The playing field is changing in Hollywood with new technologies and streaming. More than ever, skill and adaptability will be required to meet these challenges. Enter Karmel Bortoleti, a single mom of three. Originally from Recife, Brazil, she is quickly changing the game as a film producer, director, author, and actress.
Having been in front of cameras as a world-renowned model for years, Karmel wanted more with her professional life.
Having traveled the world as an international model, Bortoleti was always enamored with Hollywood and the way it told stories. Ever the creative one, she wanted to share her insights and life experiences on the big screen and found film production as her life’s calling.
After setting her sights on film production, she has quickly become a dynamo in the industry, making her debut with ‘Heartless,’ which she produced and directed.
The movie portrays the emotions and feelings of war-torn Ukraine and its displaced citizens. It is a riveting film, showing war’s impact and the human toll it extracts. The movie has already won several accolades and has already scored many invites to many of the top film festivals.
After ‘Heartless,’ Karmel produced the horror film “The Abode” and also a psychological thriller ‘Unfelt .’ Besides producing it, she acted alongside Timothy V. Murphy, known for his roles in National Treasure and Disney’s Lone Ranger.
And she hasn’t stopped. Karmel has recently made her debut as an author with her children’s book, “Lucid Dream,” which she co-wrote with her 12-year-old son. The book is dedicated to all the children around the world who have felt excluded, marginalized, or judged. It’s a powerful and uplifting book about a boy who was born with cerebral palsy.
With the book garnering attention from the literary world, she has started to adapt the book to a television series. And if that’s not enough, Karmel is already in pre-production with her next film, a thriller called ‘Glasgow,’ which will shoot in Miami in March.
Karmel is a true inspiration to women everywhere, especially single moms. Her hard work, her driving personality, and her charm prove that anyone can achieve their life’s goals with true grit and determination.