Geneva resident Steven Sledzinski, 26, was working at Button Man Printing in St. Charles when he answered questions for the Kane County Chronicle’s Brenda Schory.
Schory: Where did you grow up?
Sledzinski: Geneva. I graduated Geneva High School in the class of 2009.
Schory: Who would play you in the movie of your life?
Sledzinski: Chris Farley, Sean Connery, Ben Vereen – or myself.
Schory: Do you act?
Sledzinski: I do a bit of acting myself. I work at Marquee Youth Theater inside The Quad in St. Charles. It’s a black box theater, and we teach ages from 8 to 18. And I work at the Comedy Shrine, a comedy club in Aurora. I do some stand-up, but mostly improv and sketch. I also coach the Geneva High School Speech Team.
Schory: First job?
Sledzinski: When I was 13, I was a caddy at Geneva Golf Course but that did not last very long because I am not a morning person. After two weeks, I became a busboy at the Geneva Family Restaurant before it was the Thai place and now it’s Nobel House.
Schory: As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Sledzinski: I always wanted to get into acting in some way, and I am, so I’m happy with that. Before that I wanted to be a scientist. My uncle was a chemist, and I really liked the test tubes. But I came to realize that food color isn’t the same as mixing chemicals, so I pursued an art degree, so I could continue mixing colors.
Schory: Favorite charity?
Sledzinski: Anderson Animal Shelter in St. Charles Township
Schory: Favorite ice cream flavor?
Sledzinski: Mint chocolate chip – but it has to be green.
Book or movie you would recommend?
Sledzinski: “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde; “Cloud Atlas” written and directed by The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer and the musical “Pippin”
Schory: Favorite local restaurant?
Sledzinski: I have a favorite local chef, David Reyes, who owns The Finery & Blacksmith Bar in St. Charles and The Grandstander and Restaurant Juliette just opening in Geneva
Schory: What is an interesting factoid about yourself?
Sledzinski: I got to go to the Galapagos with National Geographic.