Tell us a little bit about yourself.
To start, my name is Arista Arhin, and I am an actor. I just recently turned 14, and I love sushi! My favourite thing to do in my free time is traveling! Some of my favourite places that I have traveled to include Venice and Barcelona. I am also very passionate about beauty and fashion, and someday hope to go to NYFW.
How did you get your start in modeling?
I started off modeling for a few major campaigns such as Spin Master, Walmart, and Hasbro. My print work eventually turned into commercial work, and then I moved onto doing TV shows!
You started out modeling and then turned to acting around age 10. What prompted you to make that career change at such a young age?
When I was around 10, there were several young actresses my age working on huge TV shows and films, such as Skai Jackson and Zendaya, which inspired me to start acting. Once I took a few acting classes, I truly fell in love and knew that I wanted it o be my future career.
How have you evolved as an actress in your training at Second City and LB Acting Studio?
Taking classes at LB Acting Studio was quite eye-opening to me because it was my first acting class ever and I was not sure what to expect. There, I have learned several techniques that have affected and improved my acting skills and I still use them today. Taking classes at Second City was a completely different experience. Second City was much more interactive and hands-on, and it dealt with learning improvisation skills. Both experiences were equally engaging and valuable.
You played Ozlyn in the award-winning children’s live-action educational television series “Odd Squad”. What did you learn from your experience in that role?
Odd Squad was my first big break and my first TV series I have worked on. At first, it was a bit intimidating, but soon enough I felt comfortable and confident. It was really fun working with an all-kid cast, and despite that fact, it has taught me to always be professional on set. Also, as a show which teaches the audience about math skills by way of investigating unusual occurrences in the town, Odd Squad really highlights the importance of education, being inquisitive and asking questions. Odd Squad really opened my eyes to the industry and will forever be my first and unforgettable experience on a film set.
You also play Young Michael Burnham in “Star Trek Discovery”. What’s it like being a part of such an iconic television franchise?
It felt unreal and a little startling when I first got cast for the show knowing that I was now part of one of the most iconic TV shows of all time. When I first started filming, I felt a lot of pressure knowing how significant the franchise was and not wanting to disappoint any of the longstanding fans. Yet, when all the feedback I received was very positive, it meant a lot to know that people enjoyed watching me on the show. I was very happy to have been invited back to Season 2 which is currently airing.
Your next role is in the upcoming family comedy “Bajillionaires”. What can you tell us about the show and your role as Alicia Windsor?
My new show Bajillionaires is a television series about a group of kids who have run a start-up company out of a parent’s garage. They are constantly making new inventions that will hopefully change the world for the better. They dream, innovate, fail, but through it all, they remain friends. The character that I play is Alicia Windsor, and she is the team’s newest member. Alicia is the company’s Chief Product Designer, and she is constantly making prototypes for new projects or coding. She is very determined and always wants the best for her team. As the newest member of the squad, she is very private and mysterious and likes to keep her personal life to herself. If you want to find out what her big, shocking secret is, you’ll have to watch the show on Saturdays at 10am et/pt on Family Channel in Canada, starting March 2nd!
What are your long-term goals for your career?
My goal is to keep pursuing my passion for acting, keep learning and honing my skills and possibly venture into directing one day.
What advice do you have for aspiring actors/actresses?
One of the most important things that I have learned over the past couple of years as a working actress is to be patient. After auditions, it may feel like years while waiting for a callback, and you might lose hope. Don’t. Production companies take a long while choosing between actors and actresses, and some need more time than others. Never lose hope and always be patient. In order to get good things, you must wait.
What’s your life like outside of acting?
I usually do homework after school and watch Liza Koshy on YouTube in my spare time. I also take hip hop classes and love playing volleyball and softball. On the weekends, I love checking out new fashionable and chic clothing in the mall.
Let the readers know where to find you online
You can find me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook via @aristaarhin.