The first stage revolved around playing football from boyhood through high school. He starred for the Permian Panthers and was a captain his senior year.
Now the next stage could involve a stage -- literally.
Ontiveroz has been bitten by the acting bug and plans to see how far he can go in the performing arts by moving to
"The same intensity that I had for football and the same motivation that I had for football transferred over to acting," he said. "And I now I can't stop."
A June graduate of Permian, Ontiveroz, 18, has starred as a background actor in "Dallas" on TNT and has done some print work as a model. He is open to performing in theater, musical theater, commercials, television and movies.
Ontiveroz performed in Permian's Black Magic choir but is a novice to acting.
"I've always been told I have a certain look and face people remember, and I just took it for what it was," he said.
For now, he will head to L.A. to see where his talent can take him, meeting with representatives of Global One Management and to look into
Ontiveroz had hopes of playing Division I football, but when he saw that a college career was not going to pan out, he became more interested in pursuing acting. He has almost 30 hours of dual credit college credits to fall back on if he decides to go to college.
"I definitely want to get out of this town, because you can't pursue acting in this town," he said, adding that going to
He got a callback for a background role on three episodes of "Dallas" -- his scenes were shot last fall and winter in the
He was a drug cartel security guard in "Dallas" and held an AK-47 and worked with
"It was amazing -- the whole atmosphere and the camaraderie," he said about his experience on "
Ontiveroz said many people didn't know about his new passion.
"It was funny, I always kept it kind of quiet," he said. "I didn't let anyone know but close family that I was even pursuing an acting career. I was never in theater or anything like that."
He auditioned for a movie about former Texas Longhorn football player
Ontiveroz credits his mother for being his manager, as she dug around for places looking for talent.
"But agency-wise, I don't have anything official yet," he said, adding that a company from
Josh's family is fully behind him.
"We're just real excited about seeing what comes out of this," Alison said about her son's foray into acting. "I just couldn't ask for a better kid and I just hope his dream does come true for him."
Josh plans to take acting classes and said he would have to get a job to support himself in L.A., including being an extra in productions. He is prepared for dealing with rejection -- commonplace in the business -- and said he lives to hear just one "yes" that would come from a casting agent.
"The best part about acting is you can become brand new and live in that role and stuff," he said.
Ontiveroz envisions himself as more of dramatic actor and especially likes the work of Oscar-winner and native Texan
He said family and friends have been supportive and encouraging. Everyone knows about his a acting career now.
"It helps to have support, especially from your loved ones, and I can't begin to explain how awesome it is," he said.
He encourages anyone who has a dream, no matter what it is, to "give everything you got, because you only have one life to live, so make it count."
Ontiveroz is the son of
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