During his apprenticeship in the martial arts, he found himself with a crisis - and opportunity.
"I injured myself," Ortega said. "I pivoted and tore all the ligaments in my knee."
That injury put his training in the martial arts on hold. He decided to join his mother in the salon, where he stumbled on a new passion.
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.