Interview with Mara Hall from @kleffnotes

Mara Hall is both an actress and an academic who has appeared in a number of series you may love and also has her own projects that emphasize really great messages. I chatted with her about Ambitions on Own and so much more. We also discussed how she is able to balance all of her work with her Type 2 Diabetes. Thank you to Mara Hall for answering all of my questions.

Could you tell our readers a little about yourself?  

I am an actress, educator and entertainer from Detroit, Michigan.  I started acting 11 years ago when I got laid off as a teacher in Detroit, MI.  I started acting with the theater department at the University of Southern Mississippi and got cast in one of their main stage plays.  This was the catalyst for me to move to Los Angeles.

You are in a series on OWN, Ambitions, could you share what the show is about and your role in it?  

Ambitions is a multigenerational family saga that explores love, power and politics in Atlanta.  It was created by Jamey Giddens and produced by Will Packer. I play Darcia Lancaster, a cousin to the Mayor of Atlanta Evan Lancaster and his older sister Rondell.

You have also appeared in a number of television series, would you be willing to discuss some of those roles?

Absolutely!  I played Nurse Kathleen on Grey’s Anatomy for Seven Episodes. I also played Major General Owens on Scandal and several other roles on Bella and Bulldogs, Victorious, The Resident, The Quad and Saints and Sinners.

Juicy Ladies is your own short film, what is it about and what inspired the short?  

Juicy Ladies follows the life of Angie and her best friend who is a puppet named Windy The Watermelon.  Angie always looks for love in all of the wrong places and doesn’t make the best decisions with food because she is a type 2 diabetic.  Juicy Ladies is a coming of age story of what happens when Angie gets it right.  The short is based on my life.

You are also very educated, could you discuss your academic journey and how you balance this with your acting?

Luckily for me, I finished all of my studies before I started acting!!!!  Hahahahahah but I still teach.  I love teaching music to kids.  It’s really my passion and I am very good at it.  I love the fact that by playing an instrument you can bring out so many amazing qualities in our youth.  Teaching music keeps me grounded and sane.  It lets me know that I am still a regular down to earth person.

You do all of this while also living with Type 2 Diabetes. How do you take that into consideration with your busy schedule?  

It’s SOOOOOO hard.  Sometimes I really mess up!  But I’m trying to get better and take it one day at a time!!!!!!  Planning is the key! Meal prepping, taking time out to shop when you are not hungry, so that you can purchase the correct foods and not junk.  If it’s not healthy I try not to bring it to my house.

What are some of your tips for others living with Type 2 Diabetes?

Eat 6 meals a day.  Three meals and three snacks.  Drink lots of water.  Remember that Diabetes is the silent killer, what you put in your body won’t effect you immediately but you will see what happens slowly and when you least expect it. Doctors also recommend including foods in your diet rich in fiber and healthy carbohydrates such as fruits, nuts, vegetables and whole grain in addition to getting a half hour of aerobic activity daily to keep your heart healthy.

 Do you have any other projects you’d like to discuss?  

Yes!  My online social media movement show called “I Got Something To Say”  IGSTSTV, where I empower through laughter in 3 mins or less.  I absolutely love the first season and you will too!!!!  It will make you smile and laugh.  Please follow us on Instagram at @IGSTSTV

Where can our readers keep up with you online?

Insta and Twitter @mara_hall  Facebook @mara.hall and my website is coming soon http://www.marahall.com

Share your thoughts with us in the comments or on Twitter, @thenerdygirlexp. You can find me on Twitter, @kleffnotes, on my blog, kleffnotes.wordpress.com, and on my kleffnotes YouTube channel.

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