The Social Freelancer: Media + Music

The Social Freelancer and Trace Relations Music


Greetings, Trace here. I have been writing since I was 12 or so, starting with poetry and free form stuff, graduating to formal song lyrics, essays, published articles, music reviews, video scripts and promotional / technical writing as an adult, or as a young guy trapped in an adult body…

I’ve long skirted the idea of having a blog, now giving it a whirl. People often tell me I lead an interesting life, and I think generally that’s true, but of course the trials and tribulations of video and TV production are more common than the truly memorable moments. But then isn’t that what makes a memorable moment? If it was common, it would hardly be memorable.

So, what am I doing here? It’s a grasp at capturing ideas and stories that seem important or monumental, curious, funny, informative, thought provoking, silly or anything else slipping through my mind.

Also, it’s something of an experiment, this Internet thing, isn’t it? One never knows how far a word or image can go in this medium. I like the idea of a quest, seeing how many people we can meet and new ideas we can experience simply by posting thoughts, and seeking feedback.

Thanks for tuning in.



25 plus years travel and production – video, music, multimedia production.

More information –
Tracy D. Ready
Producer / Director of Photography
HD / SD stock footage of Texas and USA:

My LinkedIn Profile:

Plus Trace Relations, the band! – Debut CD is out now! “Prosperity Street” is 12 tracks of Texas groove guaranteed to improve your mood…

Our office phone number has changed.

The correct phone numbers for Trace Productions are:

Office: 972-437-4433
Cell: 214-695-2303

We are branching out to include new services. Please read below for details.

In business terms, I continue to offer Director of Photography services for corporate, broadcast and documentary projects, with a renewed focus on my work as a Writer and Producer.

I am now offering my services as a Media Consultant for large and small business entities. I am combining my skills of more than two decades of television production with my new skills as a blogger and social media strategist. I have worked hard to develop a deep knowledge of the intricacies of using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Linkedin for marketing of products and services. Being in a unique position of having experience with both “traditional” and “new” media is valuable to many business owners. Please visit my blog site > The Social Freelancer. Call if you need assistance in marketing using video and social media.

Additionally, a life long passion for music and documentary filmmaking has come to fruition with the release of our first music CD, “Prosperity Street” by Trace Relations Band. It is independently produced and features some excellent musicians from Texas, combining blues, rock, jazz and americana influences. Please visit the Trace Relations official website for more about the music. Sales of the CD go to support the making of film “South Texas Soul: The San Antonio Sound”, via contributions to the 501c-3 non-profit Still Kickin’ Foundation.

Here is the preview of the documentary “South Texas Soul” as seen on Youtube where it has now received more than 17,000 views >

Your tax deductible donations to the Still Kickin’ Foundation go directly to support the completion of this documentary as well as a second film about the history and future of senior health care in America, “Assisted Living America”. Here is the preview of that project >

I am also proud to have produced an instructional DVD program with two noted psychologists, dealing with the issue of “parental alienation” and it’s impact on children of divorced parents. This video titled “Welcome Back, Pluto” is selling well on Amazon and is helping families all over the world. As another sample of our recent work, or if you are interested in more information about this important family issue, please view this sample chapter from the DVD >

Since 2002 we have been offering professionally shot stock footage (royalty free for corporate usage) via our sites and After many miles on the old crew truck, we have the largest selection of Texas scenes in HD anywhere on the web, as well as footage from several other U.S. destinations and Puerto Rico. Our Texas stock footage was recently seen in the premier episode of Good Christian Belles prime time show on ABC. Corporate clients have included Supermedia, Cadbury / Schweppes, SeaWorld of Texas, Wachovia Bank and many more. If you don’t see what you are looking for on the sites, please give me a call. If I don’t have it I will be happy to point you in the right direction. View the demo of CityB-roll / TexasB-roll stock footage here >

As a small business owner, we appreciate your support and consideration of our services for your upcoming productions. Please call 972-437-4433.

Thanks for your time. Hope to hear from you soon.

Tracy’s 25+ years of travel and production includes 5 years as staff cameraman for CNN Dallas and more than twelve years as owner of Trace Productions. This company provides Writer / Producer services and a complete video production workflow for clients ranging from major corporations to broadcast and cable television networks to independent documentary producers. Tracy’s travels in pursuit of compelling images have taken him all over the U.S. and to destinations in Europe and the Middle East. Awards include a Daytime Emmy, a CableAce, two Communicator Awards and three Telly Awards.

Trace Productions provides project continuity — taking corporate video projects from inception through script writing, production and editing with an understanding of the medium of television and a high motivation for client satisfaction.

In broadcast and cable television, Tracy’s services continue to be sought by CNN, NBC News, A&E Network, The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, ESPN, Fox Sports and many more.

Established in 2002, adding in 2007 – Tracy has put thousands of miles on the old truck shooting broadcast ready stock footage of cities and themes across the USA. Over 600 HD clips available now in 1080i 24p, with much more on the way. Largest selection of Texas in HD on the net. Plus many other scenes and locations.

3 Responses to “Who?”

  1. Nancy Loo says:

    This new site is quite nice. Congratulations!

  2. Lainey says:

    Hey Tracy!

    I’m Lainey from Joe Bonamassa’s management. I wanted to thank you for your support on twitter, and also to let you know that Joe’s latest single- “Dust Bowl”- is available for a FREE download at

    If you like it, please help us keep the blues alive by sharing it with all your friends, and you can follow us on twitter at BonamassaTeam

    Also, check out Joe’s official YouTube channel @

    Thanks again, and enjoy!!

    Lainey – Bonamassa Team

  3. Tracy Ready says:

    Thanks yes I am a huge fan of Joe’s… stellar player!

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