That kind of dedication to the craft carried into his career as an adult as a polished master and owner of his own studio.
"I started real small," he said. "I opened up the school in my mom's garage."
His classes started to spill out of that garage and eventually "it was time: we had to get a commercial space."
The studio moved twice before ending up in a large studio on the west side of Eugene. The space accomodates 135 students. Ortega teaches classes for ages 5 and up.
Yasmin Dar and Tony Gist from KVAL News profiled Ortega for a story set to air on KVAL News at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6.