The Lion’s Prayer

I’ve been doing the odd ‘Supporting Artist’ role recently. Once upon a time we were called Extras, now SAs. Posh.

You couldn’t get much different to wildlife conservation, could you?

House of Fools. British comedy starring Bob Mortimer, Vic Reeves and a few other funny and familiar faces. Look out for me reading a menu in the Bistro.
We were six SAs and I learnt of all the charities that these colleagues support. The Dogs Trust was a favourite. And there was Georgia, a beautiful young professional dancer, obsessed with lions, who has already decided what she plans to do when she’s too old to dance. She will retrain to work with wildlife (lions). She shared with the team, her knowledge on dolphin slaughter and captivity issues.

Hunter’s Prayer. Hollywood movie. Look out for me in a posh frock. I can say no more!
Here we were 170 ish SAs. I teamed up with two gentlemen, and to pass the time (there is very much time spent hanging around shivering with cold, whilst on set) we each exchanged our most memorable wildlife experiences, and favourite wildlife documentary footage. Lions won!

Today I was a lifestyle model for the new Manchester United corporate hospitality brochure. We were nine models. Six men. Three women. Three of the six men were vegetarian. Two of them vegan. Whoa! And to top that, one of them sat and told me all about raptor persecution in the UK. Erm. Brilliant. No lions.

People come in all sorts of types. If I didn’t know it before, I’ve certainly learnt not to treat a book by its cover.

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About Olivia N Masi

From art college drop-out, to office space-planner, to back-packer, to air stewardess, to brolly babe, to model agent, to wildlife conservationist. How? I've always believed in jumping at every opportunity that comes my way. This has taken me along some bizarre career paths. None of which I regret. I have been to amazing places and met fascinating people. And having worked in the motor sport industry I've sadly experienced too many beloved friends take one adrenalin step too many. I think of them always. I've hung out with pop-stars, sports personalities, and millionaires. I reached a point when nothing but VIP would do. And then something happened. My pops passed away and I felt the need to reconnect with my Italian side. Whilst in Italy, I learnt to be resourceful, to recycle everything, to listen to the valley, to grow my own veg, to catch and tame feral cats, and to follow my heart. My heart led me to a desire to save this beautiful Earth, and all the wonderful life upon it. And so I read, and then I studied with the Open University. I suddenly found myself accepted on a BSc in Wildlife Conservation, having left school with pitiful qualifications. So here I am. A qualified Wildlife Conservationist. A scientist I suppose. I love nothing more than to listen to birdsong, and watch, learn and photograph wildlife. So here is to me getting the perfect job where I can contribute to saving one of Earth's beautiful species. Do I miss the glamour of the old life? The VIP lifestyle? The petrol-head adrenalin? The buzz of being a successful business owner? Only occasionally. Though it seems more like the distant dreams of a previous life.
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