Following the lead of her older sister who is a veteran Screen Actors Guild (SAG) member, Maya “Jai” Pinson is watching the curtain rise on her own career as a working actress. The 13-year-old 8th grader joined the industry at age one, and has since appeared in many magazines, posters and newspapers.  More recently, Maya has won back-to-back lead roles in a music video and in an Internet Movie Database (IMDb)-listed film.  A fun-loving, gifted and talented native Washingtonian, Maya plays 1st chair cello in her school’s orchestra, drums and competes in a variety of sports, all while maintaining a high GPA.

Realizing that balancing her acting career, extracurricular activities and academics can sometimes be a struggle, Maya wrote and published a children’s book called Back Pack Lilly, which inspires young scholars to “stop, drop, work then play” – the secret to her own phenomenal focus and career and academic success amid an action-packed schedule. Look for her on bookshelves, online and on the silver screen in late 2017/early 2018.

Awards, Achievements and Memberships

  • Girls World Expo - Recipient of the  2018 Decatur Girls of Merit Award
  • 2017 Captain of the girls volleyball Team
  • 2017 Given the "Most Offensive" & "Most Influential Player" of The Year Awards in Volleyball
  • Completed the 7th grade year with a 4.10 GPA
  • Mastered the most accelerated math objectives
  • Read over 3 million words for the accelerated reading program
  • Four years as 1st chair cellist in her school’s orchestra 
  • 3rd Place in school Science Fair
  • 3 year starter - Captain Basketball Team 
  • Captain - Volleyball Team (13 Point Scorer in a single game)
  • NAACP Junior Member
  • NSBE Member
  • Had perfect attendance in school since the 4th grade

Fun Facts About Me

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