Chad Allen Ortiz by Jeffrey Felner


Doing these interviews has become an extraordinary experience for mespecially when I met someone like Chad Allen Ortiz ! I will admit that in this Instagram world I am one of millions who is visually stimulated by it BUT I am also one of the few who actually reads those pesky hashtags and whatever the subject has to say. Many preach soapbox wisdom, as I call it, since they are too young to preach sage wisdom but think in terms of second hand wisdom. How can they possibly know what awaits them with age. All in all, it’s always the luck of the draw with whom I hone in on; happily I seem to find a sampling of those who actually have more to say than just with their body.

Chad Allen Ortiz is sort of a jackpot for me since I only had an inkling of who he actually is and what exactly got him to this point in his life… oh and he is a “sharer” which certainly does help me and tell you why and what you need to know about him. I’m impressed and gratified that I sensed something more from his images and even more behind the words he espouses on his Instagram account. My subjects turn out to be multifaceted personalities who actually live “beyond the image” and have actual goals that supersede perfect abs and biceps… I won’t continue the list but you get the idea.

So here is Chad in his own words telling us all about his past, present and future since he falls under the heading of being a “creative.” Hopefully, this will not be the last you hear from this multitasking goal oriented young man….

Jeffrey Felner: Can you give us a sort of brief resume as to how you arrived at your present professional situation?

Chad Allen Ortiz: I began my training as a dancer in Temecula, California. My instructor, who happens to be my brother, and he connected me to my first modeling agency at age 16. I worked multiple shows and booked many commercial and print jobs. When I was 20, I moved to Los Angeles and began as an apprentice for Nickerson – Rossi Dance under the direction of Michael Nickerson-Rossi. I was promoted to company dancer, then principal dancer, then to Educational Director of both NRD and the Palm Springs Dance Festival. Today, I am the Executive Director of NRD and of the International Dance Festival in Palm Springs.

I have taught dance at high schools, universities, worked with dance organizations such as the Princeton Ballet, New York Live Arts, Los Angeles Dance Festival, and the Cape Cod Dance Festival. In the very near future I will be working with the Delaware Dance Education Organization, New York University, and Irvine Valley College assisting Michael Nickerson-Rossi. At present, I am in the process of developing the International Dance Festival, while also building numerous collaborations with magazines, blogs, and other marketing media.

YES!!! I still dance and continue to so on a national and international level.

Simultaneously with my dance career, I started to free-lance modeling in Los Angeles booking television commercials while working for startup fashion brands.

Lastly, I run my own creative branding and social marketing company known as Transparent Compositions; I am currently the Director of Development at the Institute of Dance Artistry. All these facets and aspects of my life support and fortify one another.

JF: Let’s speak of social media: do you believe that social media is an asset and why, do you think that social media has diluted the professional aspect of creatives and redefined celebrity? Explain

CAO: Yes… The issue in the past was visibility; the issue of the moment is saturation or sometimes over saturation. Social media is an asset, but not the ultimate solution. Personal connections are a must; you must be possess the skillset to back up how you present yourself especially within my professional sphere … a hot body isn’t enough!

Social media offers a multitude of possibilities as to how one is perceived …“reality TV” or “real life.” All the lies, all the jealousy, or the slander that one might endure is a price you pay for ubiquity It is our job as artists to understand what people are actually interested in, while staying true to ourselves. It’s all a choice… a very personal one that depends on your individual goal/s.

I had to Google the word “celebrity” …which is simply defined as fame or well- known. That is exactly what people on social media are doing. Many so called “stars” of social media are becoming recognizable figures through relatable, engaging, seductive, or shocking content but to what end?

JF: If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would they be and why?

CAO: Martha Graham – Founder of Modern Dance

Marlon Teixeria – Male Model 

Steve Jobs – Apple founder

Benjamin Franklin – Founding Father

Oprah Winfrey – Media entrepreneur 

To me, these people are larger than life. Whether in the field of dance, modeling, design, branding, or management… they all have found success in their lives and achieved multiple goals. I am inspired by their pioneering. I would appreciate their insight on how they approached life and business.

by Rick Rusch

JF: Can you speak to what you do as an artist and what sets your work apart from so much of what we see on social media? Do you see a downside from “putting yourself out there” with regard to the preconceived notions that are drawn from what you present?

CAO: I am a jack of all trades and I use them to build onto one another. I model, dance, photograph, video, market, manage, direct, educate, choreograph, create, design, and so on and on. I enjoy mixing the skills creating beautiful works no matter the medium. I enjoy access to a vast assortment of creatives and search for the links between us, whether as creatives or as business colleagues. It all comes together at some point.

Downside to “putting yourself out there.” … I wouldn’t exactly say there’s a downside. What one needs to expect is that people are going to perceive you in their own personal way. You may have specific intent, but what really matters is what others get out of the experience. We are complicated creatures with different emotional responses to all situations. I suppose the “downside” would be that there are those who are vindictive, malicious players who want to tear you down. No one can control how they perceive you. All I can do is show my best self, all I can do is know who I am and what my goal is … and focus on that. Listen, apply, test, review and move on in that pattern to see what works and what doesn’t. 

JF: Lastly, let’s speak of Chad Allen Ortiz 5 years from now; major projects or if you could choose anyone as a collaborator, who what would it be and why?

CAO: 5 years from now I will be have had more world traveling done professionally or leisurely. All I really want is to see the world. I have surrounded myself in career choices that will help make this possible. I see the International Dance Festival in Palm Springs as a vehicle towards that ultimate goal.

I have big visions and I am on the road to get there. It isn’t easy, but it will be rewarding.

Chad Allen Ortiz on Instagram – @chadallenortiz …. SPECIAL THANKS TO Frank Louis, Arhscana Images, Den Sweeney, Transparent Compositions, Andy Grant, Tommy Wu, Alex Budin Photography, Caff Photo, Brian Mengini, Naoyasu Mera Photography





GALERIE NICOLAS BOURRIAUD – RODIN L’Age d’Airain – crédit photo : F.Benedetti

La Biennale Paris 2019 se tiendra au Grand Palais du 13 au 17 septembre 2019, soit cinq jours d’ouverture publique, au lieu de neuf jours précédemment.
Cette évolution, mise en œuvre à la demande des galeries internationales, présente de nombreux atouts : elle permet de renforcer la dynamique commerciale d’un salon qui s’établit dès les premiers jours, et elle facilite les participations multiples à plusieurs salons dans un calendrier international très chargé.
L’ouverture publique de La Biennale Paris le 13 septembre, soit une semaine plus tard que les éditions précédentes, permet ainsi de mettre fin aux nombreuses contraintes de tout début septembre (difficultés de préparation liées aux fermetures estivales, calendrier prématuré pour les collectionneurs). Son vernissage se tiendra le jeudi 12 septembre, précédé de son dîner de gala le mercredi 11.


Costermans – commode attribuée à Saunier

Un nouveau concept d’installation générale est développé pour La Biennale Paris par le leader européen des salons spécialisés : STABILO.
Très apprécié des exposants, Stabilo a proposé un nouveau principe de stands plus moderne, qui offre une plus grande interface entre le visiteur, et les objets proposés.
Ces stands ouverts sur les allées, offrent moins de contraintes techniques, et permettent à chaque exposant d’aménager plus librement son espace et son décor.
La Biennale Paris a souhaité faire évoluer son offre afin de répondre aux attentes exprimées par ses exposants en 2018. Ainsi, tout en conservant le plan initié lors de la précédente édition, La Biennale Paris est en mesure de faire une offre de prix resserrée qui inclut le décor (890€ le m2 pour un stand habillé ou 825€ le m2 pour un stand nu), et de proposer des stands de plus petites tailles, à partir de 20m2 (contre 40m2 auparavant), qui faciliteront la participation de plus d’exposants, plus diversifiés.

CAHN – Amphore figures noires – Grece, attique, vers 550-540 av. J.-C.

La Biennale Paris poursuit son innovation en accueillant la nouvelle génération de marchands et de créateurs au sein d’une nouvelle section Nouveaux Talents.
Un espace sera créé pour rassembler dix marchands et créateurs nationaux et internationaux installés depuis moins de 10 ans. Ils bénéficieront d’un stand de 10m2, décors inclus, dans des conditions financières incitatives.
Le SNA et La Biennale Paris souhaitent ainsi encourager les jeunes professionnels à y exposer pour la première fois afin de promouvoir leur activité, rencontrer les visiteurs et collectionneurs, et révéler leur travail et leurs ambitions pour le marché de demain. Les candidats seront sélectionnés par La Commission Biennale, qui décernera en septembre, un prix du meilleur Nouveau Talent.

Maison Auclert – Collier de cinq rangs de perles antiques de calcédoine bleue, fermoir en argent oxydé et diamants.

La Commission Biennale poursuit son action en 2019 en contribuant à l’élaboration de la liste des exposants. Force de propositions, elle est à nouveau placée sous l’égide de son Président, Christopher Forbes et rassemble 9 personnalités qualifiées : Prince AMYN AGA KHAN, Fondation pour la sauvegarde de Chantilly, Max BLUMBERG, collectionneur, Becca CASON THRASH, mécène, Jacques GARCIA, décorateur, Christian LANGLOIS-MEURINNE, mécène, Alain-Dominique PERRIN, président de la Fondation Cartier, Judy PRICE, présidente du National Jewelry Institute, Jean-Louis REMILLEUX, collectionneur, et Didier WIRTH, président de la Fondation des parcs et des jardins de France. Ainsi que 6 membres issus du conseil du SNA. Christopher Forbes a souhaité renouveler son mandat pour la troisième année consécutive. Cet engagement durable est la marque des personnalités la composant et qui donnent bénévolement de leur temps et démontrent leur profond attachement à l’événement.

La Biennale Paris aborde cette 31ème édition avec une nouvelle accessibilité qui s’inscrit dans une tendance de fond générale du marché, doublée d’une approche centrée sur le client. 

La Biennale Paris sera ouverte à partir du vendredi 13 septembre de 11h à 22h. Fermeture le mardi 17 septembre à 18h.


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