Today we’d like to introduce you to Maya McClain.
Hi Maya, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
If you ask my mother, she will tell you that I was a performer since I could walk and talk and destined to live in LA. I was born in Atlanta and raised in a suburb 20 minutes north of the city.
At age 6, I took my first tap class and fell in love with dancing. From then on, I was an award-winning competition dancer for over 10 years.
Upon graduating high school, I pursued a BFA in Theatre and Performance with a double Minor in Dance and PR from Emerson College in Boston.
My time in Boston had a profound impact on shaping me as an actor and performer. While at Emerson, I was able to study my craft with some of the most creative people on planet. I immersed myself in the local theatre and dance community and was featured in several performances.
I knew when it came time to pursue my passion and career goals, I would have to choose LA or New York. Having traveled to both many times, I always felt connected to LA. The warmth and laid-back vibe reminds of home. So when I graduated in Dec. 2020 and moved to LA in March 2021.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Does anybody ever have a smooth road? I think that as long as we live, we will all face challenges. One thing my mother taught me early on is to embrace the challenges and obstacles because that’s where real growth happens. For the most part, my move to LA has been full of opportunities. However, the industry that I have chosen is not for the faint of heart. Finding one’s way in this town can be daunting. So far, I’ve been lucky to find an amazing and supportive community.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I have performed in professional stage shows in both Atlanta and Boston as both the lead and in ensemble roles.
In addition to pursuing my professional acting, dancing, and choreography goals, I am a dance teacher and fitness instructor. I am especially proud of the work that I do with children in the Los Angeles area.
I teach kids as young as 3-years-old up to age 15 in the disciplines of ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and musical theater. For me, there is no greater joy than to share my passion for dance and performing with my students. I love to see their faces light up and their self-esteem grow when they come full circle with a piece of choreography, a combination, or a correction they have been working on diligently.
What do you think about happiness?
I find joy in so many things. I have so much to be happy about…I’m healthy, I have loving and supportive family and friends, a badass cat named Seven and I get the opportunity to pursue my passion each and every day.
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