Q&A: Sam Bailey
Sam Bailey is a Chicago-born actor and writer. She has worked with many theatre companies across the city including The Second City Outreach and was an inaugural Bob Curry Fellow. Her written work has been seen on live lit stages across the city including Guts and Glory, 2nd Story, Story Club, Essay Fiesta and The Paper Machete. Sam is the creator of the new web series You’re So Talented, which was recently honored by the Tribeca Film Festival as part of its New Online Work program.
How would you describe your character(s)?
Sisters whose love for each other is equally strong and frustrating.
You’re a modern day renaissance woman when it comes to creating something. What influenced you to become a multi-talented artist?
Working as a writer, actor, producer (and soon to be director) all came out of wanting to be a storyteller. More importantly, I wanted to have a direct hand in the stories I was telling so I had to venture outside of my comfort zone. Maya Angelou said “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you” and I think that’s always resonated with me. I have stories to tell and the need to tell them outweighed the need for permission.
The bond between sisters is tougher than diamonds. This seems to hold true for Evelyn and Florence, even when Florence takes off with a suitor. Where do you think this leaves Evelyn?
I think Evelyn is used to structure and with Florence taking off (along with the tornado that rips through their town) that structure has been destroyed. I think the possibilities are endless when people have their foundation shaken. She’ll be challenged to live a life outside of what she’s envisioned for herself.
If you lived in PleasureTown, what would be your occupation or past-time?
There’s a small part of me that has always wanted to be a musician and I think PleasureTown would allow that! I could be the town musician that gets paid with moonshine.