Originally from San Francisco, California, Tracey Moore began her career casting for TRL on MTV. Tracey has discovered and/or had her hands in a plethora of actors including Dave Chappell, Michael K. Williams, Kerry Washington, Jeffrey Wright, Mike Epps, Adam Rodriguez, and many more.
Tracey is a renowned casting director for feature films such as Miramax’s awarding winning, Just Another Girl on the I.R.T., New Jersey Drive, 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, and Disney.
She also teaches a monologue and scene study class called The Spirited Actor Workshop and conducts private coaching sessions with clients such as LaLa Anthony, Naturi Naughton, Common, Ludacris, Terrence Jenkins, Estelle, Busta Rhymes, Eve and more.
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 has an impressive resume with multiple “receipts.” Though she is well-known in the entertainment industry, I felt it was important to introduce her to those who may not already know how amazing she is.
Tracey’s Top 5
1 – Why did you name your company The Spirited Actor?
I named my company The Spirited Actor because I wanted to support the morale of actors and infused positive encouragement on their journey.
2 – How can you tell when a student of yours is going to “make it” in the industry?
I know one of my students is going to “make it” by their passion and commitment. I believe you can make it by taking classes or auditioning. There is no place that you can go to “make it”. I believe you make it when you decide to make it!
3 – How do you help your students overcome stage fright?
I teach my Students that stage fright will eventually leave when you confront it. The more you do it the better it gets. It’s okay to be nervous too. You’re alive!
4 – A white female actress calls you and says “I need coaching for a new role where I’ll be playing a young Lena Horne. They plan on putting a little bronzer on me so I should be able to pass. Can you help me?” How would you respond?
I would suggest to the actress that she should not do the role because acting is about recreating the experience. It is not about the bronzer. It is about the experience of what it is like being a black woman that could pass for white. It is about authentically being the characters. I know this white actress doesn’t know what it is like to be black. Eventually that truth would be in the story of Lena Horne.
5 – Theatre or film?
Theatre, because it’s live!