SOLO NYC: Freelancing in New York

This short documentary ‘SOLO NYC’ explores New York’s growing class of independent creative freelancers just trying to make it in the big city.

SOLO NYC, a nearly 7-minute documentary directed by award-winning filmmaker Daniel Soares, delves into the lives of creative figures in New York: pottery designer Helen Levi, lettering artist Alex Trochut, chef Adriana Urbina, and creative director Zipeng Zhu. The film intimately portrays these freelancers’ challenges, shedding light on their unconventional paths.

These protagonists shape their destinies with passion and determination in hidden corners of bustling yet unglamorous neighbourhoods. The magic unfolds daily in alleyways, back kitchens, and matchbox studios—a vivid backdrop to these artists’ journeys.

As depicted in SOLO NYC, New York’s professional ethos is characterized by understatement and relentlessness. The film captures millions adhering to the mantras of showing up, giving their best, and approaching things uniquely. In a city of fierce competition and high stakes, these individuals rise to pursue dreams by defying traditional norms.

SOLO NYC provides a lens into the future workforce, showcasing a paradigm shift away from conventional career paths. With a blend of luck and copious sweat, the creatives exemplify a rising trend outside traditional employment structures. As the film unfolds, it becomes evident that the unconventional journey is not just a means to an end. The film is a testament to the resilience and creativity inherent in those who dare to challenge the status quo.

Watch the Film: SOLO NYC

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Posted by Rose Lagacé

Rose Lagacé is a production designer for film & television by day and an emerging filmmaker by night. Rose is also the creator and editor of Art Departmental where she celebrates the art and craft of production design.

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