Rafaele Rivera was born in 1981 in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Although he moved between the United States and Puerto Rice several times throughout his early childhood, began to prepare himself for a career in the entertainment industry at the age of seven by enrolling in the Dance Academy of Puerto Rico, concentrating in tap, modern dance and ballet. Rafaele would remain dedicated to his dance education for the next seven years, until he moved back to the United States for permanent residency.
Rafaele took four years of formal voice training throughout his high school. He also sang leads in high school choral group; his talent was recognized in the 11th grade when he won the all state awards for best male vocal in Connecticut. He also participated in several musical productions presented by his high school and his local theaters, securing lead roles in "Pippin", "Guys and Dolls". It was also in the 11th grade that Rafaele developed an interest in modeling; his first job was modeling formal wear for DKNY, CALVIN KLEIN, AND PERRY ELLIS.
Upon his completion of high school, Rafaele knew the was only one thing he could possibly do: move to New York City. Upon his arrival, he landed a job with Mark Nelson Enterprises, one of the night life leading party organizers. Through his position as event coordinator, Rafaele was able to network with many people involve in the entertainment industry, as well as develop his charismatic personality. Through his networking, he became involved with the International Model and Talent Association in Los Angeles, competing in acting, modeling and singing. Upon his arrival back in New York City he landed several modeling, acting, and singing contracts.
This first bit of exposure for Rafaele led to many new opportunities. He also landed a few runway shows like, Guess, Nico & Adrian NY, Y-3, and Pelle Pelle.
More recently, Rafaele has been hard at work completing his music demo in the pop/dance genre. His first dance single "I Need Someone", which he co-wrote, made impressions in New York at different venues like, LimeLight, Twirl, and SBNY. Lately, Rafaele has been working with very talented pop/dance producers such as Beppe Savoni/Dinamix, Worren Rigg and Daniel Bagley/RythmDB, completing tracks like, "Goodbye, Goodbye", "Survive", and "Mi Corazon". Rafaele has made appearances in the Iyanla daytime talk show.. Also his involvement with Model Management Group has landed him commercials and print work assignments with Nike, Fubu, MTV store, and Direct TV. Rafaele's goals are to continue working hard towards a full time career in modeling, acting and singing.
His latest work in TV and Films like "Sex and the City" and movies"The day after tomorrow", and "Hitch", have gave him great confidence. He is also very dedicated to mastering his skills as a song-writer. He is always looking to work hard and learn as much as he can about performing, so that one day he can secure his much-deserved place in the spotlight.
WEIGHT- 165 LBS
AGE RANGE- 23-28
EVITA /CHORUS /LANLY THEATRE
GUYS AND DOLLS /AMBROSE /ROGER WHITAKER
HELLO DOLLY /NICELY NICELY /ROGER WHITAKER
PIPPIN PIPPIN /ROGER WHITAKER
LA VIDA SUCIA /CHRISTIAN /INDEPENDENT
THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW /FEATURED /DREAM WORKS
HITCH /FEATURED/ ANDY TENANT
IYANLA /FEATURED/CBS TV
SEX AND THE CITY/FEATURED /HBO TV
KEVIN AVIANCE/ FEATURED MTV/MUSIC VIDEO
SEX IN THE 90’S/CO-HOST /VH1 TV
I NEED SOMEONE/BLUEROOMMUSIC
GOODBYE,GOODYE/ BEPPE SAVONI
LIVIN' ON A DREAM/RHYTHMDB/SOUNDGROOVE RECORDS
NIKE –FOOTACTION / PRINT
PATRICIA FIELDS / PRINT
COOL WATER / PRINT
EVERLAST / PRINT
FUBU / PRINT
NICO & ADRIAN NY / RUNWAY
HELEN YARMAK / RUNWAY
UNDERWOOD NY / RUNWAY
PERRY ELLIS / RUNWAY
MTV STORE / COMMERCIAL
DIRRECT TV / PRINT
EOS WATCHES & SUNGLASSES / PRINT
2XST UNDERWEAR SHOW / RUNWAY
KARATE SECOND DEGREE BLACK BELT, LIFE
GARD/SWIMMING/BASEBALL/DANCING 9 YEARS IN SALSE, TAP,
DANCE, AND MODERN, NY DRIVERS LICENCE,
ROLLERBLADE, VOLLEYBALL, AND TRACK(RUNNING), AND BARTENDING.