Maria started in the business in 1991 as a teen actress in independent films and television commercials. Having studied at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts NYC, Weist Barron Studios and Paper Mill Playhouse Conservatory, Maria switched gears in 1998 when she was recruited by the booming Information Technology field to begin a 7-year career as a Software Analyst and IT Director in the Legal Field. In 2005, Maria’s love for the Television and Film world and creativity once again proved insatiable, with stints in Casting and Assistant Directing in Indie Film. Xist Talent opened its doors in June 2005 and immediately established itself as the “Go-To” Agency for Casting Directors, Directors, Producers and Advertising Agencies. With a fierce eye for talent, Maria is passionate about her work and specializes in discovering and guiding kids and teens into successful and exciting careers as well. Xist Talent Maria DeSantis is often requested by Producers and Directors to coach and guide child actors on feature film sets.

Maria established Xist Entertainment in 2014, a Production Company geared toward creative and original content producing featuring children and teens and  for young audiences. Xist TV, a dedicated YouTube channel launches with original programming Summer ’15.

Maria is also the Manager and Creative Director for teen girl band sensation 3KT. Band members Gia Giudice (Real Housewives of New Jersey), Alexa Maetta and Cristianna Cardinale burst onto the scene with major television, online and national magazine and publication exposure including exclusives with NBC “Access Hollywood”, E! News, Bravo Watch What Happens Live, Perez Hilton, People Magazine, US Magazine and NY Post Page Six. With just 3 music releases, including a cover of Britney Spears hit “Circus’ and 2 original singles, the 3KT youtube channel has over 2 million views (



Lisa comes to Xist with career in Early Childhood Development and Teaching, as well as 10+ years experience as a competition “Dance Mom” and “Stage Mom”. With her friendly and magnetic personality, and knowledge of the NY scene and what it is like to raise and guide a young performer, Lisa is thrilled to bring new faces into Xist for development and bookings. Lisa is an asset to our Xist moms and dads, as she is highly relatable, having a teenage daughter who is a successful working actress, model and dancer at Xist.