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 OAM is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, a Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend, and was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize in 2020. In 2021 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Green Room Awards Association. Most recently, Richard received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in June 2024. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts