Meet “Close To Home” Storyteller Maya Modi

Maya Modi loved her job as a high school art teacher. But when a doctored video from her classroom went viral—everything changed. On Tuesday, December 19, we’ll join Maya as she relives the roller coaster ride that became her life. 

Maya Modi is an entrepreneur, artist, and dedicated animal advocate. When she is not painting in watercolor, she works with Dallas Pets Alive! to foster kittens and make the city a no-kill haven for animals. Maya shares her stories in order to educate the public on issues that are often not thought about.

Fixated Facts:

Describe your life using only film titles. Catch Me If You Can!

What is your favorite board game? Cards Against Humanity, because I love learning how other people’s minds work.

What is your favorite destination to visit? Teotihuacan, because I love the culture and stories of the land.

What is a favorite quote? “I am strong because I know my weaknesses. I’m alive because I’m a fighter. I am wise because I’ve been foolish. I laugh because I’ve known sadness.” –Unknown

If reincarnated as an ice cream flavor, what would you be? Can I be reincarnated as the Blue Steel Pie from Emporium Pies instead? That sounds amazing.

What is your favorite sound? A cat’s purr.

What’s your favorite word? Kitten. 🐱 Save all the kittens! 😻

What is your favorite thing to eat in Dallas? Sushi from Sushi Bayashi. Or pie from Emporium Pies.

What is the best book you’ve read in the last decade? Red: A Crayon’s Story. It’s a book about acceptance, and I recommend it to any parent, especially anyone in or with a child in the LGBTQ community.

Sneak Peek: “A chill rushed through my spine as I continued scrolling through the Reddit thread and saw my salary, my license plate number, and my parents’ home address exposed.”

Don’t miss Maya on the Oral Fixation stage on Tuesday night, December 19!

Menu Title