Traci Hays developed her directing sensibility under the mentorship of Randal Kleiser (Grease), John Badham (Saturday Night Fever), Martha Coolidge (Real Genius), and Lawrence Paull (Back to the Future).

During her education at the Dodge College of Film & Media Arts at Chapman University, Traci was awarded an apprenticeship with director, Randal Kleiser, through Dodge College’s selective and competitive Filmmaker-In-Residence mentorship program.

After graduating, she went on to Production Design various feature films, commercials, and music videos. Some of her past clients include Universal Studios, BET, Fullscreen,  Funny or Die,  MarVista Entertainment, and Lone Suspect.