Here's a little bit about me...
I'm a Native New Yorker, raised on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in an area known as "the Two Bridges" (a neighborhood made famous in Scorsese's "Gangs of New York" it sits in between the Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge.) I am of Italian and Puerto Rican descent and a little known fact about me is that I am related to Rita Moreno.
I got my acting foundation at an acting School in Los Angeles that was owned and run by Milton Katselas. At the school I had the distinct honor of studying with Milton Katselas as well as Richard Lawson. When Richard started his own school I also studied at his studio (Richard Lawson Studios) as well as serving as his Executive Director for a number of years.
2020 has been an insane year for all of us.
During the pandemic I've been staying busy creating content, writing screenplays, holding readings all thanks to Zoom. I completed a 200 hour Yoga Certification program AND I entered a fun Instagram Contest looking for "The Best New York Accent." When celebrities like Debi Mazar and Chazz Palminteri entered the contest it went viral. Though my entry didn't win (many think I was robbed) I did end up mentioned in The New York Times. Check out my entry on the right...
I recently filmed a TV Pilot in India. I was a Professional Organizer for many years and this experience Ianded me a role as an Organizer on a Home Improvement show based in India.
I have a role on NCIS and I am a recurring and on a new series called "Solve" its an interactive murder mystery episodic based on real life events. Its headed and distributed through Elizabeth Murdocks company, Vertical Networks via Snap Chat. We have 5 million views a day... yes, A DAY! One of my favorite characters to play was Mara a Jersey Mom who not winning Mother of the Year anytime soon.
I am in a powerful short film titled, "Breathe." Written and directed by Devon Stewart. I'm one of the leads and play opposite Tristin Mays. The films message continues the #MeToo dialogue as it focus' on how survivors navigate the healing process. The film is now available on Amazon Prime
I'm in a feature film titled "Dead Women Walking", written/directed by Hagar Ben-Asher and produced by BlackPills. DWW premiered at the 2018 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL. Its a Feature Narrative of Nine vignettes that depict the stages leading to execution for women on death row in an emotional account of the human toll of the death penalty—on both the inmates and those they encounter in their final hours. I play Maria, a corrections officer who is assigned to Death Row inmates.
AND I'm in a wonderful short film by Susie Singer Carter called "My Mom And The Girl." The film stars the late great Valerie Harper (in her final performance) and Liz Torres and handles the delicate subject of Alzheimer's with humor and heart. In the film I play, Officer Pecora, I encounter Norma (played by Valerie Harper) and Irlanda (played by Liz Torres) on the streets of Los Angeles. MMATG had an incredible festival circuit run all leading to becoming Oscar Qualified. My Mom and The Girl is now available on Amazon Prime.
You can check out some of my work on my REELS PAGE
I started a production company with my husband, it's called Vero Films (pronounced Veh-row; Italian for Real, Truth). Our company's main focus is on producing films that inspire and educate. We produce stories based on real life events and we intend to produce documentaries as well. For more information on my production company visit the site at VERO FILMS
"A Life, Taken" (the film I wrote, produced and star in) was the first project for Vero Films. It premiered at the International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival and screened successfully at other festivals. I continue to work on developing it into a Feature Film.
On the TOXIN FREE lifestyle path
I started working with Young Living Essential Oils in the Summer of 2017, these oils had such a profound impact on my life that I am now a Health and Wellness Rep for the company and I LOOOOVE helping others begin their journey towards a toxin-free lifestyle.
One Tip: start where you are and make small choices. Big changes come from small doable choices and actions. You can learn more about getting started on the Toxin-free path here: "Essentially DawnMarie"
Oh and if you are interested in personal energy work, check out my Intro to Chakra Series on YouTube.
In my trailer. Shooting an episode of Castle