Owning Your Dreams by Conquering Self Doubt and Haters
Marsai Martin's fans love her for her witty role on Black-ish, but now the world is paying attention in a different way: At just 16 years old, Martin became the youngest executive producer in Hollywood. She launched a production company to share compelling stories, is a young entrepreneur developing a skin-care and makeup line, and finds the confidence to speak boldly for the causes she believes in. She is an advocate for social positivity, a huge issue in the digital era, especially for her generation. In her talks, Martin shares how she tries to keep the youthful, fearless mindset she had when she started her ambitious projects, and how we all need to be our own advocates to achieve our boldest dreams.
Speaker Spotlight: Marsai Martin
Actor and Star in the ABC Emmy-Nominated Hit Series Black-Ish MARSAI MARTIN is ahead of her age and time - we’ve lost count of how many new ventures she’s mastered. After landing her first national commercial at age five, she pitched a movie idea at age ten, becoming the youngest executive producer in Hollywood history for her film, Little. But she isn’t just known for her acting and producing - she is pursuing opportunities daily in many different business realms. Her business skills even caught the eye of BET, who wrote an article about her expertise in the field of business. She’s launched a production company, Genius Productions, to uplift diverse and young voices, and she uplifts others within her own work - for her film Little, she hired a woman writer and director. She’s developed a skincare and makeup line and Disney Channel greenlighted the pilot of her show Saturdays, centering on a young girl with sickle cell disease who loves roller skating. She hosts a series called In the Know: Money with Marsai Martin, where she sits down with money experts to discuss personal finance. Martin has done this all before turning sixteen, showing that she’s nowhere close to done yet and that the sky's the limit for this young star. She speaks to audiences about being your own advocate, channeling a youthful, fearless mindset to achieve your dreams, and how to succeed at anything you set your mind to.
Rising star Marsai Martin, at just 16-years-old, is already on course to be a whirlwind sensation. At the age of five she landed her first national commercial and shortly after relocating to Los Angeles, she was cast as Diane Johnson on the ABC Emmy-nominated hit comedy “black-ish.” Alongside an all-star cast, the young starlet has stolen the hearts of viewers who tune in every week to see her hilarious and witty antics on the show. Her work on the show has earned her 9 NAACP Image Awards and 2 BET Awards. She also won a BET award in 2021, the Youngsters Award. At the age of 10 she conceptualized and pitched a movie idea to Will Packer and Universal which became the feature film, Little, which also earned her 2 more NAACP Image Awards. As the star and Executive Producer on the film, she has become a part of Hollywood history as the youngest person to EP a major Hollywood film. With opportunities presenting themselves daily, Marsai’s excited about uplifting diverse and young voices through her production company, Genius Productions, who signed an overall deal with Universal. In addition to acting, she loves producing, singing, dancing and creating her own content for social media.