Traycee was introduced to horror films by her father when she was five years old. She didn't take to them at first because she thought they were boring and would rather be outside climbing trees. She vividly remembers her brother calling her a "chicken" while her father had a much gentler approach. He explained that horror was make-believe and no one really got hurt. HBO became one of her closest friends and movies in general became a way of life.
While growing up, she discovered she wanted to be an actress but after high school, she didn’t have a solid plan. A friend suggested she join the Air Force just to get out of their small town. The military forced her out of her shell and taught her to be self-reliant and a little more confident.
Her dreams of being an actress finally materialized when she was discharged from the military, however, due to 9/11 she was reactivated and her plans were put on hold. Her father (a Navy veteran) said he'd come out of retirement to take her place. She reminded him that he had done enough and it was her turn to protect him. After serving eight years, she was medically discharged.
Traycee booked a few acting gigs here and there but was greedy for work. While playing the waiting game, she found that her peers were creating their own content online during the early stages of New Media. Curious, she searched for horror online but at the time, that genre was nowhere to be found. It was then that she decided to stop waiting, make her own projects, and create work for herself. It was through this process that she found out how much she loved filmmaking.
Throughout this journey, she snagged filmmaking gigs with Lionsgate, Legendary, and Nerdist, to name a few. Though filmmaking is a passion, acting will always be her first love.
PRODUCTION COMPANY UMBRELLA