Name: Chad Allen Ortiz
Hometown: Temecula, California
Agency: Colby Management @colbymanagement
1. How did you get into modeling?
My brother was working with an agency in San Diego, California. When I was 16, he brought me into an audition. The audition was a charity runway event produced by Gretchen Productions where I worked with designer Christian Siriano. The agency signed me after this event.
2. What are you doing if you are not modeling?
Many things. I am a professional concert dancer. Mostly involved in contemporary modern dance, but I am also capable of jazz, hip-hop, and ballet techniques and styles. I work with the dance company Nickerson-Rossi Dance (@nickersonrossidance) as their Principal Dancer. I am also the Educational Director of the Palm Springs Dance Festival (@palmspringsdancefest) in Palm Springs, California. I also direct Transparent Compositions. We focus on marketing and production of creative content for multiple social media platforms.
3. What’s your most embarrassing moment?
I have many. But, what first comes to mind was the audition at the charity event in San Diego that I mentioned in question #1. Mind you, this is the first time I ever walked any runway before. It was about the 5th scene when they handed me two Great Danes. No one mentioned to me I would be walking down the runway with two dogs the same exact size as me. Reminder, I am 6’ 2”. Their energy was all over the place. The mood of this scene was serious and fierce. The techno music bumping as I stood side stage. Dogs in hand. I was ready to strut the runway. I needed to „wow“ this agency. This was my audition! I go to walk up the few stairs from the side stage onto the way when I discovered one of the Great Danes had stage fright. Just my luck. I am suppose to walk out with this killer mood, but I am practically dragging this dog out onto the runway. I barely get maybe seven steps out onto the runway before I knew that we were not going any further forward. I felt eyes laying on me. The dog anchored its butt to the floor defining his lack on interest in proceeding in this performance. I mean, practically chocking itself in resistance. Meanwhile, in my right hand, I had the other Great Dane who was filled with more confidence than both me and my friend in my left hand. He should have gotten the job! I was literally being pulled in half. This moment probably only lasted 15 seconds, but it felt like a lifetime. Luckily, the Great Dane in my left hand ended up being escorted by the backstage hands of off stage right. Leaving me and my confident friend to do our stuff.
4. What do you love on Social Media? – What do you hate on Social Media?
What I love about social media is being able to access the entire world at the palm of your hand. I have been commissioned by companies in Australia, Croatia, Italy, South America, and all across Northern America to produce content, model, collaborate, photograph, dance, and many other forms of creative works. Social media also provides a public portfolio for me to present the work I do. I really use it for business strategies, more than personal pleasure.
What I hate about social media is how time consuming it can be. I am sure we all have spent more time on a single post than we would ever like to. I manage (with the help of business associates) 7 instagram pages. My partnerships keep growing in numbers as my success rate with social management and marketing increases. So, for the most part, I make social media work for me.
5. Describe your personal style?!
My personal style has an array of aesthetics. Being a dancer, I am generally found in athletic gear or tights… with a form fitting shirt. I can be found bohemian chic if it’s sunny and I am feeling casual. I can be business casual in a classic brooks brothers button-up and slacks. Or completely dressed to the nines in my favorite Christian Dior suit. It depends on my mood, the weather, the work place, and where in the world you are seeing me. I generally prefer fitted and structured garments over loose and flowing.
6. Favorite part of your body?!
My favorite part of my body, I would say is my general lower half. Fortunately, because of dance, I have a fit, athletic physic that predominately builds thighs, calfs, and ass. Works in my favor. For the rest of the body, I have to go to the gym. Especially to build my upper body.
7. Where are your roots?
I personally represent the typical suburban male. I am the man in the middle. I grew up privileged. By no means rich, but comfortable! I am very fortunate for my family and our up bringing. They created a life that allows me to live as an artist and continue pursuing my large aspirations and dreams of becoming a world renounced model and dancer. This being said, I feel it is my duty to educate younger teens and children that opportunity is for everyone. Both for the underprivileged and the privileged. To emphasize, I believe opportunity is for everyone. I offer a helping hand that shows them that they can do this too. The arts are within a crazy world that can seem to lack structure. It is not a conventional lifestyle. Sometimes we all just need a little guidance. This is where my role in the Palm Springs Dance Festival as Educational Director heavily plays in. I am happy to create opportunity and make connections for others. As, that is exactly how I got where I am today.
8. Name one celebrity you’d like to get naughty with!
Ha! I’m not really a “celebrity crush” kind of guy. Don’t pay much attention to that. But, to offer an answer, I would say Paul Rudd. He’s cute, dorky, smart, funny, savvy… I’m saying all of this like I know him! Just reflecting my ideal person onto a stranger, I guess.
9. Do you have any special Talents?
I would say my special talent is dance. I began at age 14 training with my brother, George Cris Ortiz Jr. I was in the commercial dance industry, as that is what Southern California has to offer. This kind of training generally focuses on hip-hop and jazz. Generally, but not always, commercialism is more of a stylistic approach to dance as opposed to technical dancing. It wasn’t until a couple years later that I discovered contemporary, modern, and ballet when I started training with Michael Nickerson-Rossi, Artistic Director of Nickerson-Rossi Dance. This is where my heart is now, concert dance. A more artistic field in dance. Not that I don’t dabble in commercial work, but my interest is concert dance through contemporary and modern dance works. All that I am stating is simply my opinion, someone may explain the same experience differently.
10. What is the most interesting thing online at the moment?
I wish I had an interesting answer for this. But, I would have to say Google Drive is the most interesting thing online. This program has allowed me and my business partners to work on the same document, in real time. I work with many people on the west coast in California, but I live on the East Coast. Without Google Drive, I would have to export PDF’s back and forth. Manually editing on a document that you eventually will have to copy on to the real document. This is a bunch of mumbo jumbo that no one wants to read, but… it makes me happy and makes work more sufficient.