Layla Kayleigh was born in the UK and moved to the USA to pursue her dreams in front of the camera. After much hard work and determination, Layla has successfully taken the USA by storm and has presented many prime time shows. Layla now co-hosts 'America's Best Dance Crew' for MTV where they search for hidden dance talent in cities across the USA. Kim O'Meara caught up with Layla to find out all about her two beloved dogs and what makes rescuing a dog so special.
Tell us about your pets. Names, breeds and ages.
I have two little dogs who I rescued when they were puppies. Munkey is a three year old Jack Russell Terrier crossed with a Chihuahua and Max is a two year old Chihuahua. I've had Munkey for three years and rescued him from a pound, he was only a little puppy and I fell in love with him straight away. My friend's dog had puppies but was told by her landlord that she would be evicted unless she rehomed the pups. That's when I got Max and haven't looked back since. I couldn't think of life without my two dogs, they are very friendly and love people.
When did your interest in pets/animals begin and how long have you been a pet owner?
When growing up we only had birds so until I had Munkey and Max I didn't really understand how much responsibility came with owning dogs. They have had so much impact on my life and I wouldn't change them for the world. Sometimes I think people get dogs for novelty value and that why so many end up in pounds and rescue centres.
You're the co-host of America's Best Dance Crew on MTV interviewing guests backstage and on the road during the trials. What do you love most about your job, I imagine you have to console someone one minute and ease nerves the next?
I love interacting and meeting all the different people we get on the show. Each kid has a different background, a different story and these guys are straight from the streets and have no dancing or theatrical training. Some of them have had bad experiences in life and see dance as a way of expressing themselves. It's so rewarding watching the dancers grow week by week. You can see the hope in their eyes and I know what its like to be in this business and get rejection after rejection.
Do you have a motto you live your life by?
I believe in hard work, guts and determination. I think its worse to never try than to try and fail. You have to take risks and sometimes fail but it's better to get back up.
Photography By Steve Kay: www.stevekayphoto.com
Do Munkey and Max go with you when you film America's Best Dance Crew?
When I do the shows, its usually 18 hour days and most venues don't allow pets. But Max and Munkey are my entourage. It's great to finish a day's work and then to return to your trailer and have them waiting for you to walk and play with.
And finally, this is always a tough question and often requires a fair degree of thinking time but….If your dog(s) had the ability to speak and answer one question and one question only, what would you ask them and what do you think that they would say?
I'd ask them how I could be a better Mum and I think they'd say “Give me more treats”.
Many Thanks Layla!
Layla Kayleigh was speaking with Kim O'Meara