Michelle is a first generation American, born and raised in the Bay Area. She grew up in a traditional home in Walnut Creek. Always fascinated with the world of fashion and entertainment, Michelle worked at various upscale fashion retailers while earning her B.A. in Communications from California State University, San Francisco.
After college and many years working in the corporate world, Michelle began to pursue the entertainment industry as a true career. For five years she served as the Marketing & Events Director for International Latino Film Festival in San Francisco and helped this nonprofit host visiting directors, producers and actors from all over Latin America and Spain, as well as celebrities such as Salma Hayek, John Leguizamo and Diego Luna.
As a model and an on-air talent herself, Michelle hosted the television show, “Talk Back” on Peralta TV as well as worked as a TV correspondent for KTSF’s “The Night Shift”. Interviewing names such as Lily Tomlin, Wanda Sykes, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Larry Clarke, and Jesse Garcia. From behind the scenes to in front of the camera, Michelle was exposed to many aspects of the entertainment industry and her passion was inspired! In this business timing is everything and in 2006 Michelle was the right girl at the right time when Marla first hired her as Director of the Fit Modeling Division at Marla Dell Talent.
Michelle served as the Fit Modeling Director for five years and put the agency on the map as the Gold Standard for fit modeling. Having proven her dedication and talent as a top booking agent, Marla sold the business to her in 2012. Once at the helm, Michelle applied her sales and business skills to each division and even launched a brand new division –voiceover. An ever-inspired and true industry professional, Michelle feels honored to continue the legacy of Marla Dell Talent – now MDT Agency, Inc . It is with great excitement and dedication that Michelle continues to evolve the company and brand with the direction of the talent industry. As her favorite movie quote says:
“For anyone who’s ever won. For anyone who’s ever lost. And for everyone who’s still in there trying”. – Working Girl (film from 1988 –the year Marla Dell Talent was established)
WE ARE NOT JUST ANOTHER MODEL AND TALENT AGENCY.
Since 1988, MDT Agency has been representing models and actors as a SAG/AFTRA franchised talent agency. Our models and actors have thrived in the San Francisco Bay Area market and have been able to expand their reaches to Hollywood, New York City, and beyond!
- We are service oriented, enthusiastic, friendly, and professional.
- We represent both UNION and NON-UNION talent.
- We pride ourselves in the nurturing and developing of our talent. And, when appropriate, encourage them to take the steps necessary to move on to bigger markets like Los Angeles and New York to further their careers. We always try to serve our talent/clients’ interests first.
- We are SAG/AFTRA franchised and licensed and bonded by the state of California license #TA-146129-1.
Marla Dell Talent represents talented adults, children, and real families for commercials, print work, fit modeling, voiceovers, industrials, motion pictures, and conventions/live presentations. Our talent have worked as principals in motion pictures and commercials with Nicole Kidman, Woody Allen, Octavia Spencer, Gerard Butler, John Lithgow, Robin Williams, Sean Penn, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Lopez, George Burns, Joe Montana, Steve Young, just to name a few.
We work with hundreds of local and international clients such as Levis, H&M, Macy’s, Old Navy, Gap, LL Bean, Eddie Bauer, Ralph Lauren, Banana Republic, Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Pixar, A&E, Disney, Nickelodeon, and more!