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Bailey, a stay-at-home mom with two children, has not heard back whether she got the part, but she was thrilled to get the opportunity.
“I’m patiently waiting,” she said.
A contact at Tyler Perry Studios confirmed that Bailey had indeed auditioned.
Bailey, 32, said she actually rented a billboard for $1,400 seven years ago near Perry’s original studio asking for a chance.
The billboard idea came to her at the time after watching "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge," an HBO biopic starring Halle Berry. She recalled Dandridge was told the only way to get an agent's attention was to get her face on billboards. As an alternative, she scattered her headshot photos all over the man's driveway.
In 2012, Bailey’s billboard gambit got no response.
“I didn’t get the results I wanted the first time so as they say, if you don’t succeed, try, try again,” Bailey said.
Over the past seven years, she decided to work hard at her craft, take acting classes, do plays, get as much stage time as possible. She landed a recurring role on an HBO series "The Night of" in 2016 but was still awaiting her big break.
In 2019, she still had a hunger to work with Perry. “He’s one of the best,” she said. “His caliber of work is something that I can definitely see myself in.” So she decided to try again.
Jason Lockhart, a talent agent at Atlanta Models and Talent, said he liked Bailey's ingenuity: "I respect those who think outside the box and go after what they want."