Thankfully, however, there exist many young talents, like Mexican actress Daniela Mandoki for example, who have the necessary dedication and self-awareness to remain continually successful and level headed in the cutthroat world of today’s entertainment industry.
Daniela Mandoki began her career as an actress at the age of 7 when she began landing starring roles in several acclaimed Mexican telenovelas (soap operas). Mandoki’s first big break in the television world came when she landed the role of Daniela on Televisa’s hit show María Belén. A dramatic children’s series, the show followed a young orphan girl named María Belén, played by Danna Paola, and her friend Daniela, played by Daniela Mandoki, as they traversed many difficult situations in search of Belén’s biological father.
“It was an amazing experience for me,” explained Mandoki. “I worked on the project for two years and I loved it, it had a great message for kids, and it touched on important subject matters such as bullying and how important it is to speak your mind and value others no matter where they come from, or what social class they belong to.”
Having already developed a reputation as a versatile actress early on in childhood, Mandoki went on to join the cast of the show La Rosa de Guadalupe, where she played various roles including Brenda in the episode ”A Change of Story” (Cambiar la Historia), Graciela in ”Easy Temptation” (Fácil Tentación), Gisela in “The Boyfriend Thief” (La Baja Novios), Mariana in “Moms Today” (Las Mamás de Hoy), and Alicia in “My Heart is Yours” (Mi Corazón es Tuyo) to name a few.
While Daniela Mandoki’s break into television didn’t come until she was 7, she began pursuing her craft even earlier. “My mom is a casting director and theater director so I grew up in the theatre playing while she worked. I knew all the actors dialogues and I was never tired of seeing the plays over and over again,” said Mandoki. “When I was 6 years old, I told my mom I wanted to take acting classes, and ever since then I have been studying to perfect my craft as an actress.”
Although Mandoki hit the big screen rather early in life, her love for acting was never motivated by the appeal of celebrity stardom, instead her drive came from a place far more organic—the desire to transmit life-changing messages to international audiences.
“For me the most important thing is the story and the message that we want to communicate to the audience. I believe as artists we have the opportunity to reach a lot of people and we must transmit ideas in which we believe in and that are useful to connect with the audience and see beyond our day-to-day lives,” said Mandoki.
Since beginning her career, Mandoki has never ceased to amaze audiences with her brilliant portrayals of diverse characters across virtually every platform imaginable. Her most recent film projects include Xabiani Ponce de Leon’s film Divina Confusión where she played the starring role of Valeria, as well as Obediencia Perfecta where she played Laura. Daniela Mandoki will also be starring in the theater production of “Judgment on a Gray Beach,” which will debut in March of 2015 at the La MaMa Theater in New York. With a vast repertoire of work already under her belt, there is no doubt that we will continue to see more of Daniela Mandoki for many years to come.