In this episode of A Conversation With, we sat down with the one and only Tracey Moore. Tracey has had a successful casting career in television, film, and commercials for over 30 years. She has discovered people like Dave Chappell and cast people like Jon Stewart, Mike Epps, and Kerry Washington. We talked about her current projects, “Inside the Black Box on Crackle TV” and “The Spirited Actor Podcast .”
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Tracey Moore arrived in New York City in 1983 with two hundred dollars, a one-way ticket and a trunk from San Francisco, California to pursue a directing career on Broadway. One of her first jobs she created was a practical joke company for hire called “The Joke’s On You!”. Tracey wrote, directed and cast her unemployed actor friends in customized joke scenarios.After 4 years of playing jokes, Tracey was asked by a director to cast a music video. Being in a position to help actors get jobs moved her away from “The Jokes’s On You” into a successful casting career in television, film and commercials for over 30 years.
One of Tracey’s first casting job was a show at MTV. Thesearch was for comedians and during Tracey’s scouting at comedy clubs, she discovered Dave Chappell. She cast Jon Stewart’s first MTV show “You Wrote It, You Watch It” and found Lisa Gay Hamilton and Donald Faison. Tracey has had her hands on a plethora of actors including Jamie Hector, Michael K. Williams, Kerry Washington, Jeffrey Wright, Mike Epps, Adam Rodriguez, Naturi Naughton and many, many more.Since then she has become a renowned casting director for feature films such as Miramax’s awarding winning, Just Another Girl on the I.R.T., New Jersey Drive and A Brother’s Kiss. As Extras Casting Director, Tracey cast for the popular FOX show New York Undercover and Spike Lee’s “Girl 6”. Her commercial credits include: Nike, Sprite, Coca-Cola, New York Times, Miller Lite, Pontiac, Taco Bell, Disney and PSA’s Under the Influence.
In her “spare” time, Tracey enjoys speaking to students at various colleges. She has lectured at Howard University, Long Island University, CW Post, Georgia State University and Loyola Marymount University. Tracey also teaches The Spirited Actor Workshop and she conducts private coaching sessions. Her clients are Cardi B, Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliot, Eve, Nelly, Q-Tip, Faith Evans, LaLa Anthony, Naturi Naughton, Olivia, Jennifer Williams, Drew Sidora, Russell Hornsby, Kellita Smith, Charlie Murphy, Chico DeBarge, Musiq Soulchild, Faith Evans, Common, Ludacris, Victoria Rowell, Mona Scott Young, Q- Tip, Darius Rucker (Hootie and the Blowfish) Lil’ Wayne, Joumana Kidd, Salt N Pepa, Laura Izibor, Kenny Latimore, NBA’s Ray Allen, Terrence and Rocsi of BET’s 106th and Park, Fonsworth Bentley of BET’s Lift Every Voice, Tiny, Estelle, Kem, NFL Thomas Jones, Vanessa Simmons, Leslie Grace andThe Breakfast Club’s Angela Yee.. In 2002, Tracey wrote her first book entitled “The Spirited Actor; Principles for a Successful Audition” to empower and encourage actors on their journey.
Tracey made her music video directorial debut with an artist named Blac Dyemond, which featured a cameo of Samuel L. Jackson. She recently shot the music video “Heaven” for R & B singer/ Broadway star Badia Farha. Tracey directed interstitials for Nickelodeon’s Black History Month, which won her the 2004 Parent Choice Silver Award. Tracey has directed the annual HBO / BET Screenplay Competition for the last twenty years for the Urbanworld Film Festival in New York City.
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