Working for plus size women is more of a movement, and holds a purpose to the outside world.”
TedXYouth invited Juzdan to be a guest speaker this Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Kinnelon's Public Library. It is a free community event geared towards a high school age and adult audience.
TedXYouth talk's purpose is to spark conversations worth spreading to the younger generation, and Juzdan will give life advice through his experiences to try to lead youth on the path to figuring out who and what they want to be in the future.
See a live stream of Nicholas Juzdan's Ted talk live on Facebook at 11 a.m. Saturday