It seems as though purchasing a billboard worked after all for actress Racquel Bailey.
Bailey went viral earlier this year after Tyler Perry publicly critiqued a billboard she took out in Atlanta to get his attention.
On the billboard, the upcoming actress put, “Attention Mr. Perry –– Racquel Bailey Is Your Next Leading Lady,” along with a picture and her contact information. Once Perry saw the billboard, he put a post on Instagram saying it was the incorrect way to get his attention.
“I love that you want to work with me, and I love that you invest in yourself,” penned Perry. “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.”
However, in an exclusive with TMZ, Bailey revealed that she did in fact get an audition with Tyler Perry after the billboard.
“This was my leap of faith. This was my choice. This was something I felt that I needed to do to stand out,” said Bailey explaining her reasoning for getting the billboard.
“When I put up the billboard, I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know what was going to happen. And one thing you have to have being in this industry is thick skin. And so, he didn’t crush anything in me. At all, nothing. In fact, he put some fire underneath me. So when I gave him that audition, I gave him my best.”
And now according to TMZ, Bailey has secured a role on Perry’s new series for BET Sistas. Bailey will reportedly appear in the finale of season one and possibly have a role in the second season of the show.
She also reportedly has been contacted by several major casting directors since putting up the billboard and has had around 20 auditions and booked two roles.
Even though her leap of faith has turned out to be successful, she doesn’t necessarily advise other actors and actresses to take the route the she did.
“For other actresses, this may not be the way to go. It’s not typical. It’s unconventional. […] Like Tyler said, it could put a bad taste it in directors mouths. So I’m not advising anybody to do so. But somebody did it, and it was me.”
Bailey is however incredibly grateful to Tyler Perry for giving her a boost.