Ms. Ma interned for commercial photographers, as well as at the fine art gallery, Jenkin Johnson, in San Francisco. In graduate school, she worked as a lab tech for the photography department. During graduate school, she also pursued performance art, appearing in a group performance on KCET TV. In 2014, her work was in a juried group exhibition titled Ink and Clay at the W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery at California Polytechnic Institute. Her installation for the show, An Orchestrated Comfort, won the Juror's Choice Award by the jurors Jeannie Denholm, Phyllis Green, and Dave Lefner.