Biography

Martina Karra was born Martina Tedi Dimitrova in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. She grew up in the 90s in Bulgaria, just after the fall of communism. This was very challenging time for the country. When 13 years old Martina moved to Vienna, Austria for a chance of a better education and future. Martina speaks Bulgarian, German and English fluently.

Attending Art school in Vienna she specialized in painting and art history. During this time Martina was exposed to many art forms and always admired the art of acting. Finding inspiration in many artists incl. Marilyn Monroe and Charlize Theron to name a few.

At the age of 17 Martina started modeling. To this day Wiener Models, is her mother agency. She needed to support herself financially and she also “got” back to her roots. Martina’s parents used to own a model agency back in Bulgaria. She started modeling as a child and had the opportunity to meet many fascinating artists, actors and people from the fashion industry.

Martina’s modeling career in Vienna picked up very quickly. One of her very first jobs was a cover-shoot for an Austrian magazine. One of the main reasons she loves her job is the opportunity to jump into different characters in front of the camera. She shot numerous covers, campaigns, catalogues, music videos and pretty much everything in between. 2012 Martina was nominated in Bulgaria for Woman of the Year by Grazia magazine.

In her heart she discovered there was only one way to go from there and that was acting. 

After spending 5 years of traveling in Europe as a model Martina went to New York City and immediately fell in love with it. Her first job at “The Big Apple” was the campaign for Redken Hair Products.

She decided to stay in New York City and begun her acting training at the Susan Batson Studio. Whenever she wasn’t modeling or at a casting, she’d take acting classes with Susan and an army of supportive and inspiring actors/ coaches instead. At the studio Susan gave her Marilyn Monroe (what a coincidence!) as a character to work on. Martina created a one-woman show called “They Call Me Marilyn”. The play shows the starlet from a different prospective, away from the spotlight. She portrays Marilyn in her private life, with all her hopes, fears and insecurities.

Beside the show and the classes she shot quiet a few short films, web series and three feature films. One of which „Double Riddle“ was accepted in numerous Film festivals all around USA and Europe. For her character „Iris“ Martina received “Best Lead Actress” Awards at the International Filmmaker Festival in London 2019 and Fusion Filmfestival in Valencia, Spain 2019.

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