Ten years ago, then-journalist Via started an animal casting agency with a friend. That has been her only job ever since. She worked on high-profile Russian feature films (Sunstroke, Viking) and TV shows.
Working with animals, Viya got a wolf at some point. The female wolf named Osen (Russian for autumn) divided her life to Before and After. Viya's passion with wolves, who she believes are the smartest animals on Earth, has led to her opening a center for training of wild animals. The center trains animals, educates instructors and has its own wolf kennel and a shelter for animals, retired from circus.