Tyler Perry Wants Actors to 'Please Stop' Taking out Billboards to Get His Attention
Tyler Perry sent a message through Instagram to actors who want to work with him.
Tyler Perry is one of the most successful producers, and directors in Hollywood and actors will do anything to be noticed by him in the hopes of landing a breakthrough role in one of his productions.
One young actress took things too far, and Perry took to the Internet with a message to all aspiring stars.
ACTRESS RENTS BILLBOARD TO CATCH TYLER PERRY'S ATTENTION
One enterprising young actress went to great trouble and expense to catch the director's attention by renting two billboards near Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta.
The billboards were printed with her headshot and read:
“ATTENTION MR. PERRY Racquel Bailey Is Your Next Leading Lady.”
Forbes listed Perry as the highest paid man in entertainment in 2011, earning $130 million between May 2010 and May 2011.
TYLER PERRY: "TO AUDITION IS FREE"
Perry shared the photo on his official Facebook page, and responded with an appeal for the actress to save her money and audition.
“Auhhh…. soooooo…… here’s the deal. This is not the way to get my attention if you’re looking for a role in one of my shows. Please DON’T DO THIS, SAVE YOUR MONEY!! This is the third time that someone has done this. PLEASE STOP! To audition is FREE!! I’m sure you can use that money for a better purpose,” he wrote.
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Auhhh.... soooooo...... here’s the deal. This is not the way to get my attention if you’re looking for a role in one of my shows. Please DON’T DO THIS, SAVE YOUR MONEY!! This is the third time that someone has done this. PLEASE STOP! To audition is FREE!! I’m sure you can use that money for a better purpose. I love that you want to work with me, and I love that you invest in yourself. But when you do things like this it puts my team on high alert and makes me look at you sideways. I know the message that you want to send is a positive one, but this comes across as the opposite. Again, the best way to work for me is to AUDITION and it’s FREE! We post breakdowns all the time for actors. JUST COME AND AUDITION. And by the way, you were great in THE NIGHT OF! It was my favorite show a couple years ago. I ALREADY SAW YOU!! So just audition and keep your money!! Again, I appreciate your effort, but that’s not the way to work for me. God bless you dreamer. I have no doubt you will make it one day!!
TYLER PERRY: "I ALREADY SAW YOU"
Perry then told Bailey that he had already seen her work in a TV show she had worked on, and told her he admired her work.
“And by the way, you were great in THE NIGHT OF! It was my favorite show a couple years ago. I ALREADY SAW YOU!! So just audition and keep your money!!”
ANGELA BAILEY WAS INVITED TO AUDITION
Even though Perry told her off, it looks as if Bailey's gamble paid off. She was contacted by a casting agent and granted an audition for a pilot show Perry is working on.
Bailey got the idea for the billboard ploy from an HBO biopic Introducing "Dorothy Dandridge" in which the legendary African American actress revealed that she'd been told that the only way to catch an agent’s attention was to plaster her face on billboards.
Who knows, by next year Angela Bailey may be a household name, thanks to that billboard.
TYLER PERRY'S INCREDIBLE GIFT
Tyler Perry isn't just one of the most influential director/producers in the business, he is also one of the most highly paid.
Forbes listed Perry as the highest paid man in entertainment in 2011, earning $130 million between May 2010 and May 2011. But Perry isn't just wealthy, he's also incredibly generous.
He gifted the mother of a former employee with a brand new home. Perry purchased a $350,000 home in Georgia as a gift to the ailing mother of his former employee, La Shun Pace with whom he'd worked on a play way back in 1999.
The Paces are a family of Gospel singers whose music he in “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion.”