Coming to America

12 Dec 2013 16:00

At 24 years of age, Beatrice Engelbrecht is potentially on the brink of realising her lifelong dream of becoming a TV presenter.

After making it past the finals of the Trustco Star Performer competition in August earlier this year, she was selected to be part of the top eight contingents that will represent Namibia on the [date of competition] of this month in Orland, Florida in the United States of America (USA) at the Applause Arts Rising Talents Showcase (ARTS) competition.

ARTS is a family-owned organisation that aims to encourage aspiring actors, singers, dancers and fashion and commercial models in the USA to reach their potentials. Their talents have been seen on screen covers of some of the prestigious magazines to the top shows on national (USA) and international levels.

Engelbrecht has been entered in five categories for the competition, including Creative runway, Photography modelling, Drama, Dancing and Commercial modelling.

“My aim and mission for this competition is to make a success out of all the five categories. My support system from family and friends has been amazing. Due to them and most importantly God, I am where I ought to be and that's on top, so thanks to everybody that has stood by me since the very beginning,” Engelbrecht enthuses.

Engelbrecht’s journey as a TV presenter began while she was still a young girl. She would spend hours on end in front of the mirror holding a comb, which she pretended was a microphone and do her best impersonation of Bonang Matheba who was her inspiration.

Growing up, her other hero was also Ryan Seacrest who hosted the popular American Idol. She says, “These are the people who inspire me to work even harder to craft my talent.”

The team is expected back in the country on Christmas Day, by which time she hopes to have fulfilled her destiny of becoming a star. Of this, she remains thoroughly confident, saying, “I have already passed the most nerve-wracking experiences of my life. I knew I only had one window of opportunity and had to grab it with both hands. I got through that, so I know I can take whatever is coming.”