Tracey drops some knowledge on how to hold your own as woman on the business side of Hollyweird
Despite making more headlines for being in the middle of a messy divorce by choosing to date former NFLer Deion Sanders while he’s technically still married than for her accomplishments these days, banger Tracey Edmonds still remains one of the most independently and consistently successful African-American business women in Hollyweird.
Tracey recently sat down with Essence magazine to drop some knowledge about holding her own as a female producer/director in a male-dominated industry, remaining successful on her own after her divorce from Babyface, and the upcoming “Basketball Wives” movie that’s currently in the works.
On being successful in her own right and not depending on her ex-husband’s last name:
I come from a single parent household and the majority of my childhood was seeing my mom work. When I was 13, I started working as a receptionist at my mom’s office in the summer. We were always figuring out how to get all our bills paid and my check went towards household bills. I’ve always been an independent woman and wanted to be sure I was okay financially, regardless of what happened in my personal life.
I’m an optimist and hope for the best in a relationship. But life throws you curves and you never know when the fairytale is going to end. For women, it’s important to be able to stand on your own. I had great memories and great years with Kenny [“Babyface” Edmonds]. I also had my own vision. When you build a brand, you have to know you are putting a spotlight on yourself and you have to carry yourself correctly.
On things have changed in Hollywood over the years and what’s next:
In all honesty, when I first started there were more opportunities for projects of color. There were at least seven distributors doing African-American films. Nowadays, it’s maybe two or three. That leaves fewer slots to get a film through and fewer opportunities to direct or produce. We are seeing the same with television. The good news is things are beginning to segue way online, which is global.
A channel like Alright is reaching the entire world on YouTube and a wonderful opportunity to get positive images out to the world. There is a Jumping the Broom sequel in the works and I am also producing a Basketball Wives movie with Shaunie O’Neal. It’s not based on the show and is an uplifting story with a lot of twists.
Regardless of what’s gone down in her personal life, there’s no denying that Tracey has always been a boss on the business side of things. We aint mad at her.
You can check out the full interview to hear Tracey talk working with Deion professionally, her new YouTube channel “Alright TV,” and more HERE.