HOW THIS JERSEY BOY FOLLOWED A PATH OF CAREER AMBITION TO TINSELTOWN

BY JENNIFER VIKSE • PHOTO BY VINCE TRUPSIN

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INDUSTRY: How did you get started modeling?

JAN LUIS CASTELLANOS: I started in college. I figured I would need to build a
portfolio before signing with an agent, so that’s what I did. Shortly afterwards, two
management companies reached out to me and I didn’t hesitate to sign with them.
They’ve done and still do an amazing job. The rest is history.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

An athlete. Sports are always fun, especially when you get to play them for a
living. I then became a product of my environment, though, and decided to quit.
Shortly after, I ended up in LA, chasing another dream. Now I am here.

Tell us about some gigs you’ve done.

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I really enjoyed the Coppertone Commercial I did…had to fly all the way
down to Chile for that one. It was a fun and interesting five days. I’ve
enjoyed going to San Francisco as well; I’ve only been there for business but
it’s always nice. The Abercrombie Campaign was shot there. We had access
to the Fort Point National Historic Site and it was amazing being right
underneath the Golden Gate Bridge.

What’s your favorite thing about winter?

I love snowboarding…love staying in and just watching old movies, too,
drinking some hot cocoa. The holidays are terrific because I get to head
back to New Jersey where my family is based.

Does your background influence your look?

No, I wouldn’t say so.

Where are you living?

Still in LA. It’s hard to beat the weather out here.

What do you hope for your future?

I like how things are moving and I’m super excited. Let’s hope to hit
the “big screen” someday.

What else keeps you happy?

I love working out. I started to not use headphones; it’s more of a
challenge to the mind. Plus, it gives me time to think and organize my
thoughts. Chocolate is also a weakness of mine.

How would you describe your look in three words?

Ethnically ambiguous…sharp.

And your personality in three words?

Enthusiastic, diligent, and loving.

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JAN LUIS CASTELLANOS
AGE: 23
HEIGHT: 5’11”
WEIGHT: 180
MEASUREMENTS:
PANT: 32×32
SHIRT: MEDIUM
SHOE SIZE: 10.5 (U.S.)
HAIR COLOR: BROWN
EYE COLOR: HAZEL