Mandie Black + Daniela Hart
THE ACCIDENTAL MEETING
“The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.” Aristotle
It’s all a bit of an accident that UptownWorksNYC came to be. Having met at an event that was objectively speaking, very poorly managed, Daniela and Mandie swapped contact info. Fresh to NYC, both were keen to “network” just like you’re supposed to, and both kind of sucked at it. That’s why the exchange stopped at Facebook friend level.
THE EARLY PROJECTS
About a year or so later, Daniela was producing for High 5 games and a project there saw the duo work together for the first time. Both felt an instant appreciation for the other in the working environment- Mandie admired Daniela’s ability to delve right into the depths of even the smallest details. Daniela was mostly just curious about Mandie’s British accent.
The Parlour was the first forage for UptownWorksNYC into directing/choreography for stage. As a company we are acutely passionate about telling honest and compelling stories, about nurturing those we work with to feel safe to explore their boundaries, and about developing new works. The medium can really come second.
DEFINING WHO WE ARE
Multipotentiality : “An educational and psychological term referring to the ability and preference of a person, particularly one of strong intellectual or artistic curiosity, to excel in two or more different fields.”
Somewhere around this time, Mandie was geeking out with Ted, of Ted Talks. She came across a video describing her and Daniela. The realization came for both that they could be described as Multipotentialites. So why do you need to know this? Well, what it means is that UptwonWorksNYC is no longer wondering if it is important to specialize and just offer film, or just offer stage. Our strength is in our variety, our range of work. UptownWorksNYC is here to offer story telling, creativity and bold new ideas in whatever capacity is the most important for the specific project. What you have is a couple of multipotentialites, who love cultivating exchanges that enrich the experience of being human.
DEFINING WHAT WE OFFER
Now that we have been working together for three years, UptownWorksNYC enthusiastically offers consciously affordable services in:
- Full production on short films/ industrials/ music videos/ promos
- Stage Direction and Choreography
- Reel Editing
- Sound Design
- Script/ Concept development
- Staged Readings