Balancing school, friends, and extracurricular activities can be difficult for any 14-year-old. But most 14-year-olds don’t also have a busy acting career, a published children’s book, and a full schedule of motivational speaking appearances, co-hosting an on-air news talk show, and radio & TV interviews.

Then again, Maya Jai Pinson isn’t like most 14-year-olds.

With over a dozen acting credits to her name, Maya Jai is a native Washingtonian and high-school freshman who has already made a name for herself across an impressive spectrum of media. Not only is Maya starring in an upcoming new TV series, “Dads Do It, Too,” the former co-host of a radio talk show,” also 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 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, The Washington Informer, the WJLA TV news network, recipient of the Decatur, IL Girl of Merit Award 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?

Awards, Achievements and Memberships


  •  Recipient of the 2019 Black History Month Keeper of the Community Award 
  • Inspiring Teens International 2018 20 Under 20 Performer Icon of the Year Awardee
  • Girls World Expo - Recipient of the  2018 Decatur Girls of Merit Award
  • 2018 Harrisburg Girls World Expo Featured Speaker - Harrisburg, PA
  • Former co-host of a National Radio Talk Show
  • 2017 Captain of the girls volleyball Team
  • 2017 Given the "Most Offensive" & "Most Influential Player" of The Year Awards in Volleyball
  • 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 
  • Placed in school Science Fair
  • 4 year starter and Captain Basketball Team 
  • NAACP Junior Member
  • NSBE MemberI

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