We had the good fortune of connecting with Mike Day and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mike, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor behind in my success is God and the DAYTRIBE. From my wife, to parents, brothers and lifelong friends, they get the word out about DAYVISION by being a part of my projects, being brand ambassadors, attending events and showing genuine support to the content we offer.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
DAYVISION embodies Black excellence in cinema. We specialize creating short films addressing issues related to the African American community, but also focus on celebrating Black excellence. In a time where Hollywood, and media in general, focuses on Black trauma, DAYVISION separate itself by challenging the way we view Black America by discussing the equal pay gap, showcasing the true power of Black activist and voting, calling out award shows for awarding Black trauma, and so much more. I got here because of my video production and African American history background. My senior year of college, I took a news production class and it opened my eyes on how the media treats African American and at that point, I knew I didn’t want to be a part of THAT narrative. I wanted to create my own stories. Stories that not only challenge the norm, but celebrate the ones who look like me. It wasn’t easy but with the support of the DAYTRIBE, especially my wife, and my faith in God, I was able to overcome the challenge of being the only Black filmmaker in my area to create quality content that has people wanting more. The biggest takeaway that I have thus far is knowing I can’t create film because of what I think people want to see. I have to create film to start dialogue to create change for the better of both Black America and the world. I want the world to know that DAYVISION is indeed growing and we’re not coming alone. We collaborate with different businesses on different projects with the same goal; to embrace Black excellence in cinema.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am terrible at creating itineraries. I usually leave it to my wife to show our friends a great time when coming to the city.
The only thing I would recommend is visiting the African American museum and the many of brunch spots on Sunday.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
A huge thank you to my wife, Ify Egbosimba.
Summer 2018, I was let go from a job and it sent me into a depression. I felt like a failure to everyone around me. My wife (of about four weeks) encouraged me to take a deep breath and begin chasing my passion of filmmaking. Since that conversation, we’ve produced five short films, commercials for small businesses and helped artist creating music videos. None of this may have happened without my wife.