A former Warrnambool woman recently walked the red carpet at the Cairo International Film Festival.
Megan Mitchell, 28, who grew up in Bushfield, stars in the film No Land's Man.
Ms Mitchell, who lives in Melbourne with her husband Alex Pech, plays an Australian/French woman living in New York alongside actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
It is her first feature movie and it took her to Sydney and New York for filming.
"No Lands Man follows the journey of a man called Naveen who is trying to find his place in the world," she said.
"It is difficult to categorise into a genre as it is funny, tragic and moving.
"I play Cathy, an Australian/French woman living in New Yorkwho is undergoing a similar journey into searching for identity and belonging in the world.
"Thematically, it deals with discrimination, identity, romance, and belonging."
Ms Mitchell shot the movie in 2019 before the coronavirus pandemic hit.
After completing a Commerce degree at Melbourne University, Ms Mitchell decided she wanted to pursue a career in acting.
She moved to the US and studied at 16th Street Actors Studio, improvised comedy in Chicago and at The Australian Film and Television Academy.
About five years ago she decided she wanted to pursue acting as a full-time career.
"Since then I've toured throughout Asia and Europe with a Shakespeare production, been on Neighbours, filmed a few commercials and done plenty of theatre and short films in Melbourne," Ms Mitchell said.
"One of my 30 min horror films is on Amazon Prime US."
Ms Mitchell, who likes to get back to Warrnambool and its beautiful beaches any time she can, said the coronavirus pandemic had a huge impact on her career.
"I had a US visa that I was planning on using and it expired during lockdown," she said.
"Shooting projects, films, theatre productions and even companies I'm involved with shut down or were postponed indefinitely.
The arts industry has struggled immensely."
Ms Mitchell said it had been a challenging time.
"I have done a few short films since re-opening but it's been an incredible difficult and unstable time to create, due to the uncertainty," she said.
"I work at two other theatres as a way to ensure consistent income between projects, which was generally great, but they were unable to open during the lockdowns which even made my day work precarious," Ms Mitchell said.
Ms Mitchell developed a love of acting after appearing in a number of Holiday Actors productions in Warrnambool.
She was a part of Annie, Oklahoma, Jesus Christ Superstar and Curtains and loved the stage.
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