Film, TV, and stage actress, Maya Lynne Robinson plays Michelle on the sitcom The Unicorn on CBS. Her long road to success has taken a lot of hard work, discipline, and perseverance. Maya Lynne shares how she made the big move to Los Angeles and all the ways her early actions helped her to succeed.
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2:05: How do you know Jen?
- 2:53: Where are you calling from?
- 3:53: When did you finish the first season?
- 6:10: Was your lifestyle growing up anything like your lifestyle now?
- 8:25: Have you been back to OU to talk to students there?
- 10:00: Did you go to New York straight from school?
- 11:35: What was your survival job?
- How to begin a Human Resources career
- 13:40 What made you move to New York?
- 21:40: Did you get an agent or manager in L.A.?
- The difference between agents and managers
- Maya Lynne in Disgraced at Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre
- Dead Women Walking
- Ashton Sanders
- Hagar Ben-Asher
- Dale Dickey
- Runaway Home
- Future Sex, Inc
- Streetcar Named Desire
- Maya Lynne on Mom, Season 6
- 31:27: Were you working a survival job?
- 36:52: What are the rent rates like in LA?
- Pilot Season
- 41:48: What is the biggest risk you have had to take in your career?
- 47:38: Do you think you’ve made it?
- 53:50: Whose career did you see that made you think you could do it?
- 55:25: Did you feel you had the support you needed as a black woman in college?
- 65:38: What advice do you have for students?
- 66:07: Recommendations
- I slept on a pull out couch, in the dining room, for eight years. It was not easy.
- I beat out every single girl who auditioned in New York for that role.
- I played a lot of little girls…funny now because I play a lot of Moms.
- If you want to ditch your back up plan, get an assistant who’s hungry.
- She pushed and pushed for me to get Dead Women Walking and that role changed my life.
- If you don’t brag on yourself, who will?
- My luck has been very different from a lot of people.
- I feel like what is meant for you is yours, but you have to be so strong and clear.
- This is not an industry for people who can’t take rejection or criticism.
- You have to leave you, your ego, at the door.
- I’m still an unknown. I could walk down a street and no one knows it’s me. It’s the best of both worlds.
- To be able to rise up with my friends…being able to share in that journey together. I never thought I would be able to do that.
- This is show business and I’m shocked by how much of a business it is.
- My younger self would be so shocked to see that I am still me.
- I want to be the change that I want to see.
- I was a lot of white people’s first black friend.
- If someone is not going to give you the opportunity, it’s your job to create the opportunity.
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