New Jersey-based actress Racquel Bailey is a hustler. Bailey recently grabbed headlines when she spent $1500 to buy a billboard near Tyler Perry’s Atlanta studio to convince the director to cast her in one of his productions.
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According to Shadow & Act, Bailey says she spent her “last money” on the billboard in an attempt to catch Perry’s attention.
While I’m not a fan of Perry’s films, I don’t fault Bailey for wanting to catch his eye. Perry is one of the few black filmmakers who seem to have some sway in Hollywood and he is loyal to the actors he works with, often using them over and over again for projects both on the big and small screen.
I’m inspired by Bailey’s initiative. Like so many others attempting to break into an industry, she realized that you have to find ways to set yourself apart. She is just another example of those who have gone to extraordinary lengths to land their dream jobs (or any job) in this tight economy.
From people creating web sites and video blogs just to snag a job, or using their social media accounts to reach out to potential employees, more and more people are circumventing the traditional routes to success.
How about you? Have you ever gone to extraordinary lengths to land a job?