Author, Vocalist, Radio/TV and Event Host
What’s your name? Where are you from? Where do you reside?
My name is Maria Wills and I was born in Washington DC, but raised in Prince Georges
County Maryland. I currently reside in Atlanta, GA.
What is your occupation?
I am a radio, tv, and event host, as well as an author, vocalist, and speaker.
How many children do you have?
I have one beautiful daughter name Juliana Maria
Are you currently in a relationship?
I am currently in a relationship
What do you love about being in a freelance business or the entertainment world?
What are your dislikes? I was born with a passion for music and entertainment. What I
love about the industry is the ability to create and learn from other creatives. The
energy that is given by creatives is God sent. I dislike the politics involved in the
entertainment world. I think that it has been polluted with expectations and falsehoods
when it should be about what God put in you and how you bless people with that gift.
What do you wish were different in the freelance business or the entertainment world when it comes to how motherhood is viewed within the industry? I wish that people in the freelance business or entertainment world recognized the power and strength in motherhood. The very act of being able to create life speaks volumes. I wish that it was respected the way it should be. People need to realize that mothers not only give birth to people, but also dreams, ambitions, and love. We are a necessity in all aspects of life and business.
Do you feel respected as a mom in the industry?
I feel that I am looked at differently when I put my daughter first, but I do not try to
make someone understand something they cannot. I try to keep control of my feeling
and pray for others view of me.
What are some of the obstacles that you face within the industry? How do you
overcome and/or balance them? Some of the obstacles I face within the industry is
balancing time between motherhood and work, as well as trying my best to do it ALL. I find balance by remembering what is most important to me and what makes me happy.
I focus on the things that are most important and try my best. I work hard and pray.
How do you find time for yourself, spouse, and children or are you still working that part out? If so share how. I find time for my family by designating time for them. Family is just as, if not more, important to me than my career. My bigger picture includes a husband and my children. A good solid foundation and happiness at home.
Where can viewers find out more about your business? Viewers can visit my website http://www.IamMariaWills.com to learn more about me and my business.
Whether pregnant adopting or marrying into a blended family what made you want to continue in the freelance entertainment world knowing the risks? After having my daughter and separating from her father my drive went from 60% to 100% in regards to my career. I know the importance of my daughter seeing me happy in my career and
following my dreams. It is my goal in life to make her proud of me.
What are your views on the state of maternity leave in this country?
I believe that this country does not value the importance of health or motherhood. I
believe that the time frame allotted for a mother to recover and get back to work is too
short and unreasonable.
What advice do you have to moms in the industry? My advice to moms in the industry is to believe in your power and strength even when no one else does.
Name a moment in motherhood where you felt like a complete #MomBoss.
An unforgettable moment that made me feel like a #MomBoss was the day I was able to
go to my daughters school and read my first published book The Secret Keeper: Perfect
the Way You Are to her class. The reaction from the teachers and students was great,
but the look on my daughters face and her excitement was life changing for me. I knew
she was so proud to call me her mother. I was able to speak to the children about
bullying and confiding in their parents and I knew it made a difference.
Another moment was when I was hosting the Sweet Auburn Music Festival this year and
I was able to bring my daughter on stage and she was so happy and proud.