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A new recipe: Dreams of becoming a chef gave way to acting career for Albuquerque native

Giancarlo Beltran as Javier and Jeanine Mason as Liz Ortecho in a scene from “Roswell, New Mexico.” (Courtesy of The CW)

At 21, Giancarlo Beltran knows that life can move quickly.

As he grew up in Albuquerque, he had dreams of becoming an executive chef.

While a student at Albuquerque High School, he perfected his skills with culinary classes.

Then, two years ago, Beltran was at a turning point in his life.

Though he loved the idea of being an executive chef, he began to fall for the world of film and TV.

He was perusing Facebook and noticed a casting call for background actors for the Netflix show “Chambers.”

“I submitted, and I was invited to be a background extra,” he says. “I worked 16 hours that day, and it was insane to be on set. I knew right then that was the life for me.”

Albuquerque actor Giancarlo Beltran.

Having been scammed before, Beltran asked other actors about legitimate classes.

Enter Sol Acting Studios in Albuquerque.

He credits co-owners Ron Weisberg and Chris Ranney for helping him grow as an actor.

“Ron told me to take the actors’ connection class, and I kept going and signing up for classes,” he says. “I began to call agents. I didn’t know this at the time, but you’re not supposed to make cold calls to them.”

One of the calls did pay off, when Carissa Mitchell from Mitchell and Associates, answered her phone.

“We talked on the phone, and she actually called Ron and talked to him about me,” he says. “She was interested in the fact that I speak Spanish. Then I had to get headshots.”

In January 2019, Beltran signed with Mitchell and Associates.

Albuquerque resident Giancarlo Beltran, center, had a recurring role as Javier in “Roswell, New Mexico.” (Courtesy of The CW)

Aside from “Chambers,” Beltran has been cast in “Better Call Saul” and “Deputy.” In “Roswell, New Mexico,” he had a recurring role as Javier, an undocumented employee of the Crashdown Cafe.

Since the film industry shut down, Beltran has continued working on his craft through classes at Sol.

As Beltran’s career continues to move forward, he is enjoying each production he’s in.

“My ultimate goal is to become the best actor that I can be,” he says. “My main goal is not to become rich or famous. I want to be a working actor who goes from production to production. I don’t have to have the lead role. I just want to be that actor that pops in and every once in a while. Another goal is to be a series regular on a TV series. With all the productions beginning to come to New Mexico, I’m excited about the future.”

Beltran also encourages other aspiring actors to work hard.

“Nothing in life comes easy,” he says. “You have to push yourself forward and make the best out of each opportunity.”

Beltran can also be heard on the Sol Blog and Podcast, in which he talks about his journey from class to booking.

The Student Spotlight is a new feature of the Sol Blog and Podcast. It can be found at

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