In the shadow of the challenging landscape of 2020, art has become a means of escape. But for filmmaker Trey Haley, whose art is surely entertaining, the mission is bigger. As president and partner of Tri Destined Studios, Haley views his art as a means to send a clear message: empowering images of Black people are more important than ever.
Haley took time out of a busy filming schedule to connect with ESSENCE about his upcoming projects, his mission and his love for his people.
He recalls coming to Los Angeles with nothing but his talent and dreams and finding his way into the business. For Haley, none of that would have been possible without help from friends and contacts he met along the way, along with his own personal determination. While working odd jobs as a courier or in retail, he continued to network consistently, eventually landing an internship at Morgan Freeman’s Revelations Entertainment.
“They allowed me to do a fall semester internship two to three days a week with them,” Haley says. “It was the best. I learned everything behind the scenes, working in our office, reading scripts. They broke it down for us. They gave so much back to me during that…