On the Couch with Maya Dove

Maya Dove AAR On the CouchWho is Maya Dove?
I’m an actress and youth caseworker based in Melbourne. I’m a dog mum and when I’m not working you can find me going for coffee runs with my dog.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
Learn to be a bit more patient, and so approach things from a scarcity mindset.

Who inspires you and why?
Ali Stroker, paralysed as a kid and ended up being the first wheelchair user to win a Tony Award. I remember seeing her on The Glee Project as a kid and when she won her Tony I had just started modelling so she’s always been someone I look up to. Her and Anne Hathaway.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
From working in the housing sector I’ve always had a wish to open up a refuge for people that also has a doggy daycare attached so those experiencing hardship aren’t having to separate from their pets. Or open up a doggy daycare that also allows those young people experiencing hardship to gain work experience.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
London. I’ve always said if I could live anywhere in the world it would be there. I love that there’s always something to do, and I’ve always felt that attitudes towards those living with a disability and it’s representation in the arts is 5 steps ahead.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
Probably take them to Fitzroy and go to the Rose St markets, there’s always something for everybody.

What are you currently reading?
I re-read Brene Brown books a few times a year, so I’ve just finished her book on the power of vulnerability

What are you currently listening to?
Beyoncé’s new album. I’m so excited she’s releasing a country album, I was moved by 16 Carriages and the whole album hasn’t disappointed.

Happiness is?
Probably being at my parents’ block of land. There’s 4 dogs and 4 chickens between us all, so it’s really nice to just go there and get away.

What does the future hold for you?
Further opening the door for disabled actors in the arts, and (hopefully) big opportunities

Maya was recently seen in Tae Tae in the Land of Yaaas and is featured in the That Was Unexpected PodcastEpisode 4: Inclusion in the Performing Arts – which shines a spotlight on topics such as the lack of representation in the arts and what businesses can do to be more inclusive. 

Image: Maya Dove (supplied)