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How to succeed in Generation Slashie

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Richard Watts

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

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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. 

About the author

Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on community radio station Three Triple R FM.

The founder of the Emerging Writers' Festival, Richard currently serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's Committee of Management and on the Green Room Awards Independent Theatre panel.

He is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and in 2017 was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend.

Twitter: @richardthewatts