How to succeed in Generation Slashie

Working in multiple roles – for instance as a writer/actor/director/producer – is increasingly common but the multiple satisfactions come with equivalent challenges.

A combination of financial necessity, multiple interests and changing arts ecologies is driving an increasing number of artsworkers to multiple simultaneous careers. If you describe yourself as a performer/producer, a curator/artist or an arts manager/writer you are part of Generation Slashie, a generation defined by a punctuation mark that demands a constant juggle. 

The risks and rewards of such portmanteau careers were discussed in detail at a recent panel at the recent Equity Summit at Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts