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?


  • 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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