Actors are paying upwards of $2,000 to pay for a billboard in Tyler Perry’s neighborhood in Atlanta as a way to get his attention and hoping it leads to an acting gig. Tyler wants these thirsty actors to save their money and audition for him for free. And he’s not wrong, $2,ooo is a ton of money for an out-of-work or (under)employed actor and though it may grab some attention, it’s probably the wrong kind of attention. It’s like acting super wasted to get the bartenders attention. They’ll see you, but they aren’t going to serve you.
Although, maybe it did work, because we are talking about unknown actress Racquel Bailey, who The Blast says spent thousands of dollars to beg Tyler for a job via a billboard. Tyler Perry gave her a talking to and also showed her face to his almost 4 million followers:
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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!!
So two other actors have already done this! I don’t enjoy watching unknown actors waste their money but I do kind of love the idea of weird billboards. If I had Fuck You money, I would buy so many billboards and just talk about my day or my enemies. My billboards would read something like, “Good bagel today. Just the right amount of cream cheese.” Or “Sarah from high school was such a bitch and probably still is.” Let’s be glad I can barely afford a Facebook page (and that’s free!) and I’ll leave the billboard messiness to the professionals.
But Tyler Perry’s message, especially that “high alert” thing. It sounds like Racquel didn’t win the role of “scorned wife at church #2” in the Madea reboot, which is probably coming next year, but it sounds like she did win a restraining order. So I guess actors who want to be in a Tyler Perry movie should use their money for more important things like a therapist, an acting class, a life coach, or a fat suit so they can play the same character over and over and make millions upon millions of dollars for it.