2016 South African actress, Amy Letcher

Pietermaritzburg-born actress, Amy Letcher, hopes to make the US festival circuit her kingdom this year after scooping the Overall Best Adult Actress in the Actors, Models and Talents for Christ Shine Convention in Florida last year.

Her one-woman show Princess Freckles and the Forever Kingdom plays on prejudice she faced after moving to the US in 2013. She said she would have to explain to Americans how she could not be black and still be from Africa. Letcher’s family moved from Zimbabwe to South Africa before she was born in 1993.

“The show really is about my life as a young girl going back to Zimbabwe for holidays with my family and what my world looked like.”

She wrote the play in her final year of study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA) last year and performed it in June.

Letcher said she only started acting professionally about two years ago but had “been acting for 20 years”.

“From the moment I could walk and talk I would start having impromptu shows.”

After acting in various school productions at St Anne’s College in KwaZulu-Natal, she moved to Cape Town and enrolled at AFDA, the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance.

“I didn’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be an actress. I always wanted to go to Hollywood,” she said.

Her first big South African lead role was in AFDA’s student film Keeping up Appearances. After winning a scholarship to the AADA, she landed her first big role in America in the 2014 film Reckoning, also as the lead actress.

Letcher’s latest film, Goblin Queen, premieres on Saturday at the Geekfest Film Festival at the Long Beach Comic Expo, in California.

On her love of acting, Letcher said: “I love that nothing is impossible, you can be anyone, do anything, teleport to a different planet and it’s fully believable. You get to live in your imagination.”