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Meet the team: Arya

Previously we interviewed Max about his time at the Centre. Since then a number of team members have put their paw up to volunteer for the next profile. It seems they really like the attention! So now we’re talking to Arya, who shares her thoughts on everything from the craft of screen acting to weather problems ‘on set’.

What brought you to the International Antarctic Centre?

Four years ago I had to leave my lovely home due to a change in circumstances. I still love my previous owners and they in keep in touch, which is nice. But I had to move on and the team here were offering an ongoing starring role at the time. With my movie training (yes, I’ve worked with people ‘in the industry’) I was a natural fit.

What are your key strengths?

Natural beauty. Refined sophistication. Incredible charisma. Genuine modesty. I’m not one of those everyday dogs who only have one ‘look’ for the camera. I have two. There’s the ‘regal’, which is perfect for the billboards and the silver screen. Then there’s the ‘derp’, which I’ve worked on for our internet audiences. With this range I’m obviously pretty big on Instagram.

What do you like about the job?

I think on the whole there’s recognition of my talent, and it’s nice having that awareness from the general public. I position myself and they come to me – and that’s how it should be.

Like Kate and Meghan (and Harry and William), I am also devoted to my charitable support. Be it visiting the kids in hospital or meeting the local ‘silver foxes’ in the military hub or at the RSA, I love the chance to give back to the community.

Are there any challenges at the centre?

The young ones coming through, I like to call them the ‘puppies’ of the rescue team. They don’t have the attention span or the poise yet, and that lack of professionalism obviously requires a mentor. Sometimes you can lead by example. Other times you just need to sit on them. No, that’s not a metaphor.

The only other issue is the weather. I mean, who likes performing in the rain, or when any water is going to get on you at all? In my action career I’ve helped win 24km races as a sled dog. When you’re out on trail you can’t exactly go sideways at every puddle (although I certainly used to try!) It’s the same here – you just have to be a professional despite what moisture can do to your hair.

What’s the one thing you want visitors to know?

Nothing really, when they look at me they should know what to expect. Wait, perhaps how to pronounce my name? It’s Arya, like Eye-A. Not that it worries me too much – I’m sure Beyonce had a similar problem in her early career.

What’s your favourite song?

At the risk of sounding a little common, it’s probably still ‘All About That Bass’ by Meghan Trainor. I have curves in all the right places.

Any big career plans?

I’m happy here, particularly with the upcoming developments for the team. I’m also looking to increase my modelling work and, potentially, to look at movie work too. Casting directors? Get in touch with my agent.


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