We had the good fortune of connecting with Samantha Bailey and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Samantha, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Growing up, I was always asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. From a very young age, I knew that I was drawn to the arts and anything “different.” So when 4-year-old me discovered that the TV shows I would watch had real people like myself, I told my parents that is what I want to be. I wasn’t meant to fit in, so acting allows me to be whoever I want, even if that is not who I am in real life. Creating unique characters with strong backstories and presence is one of my favorite things about what I do. Even though my career is acting, I also love that there is always something new being added or changed within that category. I am rarely in the same location or playing one type of role. My work is constantly moving and shifting. That is what keeps it exciting for me. My parents are very supportive because if I weren’t having fun or ever stopped enjoying what I do, then I wouldn’t do it anymore. With that said, I have never felt like that at all throughout the years. The anticipation of “What is next?” is what I look forward to after completing a project. In addition, creativity can be found all around, which I am starting to pay more attention to. I realize that I don’t have to sit and wait for a role to come to me; I can create something myself.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.

I am mainly an actress but what sets me apart is that I also want to be a director, writer, and producer. I am working on a mini-series with my friend Jax Malcolm where we both are writing, filming, and producing the show. I am learning so much about what it takes to do it all. It is not easy, but it is challenging in a fun way. I have a lot of people in my life who are very supportive in wanting to help me learn and grow, so these challenges don’t take a toll on me or the show. One lesson that I have learned throughout my acting career is never to lose sight of myself. Nobody knows you better than you know yourself, so you can’t let anyone take that from you. This industry is rough sometimes, and it is hard to handle the rejection that comes along with it, but the excitement that I get from being part of something makes it all worth it in the end. I want everyone to know that from the start, I was never doing it for the money or fame; I love acting because I get to tell stories and make audiences feel things that they may not get to experience in their everyday lives. The joy I get from someone reaching out to me saying that my character impacted them or made them change the way they looked on a topic is far greater than any paycheck or number of followers.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take them to hike up to see the Hollywood sign! Then we’d go out to Café Habana, which is one of my favorite spots in Malibu, for lunch. We would have their chips with the green salsa to start; as the entrée, I always get the Taco Salad, then we’d finish it off with their salted caramel ice cream! Next, I would get us tickets to be in the audience of a tv show taping like The Late Late Show with James Corden or The Kelly Clarkson Show. After that, we can spend a day at Universal Studios and take a tour to check out the backlot. Thursday night, I’d take them line dancing with me at The Canyon. Even if they don’t particularly like country music, I know they will have a fantastic time just hanging out and watching. Finally, we can end the week by visiting one of the newest immersive experience pop-ups!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Firstly I would be nowhere without my mom and dad. They are the reason I was able to follow my dreams at 4-years-old. My grandma and aunts practiced my lines with me, got me ready, and spent hours sitting in the dreaded Los Angeles traffic while taking me to auditions or set on days that my parents were working. My amazing manager Nelson and Garrett from The ESI Network, and my agents Nicole, Milton, and Katelyn from AEFH Talent, have believed in me and stayed with me since the start of my career. They are truly like a second family to me. My publicist, Lisa Malcolm with LYNK Public Relations, guided me through this highly fast-paced industry’s various events and press opportunities. Along with all the rest of my family and friends who continuously show their love and support.

Website: https://m.imdb.com/name/nm2538904/?ref_=fn_al_nm_0

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Image Credits
Dylan James, Paul Gregory

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