Donnabella Mortel
North Hollywood, CA
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Donnabella Mortel

Donnabella M.

North Hollywood, CA
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Elementary, Middle School
Need help understanding your homework? I'm here to help!

I started peer tutoring in high school, and I've been teaching ever since! I am patient, motivational, and I enjoy finding different ways to explain a lesson. I specialize in developing confidence and self-sufficiency!

About Donnabella M.

Need some acting help that is specific to you? Look no further!

I'm Donnabella, a working actor in TV, FILM, COMMERCIALS, and VOICEOVER, and I'm excited to help you take your ACTING BUSINESS & CRAFT to the next level! I have worked with 100's of actors from age 7 to 87. I am patient, motivational, and efficient - we will tackle your goals and have fun every step of the way!

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! - I work with brand new actors to series regulars on TV. I can also help improve an AMERICAN ACCENT :)

***My Acting Background***
I'm a working actor. I've been in over a dozen TV SHOWS (How to Get Away with Murder, The Young & the Restless, Jane the Virgin, & more!), several FILMS (Savages, Ulterior Motives, & more!), numerous NATIONAL COMMERCIALS (McDonald's, ATT, Pizza Hut, & more!), and I record audiobooks regularly. I am also a former NBA dancer & collegiate cheerleader!

***The ACTING Lesson***
Every lesson will be focused on your goals. Usually we'll work on a scene or 2 (I send real scenes from TV/Film!), and use different methods to get you Audition-Ready. We'll work on improving memory. We can also spend time on reviewing marketing materials like headshots and resumes, and other more specific techniques like improv or emotional accessibility.

Areas of focus: Comedy - Sitcom and Single-Cam, Drama, Scene Study, Character Development, Improv, Commercials, Emotional Accessibility, Cold Reading Skills, Audition Technique, On-Camera Work, Physicality

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Need help with CHEERLEADING? I was the captain of my cheer squads in high school through college. I continued on to dance for the NBA! NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! I can help with arm placement, kicks, proper stunting and jumping form, and improve memory by teaching actual cheers or routines. I can also help improve the use of voice.

***My Cheerleading Background***
Captain- Seattle Preparatory High School Cheer Squad
Captain- Seattle University Cheer squad
Team Member- NBA Seattle SuperSonics Dance Team



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Need help with HOMEWORK? I started peer tutoring in middle school and have continued to teach ever since! I can help you excel in your academic endeavors. I have worked with dozens of students one on one, as well as in group settings. I break concepts down in different ways until you have a confident grasp. I am patient and encouraging, because I believe in my students :)

***Formal Education***
Summa Cum Laude 3.94 GPA
B.S. Criminal Justice -Forensic Psychology
B.A. Humanities- English, Philosophy, & History

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Tasiyah H.
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Best teacher ever!!! If your thinking about booking her I definitely recommend 100%.

Posted Oct 15, 2020
Kiki W.
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Donnabella is such a positive individual, she really takes the time to throughly break down every scene, helps you as the actor understand the scene and the emotions behind each line, as well as encourages you to feel confident and "do less." This is my 6th class with Donnabella and I truly feel more confident after each class. I cannot wait until next week to see what new techniques and enhancements I can add to my portfolio.

Posted Oct 14, 2020
Tasiyah H.
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Posted Oct 1, 2020
Sherry
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She is clearly experienced !!!! My daughter is very happy

Posted Sep 30, 2020
Sabrina
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Super nice, and really good at giving me tips on how I can be a better actor. She’s really good at helping me get into perspective of the character

Posted Sep 23, 2020
Nia T.
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Good lesson and good teaching style.

Posted Sep 23, 2020
Carmeniece
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Firm and gets me out of my comfort zone in order to push me to do better!

Posted Sep 18, 2020
Kiki W.
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Donnabella is amazingly patient and professional, she gives such constructive criticism and providing beneficial feedback. I throughly enjoy studying my homework, learning more about the new characters, while also understanding how to have a normal dialogue without forcing my emotions. I cannot wait for my next session with Donnabella. I would highly recommend her solely based on her expertise and kind hearted attitude to new-up-incoming actors. I will forever be appreciative of her time, patience, and amazing acting lessons.

Posted Sep 16, 2020
Indy
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Posted Sep 9, 2020
Kiki W.
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This was my first ever acting class and Donnabella made this experience feel so comforting and real. She was amazingly energetic, personable, and knowledgable about the information she shared. Donnabella was very open and receptive to providing feedback to my questions and concerns as a new actress. She even provided very helpful tips towards my future goals as well as homework for the next session. I cannot wait until the next session with Donnabella. I cannot wait to improve my acting skills, knowledge of the craft, and personal awareness over these next few weeks.

Posted Sep 2, 2020
Mila
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Donnabella is great! I really love her teaching style, she keeps her lessons fun and engaging. I highly recommend her to anyone.

Posted Aug 5, 2020
Elvin T.
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I had so much fun. And I learned so much from the first lesson! I totally would recommend her! It was so fun!

Posted Jul 23, 2020
Juliana F.
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Posted Jul 22, 2020
Caroline
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DB, is truly understanding of the individual and knowledgeable of the media acting world. She works with me like my acting partner and mostly jumps straight into scene work, so I really appreciate her friendly and honest teaching-style. She is great for novices, students trying to get back into acting again, and the experienced that want to keep their acting talent up to peak condition. Donnabella is highly recommended!

Posted Jul 13, 2020
Alina L.
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Donnabella is a great teacher to have. I started off shy and unsure of what I was doing but I have been slowly gaining confidence because of her positive personality. She educated me a lot from the start and gives good advices to improve on. She's chill and focused on helping me grow. I am able to understand acting more now through her experiences. She knows her stuff!

Posted Jul 2, 2020
Yolanda
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Donnabella is a great instructor and teacher! She gives practical advice that you can use immediately for an audition. She works with you to refine your skills and work toward your goals. She is very encouraging and I always feel like I have accomplished something at the end of my lesson. She feels like an old friend!

Posted Jun 24, 2020
Eric M.
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Phenomenal first lesson. Donnabella is very informative and very fun!

Posted Jun 17, 2020
Chante Burnell
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best thanks

Posted Jun 15, 2020
Molly G.
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Donnabella has been great in helping me work on different areas I wanted to strengthen. I always walk away with a more fleshed out scene after coaching with her!

Posted May 21, 2020
Eunice B.
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Posted May 8, 2020
Kelvin
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Great feedback; coaching; positive energy & upbeat.

Posted Apr 22, 2020
Madi
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She was very engaging and made the class fun and educational. I am just starting to act and with only two classes I have learned so much. I definitely recommend classes with Donnabella, she is so nice and has helped me grow.

Posted Apr 18, 2020
Kelvin
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Positive, pleasant & friendly

Posted Apr 15, 2020
Ashley B.
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Had a good first lesson! excited for the next

Posted Apr 9, 2020
Me'Rhanda
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This was my first ever acting class and it was amazing and very informative. I learned A LOT in one session. I was really nervous starting this, however, Donnabella made me feel very comfortable.

Posted Feb 13, 2020
Christina
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Donnabelle is awesome! She teaches from years of experience on set and booking jobs herself. She gives good feedback and pushes me to be my best. Definitely a five star coach!

Posted Feb 6, 2020
Ciaran
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Very enjoyable - learned lots and got some great feedback. Looking forward to more classes.

Posted Feb 1, 2020
Aris T.
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Donnabella was awesome with my daughter.

Posted Jan 22, 2020
Robert Taylor
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Posted Jan 22, 2020
Taylor
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As a total newbie to acting, Donnabella helped me feel comfortable every lesson. Beyond being a friendly person in general, she is quick to answer questions, provided solid constructive criticism, and obviously well educated in her profession. I look forward to working with her again!

Posted Jan 3, 2020
David R.
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Very helpful and knowledgeable.

Posted Dec 28, 2019
EPHRAIM LIGGINS
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She was awesome !!!!. She really helps you pull the inner emotions out for acting.

Posted Nov 16, 2019
Beth

Donnabella is the perfect cheerleading coach for my daughter! She is experienced knowledgeable, and instills confidence! I highly recommend her!

Posted Nov 3, 2019
Rito
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Warm, intuitive and overall a very thoughtful instructor.

Posted Oct 9, 2019
Ariel
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Amazing Teacher She gaves me a good feeling to play in English and amazing person.

Posted Aug 23, 2019
Mandy
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Donnabelle is knowledgeable, flexible, and accommodating. She targets the lessons to the needs of the student to achieve acting goals.

Posted Aug 19, 2019
Mandy
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very helpful, well educated, and nice.

Posted Jul 17, 2019
Michael
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Donnabella is a fantastic teacher! I was really having trouble with being confident when acting as well as not sure where or how to start to learn. Donnabella made it super easy, teaching several approaches and techniques that now use when looking at a script. I also feel a lot more confident not just with acting but overall.

She's made it easy to be confident but still challenging myself with every lesson to put farther out of my comfort zone and grow!

Posted Apr 1, 2019
Linda
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Donnabella helped me take my career to the next level. I was really afraid to truly commit and make acting my priority. I've finally stopped making excuses, and I've taken back control over my self-sabotaging habits!

Posted Jan 28, 2016
Derrick
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Donnabella helps me tremendously with stage fright and confidence. She's amaze-balls.

Posted Jan 28, 2016
Amani
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DB helps me remember why I love acting so much. She's so helpful when I have questions that I have no one else to turn to for answers. She's great with coaching acting, and amazing at helping me boost my business.

Posted Jan 28, 2016
Ivy
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Donnabella is my go-to audition prep gal. She's super flexible and great to work with!

Posted Jan 28, 2016
Derrick
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I've worked with DB on numerous projects. She definitely knows her stuff, and I'd recommend her for audition prep, career guidance, and even some much needed inspiration!

Posted Jan 28, 2016
Curtis
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I am so thankful I have someone to work with me on my marketing materials, and career guidance!! I get time focused on me that I wouldn't get in any group setting, couldn't ask for more.

Posted Jan 28, 2016
Liza
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Donnabella is so fun to work with. She has shaved off a lot of my acting bad habits, and I always leave feeling ready to conquer my auditions!

Posted Jan 28, 2016
Brandi
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DB is the best!! I came to Donnabella at a slump in my career. I simply wasn't sure what to do next. She was so patient and positive, I couldn't be more grateful. We spent some time seriously considering my strengths and weaknesses. I learned to highlight my strengths, and developed my weaknesses! Most importantly, I had a sense of direction and fell back in love with the process of acting.

Posted Jan 28, 2016

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Experience

Film Actor
Oct 2008 - Present

Film

Savages, Born Bad, Ulterior Motives, and more!

TV Actor
Oct 2008 - Present

TV

Jane the Virgin, The Young & the Restless, How to Get Away with Murder, NCIS, Ray Donovan, and more!

Commercial Actor
Oct 2008 - Present

Commercials

T-Mobile, Coke Zero, AT&T, McDonald's, and more!

Education

B.S. Criminal Justice - Forensic Psychology
Sep 2002 - Jun 2006

Seattle Universtiy

B.A. Humanities- English, Philosophy, and History
Sep 2002 - Jun 2006

Seattle University

Languages

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Tagalog

Professional Proficiency

Awards

Kelliher Award
Jun 2006

Seattle University

Affiliations

Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
Nov 2011
An American labor union representing over 160,000 film and television principal and background performers, journalists, and radio personalities worldwide.

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