The Guardian newspaper ran an article by Hugh Muir in January 2014. Its story centred on the reasons black actors and actresses move to the United States for work.
It is a thought provoking piece and one for debate. When I was younger, I had dreams of becoming an actress. I lived and breathed drama. My plan was to train here, get a big part that raised my profile and then, hop foot it over to the US.
Having fed on a diet of US imports The Cosby Show, Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Sister Sister in those years, made me think that the opportunity to hone my craft would progress quicker than here in the UK.
Isn’t that a sad state of affairs, knowing that at my young age? My family, friends and life was here in the UK yet, my country couldn’t give me the opportunity to grow as an actress at that time.
Twenty years down the line and it appears that the circle on the same issue keeps turning. Adrian Lester, Idris Elba, Archie Punjabi and Marianne Jean Baptiste left our shores to feature in US prime time shows. Who could blame them? US programming is much more diverse.
I didn’t pursue the acting dream. Between you and me, that is one regret I have in life. However, the dream to work in the US still remains and burns even more than before. Maybe I can work for the next Presidential campaign in media relations instead.