Brycee Adiah Melanie Bassey is a Nigerian-American actor, writer and classical violinist born to a Nigerian father and a Black and Native American mother in Kansas, USA. She began acting in plays from the age of four and continued to do theater throughout most of her junior school years. She started her professional acting career in Nigeria after graduating with a degree in Modern and Classical Literature in Spanish.
Brycee made her first major appearance as the lead actress in Deadline, a prime time drama series on Ebony Life TV on DSTV, which she later won Best Actress in a TV Series for by the ELOY Awards (Exquisite Magazine Lady of the Year Award) and starred in her first feature film on Africa Magic Showcase on DSTV again called The Perfect Union.
I believe there is enough room for all of us to succeed and grow. – Brycee Bassey
Who is Brycee Bassey?Brycee Adiah Melanie Bassey is an actor and violinist. I studied Modern and Classical Literature in Spanish and Political Science and Classical Violin. I’m originally from Kansas, USA and the daughter to a Nigerian father and American mother.
What inspired the decision to leave relocate to Nigeria?I’ve always felt and knew since I could remember that I technically have a second home, and I have always wanted to be part of it in one way or another.
What are you passionate about and why?Acting, languages, my violin, traveling, cooking, wines, LIFE in general. Why? Why not?! I never want to stop exploring life.
If you were not working as an actor, what would you be doing?Probably working with the FBI or CIA. Seriously. I had this obsession for a long time to work undercover as a spy, linguistic specialist, special ops in the FBI or CIA for the longest.
What is one bad habit you are committed to changing?Complaining! I can complain for the universe! Hahaha.
Any Role Model(s)? (If yes who and why)My parents. Sometimes, I just don’t know how they did and do it, and I wonder if I can one day do the same.
What is the most important lesson being an actor has taught you so far?PATIENCE. Especially in Nigeria where the film industry is just beginning to take shape in terms of structure. If you are not patience, you’ll kill yourself with stress. I have been there!
What is your take on “women supporting women”?It’s a great concept, a great plan, and a great initiative that still needs a lot of work. We are starting to get there, but I believe we can do better, especially in Nigeria. I’ve not only seen how maliciously women have treated each other, I myself have experienced lack of support from women as well. I don’t know what it is about men being able to support each other and still compete (healthily) in their industries, but women are just downright mean to each other and extremely cliquish . I believe there is enough room for all of us to succeed and grow; uniqueness is what makes us stand apart respectively.
Advice for young females looking to take up a career in acting. I advise young women to never, ever be desperate in this industry. There’s a huge difference between being hungry for success and being desperate. Desperation may get you somewhere, but it won’t get you far. Nothing is better than having dignity in all that you do, and that you spew quality in your work. God’s timing is always correct; don’t force yourself to get somewhere. Stay focused and never settle and never lower your standards.
Time travel or teleportation?Teleportation!! I love to travel and nothing beats being able to snap your fingers and teleport to another location! To me, being able to travel anywhere would be one of the greatest gifts of all time in life.
If you could have two female billionaires (Living or dead) to dinner, who would they be?Oprah and myself (I will soon be a billionaire in Jesus name, AMEN!!) Hahaha.
What would you like to be remembered for?For just being myself, Brycee 🙂
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