Martina Karra was born as Martina Tedi Dimitrova in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. She grew up in the 90s in Bulgaria just after the fall of communism, which was a difficult and dangerous period for the country. When she was 13 years old Martina moved to Vienna, Austria for a chance of better education and future opportunities. 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.
When 17 years old Martina started modeling with Wiener Models, which is still her mother agency. She needed to support herself financially and she also kind of got back to her roots. Martina’s parents used to own a model agency in Bulgaria. She started modeling as a child and had the opportunity to meet many interesting artists, actors and people from the fashion industry which inspired her.
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 one feature film (Double Riddle, What Color Do You See). „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.