Lya originally worked as a primary-school teacher and had her own Performing Arts Academy for children in Brussels. In 2020, she moved to London to train as a performer at Associated Studios, where she was the Spotlight Prize participant for her year. She then received a Disney Theatrical Productions Scholarship to study at the Academy. Lya is also passionate about writing and composing. Her first musical, Everlasting Lily, was selected for the Academy’s Students Create Festival, with a full concert version planned for May 2022.

Lya is one of the Musical Theatre Department's Disney scholars.