The actress who used a billboard to call attention to Tyler Perry credited her "thick skin" after she landed an audition with the director despite him publicly disapproving her stunt. "This was my leap of faith," she said.
The efforts of an actress to draw Tyler Perry’s attention apparently worked. TMZ reports the wannabe star landed an audition for the entertainment executive despite his previous statements against her stunt.
Rachel Bailey stunned commuters and Perry when she appeared on a billboard begging for the producer’s attention. “Rachel Bailey is your next leading lady” she captioned her photo along with the giant words “ATTENTION MR. PERRY.”
Though her stunt indeed attracted Perry’s attention, it did so in a negative way. The producer shared a photo of her billboard on his Instagram and scolded her for taking the wrong route to get an audition.
“PLEASE DON’T DO THIS, SAVE YOUR MONEY,” Perry wrote to caption his post and added that this was the third incident someone did it. He also told her that her actions just made him look at her “sideways”. Though the actor complimented her on her work on HBO’s “The Night Off”, he reminded her that the billboard was “not the way to work for me.”
“This was my leap of faith, this was my choice...to stand out."
Now it appears Perry had a change of heart as Bailey revealed to TMZ in a video that she landed an audition with the director. She said his team reached out to her and asked her to submit a tape.
Bailey first expressed how much she respected Perry and thinks of him as “the greatest filmmaker that there ever will be" but she also defended her actions by saying “this was my leap of faith, this was my choice.” She said it was something she needed to do “to stand out.”
“I have auditioned for him and I haven’t before so yeah, an audition is closer than what I had before,” she said.
"He put some fire into me so when I gave him that audition I gave him my best and a little bit more.”
Bailey admitted she didn’t know which way the billboard was going to go but all she knew was to make it in the industry you have to have “thick skin.”
Despite Perry’s comments against her stunt, the actress said, "He didn’t crush anything in me, at all.” In fact, she said Perry’s reprimand motivated her more.
“He put some fire into me so when I gave him that audition I gave him my best and a little bit more,” she said.
Regardless of the outcome of her stunt, Bailey doesn’t advice others to do what she did because she agrees with Perry that it does leave a bitter taste with directors. She said her move was “not typical” and “unconventional” but she was lucky that it still landed her an audition in spite of its negative connotation.