MJ has a heart to serve others and seizes every opportunity to get to know you more. She has served her community as a leader for over 17 years in multiple positions such as Social Director for the Bella Flora HOA for 10 years, church Preschool Leader, Children’s Worship Leader, Elementary, Intermediate & Middle School Ministry Leader, Mom’s Prayer Group Leader, Parents Middle School Prayer Walk, and Church Camp Leader. She is a CoFounder of the Walsh Swim Team in Aledo, Texas.
MJ has over 25 years of experience as a NURSE, PRODUCER, ACTRESS, SONGWRITER, and SINGER.
Her acting career includes appearances in numerous national commercials and several major motion pictures; Telly Award Winner Almost Thirteen (Brad Hunstable, Bill McAdams Jr., Peter Coyote), International Christian Film Festival Award Winner Gallows Road, (Ernie Hudson, Kevin Sorbo), The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry, (Gavin MacLeod); Noah’s Ark, The New Beginning (Michael Keaton, Jason Lee, Marcia Gay Harden), The Last Castle (James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Redford), We Were Soldiers (Mel Gibson), Sweet Home Alabama (Reese Witherspoon) and the Grand Jury winner at the Sundance Film Festival, Forty Shades of Blue (Rip Torn).
Prior to embarking on an entertainment career full time and after receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from George Mason University, MJ served as an officer in the United States Navy Nurse Corps for 9 years. Her specialty was Post Anesthesia and Pediatrics Emergency in a level-one trauma center, Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
While in Nashville she spent 6 years in the music business writing with some of the top songwriters. Her songs have been recorded by both domestic and international recording artists and she has personally released 3 albums to date, produced multiple music videos and currently has songs slated for upcoming films.
She continued her nursing career in Medical Sales working as a Territory Manager for Zimmer Spine, Allergan Eye Implants & Coloplast.
Currently, MJ is a Partner in Fort Worth Studios, a Family & Faith Inspired film company, having numerous projects such as Little Faith, Immaculate: The Game Ball, When The Last Leaf Falls adapted from a manuscript by New York Times Best Selling Author, James Michael Pratt of the Hallmark Hall of Fame’s The Lost Valentine viewed by over 14.5 million viewers, Gallows Road & Jose Canseco, The Truth Hurts which you can view on over 13 streaming platforms. She is active in the Screen Actors Guild, participated on the Producer’s Committee and was the Co-Chairman of the 75th Anniversary Celebration for the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) in Dallas, Texas. MJ is also a member of Women In Film (WIF), Texas Motion Picture Alliance (TXMPA) and of The Academy of Country Music (ACM). She resides in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband, Kevin, and her two children. Mary Jean Bentley is represented by The Kim Dawson Agency in Dallas, Texas.