Brycee Adiah Bassey is a Nigerian-American actress born to a Nigerian father from Akwa Ibom and a black and native American mother in Kansas, U.S.A. She graduated with a degree in Modern and Classical Literature in Spanish.
Fluent in Spanish, she made her first major appearance as the lead in Deadline, a prime time drama series on Ebony Life TV and her first feature film premiere on Africa Magic called the Perfect Union. She has made some great progress since she moved to Nigeria though it has not been smooth sailing. Speaking with ENCOMIUM Weekly, the Brand Ambassador for Risque told us what she is working on.
Brycee Bassey is someone you’re going to discover and draw your own conclusion about.
How did acting start for you and what drives your passion?
Acting started back when I was about four when I did my first play. I was the star actress. Doing that play felt so natural, and at that point, I knew that’s exactly what I wanted to do.
How has life been as an actress?
It has been interesting, actually! I love what I do, I love entertaining people and I enjoy being a role model. Actresses tend to be perceived as loose, wild, not serious, more in a negative light.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I love the fact that each day is different, new and somewhat unpredictable.
What are you working on currently?
Other than representing Risqué, I am preparing to attend some movie premieres that I starred in. Also, I am in pre-production of my first independent short film entitled, Coffee Love.
How would you assess the movie industry in Nigeria?
It’s growing rapidly and getting bigger and better every day. More than before, we have filmmakers from all over producing and directing films. Actors with different backgrounds and better training, new technologies, so many factors that are contributing to Nollywood. The days are numbered in when people see Nollywood for bad acting, bad sound, bad quality.
How was your growing up?
Growing up was great. I have the best parents and siblings anyone could ask for. My parents didn’t impose anything on us, they allowed us to be free in what we wanted to study, work, and explore. My sisters and brother were always playing together and close. None of us studied the same thing either, it makes for great conversation when we get together for the holidays.
Tell us about your educational background?
I studied Modern and Classical Literature in Spanish at Wichita State University. I studied Acting as well alongside the violin, which I’ve been playing.
Any words for aspiring actors?
Don’t sell yourself out and don’t sell yourself short; always respect yourself and your craft.