Castro Valley resident Razon Tramble could not have guessed that a tip from a friend would lead to her landing a role in a motion picture.
Tramble, wife and mother to three boys, is a woman of many talents. In fact, she used her experience sewing crafts in her interview for wardrobe assistant for the film Fruitvale Station. The Sundance Film Festival award-winning movie chronicles the last day of Oakland resident Oscar Grant, the 22-year-old who was shot and killed by a BART police officer on New Year’s Day 2009.
While working as a wardrobe assistant, she soon found herself approached by one of the producers and Ryan Coogler, to read for a small role at a pivotal point in the movie.
“They asked if I was open to doing something else on the film and if I would consider taking a role. He said it was not a big role but there were a few lines. My mind started spinning and recalled all the times I was told I should consider acting…I thought, what am I going to do? Then, I decided to go for it,” Tramble said.
Tramble plays a nurse who comforts Oscar Grant’s mother, played by Oscar-Award Winning Actress, Octavia Spencer, after she learns her son has died. At the time, the project was small and not many people were aware of it but Tramble knew she was part of something special after initially reading the script.
“I thought, wow! A socially-conscious story about a controversial event, told in a very different way. Ryan was meticulous in making sure that every part of the movie was authentic as possible,” said Tramble.
Since the film’s opening on July 12, it has gone on to gross $15,590,134 (as of September 4, 2013 per Box Office Mojo). Hollywood notables including Oprah Winfrey, Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx and other are buzzing about the film and the actor who plays Oscar Grant, Michael B. Jordan. Perhaps this film is bound for the Oscars?
Meanwhile, when asked if she wants to pursue an acting career Tramble’s response was, indeed. She has been cast in several projects including an acting role in a second film.