Discouraged but not defeated, Hector decided to put his acting career on hold for a while and after high school, spent the next several years honing his first love, art. He started working as a graphic designer and by age 19, he was the art director for New Jersey Golf magazine.
But his dream of becoming a professional actor never went away. In the fall of 1999, anxious to start acting again, Hector used his work in the security field to transfer to San Francisco. While in the Bay Area, Hector attended the Shelton's Actors' Studio, where he studied under the watchful eye of acting coach and mentor Jean Shelton, whose students have won Emmy and Tony Awards (Danny Glover).
In March of 2000, Héctor met Nancy Berwid, a respected acting coach, who invited him to an acting workshop. A year later, at a workshop hosted by Nancy, Hector met Donna Eckholdt, VP of talent development and casting for Paramount's Big Ticket Television. After seeing Héctor's work, Donna considered him for a series regular role on a project based on the life of a very colorful New York City private investigator. He didn’t get the part, but it was just a prelude to the opportunities to come.
In fact, one year later while still in San Francisco, Héctor made his major TV appearance on CBS' "The Agency," playing the head of the Colombian police. Within weeks he landed his second role in one of his favorite TV shows “NYPD Blue” opposite Dennis Franz and Mark-Paul Gosselaar. On the spring of 2003 Hector resigned from his security job and moved to Los Angeles. Since then Héctor has continued landing co-star and guest star roles on many popular and critically acclaimed shows as 24, Crossing Jordan, Without A Trace, Monk, and films such as, Hostage opposite Bruce Willis and Sueño opposite John Leguizamo. Héctor is repped by Lin Bickelmann of Encore Artists Management.