Meet Author, Entrepreneur and Model Dylan Santana, taking his career next level

We had a chance to speak with author, entrepreneur and model Dylan Santana, who welcomes hard work. This view evolved over the years through his own experiences and some of the challenges his family has faced.

“The motivation behind my drive is really God and my family,” he said. “Watching them struggle with what they have already been through in life, on top of me seeing myself go through the challenges in life that I face helps me push myself past my limit.”

He said his family never had anything given to them, so they’ve always known how to earn it themselves.

“Knowing that one day all my hard work and suffering will pay off and I can say I became a man not that just only my family could look up to, but whoever is inspired by my story, and what’s in Luke 1:37: “For with God nothing shall be impossible’’”

Dylan Santana was born in Conn., and grew up, N.C.. Over the years, he traveled a lot,to places like Switzerland, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico . He also spent a lot of time in Queens, N.Y., where other family members lived.

Before getting into modeling, he worked at a variety of jobs, such as working with the disabled. While physically challenging and low paying, the work was satisfying and provided him the opportunity to hear amazing stories and get a good perspective on life, God, and the importance of gratitude.

Although he didn’t get into modeling and the fashion industry until later in life, his mom told him he would  gradually create and develop his own personal style and demeanor over the years, including an interest in hair and clothing styles. She and others suggested he considered modeling.

He applied to be a model at Charlotte Seen Fashion Week, and was chosen by a designer.

Dylan Santana thinks it’s important to always be prepared for any type of shoot, which he does by practicing runway walks, observing his poses in the mirror, visualizing scenarios where he asks the right questions, and making sure to speak in a proper and professional and business tone. Knowledge of the business part of the industry helps, as does having a mentorship and support from a pro modeling teacher.

“I really separate myself from other models by just being me, and knowing who God made me to become,” he said.

When he’s not modeling, Dylan Santana enjoys spending time with his family and with himself, but always with God.

“I have to get better with resting though and self-care,” he said. “I worked and sacrificed so much in life for the goals and dreams I have that I struggle with just resting or even just going to sleep easy. That’s one thing I’m trying to get better at: in life you’re supposed to work just as much as enjoying every moment of life outside of the grind.”

Keep up with Dylan on Instagram @the_great_santana_

RJ Frometa
Author: RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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