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Balancing school, friends, and extracurricular activities can be difficult for any 16-year-old. But most 16-year-olds don’t also have a busy acting career, a published children’s book, and a full schedule of motivational speaking appearances, writing, casting & producing films, radio, newspaper & TV interviews.
Then again, Maya Jai isn’t like most 16-year-olds.
With over a dozen acting credits to her name, Maya Jai is a high-school Sophomore who has already made a name for herself across an impressive spectrum of media.
Not only did Maya write, cast, produced and starring in “I’m Ready”, she cast in a new TV Series “Vice Squad” principal the role of Gabby and playing the role of Kate Williams in “Unity”. Maya’s 2nd children’s book titled “Magic the Green Pillow” is scheduled to be released in 2021. Maya finds time to speak to children and adults alike about the importance of balancing work and play in their lives with her “Stop, Drop, Work, then Play” method. Maya has countless volunteer hours at various Children Hospitals, YMCAs, Boys & Girls Clubs, the Ronald McDonald Charity House, Child Care Centers, tutoring math, local food pantries and preparing sandwiches for the homeless.
Maya certainly has the experience to back up her words. On top of her busy professional schedule, she also maintains a consistently high GPA. This talent and passion for achievement has led to Maya being featured in the Washington Post Magazine, named as one of the 2018 “20 Under 20” most Inspiring Teens, The Washington Informer, front page of the Baltimore Times, The Dream Teen & His Favor Teen Magazines, SESI Magazine, the WJLA TV news network, chosen as the Decatur, IL Girl of Merit and BMore, Lifestyle’s ‘Go Girl of the Week’ in addition to a wide variety of other print, radio and TV segments.
Considering all this, it might be tempting to ask if there’s anything Maya can’t do. But with someone this accomplished at such a young age, there’s an even more fitting question.
What will she do next?
How well do you think you know me?