Meet the Four-time Recipient of the BET YoungStars Award, Marsai Martin
In 2010, BET added a new category to their annual BET Awards, tagged The BET YoungStars Award. The award honors young African-American people who have made an impact in the world of television, film, music, or sports. Marsai Martin has already won the award three times – from 2019 to 2021, and this year she triumphs yet again making it four times in a row.
A great big kudos to the 17-year-old young actress and producer Caila Marsai Martin.
But who is Marsai Martin?
Marsai Martin (BET YoungStars Award Winner 2019-2022)
Best known for her role as Diane Johnson on the ABC sitcom Black-ish (2014–2022), starred in the 2019 comedy film Little, which she also produced, becoming the youngest person ever to produce a studio film, and named on Time magazine’s “Time 100 Next” in the same year, Calia Marsai Martin is an American actress and producer.
Marsai was born in Plano, Texas, to African-American parentsCarol and Joshua Martin, on the 14th day of the month of August in the year 2004.
Her acting career started after a glamour pictorial. The photographer gave them a discount in exchange for her father’s promise that he would submit the photos to talent agencies. The photos were sent out to four agencies and one immediately signed her. At age five, she landed her first national commercial for Choice Hotel. Her family then moved to Los Angeles in 2013, so she could pursue an acting career.
In 2014, Martin was cast as Diane Johnson, the daughter of Andre (Anthony Anderson), and Rainbow Johnson (Tracee Ellis Ross) on the ABC sitcom Black-ish, created by Kenya Barris. For her breakthrough role, Martin has received numerous awards and nominations, including three NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, and a Young Artist Award. She has received six NAACP Image Awards nominations and two Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
Two years later, Martin made her film debut, playing a leading role in the Amazon Studios original film An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win, set in Detroit during the Civil Rights Movement. That same year, she did a voice role for the movie Nina, which tells the life story of American artist and activist Nina Simone. In 2019, Martin starred in her first studio feature film, the comedy Little, for Universal Pictures. At the age of 13, she became executive producer of the film, making her the youngest person to ever produce a movie, as well as the youngest African-American producer.
In February 2019, Genius Productions, Martin’s company, signed a first-look production deal with Universal. Martin’s first film as part of the deal is StepMonster, a comedy about a teenage girl who is adjusting to life with a new stepmother. She is the youngest person to get a first-look deal at Universal, and the youngest person to get a deal at any studio. In May 2019, it was announced Martin would be producing and starring in the film adaption of Amari and the Night Brothers for Universal Pictures. In December 2019, it was announced that Martin would be producing the comedy film Queen. She voiced the character Liberty in the 2021 film PAW Patrol: The Movie. In April 2022, it was announced that Martin would star alongside Kelly Rowland and Omari Hardwick in the upcoming film Fantasy Football.
With a monthly income of $30,000 and an annual income of about $350,000 +, the four-time recipient of the BET YoungStars Award, Marsai Martin, has a net worth of $1.5 Million US dollars.