Meet a Syracuse Inspirational Woman

Michelle DiBernardo is a commercial model, actress, photographer, certified makeup artist and a director of education for the well-known acting/modeling school, Barbizon USA. Michelle has been acting and modeling since she was 12 years old.

She currently holds her New York state teaching license for acting/modeling. She is represented by multiple agents across the United States. She has played background in countless television shows, such as: “Blacklist,” “Blue Bloods,” “Hostages,” “I Just Want My Pants Back,” “The Leftovers,” “Smash” and “Unforgettable.”

DiBernardo also has appeared on local print ads, billboards and commercials for Americu Credit Union.

She has experience in voiceovers, commercials, runway, short films, feature films, music videos, promotional modeling and print.

Her most recent accomplishments are co-producing (alongside myself, her business partner) and directing, as well as being the director of photographer and post production for CJack Run Networks: “Visionary Minds — Inspirational Women of Syracuse” and “Inspirational Men of Color In Syracuse” and “Inspirational Survivors.” She played Mina in “DeJa Vu” for Mad Angel Films. She was a publicist and behind-the-scenes photographer for “Priest-The Lost Son’s” trailer, played Sharon in Syracuse University’s short film, “Dessert,” was a makeup artist for “Still Life With Family,” played the duchess in Sage Cat Media’s “A.K.A. Alice,” played background in the feature film “Wolves,” and played a detective in “Da Citi” feature film, a corporate video for Otto Media.

DiBernardo’s roles also include: support in Peppino’s commercial, principal in Mooradian’s Furniture commercial, background in Fountainscape commercial and principal in “I Love NY app” commercial.

DiBernardo recently trained biweekly with Robert Russell in one-on-one sessions. Currently, she is on her third screenwriting class with Jeremy Garelick. She just finished an online theater and globalization class. Other recent trainings include with Dennis “LA” White, Tom Logan and Ryan Glorioso.

She loves to work out, shop, travel, be in front of and behind the camera, play basketball and go horseback riding.

To network with this inspirational woman of Syracuse, email her at



— By Tammy Reese, a CNY award-winning writer and actress. She can be reached at

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