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Meet Jorge Ortiz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jorge Ortiz.

Jorge, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I knew I wanted to be an actor when I was a little kid and saw Christopher Reeve as Superman on my television screen. When I saw Superman flying around the world, I immediately knew that I wanted to do that. I tied my baby blanket around my neck and I would “fly” around my room. The rest, as they say, was history. From high school through college, I was actively involved in both plays and musicals. After I graduated from college, I stayed in NYC for two years and performed in a couple of plays off-Broadway. I also worked at one of the largest public relations firms in the country. I decided to move to Los Angeles because I knew that my heart belonged to film and tv. So I booked a one-way flight to LA, packed one suitcase and never looked back. LA is home. And in the time that I’ve been in LA, I’ve been taught by some incredible acting teachers like Milton Katselas, Gary Imhoff and Richard Lawson. Those teachers have changed me.

Particularly, I want to spotlight Richard. I met Richard in 2005, and to this day, I am still studying with him. Because of Richard, I understand that acting is not only a wonderful and powerful art form but that it is also a business. I have to put in the hours, I have to have a business plan that guides me towards the things I see and want for myself. He also taught me the power and importance of creating your own content so that Hollywood comes to you. I went from being an actor to now being an actor, writer and producer. By adding these additional hats to my artistic arsenal, I have more control over my career. Why? Because I know myself better than anyone else (or so I hope LOL. Humor, charm and irony are always good qualities to throw into the mix!) As a writer, I can write to my strengths and create characters for myself that reflects my first circle of casting. And as a producer, I can put the production together to bring my script to life. I don’t have to wait to get cast by Hollywood to show what I can do or to be invited to the party. I can create my own party by creating my own content.

As an actor, writer and producer, I can put my voice out there however and whenever I want. I am inspired by content creators who have created their own careers and parties from Issa Rae to Phoebe Waller-Bridge to Tyler Perry. I am a working actor, a working writer and a working producer and I look forward to my name being referenced and included amongst these powerful content creators.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Rejection comes with the territory. I can’t tell you how many auditions I didn’t book. Or how many film festivals I didn’t get into. Or how many writing competitions I didn’t get into. Or how many times I’ve received a “no” to read my work or how many times I didn’t even get a response. However, I understand that the journey I am on is for life. I am an artist for life. I am surrounded by an incredible community of fellow artists and friends who are on my career bus and who support me along the way.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am my own company. I clock in every day to administrate my career. And my career administration is informed by my Declaration of Independence (Richard Lawson teaches his students at the Richard Lawson Studios how to create and build their own DOIN–which is also known as your business plan for your career) From my DOIN, I know what I am doing for my career as an actor, writer and producer on a day to day basis with clarity and deliberate execution. What I am most proud of as my own business is that my DOIN is specific and personal to me. It is a reflection of who I am and my raison d’être. As a content creator, I am interested in creating and performing in edgy, grounded, character-driven urban dramedies where I showcase and highlight Latinx characters in a different, compelling and more interesting light.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My career bus deserves credit. A career bus is made up of all of the persons, places and things that influence your career in either a positive or negative way. If you have negative persons, places or things on your career bus, you have to take care of them so that your journey is smooth, clean and clear. My career bus is healthy. I am the driver of my career bus and the persons, places and things in it are healthy, supportive and excited for my journey. They are down for the ride and for the cause!

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