Nana Mensah became a Hollywood multi-hyphenate out of necessity. For the 32-year-old Ghanaian-American, writing, directing, and starring in her debut feature, Queens of Glory, “was a budgetary requirement.”

Mensah, who started acting in 2009, made the decision to focus more on screenwriting because she was struggling to book work. “And when I was booking work, it really was not fulfilling, or I couldn’t make ends meet financially,” she tells me from London.