It was just another day in the Big apple. I was running around the city on rush hour. It was raining non-stop, but rain or shine the show must go on. I stopped by a salon on 5th avenue to get my hair and make-up done with Ariel Vega of Bella on Demand. Bella do knows how to get me ready for work. Right after I left the salon, I went straight to work, although I cannot really call it work since it is truly my passion. Being a writer, blogger and reporter is just part of my life. My assignment of the day was to interview someone who I admire greatly. He inspires me with his personality, determination, drive, and of course with his Million Dollar Listings! The one and only, Luis D. Ortiz.
For those of you that are not familiar with Luis D. Ortiz, you should google him. He is a funny, humble and a very inspiring man who happens to be a native of Puerto Rico (specifically Guaynabo) as I am. He left the island at an early age, 16 years old, to make his dreams come true. He is a living example of the American Dream. Luis grew up with his mother, father, and twin brother, Daniel who he describes as his “extension”. He did not leave Puerto Rico by himself, his twin brother accompanied him on this adventure! They left without telling their parents instead they left a note for them stating, “If I don’t do this, how do I know if it’s going to work or not?” Currently, he is a licensed real estate salesperson working for Douglas Elliman and he has worked as a real estate broker in New York City for the past seven years and has helped major players — from partners at Goldman Sachs to actors, singers, and top chefs — find their perfect homes. He lives in Battery Park City near Goldman Sachs with a view of the Hudson River. Ortiz was part of the cast of the season 2 and 3 of Million Dollar Listing – New York alongside Fredik Eklund and Ryan Serhant and has continued with them to Season 4 which is set to premiere tomorrow April 15th at 10:00pm.
The Dreams in Heels Team got the opportunity to sit one on one with Ortiz in his office at Douglas Elliman Real Estate. We found Ortiz eating his favorite chocolate, M&Ms, we laughed out loud together, we spoke about some serious topics such as the current crisis in Puerto Rico, we spoke about his sense of fashion, he gave latinos a great message in Spanish and much more. Watch the video and comment below!
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Photo Credit: Tutti del Monte Photography
Video by: Petra Petrovich
Hair and Make-up: Bella on Demand