Brunette beauty Candace Bailey knew she wanted to be on television from the time she was 5 years old, and after a series of jobs in the entertainment industry, she landed her current gig hosting G4’s “Attack of the Show.”
“It’s all good, there’s no bad part of working on this show,” gushed Bailey. “I love the amazing people that I get to work with, first and foremost, but the live aspect is awesome. I love never knowing what’s going to happen!”
One would think doing a live show every day would be nerve-wracking, but Bailey has a surprisingly low-key pre-show ritual.
“I have an iced tea,” she explained. “I try to caffeinate myself to make sure I have plenty of energy, but I don’t really do anything to calm my nerves. The feel of the show is so relaxed and laid-back. Even if we mess up, it’s kind of not a big deal, so it’s a very easygoing atmosphere.”
Bailey got her start in the biz when a modeling convention came to her town in northern Florida when she was 12 years old. She was signed by a New York-based agency, and spent summers in New York doing print and commercial modeling.
“That’s how I got into the business,” said Bailey. “Commercials and television were all kind of one world, so it just transitioned from there.”
After high school, Bailey moved to New York full-time, attending Marymount Manhattan College as a Communications major, and soon landed a job as co-host of Nickelodeon’s “U-Pick Live.”
When she graduated, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting, but made her way back to hosting when she got an audition at G4, eventually getting involved with “Attack of the Show.”
“The Nickelodeon show was very similar to ‘Attack,’ except obviously it was for a much younger audience, but we had guests on that we would interview, we had musical performers, and we did silly things like we do on ‘Attack of the Show,’” she explained.
After auditioning for G4, Bailey started out doing video packages and guest hosting for “Attack,” and when Olivia Munn left her hostess position, Bailey was selected to take over the spot.
“They were testing girls for the gig, and we each did a live show for a week, and I ended up getting it.”
While Bailey always dreamed of being on TV, she also grew up with a passion for gymnastics, competing on a national level.
“Gymnastics was my life,” she explained. “I went six days a week, four hours a day. Then when I started the acting thing, I was like, ‘Oh, I like this better!’”
But she admits that sometimes her inner-gymnast still comes out when she’s hosting.
“Even now, it’s something that I can just pull out of my back pocket if I want to,” she said. “I’ve done flips on the show, and I’ll bust out the worm every now and then!”
While her main focus is on her hosting duties, the stunning 29-year-old has a few other projects in the works. She’s currently set to appear as herself in an upcoming video game, will be writing a gadgets column for Men’s Fitness magazine, and is doing some red carpet correspondence for E!, G4’s sister network, which she hopes to do more of in the future.
However, for now, Bailey is enjoying every moment of being a part of “Attack of the Show.”
“I just love the things that we get to do, like this weekend I’m going to Hawaii for work; that’s a hard life,” she joked. “Of course we have to go to a couple of junkets and do some packages and it’s work, but it’s in Hawaii, so I love that.”
While Bailey is looking forward to taking a short break to go back to Florida to visit her mother and grandparents this summer, she’s also excited for one of the season’s biggest pop culture events: Comic-Con.
“We do a four-hour live show from the convention floor, and that whole weekend is just insanely awesome. We have a panel, and just the whole process is amazing.”
When she’s not working, you can probably find Bailey at one of her favorite local bowling alleys.
“I love going bowling,” she confessed. “I don’t do it as often as I would like to, because that’s a little dorky!”
The self-proclaimed homebody also loves getting together with friends for dinner and wine, or heading out to see a movie.
“I’m a big fan of going there, ordering my popcorn, getting my Milk Duds and just stuffing my face and enjoying my two hours of movie time.”
As for future plans, the rising star shows no sign of stopping her ascent.
“Ultimately, I would love to have a career where I can do both acting and hosting,” said Bailey, who has previously appeared in television dramas including “Jericho” and “The Sopranos.” “I really love them both, and I would love to be able to go back and forth.”
Having done primarily dramatic acting, Bailey hopes to try out some more comedic roles in the future.
“I think it would be a lot of fun! I’m loving the show ‘Up All Night,’ and I would love to be on something like that,” said the multi-talented Alabama native.
In fact, she loves television so much, she is hoping to create a series of her own one day.
“I actually have a story that I want to write for a TV show, and I would love to have the time to be able to do that.”
It’s clear that when it comes to ambition and talent, Bailey has plenty of both. That, coupled with her cheery and down-to-earth demeanor, is sure to lead to continued success throughout her career.
Catch Candace Bailey live on “Attack of the Show,” weeknights at 7 p.m. on G4, and find her on Twitter @CandaceBailey5.