It was a bold move that apparently paid off! Racquel Bailey paid for a billboard to catch Tyler Perry’s attention…he saw it and she scored a gig on his new TV project.  That said, she did get a light ‘scolding’ from Tyler about how she went about it.


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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!!

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Tyler got some backlash for the way he initially responded on Instagram. Regardless, she’s part of Tyler’s new show for BET called “Sistas.”

The success of the billboard kept paying off. After it went viral, Racquel was contacted by several casting directors and got about 20 auditions which led to booking 2 additional roles.



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