• New York

    In the Biz: Rafael Valentino @ValentinoRafael


    Where are you from/where do you live?
    I’m originally from PG County, Maryland. I currently live in Brooklyn,NY. I am mixed African-American, Egyptian, and Puerto Rican.

    If there was a theme song in your life, what would it be?
    Drake’s  “The Calm” from his So Far Gone mixtape. This song speaks to me because he is talking about how everything is coming together and his plans to take over.

    What advice would you give to someone who wants to do what you do?
    If I had to advise someone looking to pursue my industry (model/actor), I would tell them to do their research.
    Know the top agencies, know who the top acting teachers are, and know what your plan of action is to accomplish your goals.
    What is the key to being successful/to stand out in your industry?

    Although I do have some very noteworthy accomplishments thus far, I have more to do in order to consider myself “successful”; But, I’ve managed to achieve some successes by networking, self-preservation, having an agent that truly believes in your goals, and patience.
    Patience is imperative because nothing happens overnight. One must start somewhere with a goal in mind and progressively pursue it, daily. 

    What is your favorite quote?
    Tough one, I have so many. I will narrow it down to two though.
    “You must do what you hate and learn to love it.” -Cus D’amato
    “Win through your actions, never through argument.” -48 Laws of Power, Law 9

    Where can people find you online?

    People can find me online at my website: www.rafaelvalentino.com.
    Twitter: @ValentinoRafael
    Instagram: @ValentinoRafael