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MJ native lands role on BET show
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Mt. Juliet High School graduate Candace Mabry is finally getting her big break after years of hard work. 

Mabry, who graduated from MJHS in 1998, has just signed on to have a recurring role on the upcoming BET series, “Second Generation Wayans.” It is about the younger Wayans, sons of the comedic actors responsible for projects like “In Living Color,” “Scary Movie,”  and “White Chicks,” trying to emerge from their elders and carve their own path. 

Mabry did a little acting at MJHS, and then went on to Western Kentucky. She started as pre-law, but quickly made the change to theater. 

“It was kind of in my bones,” said Mabry. “It kind of chose me.”

After graduating from Western Kentucky, Mabry performed at a theater in eastern Kentucky, before moving to Atlanta, where she has been the last 10 years. 

She did more theater in Atlanta, but soon found out that was a tough life. 

“I found out it would be very, very hard to make a living doing only theater,” said Mabry. 

She got an agent and started doing commercials and corporate videos, and landed a role in an independent film called “Return of the Jackalope,” which was a mockumentary comedy about the making of a horror movie. Her only previous TV work was for an Adult Swim show called “The Rising Son.” 

Mabry will be in three episodes of “Second Generation Wayans,” and will film in Atlanta and Los Angeles. The show is expected to air sometime in early 2013.