TAKE FLIGHT TALENT WORKSHOPS

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Meet Dona Elena Hatcher

Dona Elena Hatcher, the owner and instructor of TAKE FLIGHT TALENT WORKSHOPS, has been in the entertainment industry for more than 35 years. She attended Weist-Barron School of TV in New York City and The Van Mar Academy of Motion Picture and TV Acting in Hollywood, California as well as many other classes and workshops.

Hundreds of TV shows, movies, soap operas, plays, commercials, and music videos have featured her both as a principal and background actor through out the years. She has also modeled in TV shows, fashion and trade shows, showrooms, and appeared in many product print ads.

Dona’s various talents do not stop there. She is also a known makeup artist who has worked on countless photo shoots with top photographers over the years in New York, Philadelphia, and Hollywood. Her long-time memberships are with The Screen Actors Guild, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and the New York Women in Film and TV & others.

Today, she continuously receives bookings to model, act, and work as a makeup artist. Dona reaches out to interested people of all types and ages to share with them her knowledge on how to enter and survive the industry.

“I have been earning great money in this business for years while loving every minute of what I do. You can too!”

“It's what you DON’T know in the beginning that can hold you back."

Her Acting Work

Production and Role:

  • A Brother’s Keeper – TVM – Taxi Girl
  • A Devil in a Blue Dress – F – Neighborhood Mom
  • A Low Down Dirty Shame – Comedy Club Girl
  • A Woman’s Silent Legacy – *Battered Woman
  • Across The Universe – F – Mourner at Funeral
  • Adjustment Bureau – F – Ferry Tourist
  • Aggrenox – Industrial – Patient
  • Air Force One – F – On Camera Reporter
  • American Gangster – F – Salsa Dancer
  • Arliss – TV – *Agent
  • August Rush – F – Drunk Partier
  • Beverly Hills 90210 – TV – Flight Attendant
  • Billions - Assistant DA (Bullpin Regular)
  • Blade – F – Nurse
  • Blowout – F – Subway Rider
  • Bourne Ultimatum – F – Pedestrian
  • Burke’s Law – TV – Attorney
  • Burn Reading – F – Gym Member
  • Cagney & Lacey – TV – Cop
  • Chicago Hope – TV – Intern
  • Cold Case – TV – Pedestrian
  • Criminal Instinct – F – Lawyer
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm – Pedestrian
  • Cybil – TV – Exercise Class
  • Damages – TV – AA Meeting, Makeup Artist
  • Dangerous Minds – F – Government Worker
  • Desperate Measures – F – *Nurse
  • Don’t Be a Menace… – F – *Choir Girl
  • Dunston Checks In – F – *Housekeeper
  • Elevation – F – *Angela
  • Enchanted – F – Pedestrian
  • ER – TV – Stand-In/Gloria Rueben
  • Eye for an Eye – F – *Police Officer
  • Feeling Minnesota – F – Bar Patron
  • For Love or Money – F – *Raven Thompson
  • Forget Paris – F – Airline Passenger
  • Freedomland – F – Cop
  • Friends – F – *Central Park Waitress
  • Full House – TV – *Parent
  • Get Married Now – F – Bride
  • Get Rich or Die Trying – F – Neighborhood
  • Get Smart – F – Airport Traveler
  • Girl Six – F – Stand-In/Theresa Randall
  • Gossip Girl – TV – Polo Event
  • Gotham - Makeup Artist
  • Gravity – TV – Yoga Class
  • Grownups – TV – Parent
  • Hack – TV – Stand-In
  • Hanging With Mr. Cooper – Teacher
  • Heat – F – Restaurant Patron
  • I Love Trouble – F – Commuter
  • Jerry Maquier – F – *Family Member
  • Jingle All the Way – F – *Shopper
  • Just My Luck – F – Grand Central Station
  • Kiss the Girls – F – *Photo Shoot
  • Kissing Miranda – F – Bathroom Girl
  • Knights of Prosperity – TV – Airport Security
  • LA Law – TV – Lawyer
  • Law and Order, CI – TV – District Attorney
  • Law and Order, SVU – TV – Stand-In
  • Leaving Las Vegas – Restaurant Patron
  • Life Support – TV M – *Women’s Mtg.
  • Lights Out – TV – Hospital Visitor
  • Lily in Winter – TVM – Neighbor
  • Louis and Clark – TV – TV Reporter
  • Man On A Ledge – F – Squad Rm Detective
  • Married With Children – TV – *Bar Dancer
  • Melrose Place – TV – Friend
  • Michael Clayton – F – Pedestrian
  • Model’s Ink – TV – Model
  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith – F – Stunt Double
  • Murphy Brown – TV – Party Goer
  • My Fellow Americans – F – Presidential Staff
  • National Treasure – Car Driving
  • New Amsterdam – TV – Nurse
  • Nothing to Lose – F – *Interviewer
  • Nurse Jackie – TV – Doctor
  • Nurse Jackie – TV – Stand-In
  • NYPD Blue – TV – Cop
  • Patron Jag – TV – Navy Officer
  • Perfect Stranger – F – Detective
  • Pink Panther – F – Airport Passenger
  • Possession – F – *Marjorie St Croix
  • Premium Rush – F – Central Park Goer
  • Premium Rush – F – Park Yoga Exerciser-NYC
  • Reel Life – F – Secretary
  • Rescue Me – TV – Stand-In
  • Rockford Files – TV – *Cop
  • Rubicon – TV – Business Pedestrian
  • Salt – F – CIA Agent
  • Seinfeld – TV – Barney’s Shopper
  • Set It Off – F – *Waitress
  • Sex in the City – TV – Stand-In
  • Shadowboxer – F – Stand-In/Mo’Nique
  • Showgirls – Party Patron
  • Sinbad – TV – Parent
  • Sisters – TV – Party Goer
  • Snipes – F – Photo Double/Zoe Saldana
  • Snoop Dog Video/Ghetto Xmas-Santa Straight Out Da Ghetto
  • Something Wilder – F – Church Member
  • South Central – TV – Neighbor
  • Star Trek Generations – F – Teacher
  • Steel – F – *Stunt Paratrooper
  • Step by Step – TV – Aerobics Class
  • Strange Days – F – Dancer
  • Synecdoche – F – Kite Flyer
  • The Bounty – F – Pedestrian
  • The Brady Bunch – F
  • The Brave One – F – Pedestrian
  • The Center – TV – Stand-In
  • The Dinner Party – F – Pedestrian With Car
  • The Drew Carey Show – TV – Restaurant Patron
  • The Good Fight - Senior Legal Partner (regular)
  • The Good Shepherd – F – Dancer
  • The Good Wife – TV – Prison Secretary
  • The Heidi Chronicles – F – Gallery Patron
  • The Larry Sanders Show – TV – Pedestrian
  • The Nanny Diaries – F – Subway Passenger
  • The Other Guys – F – Book Signing
  • The Sixth Sense – F – Psychiatric Nurse
  • The Stepford Wives – F – Fitting
  • The Tonya Harding Story – Skater’s Mom
  • The Tourist – F – Pedestrian
  • The Vitamin Store – C – Shopper
  • The Wayans Brothers – TV – Casino Lady Luck
  • Third Watch – TV – Cop
  • T-Rex – F – *Stunt Double/Whoopi Goldberg
  • Two Guys Talking – F – Bar Dancer
  • Unsolved Mysteries – TV – Juror
  • Up Close and Personal – F – *WMIA Reporter
  • Virtual Reality – F – Psych Patient

                Her Stand-In, Stunt, and Photo Double Work

                Production and Role:

                • Jill Scott – “Law and Order, SVU”
                • Phylicia Rashadd – “Just Wright”, “Freedomland”
                • S. Epatha Mackerson – “Law and Order”
                • Eve – “The Woodsman”, “Eve”
                • Mo’Nique – “Shadowboxer”
                • Nia Long – “ER”, “Third Watch”
                • Robin Givens
                • Zoe Saldana – “Snipes”
                • Angela Bassett – Photo Double
                • Gloria Rubens – “ER”
                • Cinda Williams – “Fallen Angels”, “The Tie that Binds”,  
                • “Tales of the City”
                • Whoopi Goldberg – “T-Rex”
                • Regina King
                • Theresa Randall – “Girl Six”
                • Simbi Khali – “Third Rock from the Sun”